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Our Inheritance: Church History

Imagine with me a treasury. Many kingdoms had vast treasuries. Rooms were filled with the money and valuables the kingdom had obtained through conquests and taxation. The church has a treasury as well. But this is no ordinary treasury. It is not filled with silver and gold. It has not changed hands as does the […]

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Why Study the History of the Church?

Christian instruction has a distinct and most unique contribution to make. It is intended to be one of the means whereby the people of God can instruct the seed of the covenant. In order to accomplish the task of covenant education, the seed of the church must be thoroughly instructed in the history of the […]

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For Thy Truth’s Sake

For Thy Truth’s Sake—A Doctrinal History of the Protestant Reformed Churches, by Herman Hanko. Reformed Free Publishing Association, Grandville, MI. 2000. Pp. xxvi-541 (hardcover). As the title appropriately states, this book is a summary of the doctrinal development of the Protestant Reformed Churches over the seventy-five years of her existence. Beyond that, the author shows […]

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Portraits of Faithful Saints

Reflecting back upon the past century, we can see that the world has gone through many changes in a short period of time. Modern man extols this progress and growth in technology. For many in this world, this is all that they care to talk about. “We must live for the here and now!” is […]

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Introduction: Perhaps, as young people, we are inclined to consider the history of 1924 as irrelevant for us today. Of what value is “dry and dusty” history of several generations ago? Is there anything in that history that is applicable to our modern times? I would emphasize that if we are to be faithful members […]

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George M. Ophoff: As Church Historian (21)

In our last article, we talked about the work which Rev. Ophoff did in the field of pastoral instruction; and we quoted briefly from his notes which he prepared for his students in school. You will recall, that our purpose in all this is to demonstrate to our readers, not only the fact that the […]

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Why Study the History of the Church?

Christian instruction has a distinct and most unique contribution to make. It is intended to be one of the means whereby the people of God can instruct the seed of the covenant. In order to accomplish the task of covenant education, the seed of the Church must be thoroughly instructed in the history of the […]

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Cleaning The Spindle

“Critique” is Twelve Years Old This Issue “Mr. K” visits a ‘christian nation’” was the heading of the first article contributed by the undersigned to a new rubric in the BEACON LIGHTS in the October-November-1959-issue, and now Nikita Krushchev is dead. The introduction, “Ground Breaking,” indicated that the writer would be committed to the reporting […]

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Early Church History

This new department in Beacon Lights for which we have been asked to write was advertised in last month’s issue as “Early Church History”. We intend to keep that title and see no objection in it if we only bear in mind that this department will deal with the early church history of the new […]

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