These two eye-catching Dutch words have been used extensively in the advertisements for a new Dutch weekly. They mean: “Choose Cozluse!” Course is the striking and rather significant name chosen for this weekly opinion-magazine.
Perhaps most of the readers of The Standard Bearerare not interested in information about such a magazine, chiefly for the reason that they are unable to read the Dutch language. But among our readers there is a minority who not only still read Dutch but also have a rather lively curiosity about Dutch current events and opinions. Thus, among some of our older people who were born in the “old country” and also among some of the more recent immigrants from the Netherlands, there are not a few who not only still subscribe to one or two church papers, but who also subscribed to the magazine De Spiegel (now defunct) or who subscribe to Trouw, another paper of a general nature.
To make a long story short, there has arisen a “Reformed Christian Press Association” in the Netherlands. These are men, generally, of a rather conservative Reformed bent who feel that there is no distinctively Reformed and Christian magazine of a general character, a magazine to reflect on current events in every sphere of life, not merely a church paper or a theological journal. De Spiegel has gone out of existence, and besides, was not satisfactory.Trouw, which, if memory serves me correctly, had its inception during the German occupation, has become rather liberal and radical. Hence, this new organization purposes to publish a new weekly opinion-magazine which they are calling Course. As its name implies, it purposes to set the course, to show the way, for Reformed people. But let Koers speak for itself in this regard. The following is quoted from a brief introductory editorial in the first sample issue of the new magazine. It is from the pen of J.H. Velema, Chairman of the Board of Koers (I translate):
KOERS came into existence on the initiative of persons from various churches who were all driven by the desire for a paper which would in a responsible manner give leadership for Christian life and thought in these times.
With all our differences, we appeared in the past months to be one in the desire for the absolute domination of God’s Word; the desire for a life which is ruled by this Word; the desire for a spiritual revival of which all the churches have need and which might bind together all Christians. . . We only want to live by the light of the prophetic Word and allow that light to shine upon the life of today. The course of this magazine is determined by that. We go to sea with this magazine in the conviction that it is a necessity now. The Kingdom is coming. That is the most significant news. And that news furnishes the course.
Indeed, this new Press Association has set for itself a not unpretentious goal!
At this writing, after having received a considerable amount of advance propaganda, I have received two sample numbers, dated December 15, 1969 and March 1, 1970. Both are attractively published. Both feature a rather wide variety of articles and a few pictures. Both make a serious effort to look at things from a conservatively Reformed viewpoint. Personally, I am interested chiefly in current events in the Reformed churches in the Netherlands, and only a little in life in the “old country” in general. But even at that, there are interesting reports and interviews. In the second sample copy, for example, there was a very interesting interview with Dr. M.J. Arntzen, one of the conservative leaders in the Gereformeerde Kerken/
I get the impression that from now on the magazine will be published regularly. For the second sample copy was headed “Volume 1, Number 1.” For those who are interested, here is the address: Ref. Chr. Persstichting Koers, Parklaan 11, Zeist, The Netherlands. The price is a bit steep—13 Dutch dollars per quarter—but this is due to the fact that for a magazine like this to be worthwhile for American or Canadian readers is must be sent by airmail. But if you want to keep up on events in the “old country,” I suggest that this new magazine would be helpful.