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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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Good News from Synod

In June delegates from our churches gathered for Synod. At Synod the ministers and elders take care of the matters which pertain to the work of our churches as a federation. One such matter is the examination of students who have completed the required training for the work of a minister. The church as a […]

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It’s Christmas time. A great time of the year for Christians when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Beacon Lights staff has a great way for you to celebrate Christmas and keep our giving in perspective. Consider with us the follow­ing: suppose that Protestant Reformed families spend an average of $200 on Christmas gifts. (While some […]

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Here Am I; Send Me

I want to direct this article to the young men of our churches for the purpose of encouraging you to consider seriously training for the gospel ministry in our seminary.  No, I was not asked to do this by anyone else.  No, this is not a pressure tactic by one of your ministers.  This article […]

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About the Ministry

Pastor: “Come in Ron. Have a seat. What’s on your mind?” Ron: “Well, pastor, I wanted to talk to you, uh . . ., about something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. I’m just not sure what to do. I thought maybe you could give me some help. It’s about the ministry. I’ve […]

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Questions for Prof. Hanko

The following is a series of questions and answers similar to the ones which appeared in the April issue of Beacon Lights. This time we have focused our attention on the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches and specifically Prof. Herman Hanko. Questions of general interest were chosen and we hope you will find […]

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George M. Ophoff: His Work as Professor (19)

In the last article we talked briefly about Rev. Ophoff’s labors in the congre­gation of Byron Center. If you recall what we wrote, you will also remember that our emphasis was upon the fact that Rev. Ophoff was particularly called by God to the work of professor in the Seminary of the Protestant Reformed Churches. […]

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George M. Ophoff (17)

In our last article we concluded the history of the controversy of 1924 and the role which Rev. Ophoff played in it. At the time of this history Rev. Ophoff was minister in what is now the Hope Protestant Reformed Church. After the formation of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Rev. Ophoff continued his work in […]

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From Seminary Hill

My task is to try to paint for you a realistic picture of life on “Seminary Hill.” I am referring, of course, to the fact that our Seminary is perched atop one of the highest points in the Grand Rapids area. And this reminds me immediately of the Biblical figure of the city set on […]

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