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We draw the reader’s attention to the insert in the last issue of our Standard Bearer giving you the opportunity to get gift subscriptions for Christmas gifts. For most of our readers it is probably not too late yet to take advantage of this opportunity if you send in your subscriptions promptly. I am sure our capable business manager will take care of such subscriptions promptly. And by this means you both solve your own “shopping problem,” and you further the cause of ourStandard Bearer. 

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With this issue we begin a new volume, the forty-fourth! It is our purpose again to present in the pages of theStandard Bearer a well-balanced diet of pertinent comment about today’s ecclesiastical scene, particularly in the Reformed community, and of solid Scriptural and Reformed instruction. The new volume will bring no major changes in the format and content of our magazine; but a few minor ones may be noted. For one thing, you may expect to see in the future reports from our Mission Board and from our Theological School Committee concerning their activities.

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With the October 1, 2007 issue, the annual subscription rate of the Standard Bearer will increase to $21 (domestic) and $25 (foreign). This is the first increase since 1995. The Board of the Reformed Free Publishing Association recently made this decision because on July 15, 2007 the mailing rate increased by 23% for domestic and almost 300% for foreign! The new subscription rate is still reasonable for twenty-one issues of the Standard Bearer. We can offer the magazine at this low rate because of the generous support by Protestant Reformed churches through regular collections, and by individuals both within and outside the PRC....

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With this issue, the Standard Bearer begins running the translation of a seventy-two page pamphlet written in the Dutch by the Reverends Henry Danhof and Herman Hoeksema. The title in Dutch isNiet Doopersch Maar Gereformeerd. It bears no date, but it was almost certainly printed in 1923. The Reverends Danhof and Hoeksema were at that time respected ministers in the Christian Reformed Church. The title indicates the authors’ conviction that the rejection of common grace is Reformed. Ministers within their denomination had charged them with being Anabaptist. In particular, the well-known Rev. Jan Karl Van Baalen had written a pamphlet in 1922...

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We are pleased to present in this and in a few issues to come a guest writer, Rev. G. VanBaren. The staff decided at its last annual meeting to present from time to time a few special articles on subjects of current interest. We asked Rev. VanBaren to write about the Vatican Council. Rev. VanBaren originally intended to write two or three articles, as we suggested; but as he prepared to write, it became apparent that more articles would be needed in order to provide our readers with an adequate description and evaluation of Vatican II.

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In this issue you will find the first article by Rev. Andrew Lanning on the life and ministry of Rev. H. Danhof, a man whose name “has a prominent place” at the beginning of PRC history. But it may well be that many of theStandard Bearer readers know very little about Danhof. You will find this, and the subsequent articles, to be a fascinating account of the life of one of the three ministers deposed by the CRC in 1924, but who never became Protestant Reformed. Along the way, Rev. Lanning points out important lessons that can be drawn from the...

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We call attention to the fact that elsewhere in this issue, under the title, “The New Publishing Project,” the reader will find complete information in regard to the proposed publication of Rev. H. Hoeksema’s dogmatics. Since there had been many requests for information, and since this requires considerable space, it was decided by the Publication Committee to ask for publicity in the Standard Bearer.

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On Friday, May 1; the Rev. H. Hoeksema, at the personal invitation of Prof. Harold Dekker, addressed the Middlers Class of (Calvin Seminary on the subject, “Particular Throughout.” (Our seminary personnel, accompanied also by the Revs. H. Veldman and G. Vos, were also present by invitation. The lecture was followed by an abbreviated session of questions from the students. 

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Back business. I failed to make mention in the previous issue that the department The Lord Gave The Word will be appearing from time to time in the current volume. The Rev. R. Decker contributed a guest article in the last issue for this department; but we are happy to report also that the regular department editor, Rev. C. Hanko, hopes to fill this rubric in the future. The next article will appear in the November 1 issue. You may also await with anticipation a surprise new rubric from Rev. Hanko’s pen which will appear from time to time.

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The first note is to some of my delinquent fellow editors. You have all received a schedule informing you when the articles for your department are due. Whether you are observing this schedule or not is known to you and your editor in chief. The simple facts are, however, that the Standard Bearer runs on a rather tight schedule, and that this schedule calls for sufficient copy in the scheduled departments to fill our 24 pages.

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