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Dear Prof. Hanko, I would find it fruitful to begin a dialogue about your article on acting first published in 1950, lately republished in the March issue of the Beacon Lights. As I wrote this response, I found myself returning again and again to a defense of drama itself, which, as you noted, is not […]

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Honoring Father and Mother

Honoring father and mother is no easy task, yet it is commanded by God. First Corinthians 13:11 serves us well as young people as we consider this calling: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I […]

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Turning from Worldliness

The world is an enticing place. We live alongside it, and it influences our lives in many different ways. Our human nature tries to pull us toward the lusts of the heart, yet the regenerated man within us pulls toward the cross of Jesus Christ. We are locked in a fierce battle both internally and […]

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Changing Obligations

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” In this passage (1 Cor. 13:11), the apostle Paul refers to two states of life: childhood and manhood. Although he is speaking primarily from […]

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At the time he wrote this epistle, Peter knew that his death was imminent. He was imprisoned in Rome awaiting execution for his faith. Knowing that this would likely be his last letter to these beloved believers, Peter does not try to teach them anything new, but rather earnestly endeavors to remind the Christians in […]

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Growing Up Together into Christ

Among the various courses I was privileged to take during my college years, my favorite was a course called “Principles of Development.” As its name implies, this course explained the molecular processes that direct the development of living organisms starting from a single-cell embryo all the way to a fully formed, newborn animal. Though certainly […]

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Putting Away Childish Things

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.                        This month’s issue of Beacon Lights takes as its theme the words of the inspired apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:11. Near the […]

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Little Lights: Baptism

In the Old Testament, fathers were instructed to circumcise their sons eight days after the baby boy had been born. It was a sign of the covenant that involved blood. It reminded the parents that blood needed to be shed to save their children from sin. Back then in the Old Testament, they were still […]

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