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Religious Freedom in Russia Recently the President has evoked a storm of criticism from religious leaders in the country by his statement about religious freedom in Russia. He cited the Russian constitution, article 124, which pledges freedom of religious worship and of anti-religious propaganda. Article 124 of the Russian constitution reads as follows: “In the object of ensuring to the citizens freedom of conscience, the church in the U.S.S.R. is separated from the State and the school from the church. Freedom of service of religious cults and freedom of anti-religious propaganda is acknowledged for all citizens.’’ This, said the President,...

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Greetings from your seminary—your “medical school” that trains physicians of souls; your “military academy” that equips mighty warriors for the army of Jesus Christ; your “music conservatory” that prepares men to give a clear sound on the gospel-trumpet; your “greenhouse” where seedlings are nurtured up to be strong plantings of the Lord, able to withstand the hot sun and strong winds of persecution and error; and there are other images that are useful to describe the work we do here on your behalf. Greetings from your seminary. Prof. Douglas Kuiper In my last report from the seminary (September 15, 2017...

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The Standard Bearer, as you can tell from the Volume and Number on the front cover of this issue, is ninety years old. “News From Our Churches,” one of its more popular rubrics, is younger. It’s fifty-six years old. It has therefore appeared in most of the last 1,176 issues. And Mr. Ben Wigger has written half of them. The one that appears in this issue is his last. For his twenty-eight years of faithful service as news editor in the SB, the Editorial Committee, on behalf of the Editorial Staff and, I’m sure, of some 2,500 readers of this...

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HOLLAND—The Consistory announces the following Trio was selected by them in their meeting of June 1: Rev. C. Hanko, Candidate R. Harhach and Candidate J. McCollam.  RANDOLPH—Rev. E. Emanuel has accepted the call of this congregation. The Reverend and his family are planning to move from Grand Rapids July 12. The installation service is planned to he held July 15.  Mr. and Mrs. T. Westra left for the Netherlands where they will make their residence. 2nd of GRAND RAPIDS—Rev. G. Vanden Berg declined the call of this congregation extended to him. 

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Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.   Minister Activities  Since our last “News,” several of our churches have been busy extending calls. Rev. R. VanOverloop received the call from the Doon, IA PRC to serve as missionary pastor to the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines. The newly organized Providence PRC, presently meeting in Hudsonville, MI, extended their first call for a pastor to Rev. R. Kleyn. Both Rev. Kleyn and Rev. VanOverloop recently declined those calls. Rev. J. Slopsema is considering a call from Grace PRC in Standale, MI to become their...

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2nd of GRAND RAPIDS—Reverend M. Schipper has accepted the call extended to him. He will be installed on the 2nd and will preach his inaugural sermon Sunday morning, September 5.  HOLLAND—Reverend J. McCollum has begun his labors with us following acceptance of our call. His examination will be held in the October session of Classis. SOUTH HOLLAND—The Consistory selected the following trio: Reverends G. Vos, C. Hanko and G. VandenBerg.  HULL—The following Trio was selected by the Consistory: Reverends G. Vos, C. Hanko and G. Lubbers. 

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Randolph’s Consistory announces the following trio from which they will choose one to call to be their minister: Revs. R.C. Harbach, G. VanBaren, G. Vanden Berg. A news item from the Program Comm. of the Reformed Witness Hour: The Lord willing, Sunday, May 27, with the usual introduction—”Dear Radio Audience”—the Rev. 8. Hoeksema will preach the last of his current radio messages. Since the first week of December the pastor of First Church has been heard on the broadcasts of our “Protestant Reformed” Witness Hour. Highlighting the past twenty-six weeks of Rev. Hoeksema’s radio ministry was the; airing of the 1,000th...

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