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New Volume With this issue we begin our sixtieth volume. We do so with thankfulness to God that He has given us the privilege, the strength, and the means to publish all these years in the interest of the goodly heritage which He has given us. The beginning of a new volume also implies some changes. As far as the Staff is concerned, departing from the ranks of our regular contributors are the Revs. W. Bruinsma, D. Engelsma, R. Flikkema, K. Koole, and R. Miersma. Added to our ranks are the Revs. Ronald Hanko, who will be co-responsible, with Rev....

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The Protestant Reformed Churches have a denominational budget for 1989 of more than $200,000 for domestic missions. This represents roughly one third of the total budget. Each family is paying $110 in 1989 for domestic missions in the synodical assessment. In addition, every church takes special collections for home missions; money is budgeted synodically for foreign missions; and some congregations fund their own local evangelism work. The PRC are deeply involved in missions. Members of these churches (and all our readers), we trust, will be interested in the examination of PRC missions to which this issue of The Standard Bearer is devoted,...

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The Rev. George C. Lubbers, emeritus minister in the Protestant Reformed Churches, has just publishedThe Bible Versus Millennial Teachings: An Exegetical Critique, a 424-page defense of the Reformed doctrine of the last things against both post-millennialism (particularly in its present-day form as “theonomy”) and pre-millennialism. A review of the book appears elsewhere in this issue. It suffices here only to state that the work is a treasure-house of Biblical exegesis and of insight into the realities of the Kingdom of Heaven. The book can be ordered from the author at 2074 Cranbrook Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 for $13.95...

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We rejoice with the members of the Protestant Reformed Church of Norristown, Pennsylvania; with the missionary, the Rev. K. Hanko (now pastor of the congregation); and with the calling church in Wyckoff, New Jersey at the recent organization of the Norristown church. The institution of a church that is founded on the Reformed creeds and that proclaims the gospel of God’s sovereign grace in Christ Jesus is always the cause of great joy to all who love Christ’s Name. It ought to be of special interest to the Protestant Reformed denomination that a second church is now established in the...

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The worship service held on the northwest side of Chicago on the evening of March 29, 1989, to organize the Bethel Protestant Reformed Church, was a joyful event—a highlight in the church-life of those who participated. In the goodness of God, believers and their children enjoyed the fruit of the organization of a Protestant Reformed church upon the mission-work of the church—the wise, diligent work of Missionary Ronald Van Overloop; the zealous, unstinting labor of the South Holland PRC; and the full cooperation of the denomination in money, in prayers, and in supervision through the Mission Committee. We rejoice with...

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In this issue, we take note of the meeting of the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches the second week of June. The editorial reviews the agenda of Synod. One of the items on the agenda, the overture of Southeast, Grand Rapids that Synod restructure the denomination in three classes, would significantly affect denominational life in the PRC. In response to our request, Professor H.C. Hoeksema gives his analysis of this overture, and offers his advice. Our hope is that this information concerning the activities of our broadest ecclesiastical assembly enables the members of the PRC (and others who have...

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On Monday, July 17, 1989, Professor Homer C. Hoeksema died at the age of 66 years. He lived only 3 months after cancer was discovered. Professor Hoeksema held a prominent place in the Protestant Reformed Churches for many years. A minister in these churches for 40 years, he served the denomination as professor of theology for 30 years. For 24 years, Professor Hoeksema was Editor of this magazine. We are asking his long-time colleague in the Protestant Reformed Seminary, Professor Herman Hanko, to write a memorial article for a future issue of The Standard Bearer. The staff of The Standard Bearer expresses its...

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Changes. This issue is the first of Volume 62. As we indicated in our previous issue, there will be several changes introduced. Here they are: 1) Rev. James Slopsema will alternate with Rev. Cornelius Hanko in our Meditation department. 2) Prof. Herman Hanko will be in charge of a new department, Walking In The Light, dealing with contemporary ethical issues; this department will appear after the final installment of My Sheep Hear My Voice. 3) Prof. Robert Decker will be in charge of AU Around Us, replacing Rev. G. Van Baren. 4) Rev. Van Baren will introduce a new department, Good Morning, Alice. 5) Rev....

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We take this opportunity to wish you, our readers, a blessed New Year. We realize that for many of you, especially our overseas readers, this greeting will reach you a good many days or weeks after January 1; but this is the proper place for such a greeting, seeing that this is our first issue in the year of our Lord 1984. We do well to remember that this is indeed the “year of our Lord,” and that, too, from every point of view. He is on the throne!

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