(Editor’s Note: At our last annual staff meeting it was decided to introduce a new department in our Standard Bearer which would feature worthwhile articles from early volumes of our magazine which are no longer available to most of our readers. It was felt that there were a goodly number of such articles which would also be pertinent today. Besides, many such articles in our early days appeared in the Holland language, which most of our readers are unable to read today.
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Call the Sabbath a Delight! Welcome to our special issue on the Lord’s Day. The Old Testament name Sabbathemphasizes the truth that we are to rest in the mighty works of God, notably our salvation sealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament name Lord’s Dayemphasizes that Jesus Christ is Lord of the entire Sabbath, and He determines what is right for the day. This special day, established by God as a creation ordinance, is one that even the ungodly cannot ignore totally. And yet, in both respects—as Sabbath and as the Lord’s Day—God’s law is trampled underfoot. That the...
HET SCHARLAKEN KOORD, by Cornelius Lambragtse. Uitgeverij T. Wever, R.V.; Franeker, Nederland. This is the second religious novel from the hand of Cornelius Lambregtse, which was published in 1975 and enjoyed a reprint in 1976. Religious novels in America usually prove disappointing, but that is not the case with the two written by Lambregtse; Both carry a sound religious note.
HET LAATSTE WOORD (The Last Word), Prof. Dr. J.L. Koole; J.H. Kok, Uitgeversmij, Kampen, The Netherlands; 19 pages; price, f 2, 75 This is No. 5 in a series of booklets issued by the Theological School of Kampen under the general heading Kamper Cahiers (Kampen Exercise books). I have not received the first three of these, which have been rather severely criticized, as not Reformed.
In The Presbyterian Journal of April 17, 1968 there appeared the following review of “Reformed Dogmatics” which we quote in full. For the information of our readers, The Presbyterian Journal is a weekly magazine which represents the conservative wing in the Southern Presbyterian Church, a denomination currently working toward a possible merger with the Reformed Church in America. We hereby express our thanks for this review.
The next two selections transport us back in time to the events of the reformation in the Netherlands. The first is a song composed by Martin Luther, honoring the first two martyrs of the Reformation as a whole—two Augustinian monks from the Lowlands. On July 1, 1523, Henry Vos and John van den Essohen were burned at the stake in Brussels. Shortly thereafter, Luther composed this, the first hymn of the Reformation. The second is an eyewitness account of the hedge-preaching that occurred in the Netherlands. This was a worship service in an open field, made necessary because the Romish...
(Connection: In the previous section, the Remonstrants were still trying to obstruct the convening of a National Synod, even after the States-General had decided it should be held in 1618. The Remonstrants sought a Provincial Synod in Holland—something which they formerly opposed. They tried to get an Ecumenical Synod. But the States-General continued to insist on a National Synod. The only thing accomplished by the Arminians was that this National Synod was again delayed for a few months.
TONGUES, HEALING, AND YOU, by Don. W. Hillis; Baker Book House, 1969; 63 pp., $1.00 (paper). A brief book is which the gift of tongues and the gift of healing is discussed by the Associate Director of the Evangelical Alliance Mission. While the author argues that present manifestations of these gifts are not at all like the gifts given to the early Church, the book is too brief to be of any great value in a study of these problems.
On Monday night, January 3, 2011, God answered the prayers of many parents in Loveland, CO. By faith the Loveland Protestant Reformed Christian School Society voted to start a high school beginning in 2011-2012. This would complete our school’s humble beginnings forty-nine years ago, when we started with seven students in grades 1-5. The possibility of our having a high school in Loveland was explored already in the early 1980s, when we added the 9th grade. In the 1990s, the Board conducted feasibility studies and surveyed the school society membership, in order to gain their input and gauge the level...