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Textual Index. There is nothing very glamorous about a textual index; it contains a large number of statistics, and it represents a great amount of tedious and painstaking labor. Yet a good index can be a very helpful item and a big time-saver for anyone doing research, especially over a span of 45 volumes of a periodical such as our Standard Bearer. Such an index (1970 issue), covering the first forty-five volumes of our magazine, has been prepared by Mr. T. Elzinga. By a rough estimate, there are close to 4000 entries in this textual index.

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Your special attention is called to the Feature Review in this issue. It deals with a subject of widespread current interest, that of the philosophy behind such movements as the A.C.S.S., C.A.F., the C.L.A.C., and others. Personally, I am more and more inclined to characterize these movements as neo-Reformed, with a strong admixture of neo-Kuyperian leaven. However that may be, they bear careful watching and analysis. And Prof. Hanko’s careful and thorough review of “The Challenge of our Age” should be read by all who wish to keep abreast of developments.

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Prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus left specific instructions to His church about her calling in the world after He assumed His place at the right hand of His Father. The church was commissioned to send forth the gospel to the ends of the world. Jesus promised that He would pour out His Spirit upon His church in order that the whole of the church—all believers—might be faithful witnesses of Christ. Accordingly, the church that is obedient to the risen Lord is busy with the work of missions and witnessing in various ways. The Protestant Reformed Churches, in obedience...

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In defense of the doctrine of a conditional covenant with all I the physical children of believers, Rev. Cecil Tuininga also appeals to II Peter 3:9. Although he .offers no explanation of the text, it is plain that he understands the text to teach that the Lord desires the salvation of every human without exception. Of course, the reason why the Lord would desire to save all must be that He loves all in Jesus Christ the Savior. The appeal to this text by the defender of a conditional covenant is significant. There is, as the Protestant Reformed Churches have...

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Apology. Dykstra and Kuiper are both good Dutch names. In fact, my own middle name is the Anglicized form of Kuiper: Cooper. But one should not call a Kuiper Dykstra, nor should he call a Dykstra Kuiper. Yet the former is what I did in my article about Seminary Convocation (Oct. 15 issue). We have no pre-sem student by the name of Doug Dykstra; his name is Doug Kuiper. The explanation? Due to some inexplicable mental quirk I think of him as Doug Dykstra. Sorry, Doug! Eleven Point. I hope our readers—especially those with older eyes—will enjoy this issue more...

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New RFPA Catalogue. Within the past month a new catalogue of all our RFPA publications, plus most other Protestant Reformed publications, has become available. A supply of these catalogues should soon be available in many of the churches. But if you want one immediately, write to RFPA Publications, P.O. Box 2006, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501

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A Word of Farewell and Hearty Thanks to our faithful News Editor, Mr. J.M. Faber. Brother Faber has faithfully taken care of our Church News department for a little more than twelve years. At our annual staff meeting last June, he tendered his resignation, to take 1 effect at the end of the volume-year, but he agreed to stay on as head of this department until we could find a suitable replacement. We have now obtained that replacement, and therefore Mr. Faber’s contribution to the Church News department in this issue is his last.

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Once in a while when we try to plan a given issue, it turns out to be impossible to avoid breaking up an article and continuing it in the next issue. This happened in our December 1 issue, and the victim of the surgery was Rev. Kortering’s department. You will find the conclusion of his article on “The Error of Situations Ethics” in this issue.

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The Staff of the Standard Bearer is pleased to introduce in this first issue of Volume 40 a new department, on missions. During the coming year it will appear seven times, according to the decision of the Staff, and will be headed, “The Lord Gave The Word . . . ” Ps. 68:11. The Reverend C. Hanko has kindly consented to write for this department, and we welcome him back among our Staff.

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