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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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 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...

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 . . . “

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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.

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