The following letter was written by Dr. Cornelius Van Til
REPORT OF MY TRIP TO
EUREKA, SOUTH DAKOTA
May 13, 1958
Eureka Classis met at
I arrived in
The opening of the Classis was on Wednesday evening. Rev. Buehrer, one of the older ministers, gave the sermon. After the service I went with Rev. Hoeflinger and stayed overnight at his home. Hoeflinger is one of our graduates.
The Business Meetings began on Thursday morning. I was given an opportunity to address the Classis on Thursday afternoon. Rev. Bosma was the President, Mr. Hoeflinger the Clerk and Rev. John Cooper, also one of our graduates, was Vice President.
I spoke on the condition of the Church in general in relation to the modern situation and on the need of all of us who love the Reformed Faith in cooperating to bring the message of God’s grace to the world. In the evening there was a large public meeting. Rev. Klaudt, an older minister, preached a sermon in German. It was delightful to listen to him. I was given an opportunity to address this public audience for 15 min. after Mr. Klaudt was through speaking. There were approximately 500 people present. After the service I went with Rev. Cooper and stayed overnight at his home. Rev. Bernie Haan of
I was very much impressed by the solidity of the Reformed tradition among the people of Eureka Classis. But their problem is to communicate the truths of the Reformed Faith to the next generation. The situation is similar apparently to that which obtained in the Christian Reformed Church a number of years ago. The situation is perhaps more difficult than it was in the Christian Reformed Church. The hope for the future seems to lie in the fact that Rev. Cooper and Rev. Hoeflinger, together with Rev. Nonhof and the younger Stuebbe, are very much aware of the need of a positive and aggressive presentation of the Reformed Faith in the English language. Another hopeful feature is the fact that Lloyd Gross graduates this spring and will enter the Eureka Classis. Then too there is here another student from the Eureka Classis. His name is Peter Grossman. Both of these young men are very able and enthusiastic fellows. When these two men join the others I mentioned they ought to be able to carry forward the Reformed Faith in that Classis. Perhaps they will be able to initiate a positive program of missions and of Christian education. They have every intention of trying to do so. When this happens the
An interesting thing about the whole situation is the fact that the theology that controls most of the older men in the Classis is that of Kohlbrügge. If there were to be a discussion of union with another Reformed body the matter of theology might have to be taken up.
The Classis is very small. It consists of about nine ministers, but I think there are about 1.7 or 18 churches. Even so their strength is far beyond their numbers. At their meetings they have a good elder representation. All in all, it was, I think, helpful as well as pleasant and profitable to visit the meetings of the Classis.
Cornelius Van Til