Of keen interest, no doubt, is news concerning the calls which have been extended during the past months. For that reason, it’s not likely that many of our readers will learn of these calls for the first time through the Standard Bearer news column. But we’ll report them, nevertheless. Rev. Lanting declined the call from Hope Church (Grand Rapids). Candidate W. Bekkering, who received calls from both Forbes and Randolph, has accepted the call from the latter. Candidate M. Kamps received and accepted the call from Redlands, California. Rev. Woudenberg has declined the call extended to him from Hope Church (Grand Rapids) to serve as home missionary. And Rev. Engelsma has declined the call to become third professor in our Seminary. That call has therefore been extended to the synodically chosen first alternate, Rev. Kortering, of our Hull Church.
Some time ago we included, in this column, information concerning various projects of the Evangelism Committee of our South Holland congregation. The expressed aim of this committee was that it “be diligent in the dissemination of the truth with which He has singularly blessed us.” That it has indeed been such, is evident, we think, from the work which has been done. Several recent speeches have been printed in pamphlet form and distributed, as a result of their efforts. Perhaps you have seen “Shall There Be Reformation No More?”—a pamphlet made from Rev. VanBaren’s 1971 Reformation Day address in South Holland. Another has been made of the speech by Prof. Hanko which dealt with the film arts.
There are, however, a couple of recent publications which deserve special attention. One is entitled “Pentecostalism, in the Light of The Word,” which you may recognize as the title of the lecture given by Rev. Decker in Holland last spring. The other is a pamphlet containing meditations which appeared on the bulletins of First Church during the war years of 1941-1946. The meditations, written by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, were, according to the Foreword “published in this Booklet as a testimony of the marvelous grace of God in Jesus Christ which alone is able to sustain God’s children in times of sickness, old age, sorrow, poverty, distress and affliction.”
Of primary importance, certainly, is the contents of these pamphlets; but we could mention in passing that a striking feature of both booklets is the attractiveness of the covers. For the intended use of these pamphlets, their appearance is no doubt of some importance, too. But, to return to the contents, it’s the opinion of the committee that both pamphlets “should have universal appeal; the Pentecostalismbooklet speaks to one of the issues plaguing the church world today, the Consolation booklet likewise lends itself to wide usage. The thinking of the Evangelism Committee is that this booklet can be used in making pastoral sick calls, visiting the bereaved, and other pastoral uses. It can also be supplied to local funeral homes to be placed on their lamp tables in the visiting rooms or it can be placed in doctors’ offices, in hospital waiting rooms and at bedsides, and in the homes for the aged. . . . The booklet is also suitable for personal distribution to friends, neighbors, and relatives.”
It is the desire of the Evangelism Committee that there be wider distribution than can be achieved by “the immediate work of our local South Holland congregation.” To that end, the committee is “willing to send each of our congregations the quantity they desire, free of charge. A free-will gift to the work of our Evangelism Committee will be gratefully received.”
Incidentally, cassette tapes of the Pentecostalism lecture are also available, at a cost of $2.00 each. For the tape and/or the pamphlets, write to:
The Evangelism Committee
South Holland Protestant Reformed Church
16511 South Park Avenue
South Holland, Illinois 60473
From our Business Manager we have the following contribution, which is, typically, as interesting as it is informative:
“Facts and figures are always of interest. Here are a few of each, which might prove of interest to the readers and the subscribers of our Standard Bearer.
“Of all the names appearing in the telephone books and the city directories of our country, the nameSMITH is perhaps the most common. However, this fact is not found to be true in regard to the names appearing on the ‘subscription list’ of the Standard Bearer. Only one—just one single SMITH, is found on I our mailing list! That one is SMITH, JAKE, of Ward, South Dakota. Rather, the name KUIPER appears most often—in fact 19 KUIPERS subscribe to our paper. DEVRIES runs a close second, with 18;DYKSTRA third, with 17; and the LUBBERS and theVANBARENS follow with 13 each. (Incidentally, Mr. ‘News Editor,’ the DOEZEMAS outnumber theVANDER WALS by 7 to 4, even after a VANDER WAAL, residing in Natal, South Africa, is included.)
But regardless of the name—whether it be a SMITH, a KUIPER, or DEVRIES—the board of the REFORMED FREE PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION is indeed thankful to send the truth of God’s Infallible Word to each and every subscriber and reader of this Distinctively Reformed Publication—The Standard Bearer.”