If Thou Shalt Confess

Book by J.K. Van Baalen—Eerdmans—65 pp This booklet of 65 pages is intended for those confessing their faith in the bosom of the Christian Reformed Churches.  The author touches upon no less than eighteen topics, facets of the Christian life and experience.  These topics are not in any way arranged...

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Philip Melanchthon (3)

The final aspect of Melanchthon’s life with which we will deal has to do with his position as the chief spokesman for the Reformation in its colloquies and consultations with the Romish Church.  In this connection, his detractors hurl the accusation of “compromiser” against him.  Usually, modern critics of Philip...

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Recapitulation and Resolution

The year 1962 is almost history, and we see in retrospect many events and happenings, both pleasant and unpleasant, that have affected us.  The passing year had different meanings for various people.  For some it meant graduation, a new job, or attending college; for others it meant taking up residency...

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The Unnoticed – Noticed

Last October I had a most interesting and enlightening Christian experience. While approaching the doors of First in Grand Rapids I halted and looked up.  There above the three sets of twin doors were three engravings projecting from the lintels.  These provoked me to take a longer and closer look...

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To Pay or Not to Pay

Coming as immigrants into the American colonies along with other aliens in the 17th century were groups of German-speaking people known as Mennonites.  In general, these Mennonites were a sect organized in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525.  They had split from the Roman Catholic Church and they were a branch of...

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A Word About Unitarianism

The first distinctively liberal movement in America was the Unitarian movement.1 Aside from any movement, unitarianism was and is to be found in Arianism, Deism, Humanism, Judaism, Modal Monarchianism, Mohammedanism and Socinianism.  We might say that today the Christadelphians, Christian Scientists and the Russellites are really unitarian.  Still we do...

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Dutch Music

Dear Mr. Editor of Beacon Lights: Not too many issues of Beacon Lights ago there appeared an editorial in which the Rev. A. Mulder belittled the ability of Hollanders as poets and musicians.  The writer of said editorial assumed the role of one who alleges to let us hear the...

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