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This is the first issue of The Standard Bearer both of the new year and of the last decade of the 20th century. The time is now January, A.D. 1990. It is fitting that we devote this issue, as a special issue, to “The Reformed Christian’s Hope for the Future.” Deliberately, we speak of the Reformed Christian’s hope. We are convinced that the Reformed faith is the gospel of hope as is no other. A man or woman has hope in the measure that he or she embraces the truth in its Reformed purity. To the extent that one departs from the Reformed faith,...

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The first month of the new year is a good time to remind the reader of the policy concerning editorial response to letters that appear in The Standard Bearer. This policy was stated at the time that the “Letters” column was introduced (The SB, Nov. 1, 1988): The Editor will not feel himself constrained to respond to every letter, whether he agrees or disagrees, since the purpose of the column is not public debate, but to hear from our people. Response will not be given to every letter, even though the letter is in disagreement with some article in the magazine....

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In the past year, a great deal of editorial space has been devoted to the Reformed doctrine of the covenant. Such a lengthy treatment of the doctrine was not my original intention. Originally I wrote a brief series on the covenant. The lengthy treatment was occasioned by response to this series from those representing, and contending for, different views of a Reformed covenant conception. We gave them their say in The Standard Bearer. Perhaps this has wearied some readers. I hope not. No other doctrine has stronger claim on the mind and heart of the Reformed Christian than the truth of...

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I remind our readers that bound volumes of the Standard Bearer are published and made available yearly. All 21 issues of the SB are bound in hard, handsome, black covers with the name and volume imprinted on the spine in gold letters. The latest volume has just come out. It contains the 504 pages of the SB from October 1, 1990 – September 15,199l. Making the volume easy to use for research is the complete index to the entire volume that appears at the end. The index includes biblical texts, book reviews, titles, and subjects. The index is prepared by...

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Standard Bearer Recordings. If I remember correctly, this has been mentioned in our News column some time ago. However, recently I had occasion to follow up on it and to obtain further information. The Evangelism Society of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church makes available cassette recordings of The Standard Bearer for the blind and those who have poor eyesight. These recordings are free, and no postage is necessary. If you are among those who could benefit from this service, send your request to: Mr. Ken Rietema, P.O. Box 8343, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Or telephone: 616/455-2791. Children’s Treasures. The Hope Male Quartet (Hope...

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Several meetings in which the readers of The Standard Bearer will be interested are scheduled for this summer. We list them, their locations, and their dates: —PRC Synod, Southeast PRC, Grand Rapids, MI, convening on June 5 (pre-synodical worship and prayer service on June 4 at 7:30 PM). —Conference of Sister Churches sponsored by the PRC, First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI, June 12-14. —Psalmody Conference, Bonclarken Assembly, Flat Rock, NC, August 1-3 (Professor H. Hanko will be one of the speakers; for information, call Arthur Lamoureux at 401-739-1699, or write the PR Seminary, 4949 Ivanrest Ave., Grandville, MI 49418). —PR...

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New Feature. Elsewhere in this issue you will find a new feature: a directory of all of the Protestant Reformed Churches, together with their locations, their time of services, and a telephone contact number. This directory will not appear in every issue, but will appear a few times per year. It is placed for the convenience of our readers who may be traveling in various parts of the U.S. or Canada, as well as for any non-Protestant Reformed readers who might wish to visit one of our churches. Later we hope to publish a directory of our Protestant Reformed “Outreach”...

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The editorial in this issue on the place of the children of believers in the covenant of God concludes the much-interrupted series of six articles that began in the March 15, 1990 issue of The Standard Bearer. The evangelism committees of the Protestant Reformed Churches of South Holland, IL and of Lynden, WA have cooperated in publishing these articles in pamphlet form. Lynden initiated the project. Their purpose was to use the booklet in order to witness to the distinctive Protestant Reformed covenant doctrine and covenant practice, not only throughout the Reformed and Presbyterian communities, but also among the Baptists. The...

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