To apply the words of Psalm 40 to Christ in His earthly ministry, He came and “preached righteousness in the great congregation” (v. 9), and spoke to His Father, saying, “I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation” (v. 10). By His Spirit and through His ordained gospel preachers, Jesus still speaks today, not only in great congregations, each one organized into a church institute, but to the ends of the earth in mission work. Therefore, the apostle Paul taught the Ephesian Christians that Christ, who had never been to Ephesus, “came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh” (Eph. 2:17). It is truly a wonder of God’s covenant that Jesus Christ is with us and speaks to us through preaching, whether we are in established congregations or hearing the gospel on the mission field.

The topic for this special fall issue of the Standard Bearer is preaching. We have a wide variety of arti­cles expounding the theme that graces the front cover. In keeping with our retro cover and commemorative volume, we take our opening meditation from the SB archives. It is a lovely piece written by Rev. Marinus Schipper on the joyful sound of preaching. Prof. Griess contributes a guest editorial that traces our convictions and practices regarding preaching back to the great Ref­ormation, and he does that by introducing us to a rela­tively unknown Reformer through whom God restored heavenly preaching to His church. With the intriguing title, “God’s Folly,” Prof. Cammenga addresses the na­ture of preaching as the wisdom of God. Essential to faithful preaching is the issuing of the call of the gospel, and so Rev. Engelsma addresses this often controver­sial subject with what is a clear and helpful treatment. Drawing from years of experience on the mission field, particularly on the island of Jamaica, Rev. Bruinsma helps us appreciate the different dynamics of bringing the gospel outside of the walls of our home congrega­tion. I am confident you will be blessed to read three contributions from the pew. We heartily thank Mr. Howard Pastoor, who writes as a ruling elder, Mr. Dan Van Dyke, a school teacher, and Mrs. Alyssa Pastoor, a wife and mother, for their willingness to contribute. The undersigned concludes the issue with an article on “Johnny,” addressing the relation between technology and preaching today.

We pray that this special issue rekindles in every Reformed believer an appreciation for the wonder of preaching in the great congregation.

Prof. B. Huizinga