Some time ago I was sent a copy of the minutes of a meeting of the Fiftieth Anniversary Committee, with the suggestion that some advance publicity be given by way of the Church News column. A fine idea, I think, especially now that our Standard Bearer has launched the commemoration of its own fiftieth anniversary. The fiftieth year of our churches’ existence follows on the heels of that of the Standard Bearer, so the celebration of the latter ought to excite interest in that of the former.
Scripture at times moves very quickly. Sometimes it moves too fast for us, and leaps over days and weeks, and events therein, whose detail we desire to have. It leaps from Jesus’ return from Egypt to the time when He was twelve years old, and it tells us nothing about His childhood. Then again it leaps from that incident, when He was twelve, until He was thirty years old and appeared before John to be baptized.
The scene in this chapter is one of misery (2-4ff), deliverance (18, 25, and thanksgiving (26, 27). Where the church, the vineyard, appears bleak and dismal, how bad and black must be this wilderness world!
Today we are witnessing a striking thing in education in the United States: the arising of many private schools that call themselves Christian schools. In the past, only the Roman Catholic Church, some Lutheran Churches, and Reformed parents established Christian schools; the others were content with the public education set up by our government. Of late, many other churches and parents have been establishing Christian schools alongside the public schools.
In close connection with the destruction of Jericho, and the faith of the people of God exhibited in the taking of this city, the writer to the Hebrews now turns our attention to one of the citizens of Jericho. This person is a woman, a public woman, a harlot. However, at the time of the fall of Jericho she was an erstwhile harlot because the Lord had been merciful to her and called her from the darkness of her sin-steeped life into His marvelous light. She was beloved of God and must serve the counsel of God and the redemption...
With the filling of barns and silos and the putting away of our vacation gear, the time is again upon us to apply ourselves to the mental and heartfelt pursuit of the study of God’s Word in a far more systematic way than we have done in the past summer months. School bells (buzzers) call eager youth to class and they come clutching colors and tablets. Young people pursue their chosen course in high school and college. And a goodly number of young men trim candle and lamp for the late hours that seminary study demands.
(850-250 A.D.) THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST We are now discussing the doctrine of the last things as taught in the church of God during the early years of the New Dispensation, in the years 80 – 250 A.D. Of course, several doctrines belong to this doctrine or doctrines of the last things. And we are presently busy with the second advent or coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We concluded our preceding article by introducing to our readers Papias, who has the credit of association with Polycarp, in the friendship of St. John himself.
The Standard Bearer has, from the beginning of its existence, been an independent paper without any formal ecclesiastical ties, and published by an association of men. Nevertheless, it stands, in the minds of all who know it, as part of the Protestant Reformed Churches.
Members and Friends of the Reformed Free Publishing Association Dear Brethren: Once again your Board comes to you this evening with a resume of what has been accomplished this year with the help of our Covenant God. We have met each month at the prescribed times and we received at these meetings, encouraging and gratifying reports on the acceptance and growth of the Standard Bearer.
Recently I received a letter from one of our growing number of non-Protestant Reformed readers — this one from Canada — which made plain to me how difficult it is to express one’s meaning and mood clearly and concisely in the printed word. The letter is not critical; on the contrary, as will become plain when I quote part of it, it is the kind of letter an editor can frequently use. However, the writer misjudged my mood and my intent. I take the blame for this: evidently I did not come through clearly.