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This October 1 issue is the beginning of our 84th year of publishing the Standard Bearer. We thank God for His goodness in preserving the magazine for all these years as a “standard” for the Reformed faith and life. We bear the standard gladly, with the confidence that the God of grace will use it to bless His church and people—worldwide. God give us faithfulness to His Word.

A few changes are in store for the coming volume year. The editors and staff express hearty thanks to two writers who are “putting down their pen.” Rev. G. VanBaren, emeritus minister, has written for the Standard Bearerfaithfully for many years, most recently for “All Around Us.” His worthwhile contributions will no longer appear. Thank you, Rev. VanBaren. Mrs. Jan Miersma, whose writings have inspired this editor in many ways, has asked to be relieved of her duties. We hope that Mrs. Miersma can be convinced to take up her pen for us again, soon. To both of you, as well as to all of the writers, “…God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Heb. 6:10).

We have a goodly number of new writers. Rev. John Marcus, minister of the First PRC of Edmonton, AB, will be added to the ministers who write the meditations. Rev. Audred Spriensma, recently returned from mission work in the Philippines and now pastor in Kalamazoo, has committed to helping out with “All Around Us.” With four men covering the news—ecclesiastical and more—the readers should remain well-informed. And in the rubric “Go Ye Into All the World,” the area devoted to missions, two new writers have been added. Our two home missionaries have committed to the cause. Rev. W. Bruinsma, missionary in Pittsburgh, PA, and Rev. T. Miersma, missionary in Spokane, WA, will instruct regarding missions.

The staff has renewed a part of the magazine that has been missing for a while. Three energetic ministers—Rev. A. Brummel (IL), Rev. G Eriks (MI), and Rev. M. VanderWal (CA)—will write for the “Strength of Youth.” Parents will be able to give the magazine to their children, especially their teens, and ask them to start with the article devoted to the younger members of the church. No fluff, but good meat designed for the life of the youth. I look forward to the articles.

Rev. M. Dick will shift to the rubric, “In His Fear,” sharing it with Rev. D. Kleyn and Rev. R. Smit. Rev. A. denHartog will begin writing for “When Thou Sittest in Thine House.” New contributors for this “family” section will be Mrs. Shari Bosveld and Mrs. Margaret Laning. Mr. Rick DeVries, teacher at Covenant Christian High School, will make contribution with his colleague Mr. Cal Kalsbeek to “Understanding the Times.”

And a new rubric on Church History is in the offing. The editors have asked Rev. Andrew Lanning (newly ordained minister of Faith PRC in Jenison, MI) to develop a lengthy paper he wrote on an important aspect of the early history of the PRC. My guess is that the readers will turn to these articles early when the mail comes, maybe even anticipate with eagerness the next issue for the next part of the history. When the first article appears, we’ll tell you more.

For the rest, the magazine will remain the same.

Please send us any suggestions you may have for the magazine. We are very interested in your opinions. Letters are also welcome—that is, letters responding to what’s written. We publish most of what the readers write. This is healthy for the magazine and for the cause of God and truth. (I remind the readership and the writers that each writer is “responsible for the content of his own articles.” See the “Editorial Policy” on the inside of the first page.) Questions are welcomed. So are contributions by the readers.

Gift subscriptions are still half price. Thank you for reading!

—BLG

PS: Next issue: A special issue on “The Secession of 1834.”