Langs Zuivere Banen [Along Pure Paths]
The first publication of the Reformed Free Publishing Association was Langs Zuivere Banen, (Dutch for “Along Pure Paths”) written by Revs. H. Danhof (First CRC, Kalamazoo) and H. Hoeksema (Eastern Ave. CRC) between the end of 1923 and June of 1924 when the CRC Synod met and adopted her “three points of common grace.” The eighty-five page pamphlet was a further refutation of this doctrine, a subject of intense debate in the CRC at that time. Danhof and Hoeksema were responding to criticism of an earlier and larger work critical of common grace, “Sin and Grace” (Zonde en Genade). As you will note, LZB was prior to the formation of the PRCA. If you wish to know more about this early RFPA publication, you can read it in English (including Prof. D. Engelsma’s historical introduction to it) in The Rock Whence We Are Hewn (RFPA, 2015), pp.157ff.
Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965) was born in Groningen, the Netherlands on March 13, 1886 and passed away in Grand Rapids, MI on September 2, 1965. He attended the Theological School of the Christian Reformed Church and was ordained into the minitry in September of 1915.
"H.H." is considered one of the founding "fathers" of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. He and his consistory (Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI) were suspended and deposed from their offices in 1924-1925 because of their opposition to the "Three Points of Common Grace" adopted by the Christian Reformed Church in the Synod of Kalamazoo, MI in 1924. He, together with Rev. George M. Ophoff, Rev. H. Danhof and their consistories continued in office in the "Protesting Christian Reformed Church" which shortly thereafter were named the "Protestant Reformed Churches in America."
Herman Hoeksema served as pastor in the 14th Street Christian Reformed Church in Holland, MI (1915-1920), Eastern Ave. Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI (1920-1924), and First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI (1924-1964), He taught in the Seminary of the Protestant Reformed Churches from its founding and retired in 1964.
For an enlarged biography, see: Herman Hoeksema: Theologian and Reformer