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With this issue, we begin volume 78 of the Standard Bearer. Seventy-seven consecutive years of publishing this magazine, first as a monthly and soon thereafter as a semi-monthly, are history. Did the group that gathered in the parsonage of Herman Hoeksema on the evening of April 8, 1924, to plan what would appear as the Standard Bearer in October of that year, foresee the long and influential future that God would give this magazine in the midst of His Reformed Zion? Readers are advised that complete sets of the bound volumes of the SB are hard to come by. But...

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This special issue intends to set before the minds of the readers the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches. From a practical point of view, it is closely related to an officebearers conference held by Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches in September of 2005. All the articles, other than the meditation and the two internship reports, are adaptations of speeches given there. The purpose behind this special issue, I am happy to say, is not to solicit funds. On the contrary, as the official name implies, this seminary belongs to the Protestant Reformed Churches. Accordingly, the PRC...

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This issue of the Standard Bearer is our annual special issue commemorating the 16th century Reformation of the church. These yearly remembrances are not motivated merely by historical interest. We honor the Reformation as one of the greatest works of the Lord Jesus in post-apostolic history. The Protestant Reformed Churches and other faithful Reformed and Presbyterian churches throughout the world are the continuation of the authentic Reformation church. To us comes the solemn calling to maintain and develop the truths restored to the church by that mighty, exciting, and faithful act of the risen Christ by His Spirit. In addition,...

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With this issue begins volume 77 of the Standard Bearer. At their annual meeting this summer, the staff, made up of the current writers and the managing editor, reappointed the editor (Prof. Engelsma), the secretary (Prof. Dykstra), the general adjunct (Prof. Hanko), the managing editor (Mr. Don Doezema), and the special issues committee (Prof. Engelsma, Prof. Dykstra, and Mr. Don Doezema). The several rubrics and their writers will also be the same as in volume 76, except that Rev. Mitchell Dick will write regularly for the young people. We welcome Rev. Dick back to the staff of writers. The next...

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In this issue, Rev. Ron Hanko begins a series of articles on Malachi for the rubric “Search the Scriptures.” The observant reader will notice that the last issue of the Standard Bearer carried the first installment of Prof. Herman Hanko’s exposition of Galatians. A word of explanation is in order. Rev. R. Hanko has been the regular contributor for this rubric and had already submitted his work on Malachi. The material by Rev. Hanko is exactly what we desire for the SB—brief expositions of Bible passages. Prof. H. Hanko, who is drawing his series “Mark the Bulwarks” to a close, expressed an...

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Since the new volume year begins with this issue, we take the opportunity to inform you of some of the changes and plans for this year. First of all, we are delighted to report that two of the writers who took time off from their regular rubrics are returning to the staff. Prof. David Engelsma will resume his writing on eschatology in “Things That Must Shortly Come to Pass.” Because errors in eschatology abound, a solid explanation and spirited defense of the amillennial position is vitally important for the church in these last days. For that reason we are very...

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NEW VOLUME-YEAR. This issue begins a new volume, No. 59. This also means a few changes. As already mentioned in the previous issue, Mr. David Harbach is taking over as news editor from Mr. Calvin Kalsbeek. In addition there are the following changes: 1) The Rev. H. Veldman will take over the departmentTaking Heed To The Doctrine from the Rev. D. Engelsma. 2) The Rev. J. Slopsema will take overFaith Of Our Fathers from the Rev. R. Van Overloop. 3) The Rev. R. Cammenga will join the Rev. R.

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Special Issue  For the most part, you will not find the usual departments in this issue of our magazine. This is a special issue, designed to acquaint our readers with our Theological School and its activities. We hope the contents of this issue will indeed serve to acquaint you, near and far, a little more fully with our school. By the way, visitors are welcome at the school. This holds true both for visitors from the Grand Rapids area and for visitors from our outlying churches. 

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