Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2 April 2013

“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  [Ephesians 6:12

Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] New Christian Observer Articles for April 2014

[2] Evangelical Worship Is Too Cheerful, Neglects Sin, Dr. Cornelius Plantinga of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Says


[1] New Christian Observer Articles for April 2014

New Christian Observer articles for April 2014 include:

-- Hungary Got It Right!By Guest Editor the Rev. Albert W. Kovacs, Calvin Synod, Hungarian Reformed Church – Charges of anti-Semitism in Hungary by American politicians and European Union critics, and also obnoxious outbreaks by neo-Nazi militants in Hungary, call for a clarification to Hungary’s friends about the history of Hungary in the 20th century and the reality of the situation in present day Hungary;

-- The Cult of Mariolatry: “Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” – Romans 3:3 Geneva Bible
By Contributing Editor David Brand – Part 25 in a continuing series examining the effects upon the church of the change in meaning of the Greek word pistis from faith to faithfulness by the English Revised Version Committee that began meeting in February 1870;

-- The Inversion of Morality in the Public Schoolsby Contributing Editor Dr. Joe Renfro – the effects upon public schools by secular and progressive dogma replacing traditional Christian morality;

-- The Birds and Bees 101by Associate Editor Dr. Chuck Baynard – answering the question: “No Sex-No Babies-No Disease! So why do I hurt so much?”;

Plus, Daily Devotionals by T.M. Moore, dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe.

+ Christian Observer, Post Office Box 1371, Lexington, Virginia 24450,

[2] Evangelical Worship Is Too Cheerful, Neglects Sin, Dr. Cornelius Plantinga of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Says

A 28 March 2014 Christian Post article by Napp Nazworth titled “Evangelical Worship Is Too Cheerful, Neglects Sin, Theologian Says” reports that at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Faith Angle Forum on 24March 2014, Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, said that worship at evangelical confessionally Reformed churches, including the Christian Reformed Church, Reformed Church in America, and United Presbyterian Church, do not often mention sin, an integral part of the Gospel message.

Dr. Plantinga believes the lack of focus on sin comes from a desire for the church to be “seeker friendly” by avoiding topics that may turn off non-Christians or new Christians, saying:

"Mindful that seekers come to church in American no-fault culture in which tolerance is a big virtue and intolerance a big vice, worship finders in evangelical churches often want nothing in the service that sounds judgmental," he said. And for that reason "lots of evangelical churches these days are unrelievedly cheerful."

+ The Christian Post, National Press Building, 529 14th Street Northwest, Suite 420, Washington DC 20045, 202-347-7734,

+ Calvin College 3201 Burton Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546, 616-526-6000

+ Christian Reformed Church in North America, 2850 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49560, 616-241-1691, Fax: 616-224-0803

+ Reformed Church in America, 4500 60th Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512, 800-968-6065,

+ Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202, 888-728-7228
, Fax: 502-569-8005