At last you are able to see some concrete evidence of progress in the publication of the late Rev. H. Hoeksema’s “Reformed Dogmatics.” As the return envelope enclosed with this issue indicates, the “prepublication sale” of this long-awaited volume has begun. And this means that barring some final hitches in the process, “Reformed Dogmatics” will come from the press in November. At any rate, the cut-off date for the “pre-publication sale” is November 15. Before that date you can send in cash orders and obtain the book for $12.95; this will also insure your receiving the book as soon as it comes from the press. After that date you will have to pay the regular price of $14.95.
Hence, the moral of the story is: Order your copy immediately. Slip out the enclosed order envelope, fill in the necessary information, enclose your check or money order, stamp it, and mail it promptly.
Your response to this pre-publication sale, if immediate and overwhelming, not only will encourage the committee in charge with a view to future projects; but it also could result in an increase of this first edition. Present plans are to begin with an edition of one thousand copies. But if your immediate response warrants, this might have to be increased even before the first edition is completed.
Once again I wish to emphasize that though there are passages which the non-theologian will find difficult because of the foreign languages, there are vast passages of the book which anyone will find profitable because of their clear exposition of Reformed doctrine. And there are hundreds and hundreds of Scripture passages referred to and explained, all of which will be indexed. You will certainly not regret ordering this book. Do it today!
END OF VOLUME 42
This issue is the last one of the current volume, which we of the staff close with thanksgiving to our God, Who has privileged us to continue this witness for another year. May the Lord also give us grace to hold high the standard, the banner of the truth, in the year to come.
Just four brief notes in connection with the close of this volume:
1) A word of thanks to the Rev. G. Vanden Berg, who has again furnished a complete index to the twenty-one issues of this volume.
2) A word of thanks to all our contributing editors, who have faithfully and promptly taken care of their various departments. Your editor’s task is greatly eased by your cooperation.
3) A reminder that if you are not already on the mailing list for a bound volume, this is the time to send in your order to our business manager, whose address you will find on the inside cover page.
4) A word of thanks to our readers and supporters, without whose faithful support the witness of ourStandard Bearer could not continue to go forth. And with a word of thanks a suggestion: have you ever considered that an extra $5 subscription sent in with your own subscription (or, for that matter, at any time) would double the witness of our magazine? If you know of an address to which such an extra subscription could be sent, so much the better; if not, I am sure that the RFPA board could find many such addresses. In these critical times for the church this is one very simple way in which every subscriber could do his part to broaden the scope of our witness. Give it some thought! . . . . . and some action!
YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONVENTION
Every year our young people’s societies and their Federation do something which is unique in our churches, something which no other organization accomplishes: they have a denomination-wide convention. This year they did it again, and congratulations are in order to all concerned. As much as I witnessed of and heard about the convention, it was a success. Attendance was probably the largest in recent years. All content wise and behavior-wise, it was a successful convention. I believe that the goal of increased program participation on the part of the young people was also achieved to a considerable extent.
If I may offer a few constructive suggestions, I would say the following: 1) Keep your convention theme a bit more restricted, lest you have too large a field for one convention. 2) Keep your theme strictly Biblical. I noticed that more than one speaker had some difficulty with the plural “Seeds of Faith, “for example, because the singular, seed (the seed of the new life, regeneration, is the seed of faith), is evidently the correct Biblical idea. 3) Keep your keynote, or inspirational, address first in your convention program. This is in keeping with the very idea of a keynote address. 4) If you invite the public to a meeting, start that meeting on time, rather than keep an audience waiting. I refer to the tardy beginning of the mass meeting. 5) The Federation Board should require the active participation of its minister-advisors at its board meeting. I say this not only because these advisors constitute the nearest thing to any kind of ecclesiastical supervision of the federation, but also because your advisors (this year Prof. Hanko and Rev. VanBaren) can guide you and assist you in making and keeping the federation and its activities a dynamic organization among our Protestant Reformed youth. 6) Shall I say it,—because of the small minority who abused their liberty? Pledge your conventioneers to a definite curfew of some kind!