Less Than the Least: Memoirs of Cornelius Hanko

Less Than the Least: Memoirs of Cornelius Hanko is expected to be available sometime in June.

Less Than the Least is the memoirs of Rev. Cornelius Hanko’s long, fruitful life of nearly a century (1907–2005). He lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the advent of the space age, and spanned the terms of eighteen US presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush.

Son of Dutch immigrants to America, Rev. Hanko served six pastorates in five states, most notably in First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1948–1964), along with Rev. Herman Hoeksema and Rev. Hubert De Wolf. Rev. Hanko poignantly describes the grief caused in the PRC by De Wolf’s heresy and schism (1953).

This delightful book comes complete with photos. 

 

***NOTE: Book Club members may opt-out of receiving this title by calling or emailing the RFPA. Must respond by May 31.***

 

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Gottschalk: Servant of God - Now Available!

Gottschalk: Servant of God

written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer

For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. This book is intended for junior high and high school ages. Because the story is intriguing and the history of Gottschalk is not well-known, adults will also enjoy this book and find it profitable.

Retail: $17.95
Book Club: $11.67

  • 160 pages
  • original illustrations and maps drawn by the author
  • makes a great Christmas gift

Those were the Dark Ages, the days of knights and castles and kings and queens, of monasteries, Vikings, and monks. The days were spiritually dark. True doctrine was hard to come by, if not nearly lost. But there was a light. A clear beam of understanding and truth reflected from one monastery, from one courtroom, from one dungeon–from one man. This is a story of courage, of faith, and of love for the truth. This is the story of Gottschalk, the monk from Orbais.

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Who is Gottschalk?

Later this summer the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) will be publishing, as a Book Club offering, Gottschalk: Servant of God, A Story of Courage, Faith, and Love for the Truth, written by Connie L. Meyer. This biography is about a French monk who lived in the ninth century and suffered for his belief and advocacy of double predestination. Gottschalk’s life, rich in dramatic events, was an integral part of the cultural and political life of Germany, France, Italy and Croatia at the dawn of their histories. However, Gottschalk still remains in the shadow of his more famous contemporaries. The book has been written to be enjoyed by junior high and high school readers. Because the story is intriguing, adults will also enjoy this history and find the reading profitable.

This book represents a new venture for the RFPA but does not signal a direction away from the theological and doctrinal books that we have published throughout our history. For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. Our future plans do not include offering these books for younger readers as RFPA Book Club selections. A likely possibility is a separate Book Club for the younger reader-level publications.

 

These were the Dark Ages, the days of knights and castles and kings and queens, of monasteries, Vikings, and monks. But one monk stood out from all the rest. One monk stood firm for the truth he believed though no one stood with him at all. This is the story of Gottschalk of Orbais, a light of truth in the darkness of his age—a light of truth in ours.

 

COMING OCTOBER 2015....

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Audio now available online! RFPA Annual Meeting: The Importance of Knowing Church History

We are excited to report a good turnout and an edifying assembly for our annual association meeting, held on September 25, 2014 at Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, MI.

Eighty association members were present and, by God's grace, we experienced the growth of 6 new association members; young, new members! What an encouragement to see the younger generation taking an interest in the important work of the RFPA!

Board president Michael Bosveld opened the evening with prayer, followed by Rev. Clayton Spronk's timely speech entitled "The Importance of Knowing Church History" and reports by the RFPA board secretary and treasurer.

The audio recording of the speech is available for download on SermonAudio.com. The audio of the entire meeting is available at our website on the Annual Meeting Speeches page. The text of the speech and the reports are being published in upcoming issues of the Standard Bearer.

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THIS WEEK! - RFPA Annual Meeting: The Importance of Reading Church History

 

In the Nicene Creed the church confesses that there is only “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” This means that the Christian faith and life of the true church of Jesus Christ as she is manifested today in various denominations and congregations is rooted in the church of the past. Times may have changed but the church today shares with the church of the past the same Lord, the same faith, the same battle, the same hope, and the same purpose—to bring glory to name of our great God. The church must be conscious of her past history in order to be sure that she is continuing on the right path. In other words the study of church history is important.

The study of church history is all the more important because of the constant attack of enemies who seek to knock her off of the “old paths.” Satan desires that the members of the church be ignorant of their history. Lack of interest in church history plays into the evil one’s hands. Church history can then be distorted and used to spread false doctrine and support wicked behavior, as is often attempted today. The study of church history is an important part of the battle of faith she must wage to remain faithful to God.

That the church carries on this battle and remains faithful to God is of course not due at all to her own strength. God’s is the glory for his sovereign work through Jesus Christ of gathering, defending, and preserving his church. Do you confess you are and always will be a living member of the one holy catholic and apostolic church of Jesus Christ? Then church history is the history of God’s amazing faithfulness to you. So reading church history is important—to know what God has done—to thank God for what he has done.

THIS MEETING WILL BE LIVESTREAMED at Grandville PR Church's website.

 

Meeting location:

Grandville Protestant Reformed Church (Map)
4320 40th Street SW
Grandville, MI 49418

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RFPA Annual Meeting - "The Importance of Reading Church History"

 

In the Nicene Creed the church confesses that there is only “one holy catholic and apostolic church.” This means that the Christian faith and life of the true church of Jesus Christ as she is manifested today in various denominations and congregations is rooted in the church of the past. Times may have changed but the church today shares with the church of the past the same Lord, the same faith, the same battle, the same hope, and the same purpose—to bring glory to name of our great God. The church must be conscious of her past history in order to be sure that she is continuing on the right path. In other words the study of church history is important.

The study of church history is all the more important because of the constant attack of enemies who seek to knock her off of the “old paths.” Satan desires that the members of the church be ignorant of their history. Lack of interest in church history plays into the evil one’s hands. Church history can then be distorted and used to spread false doctrine and support wicked behavior, as is often attempted today. The study of church history is an important part of the battle of faith she must wage to remain faithful to God.

That the church carries on this battle and remains faithful to God is of course not due at all to her own strength. God’s is the glory for his sovereign work through Jesus Christ of gathering, defending, and preserving his church. Do you confess you are and always will be a living member of the one holy catholic and apostolic church of Jesus Christ? Then church history is the history of God’s amazing faithfulness to you. So reading church history is important—to know what God has done—to thank God for what he has done.

Meeting location:

Grandville Protestant Reformed Church (Map)
4320 40th Street SW
Grandville, MI 49418

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