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Writing Contest Results

POETRY 1ST – Morning Melody – Jim Jonker 2nd – Autumn Anthem – Jim Jonker 3rd – Tree – Jim Jonker FICTION 1st – Charity Suffered – David Engelsma 2nd – The Letter – Jim Jonker 3rd – The Vase – Lois Kregel NON-FICTION 1ST – How Firm a Foundation – Wayne Lanning 2nd – […]

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The Minister Shortage

Among the problems which face our churches at the present, one of the greatest undoubtedly is the shortage of minister of the Word. And, the problem seems to be growing worse instead of becoming less serious. The need seems more acute, for the supply is declining in proportion to the increase of the demand. Many […]

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The Settled Question

There is a question that has often arisen in Protestant Reformed groups. Attempts to settle the question by discussion have met with little success. The statement that the question ought to be a settled one has proved even less successful as a solution to the problem. The question has not been asked openly for quite […]

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Education and the Arts

Education is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education. Mark Twain The title of this article should immediately bring into mind three questions. What is education: What are the arts? How are the two related? The first question we will not answer, for it undoubtedly […]

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A Cause to Support

“I will show thee my faith by my works.” Almost everyone almost everywhere has a cause which he supports. Some give only financial support; some, only moral support. Some support because of pressure; some give themselves earnestly and energetically. Some support too few causes; some, too many. Few try to avoid what they believe to […]

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His Blood On Us

The frenzied mob, ferocious, fearing nought, Pressed closer, shouting for the life they sought, And raised their voices in a mighty flood: “On us and on our children be His blood.” The scarlet stains, on that spike-studded cross Where hung the bleeding body, with each toss Of pain re-echoed that rebellious cry Until it reached […]

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The Menace of Democracy

“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” Undoubtedly, at the present time there seems to be no greater menace to the American way of life and hence to the American people than that of Communism.  Though its tactics and methods may change, its ideology still re-echoes Krushchev’s bold words, “We […]

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In the Beginning, Gas

(An excerpt from the newest, most revised translation of the Bible, as Moses should have written it.) GENESIS 1 1. In the beginning, gas existed. 2. And the gas was a shapeless mass; and it was dark. And God’s spirit began to be operative. 3. And God said, “Let a shining sphere be formed.” And […]

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Books

Evolution and Christian Thought Today Russell L. Mixter (ed.) – Eerdmans – 222 pp. – $4.50 Ever since Copernicus demonstrated that the sun and not the earth was the center of our universe, the “Sea of Faith” has, for the educated, been at ebb tide.  Most scientific men can only “hear its melancholy, long, withdrawing […]

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The Dilemma of Democracy

A perennial problem in almost any organization is the conflict that often arises between what is held to be principally right and practically advisable.  Churches, for example, face this issue when they deliberate about admitting into their fellowship members who had been divorced and remarried while still unchurched.  Principally it would seem not only that […]

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The Year in Retrospect

Perhaps the greatest disadvantage faced by the writer of this department is that of meeting a deadline for the editor, a month before publication of each issue.  This is bad for at least two reasons.  First, the news is often old and well-discussed before it appears in Current Comments and the comments tend to be […]

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By Way of Introduction

Those of you who have been readers of BeacBy on Lights for any length of time probably gave nod of recognition to the heading this department.  Current Comments is back again.  Perhaps many of you thought it was dead and now has been resurrected.  In a sense that is true.  But we would rather compare […]

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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor

Welcome to Camp Shawanoossee, located on the shores of beautiful Duck Lake, near Muskegon Michigan. That was almost the way this article was going to begin. And, since it has already begun that way, we’d better leave that sentence there, but add another, at the risk of disappointing our readers. Welcome to Grand Rapids, Fine […]

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Progress Report

On September 15, 1959, a meeting was held at the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church, a meeting undoubtedly destined to play an important part in the history of Protestant Reformed education.  After those gathered there an inspirational address to Rev. C. Hanko, the chairman recognized a motion on the floor that a Protestant Reformed High School […]

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Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch was an early church father, who lived during the first century A. D. He was one of the so-called Apostolic Fathers, who supposedly had been instructed by the apostles. His whole life is shrouded in legend and tradition. In fact, there are so many varying and disagreeing accounts of his life that […]

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Drama – Should We Use It? – No!

Drama has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in our day. We can find it in various places, on the radio, over television, in the movies, in operas, in amateur plays, and even in the church. But though it is popular, it is also very questionable. Questionable not only regarding practice, especially […]

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Current Events

Democrats: Stevenson Again In Chicago, last August, after the smoke had cleared, Adlai Stevenson, unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate in 1952, appeared once again the choice of the Democratic National Convention. From the first, things seemed to be going his way. Estes Kefauver, his chief opponent for the nomination, had retired from the presidential race. Kefauver, […]

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No Longer Untouchable

In the latter part of April and from different parts of the U.S., two major advances in the delicate art of heart surgery were reported. The operations were in contrast; in one, the heart was kept beating; the other made a point of stopping it. A 17-month old boy at the Cleveland Clinic became the […]

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Tornado!

“There is a tornado in Grand Rapids,” intoned the voice on the radio. “Please go to the southwest corner of your basement and keep tuned in for further developments.” Yes, there was a tornado although Grand Rapids itself was not touched. Of the many tornados on April 2 and 3, sweeping through several states, one […]

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Slow Down

Friday, January 6, four teenagers, two girls and two boys, were riding after a basketball game. They were in a brand-new car, hopped-up for added speed and power, belonging to the father of one of the girls, a new car dealer. There had been a slight drizzle that night and the roads were wet and […]

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Our Court Case

After all attempts at an out-of-court settlement failed, the case between The First Protestant Reformed Church, plaintiff, and Hubert De Wolf and his “consistory,” defendants, came up before Judge Thaddeus B. Taylor in the Superior Court of Grand Rapids. Proceedings and testimony before the court lasted from Tuesday, May 25, 1954 until Tuesday, June 15, […]

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One Big Union

In New York City last December 5, two men seized an oversized gavel, and, banging it on the rostrum, jointly called to order a convention of more than 1400 people. The men were George Meany and Walter Reuther; the convention was that of the newly-formed AFL-CIO, product of the merger of the nation’s biggest unions, […]

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With My Song Will I Praise Him

It’s Christmas time. Down the dark, silent, snowy streets go groups of young people. Singing softly, they go from one home to another, ring the doorbell, sing a song or two, and depart. In homes throughout the nation, families gather around the piano to sing these songs proclaiming the birth of our Lord and Saviour. […]

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