The reader will notice that some of our regular departments are missing from time to time. This is intentional. We are trying to furnish a greater variety of material by two means: occasionally including special features, and introducing some new departments. This also gives the various department editors a “breather” now and then. In this issue we have another new department: Rev. Harbach’s Studies in Depth. This will replace his Trying The Spirits.
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Call the Sabbath a Delight! Welcome to our special issue on the Lord’s Day. The Old Testament name Sabbathemphasizes the truth that we are to rest in the mighty works of God, notably our salvation sealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The New Testament name Lord’s Dayemphasizes that Jesus Christ is Lord of the entire Sabbath, and He determines what is right for the day. This special day, established by God as a creation ordinance, is one that even the ungodly cannot ignore totally. And yet, in both respects—as Sabbath and as the Lord’s Day—God’s law is trampled underfoot. That the...
The reader will note that there is a change of format in this issue of the Standard Bearer. We are presenting a special section in memory of our beloved past Editor whom the Lord has taken to glory. For this memorial section Rev. M. Schipper prepared his comforting funeral message in meditation form; and the Rev. G. Vos, the nestor among our ministers, kindly consented to write a special article in his own, inimitable way. From several photographs available we chose one taken by Rev. B. Woudenberg several years ago and furnished through the courtesy of Prof. Hanko.
At your editor’s request? Prof. Hanko submitted the manuscript of his recent lecture on “Biblical Ecumenicity” for publication in our Standard Bearer. Due to the fortunate circumstance that we had some surplus space in this issue, we are able to present the entire lecture in one issue, rather than in installments. This is recommended reading both for those who heard the lecture and for those who were not present.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, Rev. VanBaren’s article in the November 1 issue on “The Dutch Meet Dixie” was interrupted. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused. The conclusion of that article appears in this issue in the departmentExamining Ecumenicalism.
If I believed in gremlins and jinxes, I would begin to think that Rev. VanBaren’s department, Examining Ecumenicalism, is currently jinxed. First only half of his article on “The Dutch Meet Dixie” was placed; now his, article was not placed at all in the Dec. 1 issue. If you were looking for “Another Suitor in the Wings?” in his department, as promised on the cover page, the trouble was not with your eyes; that other suitor just wasn’t there.
The Staff extends its Christian sympathy to our former News Editor (and still occasional contributor), Mr. John M. Faber, in the recent death of his sister, Mrs. Grace Ondersma. A bit belatedly, we call your attention to a rather serious typographical error which crept into Rev. Harbach’s article in the issue of March 15, page 281, second column, lines 1-3, which should read: ” . . . free to preach the gospel within (not: “without”) the branches of the armed forces . . . “
Credit to whom credit is due! Through a slip-up on the part of our printer the authors of the several book reviews which appeared in the April 1 issue were not mentioned with the reviews which they wrote. For your information, Prof. H. Hanko wrote all of those reviews except the first one, which was the responsibility of your editor.
Pre-publication Sale. Accompanying this issue is a handy envelope to make it easy for you to take advantage of the pre-publication sale of “Behold, He Cometh!” I cannot recommend this thorough and beautiful exposition of the Book of Revelation too highly. And therefore I urge you to send in your pre-publication order promptly. Fill in the information in the flap of the order-envelope, enclose your money, and mail your order today! If you wait until this February 1 issue is buried in your magazine rack, you will forget. And if you forget, you will regret!
From several correspondents I have received reminders that in the new law concerning Social Security coverage of clergymen there is also an exemption provision. I was aware of this at the time I wrote my editorial on the subject, but the available information on this was so scanty that I elected to wait until I could gain more complete information. As yet I do not have much more information, but I will continue trying to obtain it.