Philippines Delegation Update #6

Dear all,

We are home! After more than 24 hours of travel, we are safely back in Northwest Iowa. The last few days of our trip were a flurry of activity. On Sunday, we had the privilege of worshiping with the saints in Maranatha PRC where Rev. Kleyn ordinarily preaches every other Sunday. Rev. Kleyn led the first service and preached from Lord's Day 8 on "What We Believe Concerning God." I led the second service and preached from Psalm 91:1-2 on "A Safe Abode." It was a joy to worship God with His people there and to fellowship with them before and after the services.

Early Monday morning we flew from Manila to the beautiful island of Negros. Rev. Kleyn held a Bible study in the evening with a group in Bacolod. On Tuesday we drove to the southern part of the island to the city Sipalay, situated on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Once a month Rev. Kleyn teaches a class here to a group of pastors interested in the Reformed faith. Rev. Kleyn led the first session, and I spoke to the men during the second session from 1 Thess. 2:1-12 on "The 'How' of Bringing the Gospel." After a quick dip in the Pacific, we headed back up to Bacolod. We flew out of Bacolod early Wednesday morning, dropped the Kleyns off in Manila, and then continued on home via Tokyo and Minneapolis.

Here are a few final reflections on our visit.

First, we can be immensely thankful to God for the missionary and missionary's wife that we have presently on the field. One of the great joys of the trip was simply spending time with the Kleyns. Their warm hospitality made it possible for us to see what their life and labor is like in the Philippines. And what we saw is that they are well equipped by God for this work. Their gifts, their zeal, their commitment, although not unknown to us before our visit, were on display time and again while we were there. Here's just one example. During our time there, Rev. Kleyn was asked to address a family that was grieving the death of a mother and grandmother. When we arrived at the funeral home, one little girl came bounding over, smiling from ear to ear. "Rev. Kleyn!" she shrieked, and gave him a hug. But the smile faded a bit as she confided in Rev. Kleyn that she was sad about her grandma's death. But Rev. Kleyn fed this little lamb with the comfort of the gospel of the resurrection, and her smile returned. That's just one of countless examples that could be cited.

Second, the field cries out for more laborers. Without going back on anything I just said about the abilities of the Kleyns, more men are needed because of the many opportunities and open doors God has given to us in the Philippines. In addition to the benefit of having more men to help oversee the work and give advice on different matters, these men are also needed to continue to grow the work and follow up on different contacts that we have. Rev. Kleyn has a full workload maintaining contact with the various groups with whom we are already involved, but he is unable to devote any more time and energy to fulfilling the many other requests for help that keep rolling in. In our short time there I heard of a number of different groups and individuals who were calling out for a Protestant Reformed missionary to come over and help them. Continue to pray regularly and earnestly that God would soon provide laborers to join the Kleyns on this field!

Our visit was a wonderful experience, and we are thankful that we could serve the churches in this way. But it is good to be back home and back to the work God has given here. I look forward to coming to the house of God and partaking of the Lord's Supper with you this Sunday.

In the love of Christ,

Rev. Engelsma

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Philippines Delegation Update #4

Dear family, 

It's high time I updated you again on what we have been doing. Our Wednesday was bookended by some authentic Filipino experiences. In the morning, we got a taste of Filipino transportation. We caught a trike (basically a motorcycle with a sidecar) to a local wet market. I have my doubts that they envisioned a 6'6'' white male using this means of transportation when it was conceived. My limbs were dangling dangerously in every direction. My weight gave the groaning machine all it could handle going up the hills. A sidecar that could hold three Filipinos comfortably held one large American uncomfortably. And then the wet market. It was filled from end to end with butchers hawking every kind of meat imaginable. There were your standard chicken legs and fish fillets, but then there were pig heads, fish heads, chicken heads, chicken feet, cow tongue, cow tail, cow intestine, squid, and stingray, to name a few. On the other end of our day, we were able to enjoy some Filipino meal with the Kleyns, including squid, oysters, and octopus (which I found surprisingly good).

Between these bookends, the day was filled with a number of meetings. Rev. Kleyn and I joined a Foreign Mission Committee meeting via Skype, which was interesting to participate in from the opposite side of the world. Lee and I also spent a good chunk of time meeting with Rev. Kleyn to discuss the field and their life and labors on it.

Most of the day Thursday was spent working and preparing for upcoming labors. In the evening, we visited in the home of Rev. & Melody Ibe and their boys, and spent some time catching up with them. From there we went to Provident Church for their weekly Bible study, and had the privilege of meeting some of the members of this group. Provident is not yet a part of the denomination here, but is presently one of the main areas where Rev. Kleyn focuses his mission labors. The weekly Bible study is one of the ways he does this. It is less like a Bible study as we might think of it, and more like a class that Rev. Kleyn leads to give instruction in Reformed doctrine. He is presently going through the Belgic Confession, and on Thursday he taught on Art. 21 and the satisfaction of Christ. It was very fitting in an ecclesiastical scene that is dominated by Roman Catholicism and Arminianism. On our way to the Bible study, Rev. Kleyn received word that the mother of one of the members of Provident died. So, after the Bible study, we went to the funeral home for her wake. It was interesting to observe and discuss the different ways of grieving and funeral customs.

In the short time I've been here, a few things have struck me. Here are a few:

  • The color of your skin makes you stand out immediately (and even more so if you are two feet taller than most). To some it might mean that you are wealthy. To some it might be intimidating so that they shy away. To others it might mean that you are a professional basketball player.
  • Running errands can take a whole day. You need to get your mail? You don't walk to the end of the driveway or to the local post office. You drive to a mall, where a small room is filled with stacks of mail here, there, and everywhere. Thankfully the postal worker knows the system, because it was impossible for me to decipher. You need to go to the bank? Take a number and get in line. You could be there for a while. The small room is packed with people who were there before you. You need your car registration renewed? Make sure you go to the emissions testing center first.
  • Traffic. It's constant. I told my wife that it was like being in rush hour traffic in Chicago all the time. At times it seems like all 22 million citizens of Manila are on the road at the same time. Which means that getting anywhere requires a lot of time (and patience).
  • Speaking of time, some Filipinos jokingly refer to "Filipino time." If an event is slated to start at 7:30, it's possible that it won't start until 8:00. This may be partly due to traffic, but it also may be due to a different perspective on time.
  • If you are offered something to eat, the polite thing to do is to wait a bit before eating it so that you don't leave the impression that you came expecting it.

This is not meant to be a criticism of these differences. It certainly does not mean that the Kleyns complain about these things. Not even a whisper. And it's most certainly not intended to scare anyone away from the field. But I hope it shows that adjusting to the cultural differences can take time. Pray for the Kleyns that they might continue to do so with the same wisdom and tact that they have already shown.

In the love of Christ,

Rev. Engelsma

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Rev. Joshua Engelsma is pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa and will be assisting Rev. Spronk in writing for the RFPA blog. 

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Philippines Book Order

The first part of a large book order placed by the Philippines Bookstore, run by Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon.
 

The books in the previous photo filled up 2 of these large shipping boxes. The second part of the order sits on top waiting to be packed into a smaller half-size box. These 3 boxes were filled with 254 Reformed books. They were shipped this past Tuesday and go by sea freight which usually takes 2 months for the boxes to arrive at their destination.
 
It is always quite something to see this many books being sent to this part of the world. The printed page is being spread to the four corners of the world!
We recall to mind the speech that Rev. Smit gave this past year at the RFPA Annual Meeting, "The Role of Reformed Literature in Foreign Missions". Read the full speech here as published in the Standard Bearer magazine.

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Philippines Delegation Update #3

Dear family (by blood and by faith),

After the excitement of Sunday, Monday was a bit quieter here. The morning was spent preparing for some of our other work later in the week, and the rest of the day was spent in the company of the Kleyns. We tagged along on some errands around town, and then took a drive out of Manila into the countryside. The drive served at least two purposes. For one thing, it provided us the opportunity to see some of the beautiful scenery of the Philippines (including the gently cascading Daranak Falls), but, more importantly, it gave us time to talk with our missionary and his wife about their life and work on the field.

On Tuesday we attended 7M. 7M refers, I believe, to Metro Manila Monthly Martes (Tuesday) Morning Ministers' Meeting, a training class for pastors that Rev. Kleyn leads on two Tuesdays every month. The purpose of this class is to provide instruction for pastors in areas they may not have received in their earlier training. Attendance varies, but on this morning there were 11 in attendance, not including the missionary and delegation and their wives. In the first session, Rev. Kleyn gave instruction to the men on several articles of the Church Order. After a brief coffee break, I spoke to the men from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 on "The 'How' of Bringing the Gospel." When the class was over, the men spent an enjoyable time conversing over a delicious lunch.

Two things about 7M struck me. First, theological instruction has become an important part of our mission work in the Philippines. Our missionary spends a good amount of time giving seminary-like instruction to other pastors. The desire is that by training native pastors to bring the word, they might go out in their own land and to their own people to bring the gospel in a way that a foreigner might not be able. There is much work that can be done in this area. Someday, if the Lord wills, there may be a Reformed seminary in the Philippines to promote this work here and in Southeast Asia more broadly.

The second thing that struck me was the good camaraderie among the men present at the class. It was especially encouraging to see the pastors of the three churches in the PRCP—Revs. Ibe, Flores, and Trinidad—getting along so well. Their mutual concern for the churches and the cause of the gospel there was evident. I was deeply thankful to see this brotherly spirit among these leaders. Pray that God might use this for the continued health and growth of the PRCP in the future.

In the love of Christ,

Rev. Engelsma

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Rev. Joshua Engelsma is pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa. 

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Philippines Delegation Update #2

Dear family (by blood and by faith), 

Today (Sunday) is difficult to put into words. For a while now I've been thinking about how to describe and summarize it, but I'm not sure I can. It was a day of sensory overflow—physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Some of the more physical things are easier to describe, although impossible to express. We were on the road by 6:30 this morning, in order to travel the 2 hours to the PRC of Bulacan. The ride put into perspective the 20 steps I have from the backdoor of the parsonage to the church, even on the windiest, coldest Iowa morning. Along the way we had to creep through a large, street-side market swarming with people, and vehicles, and people, and animals, and more people. The sights, the smells, the sounds—they were almost too much to handle at once. My head was on a swivel and I still missed 95% of it, I'm sure.

That was the easy part. Now comes the hard: describing our time with the congregation and council of Bulacan. How do you put into words the genuine, Spirit-worked thrill of worshiping God with the brothers and sisters in Bulacan? Impossible. How do you describe the smiling faces and joyful greetings in the Lord? It can't be done. How do you even begin to convey the soul's rapture at hearing Psalter numbers sung in a language you can't understand but yet you do understand, hearing the soul-stirring cry of Ps. 51 in the Tagalog tongue express one's own sorrow for sin? Inexpressible. How do you communicate the rush of silent tears of joy and gratitude? God alone has them bottled.

Today we met some other members of our family. They are different from us. Their native tongue, their skin color, their backgrounds, their taste buds, their culture—all is different. And yet we are the same. One in faith, one in hope, one in love for God and for his church, one in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A beautiful Sabbath.

And I realize that as I write this at the end of the Sabbath here, the Sabbath is just beginning for many of you. May you also enjoy a rich blessing in this day. We miss you all very much.

In the love of Christ,

Rev. Engelsma

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Rev. Joshua Engelsma is pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa. 

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Introducing our newest RFPA Blog Writer

We are pleased to announce that we have a new blog writer. Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor of Doon Protestant Reformed Church (Doon, Iowa) has agreed to assist Rev. Clayton Spronk as a fellow writer for the RFPA blog.

Rev. Engelsma is currently in the Philippines as part of a delegation from the Foreign Mission Committee. He has agreed to submit a series of blog posts on his work and activities while he is there, so that as you read you can become familiar with our new writer. His first post is below.  

We look forward to adding Rev. Engelsma as one of our writers!

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Dear family (by blood and by faith),

I thought it might be nice to update you from time to time on what's going on with our delegation visit to the Philippines. For those who aren't aware, every year Doon PRC, as the calling church for our missionary, and the denominational Foreign Mission Committee send a joint delegation to visit the field. This year I was sent as the delegate from the Foreign Mission Committee (although I am also Doon's pastor), and Doon sent one of our deacons, Lee Hoekstra, along with his wife Joann.

Much of Thursday/Friday was a blur of travel. We left out of Sioux Falls early Thursday morning. After a brief layover in Minnesota, we chased the sun across the Pacific for twelve hours to Tokyo. From there we skipped south to Manila, where we met Rev. and Mrs. Kleyn at the airport. After an hour or so on the busy streets of the city that never sleeps, we arrived at the second missionary house where we will be staying for the next two weeks. In all, we spent about 26 hours in travel. Exhausting.

Before I crashed in bed that night, I set my alarm on my cell phone. It wasn't necessary. I was awakened by the Filipino alarm that has awakened so many before: the crowing rooster next door. Today (Saturday here) we enjoyed some time visiting with the Kleyns. We also went for a drive to see parts of the city and taste some local cuisine. All was very good. My seminary professors will see this as fruit upon their efforts to mold me from being a "selective" eater. We also were able to visit briefly with Rev. Vernon and Melody Ibe and their three adorable boys. Having spent a number of years in seminary with Rev. Ibe, it was good to see him again, now on his home turf. After he graduated in 2012 from our seminary, I remember wondering if we would ever see each other again. I don't think I ever imagined seeing him so soon and under these circumstances. It was a real joy.

One thing that struck me in our travels was the differences in language and culture in the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. On several occasions I found myself thinking about the tower of Babel and the effects of what God did there. It's fascinating to see the differences in language, food, clothing, transportation, etc., and how this serves in the counsel of God to accomplish the scattering and separation of the nations. But it's also fascinating to see how God uses this to gather to himself a diverse body, made up of many different parts, but all united as one in Christ. How beautiful will be the sound of these many different tongues harmonized in glory in praises to the Lamb!

In the love of Christ,

Rev. Engelsma

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RFPA Update Winter 2013

Wondering about RFPA book distributors, the success of the warehouse sale, or what books are on special this spring? Read about it all in the newest issue of the RFPA Update! Click here for to view the Update as a PDF.

 

Spreading the Truth...One Book at a Time

Do you imagine the woman in Europe studying the truth of God’s word, whose bookshelf of RFPA publications is her most prized possession? Or the man in Asia just hearing about the Reformed faith for the first time? Do you think about the group of Reformed believers in Africa, eagerly awaiting a translation of Doctrine according to Godliness in their own language? What about the young converts in Singapore, who worship and study despite their families’ outrage?

The purpose and mission of the RFPA has always been to testify to the truth of Scripture as understood and developed in the Reformed tradition. What use is this testimony unless the RFPA actively proclaims it throughout the world, making our good, Reformed material available to believers of every nation, tribe, and tongue? We give thanks to God for the following three bookstores that help make this happen.

Covenant Protestant Reformed Church Bookstore
Northern Ireland
 

The Covenant Protestant Reformed Church Bookstore (CPRCB) is the RFPA’s distributor to its UK and European readers. Up and running for approximately 30 years, the bookstore is currently located in the manse of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church (CPRC) and operated by Rev. Angus Stewart and his wife, Mary. Rev. Stewart is the pastor of CPRC.

“The bookstore was opened in order to spread the Reformed faith, to strengthen and grow the CPRC, and to get the Protestant Reformed authors better known,” said Rev. Stewart. “We are trying to reach anybody and everybody with the truth of the Reformed faith, especially those in the UK and Europe.”

The Stewarts and other members of the CPRC use diverse means to sell books and to get them into the hands of people all over the world. They have a comprehensive website (www.cprf.co.uk/bookstore.htm), including translations of parts of 30 RFPA titles in 13 different languages. The CPRCB is active in the community, having hosted booths at agricultural shows, markets, and other community events. Rev. Stewart (along with Rev. Martyn McGeown of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in the Republic of Ireland) sells RFPA books at CPRC conferences and frequent lectures throughout the UK. The CPRCB advertise the books in their monthly paper, The Covenant Reformed News, and through Facebook. 

And these efforts have certainly been successful, by God’s grace. On average, the CPRCB sells approximately 320 RFPA books each year, including several of the most popular titles (Doctrine according to Godliness and When You Pray). In 2010, the RFPA sent nearly 700 books overseas to replenish the CPRCB’s supply, the largest order in the history of the RFPA.

The Philippines Bookstore
Philippines
 

The Philippines Bookstore is a relatively new operation, run by Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife, Sharon. Rev. Kleyn currently serves as a missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches to several groups and churches in and around Manila. The bookstore opened just two years ago and has proved to be an asset to the mission work being done in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia.

“The costs for the bookstore are funded by generous collections in the Protestant Reformed Churches. They enable us to pay for shipping the books and also to sell the books here at a discounted price, so that the Filipinos can more easily afford to buy them,” said Sharon.

In the two years since the bookstore opened, the Kleyns have sold more than 750 books plus many Bibles and Psalters to the members of the churches and the groups with whom they work. Many of these people have also spread the word to their friends and acquaintances, resulting in the spread of RFPA books all over the Philippines and even as far as Indonesia and Korea. One pastor in the Manila area uses sections of Doctrine according to Godliness (which has now been translated in its entirety into Tagalog) for his weekly radio broadcast.

“Thank you for making these books available at discounted prices,” said one customer. “I have learned so many things from what I have already read. By God’s grace, the Lord gives me opportunity to share what I am learning with others here at church, especially with my elders.”

Covenant Reformed Book Centre
Singapore
 

Located in the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church (CERC), a sister church of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, this small but energetic operation is not so concerned with making a profit as it is to encourage people to read doctrinally sound Reformed books.

Run by Suet Yin Goh and Daisy Lim along with help from the church’s Ebenezer bible study group, the Covenant Reformed Book Centre (CRBC) has been in operation for quite some time, although not always under this name and management. Many years ago, donations from the Protestant Reformed Churches were given to the church in Singapore as a start-up fund for a bookstore, the fruit of which the Singaporean saints have been enjoying for years.

“We are grateful that Prof. Herman Hanko and Prof. David Engelsma have faithfully documented their wealth of knowledge in writing the many books. We hope that more professors and ministers would set aside time to write books,” said Daisy. “Books help us to reinforce our understanding of the sound doctrines of Holy Scriptures. Whenever we forget what we heard in the preaching, we can always re-read the books.”

Daisy’s words give testimony to the value of the written word. The CERC is a growing church with many young members, passionate about the Reformed faith. The book centre, carrying over 70 RFPA titles, has been invaluable to this growth. Popular titles include God’s Everlasting Covenant of Grace, Doctrine according to Godliness, and Mysteries of the Kingdom.

 

New Book, New Author! The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ

 

This beautiful paperback is the perfect gift book for anyone, young or old. This book discusses the nine aspects of the fruit of the Spirit (found in Galatians 5:22, 23), encouraging believers unto a life of good fruit-bearing. 

New author Richard J. Smit first wrote about the fruit of the Spirit in a series of articles that appeared in the Standard Bearer. Smit has served as a minister in several charges in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America and currently serves as a missionary to the Philippines.

 

RFPA Annual Meeting 2012 Recap

The RFPA annual meeting took place on September 27, 2012 in Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church with board president Henry Kamps leading the proceedings. Sixty-four association members attended and sixteen men requested membership. What a thrill to have men passionate for the work of the RFPA! 

The treasurer, Jeff Kalsbeek, reported on various financial details including a net income deficit for both the book and Standard Bearer divisions. In both cases, the deficits showed only a slight variance to the budgeted amounts, and funds were made available from restricted accounts to cover these deficits. Book sales were near all-time highs at $207,651, and although SB hardcopy subscriptions have dipped, eSubscriptions are gaining in popularity. The RFPA has zero debt and its net worth continues to grow. The balance sheet showed amounts in accounts reserved for designated and special situations, such as  future building maintenance and office equipment.

Cal Kalsbeek, secretary of the board, presented his report on highlights of the previous year, calling it the “Year of the epub,” making reference to our transition into the eBook industry. The transcript of this report was printed in volume 89 issue 4 of the Standard Bearer. Professor Barrett Gritters presented the keynote address entitled “Church Membership in a Postmodern Era,” the text of which will be published in upcoming issues of the Standard Bearer. Thanks were given to retiring board members Tom Bodbyl, Ryan Brunsting, Ed Hoekstra, and Henry Kamps. New board members were elected for three-year terms.

 

Photo | The current RFPA board (from left to right): Dave Harbach, Cal Kalsbeek (secretary), Joel Bodbyl (chairman of marketing and membership committee), Tom Bergman, Dan DeMeester (vice-all and chairman of book and Standard Bearer committee), Michael Bosveld (president), Jon Engelsma (vice president), Jeff Kalsbeek (treasurer and chairman of finance committee), Dan Van Uffelen, Matt VanOverloop, Dan Kalsbeek, and Doug Mingerink Jr.

 

 

Warehouse Sale an Encouraging Success!

Six hours. Roughly 325 customers. Approximately 460 bags. More than 10,100 books sold. Seven new Book Club members. Yes, by all accounts the RFPA warehouse sale was a smashing success!

Customers were invited to visit the RFPA on Saturday December 15 and fill a bag with books (choosing from 40 select titles) for only $25. And the people came in droves! The staff and board members were available to answer questions, assist customers with checkout, and restock the books on special. The most popular book, selling 402 copies? Portraits of Faithful Saints. The Unfolding Covenant History series was close behind, at about 380 copies of each volume.

One of our goals is to help young people and families establish a solid Reformed library, and we are thrilled to report that a large number of young people and families came out for the sale. What an encouragement it is to see so many, both young and old, excited to read about the truth of God’s word! It is our prayer that the books purchased will be well-used as resources for instruction and comfort for years to come.

Now that we have cleared some much needed space in the warehouse, we can prepare for the next several book projects! We ask for your continued prayers and monetary support as the urgent work of proclaiming the Reformed truth is carried out.

 

A Review of A Pilgrim’s Manual: Commentary on 1 Peter

Herman Hanko
Reformed Free Publishing Association
Jenison, MI, 2012
Hardback, 352 pages; $32.00
Reviewed by Charles Terpstra

Protestant Reformed Seminary Professor Emeritus, Herman Hanko, has done it again! He has penned another fine exposition of a portion of Holy Scripture, this time on the book of 1 Peter. As he did with The Mysteries of the Kingdom (on Jesus’ parables) and Justified unto Liberty (on Galatians), so now with A Pilgrim’s Manual Hanko has given us a rich exegetical commentary on a precious New Testament book. He has captured the heart of this epistle and woven its theme throughout this work. He will not have us forget that 1 Peter is indeed a pilgrim’s manual, inspired by the Holy Spirit and inscribed by Peter to guide God’s pilgrim-stranger people through this world on the way to their heavenly home.

Hanko is a skilled exegete in his own right (gifted by the Lord, of course). Having preached through the epistle in his early ministry, and having taught New Testament Greek for many years in the Protestant Reformed Seminary, Hanko develops the concepts and truths of this letter even further. In fact, Hanko is not afraid to differ with Herman Hoeksema and others at points. The result is a commentary that is fresh, deep, and rich in doctrinal teaching. 

Still more, because Hanko writes as a churchman who is bound by and faithful to the Reformed creeds, his work breathes the beautiful truths of the Reformed faith, especially the sovereignty of God and the sovereignty of his grace to his people in Christ Jesus. And because he writes as a Protestant Reformed churchman, he emphasizes especially God’s sovereign, particular grace and his unconditional covenant with his elect people in Christ. For the same reasons, Hanko exposes the heresies and errors of our time, with clarity and compassion. 

Nor does Hanko avoid the “difficult” doctrines presented in this epistle, such as Christ's being the chief cornerstone of his church while also being the “stone of stumbling” and “rock of offence” to the wicked unbeliever—and both aspects being according to God’s sovereign predestination (election and reprobation, 2:4–9). Or the tough practical issues involving the true Christian’s persecution by this ungodly world (chaps. 2, 4) and the callings of the Christian wife and husband in marriage, even mixed ones (3:1–7). In the face of ecclesiastical mushiness on doctrine and outright wimpiness on morality, Hanko issues a clear sound of faithfulness to the text of Scripture, letting God’s word speak plainly and powerfully for the instruction, correction, and guidance of God’s people (2 Tim.3:16).

Yet this new work is also more than rich in exegesis and doctrinal commentary. Warmly dedicated to his wife “Wilma, my fellow pilgrim,” A Pilgrim’s Manual is also rich in devotion and practical application. Hanko writes this commentary as a redeemed and devoted Christian pilgrim, himself making the journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. And because he is a mature and experienced pilgrim, filled with the light of God’s word, he is able to provide us, his fellow pilgrims, with wise counsel for our journeys. In reading this commentary you will not lack for comfort and hope.

We sincerely welcome and heartily recommend A Pilgrim’s Manual to Christian readers everywhere. It will serve as a profitable addition to your personal or family library. It will feed your soul and strengthen your faith whether you use it for your group Bible study or for your personal devotions. Above all, this work will confirm you in the one hope we have as believers—the hope of our everlasting home with the Lord. By all means get this book, study the manual, and then press on, pilgrim!

Mr. Terpstra currently serves as the librarian and archivist (among other responsibilities) at the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, MI, and is the book review editor for the Standard Bearer.

 

Bound to Join  and A Defense of the Church Institute- BOGO!  (reg. $17.95 each)

Click here to purchase! Valid through April 15, 2013.
*Book Club or any other discount does not apply. Book club members will not be charged for shipping.

These books by David J. Engelsma are must reads in an age when many Christians neglect their duty regarding church membership. In Bound to Join, Engelsma explains, in the form of letters, the importance of church membership in the twenty-first century. In the sequel, A Defense of the Church Institute, Engelsma defends the doctrine of church membership and demonstrates that love for the universal, invisible church invariably expresses itself by love for the manifestation of this church in the church institute.

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Reformed Literature in the Philippines: Books, Books, and More Books

You may remember from this post a few months ago that we shipped a large order of books to Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife, Sharon, in the Philippines. Well, their shipment arrived and they were kind enough to share these photos with us!

  

 

To learn more about who's reading all these books, click here and head on over to the the Kleyns' blog!

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Reformed Literature Headed for the Philippines

This stack of books has been cleared from the packing room. More than 275 books are on their way to the Philippines!

(All the books stacked on the packing room counter, ready to be packed.)

Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife, Sharon, (missionaries representing the Protestant Reformed Churches in America) have been selling our books in the Philippines for the past several years. If you live in the Philippines and are wanting Reformed literature or are interested in making contact with other Reformed believers, visit the Kleyns' blog for more information!

(Six boxes of booksapprox. 50 lbs eachsafely packed and ready to be shipped across the world.)

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