With all thanks and praise to God, we begin the 94th year of printing the Standard Bearer. The first issue of the SB consisted of sixteen pages, containing nine articles and three poems. Four men made up the entire staff. I am more thankful than I can express that in the upcoming year the SB has a total of 38 different writers who have agreed to contribute articles—from two articles to ten or twelve. By God’s grace working in these men and women, the SB will continue to be a Reformed magazine devoted to defending and expounding the Reformed faith over against error.
A new year typically brings changes of some kind to the SB. The changes in design and color are obvious. We hope you approve. Changes also occurred in the writing personnel. With appreciation for their past contributions, we bid farewell (for only a short time, we hope) to Revs. Garry Eriks and Martin Vander Wal. We extend a hearty welcome to two new writers—Rev. Joshua Engelsma in “Strength of Youth,” and Mrs. Sue Looyenga in “When Thou Sittest in Thine House.” For the rest, observant readers might notice some shifting of writers. And, the “head” editor position transfers back (it moves every three years) from Prof. Barry Gritters to Prof. Russell Dykstra.
The editors take the opportunity to thank all the writers for their contributions in the last year. You have never allowed the Managing Editor’s file of articles to empty. And that leads to a final word of sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Managing Editor, Mr. Charles Terpstra, and to Mrs. Judi Doezema, article organizer and typesetter extraordinaire. Without the diligent labors of these two, the SB would not appear in your mailbox as it does twenty-one times a year.
We covet your earnest prayers for God’s guidance and blessing as we begin a new volume year of the Standard Bearer.