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Clovis’ Battlefield Conversion

It is surprising that a battle between two barbarian tribes played an important role in the history of Christianity. The battle in question was between the Franks and the Alemanni in the year 496. This fight was important because when the Frankish leader, Clovis I saw that his army was in difficult straits he vowed […]

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Philosophy

When you arrive in class the professor is talking about ancient men and ancient ideas. What he is saying seems quite abstract, very much caught in the past. He is a professor of philosophy. This is the experience of many beginning students of philosophy. The subject matter seems abstract and hard to understand. Why in […]

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Pre-Seminary Major

One possible college major is pre-sem. The word ‘pre-sem’ confuses some people. It merely means that the person is on a pre-seminary program of study. Similar to this is the word ‘pre-med’ which is the college major that prepares a student for going to medical school. We will look at the pre-sem major from two […]

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Proverbs for Christian Teens

Young Christians, you are in a tumultuous stage of your life. You are growing up, maturing, and taking on greater responsibilities. In this time of your life it is appropriate to pay attention to some of the proverbs in the Bible that speak to your situation. As you become older it becomes clear that your […]

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What Must You Do to Be Saved?

If you are not a confessing Christian and are wondering what you must do to be saved, the Apostle Paul provides you with the answer in the true story that is to follow. Paul was traveling on a mission journey through what is now Greece. He came to the city of Phillipi which was then […]

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Erasmus of Rotterdam

Erasmus of Rotterdam was one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time. Although in our day his books lie on bookshelves collecting dust, in his time he was internationally famous. It is questionable, says his biographer, Stefan Zweig, whether Erasmus was a man of first-class intelligence, but what we can be sure of is […]

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Narrator: It is a cloudy day in West Michigan. Two college students are preparing to walk through a game preserve and are discussing their classes. Both are students at Calvin College and they are walking through the preserve directly across the East Beltline from the college campus. The name of the first student is Sapientia, […]

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Question and Answer

Question: In the March issue of the Beacon Lights Seminarian Doug Kuiper (hereafter I will refer to him as the reviewer) reviewed J. Gresham Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism. In the last five para­graphs of the review he made some claims about what liberalism is and he ends the review with a criticism of Machen […]

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