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Making Mud Pies in a Slum

Have you ever considered what the church world would look like today if Martin Luther had not been around to start the Protestant Reformation? What if this was the front page article of the Wittenberg Times in July 1505? Promising Student Found Dead “On Wednesday, July 2 a group of travelers making their way through […]

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Words Are Weighty

Unless we have not been given the ability to speak, it is difficult to go through an entire day without saying a word. Whether we have a very outgoing personality or we are very timid, we talk every day. We use words to communicate our thoughts. That much is obvious. But do we often consider […]

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A Thistle in Your Heart?

[A Hidden Idol in Plain View] Is there a thistle in the corner of the garden of your heart? Perhaps a patch of growing and expanding thistles? I refer to the metaphor of the parable of the sower, and through it I challenge you to consider the theme of idolatry as it applies to a […]

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An Unsettling Study

Before reading this article, it would be beneficial to read Mark Hoeksema’s editorial from the May issue of Beacon Lights. What you read in this article may shock you. It may be something you’ve never taken into consideration. Or it may be something your parents are constantly badgering you about. Whatever the case may be, […]

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Young People: Read!

The Beacon Lights staff thinks we have a problem. In fact, we are convinced that we have a problem. The problem concerns the reading of the magazine, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Our subscription numbers have historically been tracked by our business manager and reported at our monthly meetings. For the last several years […]

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Common Grace…Again?

The title of this column reflects my thoughts early last year upon receiving my copy of The Rock Whence We Are Hewn from the Reformed Free Publishing Association. Boy, was I wrong. My original (wrong) thoughts on the book were, “Do we really need another book on common grace?” Then I read the book. We […]

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A Biblical Perspective on Climate Change

Last month we looked at climate change—what it is and how the world is responding to it. We also considered how God provides for life on earth through the greenhouse effect. This month we look at climate change with a biblical perspective. Although scripture does not directly address climate change, there are some biblical principles […]

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A Hot Topic

What is the second most popular item in the news beside the recent election and its aftermath? Climate change. Climate change is very politicized and fiercely contested. More and more it is a hot button issue that politicians feud over. Recall seeing any of these headlines? “Obama bans new oil drilling in Arctic Ocean,” “Trump […]

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President Trump

It will be helpful to read the July 2016 editorial if you still have a copy of this issue. The present editorial is in some ways a continuation of this earlier article. When it was written, the election had not yet been held and was being hotly contested. Now the election is past, and we […]

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Looking Back with Luther

“We are beggars, this is true.” The story passed down through history is that these words were scribbled down by Martin Luther on a piece of paper and stuffed into his pocket while he was lying on his deathbed. You can imagine what he was thinking. He was a weary pilgrim at the end of […]

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