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Esteemed Editor:  I wonder if you could find a little space in our STANDARD BEARER for a few lines from your Business Manager. If so, will you please print the following?  At our recent annual RFPA meeting you spoke to your audience regarding historical events concerning our organization. Your speech was most interesting! Hopefully it will be printed in a forthcoming issue of THE STANDARD BEARER. 

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Thank you very much for your recent editorials regarding the pressures that our young people face in Christian colleges. We especially appreciated the proper Reformed response to their kingdom language and ideology. The pressures faced by our young people in these institutions are overwhelming. (It is our intention that when our children attend college, they will attend one near home, so that we can “debrief ” them often!) Our hope is that the SB will periodically address these issues in future years. Philip and Karen VanBaren Cedar Lake, IN

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Dear Rev. VanBaren: We are grateful for your kindness in publishing our letter concerning your account of “Father Groppi at Calvin College.” We also appreciated your reply, which we feel has done a great deal to clarify the differences between us. We must now observe, however, that in stating those differences you have perhaps inadvertently attributed to us a number of things which we did not say—and these we feel should be publicly clarified as well in the light of the differences between us to which you point.

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To our sister churches, Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since you have shown such great concern for us by your gifts toward our building fund, we consider it of interest to you to keep informed about the progress of our building project. We are indeed very thankful for all the many gifts which we have received and give thanks and praise unto the Lord for all His benefits. We received some very sizable gifts, including one of $10,000 from Hope church of Grand Rapids. This has made it possible for us to begin the actual work...

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I praise God for your article [October 1, 2010, p. 4] on the dangers which abound in Christian colleges! Thank you, brother, for your clear, insightful article. Your article is “dead on” in its assessment of the minefield which exists in Christian colleges today. One rightly expects a hostile environment in a public college/university. The danger today, like hidden reefs below otherwise placid waters, is the rapid erosion of adherence to the sufficiency, perspicuity, and authority of Scripture. The plethora of non-24-hour views on the days of Creation is an example of enormous compromise, which portends of even further and...

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Rome and “Authority” Rev. Richard Smit’s article (“The Supreme Authority of the Holy Scriptures”) in the October 15th issue is another of so many truth-filled articles in the Standard Bearer. The whole issue on Roman Catholicism is outstanding. Thank you for it. I appreciated Rev. Smit’s drawing our attention to Rome’s claim that, because the church approved the books of the Bible, “therefore the authority of Scripture rests upon the witness of the church.” This is an argument I have heard many times from Roman Catholics. What they never consider is the fact that much of the New Testament epistles...

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The Rev. G. Van Baren c/o The Standard Bearer Dear Rev. Van Baren: Your recent article on “Father Groppi at Calvin College” has been brought to our attention, and since we were the three Calvin professors who were on stage with Father Groppi we feel that some explanation on our part is in order. We hope that you will be so kind as to print this reply in The Standard Bearer.

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In two recent articles the Rev. Mark Hoeksema has discussed the “findings” of Dr. Raymond Moody concerning what is popularly called “Life After Life,” which relates to the experiences of individuals who, though declared clinically dead, have lived to tell some strange things which happened to them while “dead.” The reader may refresh his memory by referring to Rev. Hoeksema’s articles. Briefly, he approached the issue from the point of view of II Timothy 3:5, suggesting that the experiences reported and their interpretation represent something of that phenomenon of the last days—a form of godliness without the power thereof. Concerning this...

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Recently I received a letter from a brother in New Jersey responding to an article which I wrote for theStandard Bearer on the subject of the use of unleavened bread in the Lord’s Supper. His letter is as follows: While reading the guest article “Should we use Unleavened Bread in the Lord’s Supper,” by Rev. Mark Hoeksema, (Standard Bearer, August, 1975) I was set to thinking about the symbolism involved. It would have been interesting to know on what basis those Lutheran Churches mentioned were taking their stand of using unfermented wine in their observance of the sacrament. My experience in...

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The editor of The Standard Bearer has also forwarded to me a letter from a Rev. Arie Blok of Everly, Iowa, and we quote: Editor in Chief of The Standard Bearer  Dear Rev. Hoeksema,  I am a minister in the R.C.A. and have recently become a subscriber to the Standard Bearer because even though I do not agree with everything I read in it, I do appreciate your point of view. In the issue of October 15, 1975, which reached me today there is an article in the section “All Around Us” (p. 536). There in an editorial comment regarding abortion I...

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