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Editor’s Note

This month’s issue contains the three speeches given at this year’s Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention. The convention was held at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, Minnesota from August 13–17. The theme of the convention was Guided by God, and the three keynote addresses were delivered by Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, and Griess. According […]

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This issue includes four articles written as part of the annual scholarship contest; two written by aspiring ministers, and two by young people studying to be teachers. The writing prompt that all four authors chose was as follows: In the New Testament Paul often refers to himself as God’s servant, or slave. What does it […]

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This issue marks a change in staffing here at Beacon Lights. After more than three years of writing for the magazine, Sarah Mowery has decided to lay down her pen. She has been one of the faithful writers of the Devotionals rubric. In fact, the title of the section, Daily Press, was her idea (taken […]

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Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch humanist and scholar who lived in the late 15th and early 16th century. In 1509 he wrote a satirical piece called In Praise of Folly. Although he made a better satirist than a theologian, in this work he rightfully exposed and ridiculed the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. In […]

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This new year brings a significant change to Beacon Lights magazine. After six years of manning the helm, Mark Hoeksema is retiring as editor. He has provided outstanding guidance to the staff, and the magazine is better for his leadership. Mark, I express a debt of gratitude for your patient instruction over the last six […]

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As is our custom, in this issue we are publishing four essays from the annual scholarship contest. This contest is open to those who are pursuing an education directed toward either the ministry or toward teaching. These papers are the ones the committee determined were the best from this year’s submissions. Two are written by […]

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As our regular readers know, Beacon Lights has recently sponsored a writing contest. The intent was to encourage our readers to think, as well as to develop their writing skills. The entries have been received and judged, and the winning essays are published in this issue. We received disappointingly few entries in three of the […]

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As regular readers of Beacon Lights know, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of the magazine. We celebrated this milestone by reprinting a number of articles from the magazine’s history, beginning with a goodly number from the 1940s and continuing throughout the decades that followed. From readers’ comments it is evident that this […]

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November is our annual scholarship issue, in which we print several of the best essays in the Protestant Reformed Essay Competition. This year we are publishing the four that we were given. They are interesting and well-written, so please enjoy them. Below please find the requirements and prompts given to all participants. This material will […]

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June 21 is Father’s Day. While it is a Hallmark holiday, it is appropriate to note its occurrence in a Christian context. In this issue Beacon Lights does this with a twist, celebrating not fathers, but fathers-in-law. From the fertile and practical mind of Ray Ezinga, life-long member and often officebearer in Loveland Protestant Reformed […]

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