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•We like to have the young people read our magazine; and we like to have college and university students take into account in their education what The Standard Bearer has to say. Besides, we know from experience the proverbial poverty of the college student. Therefore, we are offering to send The SB, with our compliments, to those college and university students who are living away from home (we trust that those living at home are reading their parents’ copy). Students, send us your address in care of the Business Manager, P.O.

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•We are devoting this special issue of The Standard Bearer to the testimony of the Reformed Faith concerning civil government. In keeping with a tradition that goes back to John Calvin’s prefatory address of his Institutes to King Francis I of France and to John Knox’s fearless witness to the kings, and especially the queens, of his day, we are sending a copy of this issue to the President of the United States, the President-elect of the United States, the Supreme Court Justices of the United States, the United States Senators, and the Prime Minister of Canada. Extra copies have been printed and are...

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In the September 1, 1997 issue of this magazine, I commented on a recent ecumenical conference of Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and ecumenicals (“‘That They All may be One,’ or ‘The Mystery of the Great Whore’?”). This summer saw another significant ecumenical development. Four large denominations in the tradition of the Reformation adopted a “Formula of Agreement” that established “full communion” among these churches. Adoption of the “Formula” meant that each denomination now recognizes the others “as churches in which the gospel is rightly preached and the sacraments rightly administered according to the Word of God.” It also meant that...

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About books. About forthcoming books published by our own Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA). Two books are to appear before Christmas of this year, God willing. One is a reprint of Herman Hoeksema’s Believers and Their Seed, now subtitled, Children in the Covenant. This is Hoeksema’s definitive, ground-breaking treatment of the covenant of grace and the place of the children of believers in the covenant. The reprint is an attractive hardcover volume which was newly typeset. It runs a little longer than 200 pages. Included in this reprint edition for the first time is a preface that traces the interesting...

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This issue is different. The usual rubrics are missing. The articles that do appear are longer than is customary. The explanation? You have in your hands a special issue on “Reformed Worship” consisting of the addresses given at a Protestant Reformed officebearers’ conference last September. The conference was held in the building of the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL. Including all of the speeches in their entirety in one issue (with the exception of the one that becomes the editorial in this and the following issue) has its advantages. Each address retains its full force, something that is lost when...

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For our special Reformation Day issue this year we have chosen the life and work of the Dutch Reformed theologian, Abraham Kuyper. The choice may surprise some. The Standard Bearer has been sharply critical of the Abraham Kuyper of common grace. But there is more—much more—to Kuyper than common grace. That “more” explains the reformation of the church in the Netherlands in the late 19th century, a reformation of which many in the Reformed churches in all the world are heirs. This Kuyper’s sun is in eclipse today. In the Reformed churches, it is almost completely in the shadow of...

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The previous issue of this magazine (Nov. 1, 1998) contained a contribution by Mr. Pete Miedema, “The High Cost of Building New Churches.” The article proposed “that the entire denomination participate in the funding” of new church buildings by means of “a special line item” in the annual budget. My purpose is not to comment on the proposal but to encourage such contributions on the part of our readers. The Standard Bearer welcomes constructive, well-reasoned articles that concern especially the faith and life of the Protestant Reformed Churches and people. In addition, we welcome comment on such articles. What do...

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At its annual meeting in June, the staff of the Standard Bearer reappointed the men now serving to the offices of the editorial staff. The exception was the appointment of Professor Herman Hanko as general adjunct. Changes in the content of the magazine for the next volume year, which begins with this issue, include the following. Rev. Barrett Gritters returns as a writer, co-editing “Strength of Youth” with Rev. Steven Key. A new rubric, “Come, Lord Jesus,” will appear in six issues. It will treat contemporary events, exclusive of ecclesiastical events, as signs of Christ’s coming. The writer will be...

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•On behalf of the Staff of The Standard Bearer, we express to our readers our desire that you enjoy the peace of the first coming of the Prince of Peace and that, in the new year, you live in the church’s hope of peace at Jesus’ return. •Welcome to the newest member of the Protestant Reformed family—the Peace Protestant Reformed Church in Illinois! This daughter of the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland, Illinois was born at a worship service of the South  Holland congregation on November 11, 1988. Intending eventually to locate in Lynwood, Illinois, the Peace congregation is meeting...

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