On Monday, July 17, 1989, Professor Homer C. Hoeksema died at the age of 66 years. He lived only 3 months after cancer was discovered. Professor Hoeksema held a prominent place in the Protestant Reformed Churches for many years. A minister in these churches for 40 years, he served the denomination as professor of theology for 30 years. For 24 years, Professor Hoeksema was Editor of this magazine.

We are asking his long-time colleague in the Protestant Reformed Seminary, Professor Herman Hanko, to write a memorial article for a future issue of The Standard Bearer.

The staff of The Standard Bearer expresses its Christian sympathy to the widow and family, praying that you are comforted by the promise of the gospel, that “them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him (Jesus)” at His coming (1 Thess. 4:13-18).


The Protestant Reformed Synod receives some attention in this issue. The meditation is the sermon preached by Rev. Gise Van Baren at the worship service of the Hull, Iowa congregation the evening before Synod convened, which service is attended also by the synodical delegates. Professor Robert Decker writes the guest editorial on the highlights of Synod 1989. And our acting managing editor, Mr. Don Doezema (himself a delegate of Synod), sprinkles the pages with pictures that he took of Synod in action.

The complete account of Synod’s decisions will be available later this summer in the official “Acts of Synod.” This publication includes the yearbook of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Copies are distributed without charge to the members of the PRC through their consistories. Others who desire a copy can order it from the Stated Clerk of Synod, Rev. Meindert Joostens, 2016 Tekonsha Road SE, Grand Rapids, Ml 49506. The cost is $2.00 per copy.

Professor Robert Decker, Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at the Protestant Reformed Seminary, has prepared a series of four speeches on the office of the elder in the church. This study deals with the office generally; qualifications for the office; church government; and such duties of the elder as family visitation and visitation of the sick. The speeches have been given at conferences in Grand Rapids, MI and Loveland, CO with enthusiastic response. Audio cassette tapes and video tapes of the conference in Grand Rapids are available from the Protestant Reformed Seminary, 4949 Ivanrest Ave., SW, Grandville, MI 49418 (telephone: 616-531-1490). The audio tapes consist of four tapes in a case and can be bought for $15.00. The video tapes can be borrowed for $10.00. Both audio and video tapes include Prof. Decker’s presentations and the question-and-answer sessions that followed each speech. These classes will be profitable to individuals, consistories, and Bible-study groups.