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Music and Morality

Is there an inherent morality to the rhythm or beat of music, or is its morality simply tied to the culture it is associated with? In other words, are there some sorts of music that are simply “out of bounds” for Christians because of the musical style, or is it only a matter of the […]

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Giving our sons as pastors

Our pastors and professors have repeatedly sounded an urgent plea for preachers, a need that has been expressed for several years now. We know the need and sincerely pray this petition. Yet there is another common reaction among us:  “Who would ever encourage their son to be a minister in times like these?”  This cry has been […]

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Scholarship essay edition

Every year the Protestant Reformed Federation of Young People’s Societies sponsors a scholarship writing contest for college students who are planning to become teachers or enter the ministry. The contest typically features a list of three questions, one of which each writer will address as a part of their essay. Though every participant in the […]

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Spiritual accountability

In last month’s issue of Beacon Lights, I noted a recent sermon on Ephesians 5 that described three different characteristics of faithful church members. Such people are sober, they sing the truths of God’s word to one another, and they submit to one another (vv. 18–21). Last month the value of singing was discussed at […]

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“Imagine there’s no heaven and no hell below us.” Doesn’t that sound appealing? John Lennon’s lyrics in his song “Imagine” emanate an earthly utopia of peace and unity. This utopia coincides with the cultural goals of Karl Marx. He wanted a world of peace, with no different classes. The theories of Karl Marx concerning the […]

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Scripture speaks often of the importance of humility in the life of a Christian. Christ himself, the greatest preacher and teacher to walk this earth, set forth a beautiful example of perfect humility. First Peter 5:5 teaches us to be subject one to another, and to be clothed with humility. Show from scripture the nature […]

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