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The Value of a Writing Experience

A popular style of memo pad in offices across the country carries the command “Write it—don’t say it!” Doubting Thomases around the world voice their suspicions with “I’ll believe it when I see it in black and white!” In order to save time, many business transactions are completed by telephone, yet the final exchange is […]

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Pride Goeth

The slow rain had been drizzling down for three days. The gray sky and the decrepit old buildings snuggled together, each matching the other shade for shade of the same weary color. A young sailor in a wet summer uniform shuffled along the sidewalk, stopping now and then in a deserted doorway. But they offered […]

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A Christian Businessman-Fiction or Fact?

“It’s impossible to be an honest business­man.” “Well, you just have to close your eyes to some things; that’s business.” Two common statements — the one a cate­gorical accusation, the other a half-hearted attempt to justify dishonest. Both stem from the assumption that one must be dis­honest to succeed in business. If the busi­ness world […]

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Unknown

Nero read his music by the light of burning Rome and the city itself fell, not because its walls were low, but because its citizens were low.  The conservative element in the United States, made popular by Senator Barry Goldwater et al, is predicting a similar, if somewhat more sophisticated end to the United States.  […]

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Current Events and Issues

Glimmerings of relief from “Union Shops” are appearing on the labor relations horizon! “There are only two countries in the world where a man may legally be forced into union membership as a prerequisite to maintaining his employment:  The United States and Russia.”  With these words a Grand Rapids lawyer specializing in labor relations pointed […]

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In the Still of the Night

The stillness of the night clearly indicated it to be a night for wandering and for unscrambling crisscross thought; a quiet valley in the jagged range of helter-skelter living; a time to be spent evaluating and categorizing the impressions and experiences of the recent overcrowded weeks. These busy weeks had also left a residue of […]

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How to Keep from Being Bored on Sunday

Don’t do this and don’t do that, Don’t annoy or tease the cat, In fact, don’t do anything at all! This poetic (?) bit of negative thinking (recalled from a childhood rhyme) is one way of observing Sundays. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It’s the wrong way. “Don’t skip church,” we’re told. So we don’t. Parental pressures […]

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A Weak Flame in a Tinder Box

The popular concept of a reformer is usually of a person with sterling, dynamic personality who slashes right and left with the sword of truth in strong, accurate, purposeful stokes while astride the white charger of righteous indignation.  He thus brings absolute light to millions who had been existing in absolute darkness, and every innovation […]

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The Day Christ Died

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop Confessing the impossibility of any Christian (including himself) to be perfectly objective when viewing the death of Christ, Bishop here reconstructs both the historical events and the background of Christ’s crucifixion with intense clarity and force. To read this book without first reading the preface is to rob […]

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Are You a Fifth Amendment Christian?

Sometime ago one of our young people told me that he was a Fifth Amendment Christian and that this bothered him immensely. He didn’t use this particular phrase, but he did say that like many union officials recently, he refused to testify because this testimony would be embarrassing to him. This same young man continued […]

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Editorials

SCRATCHINGS FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK Wha’ happin? Where’s Beacon Lights? How come so late this time? Here they are folks, the reasons, excuses, call them what you will. Here’s a brief report on what has happened, is happening, and what we hope will happen in the near future. Part of the delay is due to […]

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Answers

In an editorial in The Standard Bearer of May 1, under the title “Evolution, Long Periods, or Days,” the Reverend H. Hoeksema asks for historical verification for certain statements made in the Beacon Lights editorial three issues ago: “Proof Positive – the Earth Is Flat.” But first, I feel constrained to interject a definite denial […]

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From The Editor’s Desk

In the editorial in the April issue of Beacon Lights, I treated the problem of apparent conflicts between God’s general revelation and His special revelation and the ultimate impossibility of this situation. I further mentioned that this is but another trial of our faith and as such serves to strengthen the bond that connects the […]

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Proof Positive – The Earth is Flat!

A few hundred years ago a heretic of considerable renown by the name of Magellan set out to disprove Scripture, or so certain theologians considered his bold adventure of sailing around the world. After all, didn’t the Scriptures speak of “the four corners of the earth”? That should be proof enough for anyone! Anyone who […]

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Creeping Corruption

As most every high school student of modern American Literature knows by heart: “The fog creeps in on little cat feet.” Whether poet Sandburg was writing only of the fog that occasionally envelopes his beloved Chicago, or of the fog that clouds one’s thinking, or perhaps to both, we can only speculate; for philosophers, theologians, […]

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One of the essays in a series called “Adventures of the Mind” in the Saturday Evening Post was an article by Mr. Aldous Huxley titled, “Drugs That Shape Men’s Minds.” This well ‑written, thought‑stimulating treatise began as follows: “In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than […]

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Our New Department

Next month Beacon Lights plans to introduce the “Church News Page” for the dissemination of news from around the denomination. The need for this feature has been felt for some time; in fact, outlying churches report a kind of loneliness due to the present lack of news about other congregations. To get this feature started […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

In a few weeks many of us will he registering at the annual P. R. Y. P. Convention in Grand Rapids and making the acquaintances of the folks who have offered their homes to us while attending the convention. This generous offer is not only an attempt to ease the financial burden that would be […]

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All Shook Up?

All shook up? If you are, compliment yourself for being in the majority, for by far the greater part of the world’s population consists of faint-hearted, timorous souls who scamper for any imagined safety at the sight of their own shadow! Even the briefest of introspection will uncover the fact that as individuals and as […]

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The Fleeting Intelligence of Parents

We have noticed a strange and puzzling phenomenon regarding the intelligence of parents, especially of parents having growing children. When the youngsters are young, possibly during the ages that coincide with grade school and earlier, parents are virtually perfect. Every decision they make is the absolutely perfect one, every opinion is very fact indeed, and […]

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Born to Die

What strange talk. Are we not born to live? Does not birth imply a coming into being? What does death have to do with birth? Death is the curse of God for sin. We all die, and death is inevitable for everyone. In this sense we all are born to die. Physical death is present […]

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Confession of Sin . . . A Tonic, Not a Telling

Confession of sin doesn’t make sense — at first. Doesn’t God know our sins better than we do ourselves? Why should we tell him something He already knows and condemns? Reasoning in this manner has led many of us to shrug off the privilege of confession onto some simple and all-inclusive phrase as “and forgive […]

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From Koffee Kletz to Convention

Although many “wise old sayings” have a way of contradicting each other, the one that goes “birds of a feather flock together” has a broader meaning that is very true and timely. Translated into workable terminology we find the adage saying that people with a common cause seek each other’s company. This common cause may […]

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