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Psalm Singing – A Reformed Heritage

Excerpt from the pamphlet: “The Reformation and Psalm Singing.” The full pamphlet is available at Protestant Reformed Churches or http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html. It is a well-known fact that God used the work of Martin Luther and John Calvin to restore the Word of God to its proper place. Who can forget the Diet of Worms, before which […]

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On Homosexuality

I can clearly recall that fall day two years ago. We were juniors at Dordt College, and Rick had come back to visit us. Our group of guys had been friends since our freshman year when we all lived on the same wing of North Hall. We weren’t as close of a group anymore, but […]

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Suicide: A Closer Look

In June of 1998, an article appeared in the Beacon Lights entitled, “Do Christians Who Commit Suicide Go To Hell?” The article was a brief answer to this question. I would like to begin this “closer look” by answering that same question. The question, as posed, can be very easily and very quickly answered. No! […]

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Jesus Will Have Mercy, and Not Sacrifice

These are Jesus words to the Pharisees in Matthew 9:12, 13: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go and learn what that means. I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Parallel texts are Mark […]

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A Traitor Within

Let us suppose that the government forced you to live with a known traitor. Not just any villain, but someone who sought your ill. A person so consumed with self gratification that he would not only have you condemned to death if only he could fill his hearts lust, but would not give a second […]

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Why Is Pride the Deadliest?

Pride causes people to rationalize their sins and in some cases the sins of ones they love. Pride makes people cover up their sins instead of confessing them. Pride answers a valid rebuke with an attack. Pride holds grudges and blocks forgiveness. Pride makes it impossible for people to see their own sins. Because of […]

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He Spake As A Dragon

Great Iron teeth which rip and devour. A fearsome beast which knows no mercy. Who can stand before this creature. The dead lay strewn in the wake of him. What makes the creature so frightening is that it looks like a lamb. Its deceptive nature is most fearful, for who would be afraid of a […]

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A Christian View of Sports (2)

In this article I wish to deal with some individual issues to which we can apply the general principles written about in the last issue. Firstly, women and sport. Some argue that women should not be permitted to play sports, because it might compromise their modesty, cause unfeminine traits of personality, and the like. Besides, […]

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A Christian View of Sports (1)

Play and sport was an accepted social activity of God’s Old Testament people. It was indicative of health, life, and other temporal covenant blessings of God (Zech. 8:5). The Old Testament background for a Christian view of sport lies in its connection with the Israelite emphasis on feasting, dancing, and hospitality. There is no hesitation […]

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Me a Theologian?

When we hear the word “theologian,” a certain picture is conjured up in our minds. A grim-faced man is sitting over a desk with heaps of books piled around him. The man has one hand holding up his head and is trying to write with the other. Perhaps he is an elder of some sort […]

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