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•Our readers will be interested in the latest issue (July-October 1988) of Journey magazine, a religious periodical published by Presbyterians in the South. This large (56-page) issue is entitled, “North American Reformed Church Issue,” and is devoted to a description of many of the Reformed and Presbyterian churches in North America, although several Presbyterian churches in Scotland and Ireland are also included. Particularly interesting to many of our readers will be the account of the history, doctrinal position, and general makeup of the Protestant Reformed Churches and the description (presumably by the Editor of Journey) of the Christian Reformed Church. The article on...

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Subscriptions The results of our mini-campaign to extend the witness of the Standard Bearer with the help of our readers are in. We had asked that each of our present subscribers submit at least five names to whom we would send a complimentary copy of the SB and an order form. It is encouraging that 240 names were submitted. Of these, 17 have now subscribed to our magazine. What is disappointing is that these names were submitted by only 24 of our subscribers. Had all of our more than 2,000 subscribers sent in as many names as did the 24 and had a corresponding...

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It is not uncommon that churches, groups, and other magazines make special use of articles that appear in The Standard Bearer. This pleases us. Our witness to the Reformed faith and life gets wider distribution. We do ask, as appears on the masthead, that such reprinted articles are reproduced in full; that proper acknowledgment is made; and that a copy of the periodical in which such reprint appears is sent to our editorial office. Recently, the Evangelism Society of the Protestant Reformed Church in New Zealand made up a book of “Daily Devotions” from SB meditations. The society divided the...

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Anniversaries. Speaking of anniversaries, this year is not only the centennial of the Doleantie. It is also the centennial of the birth of two theologians: Herman Hoeksema and Karl Barth. While we are on the subject, we note that this year also marks the 450th anniversary of the first edition of John Calvin’sInstitutes of the Christian Religion. New Volume. With this issue we begin a new volume, Volume 63. There will be no extensive changes in the departments of our Standard Bearer this year, and only one change in our Staff. As already announced, Mr. Ben Wigger, a member of our Hudsonville...

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The innovative and aggressive Evangelism Committee of the PRC of South Holland, IL has recently launched two new ventures. One is a monthly newsletter, “The Reformed Perspective.” Each issue features an article by South Holland’s pastor, the Rev. Charles Terpstra, on an article of the Belgic Confession. Write the committee for a copy at 16511 South Park Ave., South Holland, IL 60473. The other venture is the stocking of sermons on cassette tape by deceased PR ministers. These will be made available to all who want them. This is a call to all who possess taped sermons by Herman Hoeksema,...

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The October 1 issue of our magazine always represents the beginning of a new volume-year. In this issue, therefore, we inform our readers as to what they can expect in the Standard Bearer in the coming year, as this has been decided at the staff meeting held in June. Changes from the past year are few. Rev. Barry Gritters and Rev. Gise VanBaren asked to be relieved from writing for a year. We express our thanks to them for past contributions to the magazine and entertain the hope that they will be back on the staff soon. Replacing Rev. Gritters...

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Each issue of the The Standard Bearer is available on cassette tape for those who are blind, or who prefer hearing The S.B. to reading it. This is an excellent ministry of the Evangelism Society of the Southeast Protestant Reformed Church. The reader is Ken Rietema of Southeast Church. Anyone desiring this service regularly should write Southeast PRC, 1535 Cambridge Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506. If you send your request to The S.B., we will pass it on to Southeast’s Evangelism Society. Elsewhere in this issue appears an advertisement of a sale on the books published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association. The books...

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The staff of The Standard Bearer extends greetings of love to our readers in the Name of Him Whose birth we celebrate at this time of the year—Jesus Christ the Lord. Our heartfelt desire is that you rejoice in the Savior and His salvation from sin and death, regardless of your earthly circumstances. In this way, the triune God and Father of Jesus is glorified by His joyful people. 

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All of us who are involved in publishing the Standard Bearer wish our readers the peace of the Savior’s coming. We have devoted this issue of the magazine to the birth of Jesus Christ. Our desire and prayer are that the Holy Spirit will use these words about the Incarnate Word to promote the peace of the people of God. The contributors to this special issue deserve our thanks. The idea of a special, Christmas issue came up late. The writers accepted their assignment, and produced, on very short notice. This kind of cooperation encourages us who are responsible for...

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This issue of the Standard Bearer is the second of our special issues this volume-year. We devote this issue to the Reformed doctrine of creation. As a fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, this doctrine deserves the attention of the church. The church is called to defend this doctrine in our day against the attack upon it that is motivated by acceptance of modem evolutionary scientific thought. Readers of the SB expressed appreciation for an earlier cover that was published in color. We liked it too. But the cost of such a cover strains our tight budget, making anything more than an occasional use...

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