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The Issue at Hand

I was going to introduce this issue of Beacon Lights by expressing the need that we have for teachers. I was going to make the point by referencing a letter that the Federation of PR Schools sent out recently, expressing that great need. I was going to punctuate my introduction with a lengthy quote from […]

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A Day in the Life of a Prospective Teacher

I considered a different title for this editorial. “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Prospective Teacher” while certainly more catchy and accurate would probably have faced some copyright issues for ripping off the title of the popular book written by an “unlikely convert,” Rosaria Butterfield. So, what you see is what you get. At least […]

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The Questions I Never Was Asked

There are tons—and that’s a lot—of questions I never was asked. Some of them might be labeled frivolous: Do you like sushi? Or, what is your fourth favorite color? Others might be considered meaningful: Who is the most important U.S. President and why? Or, how important is the U.S. Constitution to you? Then there are […]

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Needed – Teachers

How important do you consider Christian education to be? Is Protestant Reformed Christian education valuable? Do you recognize the needs of our schools and consider how you can be used of God in them? I recently finished reading two volumes by Paul Kienel called A History of Christian School Education. It was amazing to see the […]

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The Teachers Are Ready, Are You?

This past summer about eighty people, mainly teachers and board members of our schools, attended and participated in a seminar entitled “The Kingdom of God and the Protestant Reformed Christian School.” The seminar was held June 21-22 at Faith PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. Each day began with a lengthy lecture by Professor Engelsma and the […]

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For the Want of a Dollar…?

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was also published in the March 1 issue of the Standard Bearer. Covenant members must take heed to many important details in the kingdom of heaven. One of them is that prospective teachers and preachers receive adequate financial resources to […]

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A Beautiful Situation

This article was originally published in the “News and Views” from Doon. Something in my high school and college experience made me suspect of people having a favorite Bible text. It smacked with pop Christianity and brought up images of Chicago Bear Walter Payton writing John 3:16 beneath his signature as he traipsed off to […]

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