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Monthly Archives: November 2012
(Wednesday evening 28 November) This will be a short blog. When you are tired, you seem to catch a bit of flu more easily, and, unfortunately, this is my current fate. I returned home on Monday morning after an grueling 8-day series of appointments. Together with my friend and colleague Peter Roennfeldt I toured Belgium and Luxembourg. He did about 70 percent of all the talking, while I drove the 2.300 kilometers to the various places. We held 17 meetings … Continue reading
The General Synod of the United Protestant Church in the Netherlands recently studied the question whether hell does indeed exist. According to the Heidelberger Catechism—one of the documents on which the theology of this church is based—things are quite clear: hell is an eternally burning fire in which the godless will be punished for ever, while the believers will enjoy all kinds of pleasurable things in heaven. A church member from Haarlem submitted a gravamen. That is a Latin … Continue reading
During three consecutive Sundays almost two hundred delegates gathered in the small town of Scherpenzeel to debate and decide about the state of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands. They looked critically at the 2007-2012 period. Repeatedly, it was concluded that some things had not gone as they should. This explains why several proposals were brought (and accepted) to do some reparatory work, and to prevent similar problems in the future. At times the discussion was quite heated. But, … Continue reading
[Wednesday morning November 7, 7 am]. I just put on the television in my hotel room in Kortrijk (close to the Belgian-French border), where last night I had an important meeting. I had hoped for an Obama victory, and my hope had been fulfilled. Barack Obama will have another four years as president of the USA. He will undoubtedly have some difficult years ahead of him, for he will meet stiff resistance from a Congress with a republican majority. … Continue reading