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Choosing a College

  Many young people are deciding, about this time of year, where to go to college.  In the process of making this decision of where to go, many of you are going to have to face squarely the question of what type of institution you will attend: will it be a Christian college or a […]

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The State of the Union: Ten Steps Forward for the Beast

While the Congress cheered, President Nixon made it known that his legacy to the United States and the world would be a structure for a lifetime and our children’s lifetime of world peace. This, said the President, has been his primary goal and will continue to be the primary goal of his administration. Such was […]

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Tolerance

Editor Note: The following is the text of an address given at the 1973 Protestant Re­formed Young People’s Convention held in Hope, Grand Rapids. It was given as an introduction to one of the discussion ses­sions. A proper beginning for any topic of dis­cussion would be, I think, a definition of the topic at hand. […]

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What is Man? Who am I?

“What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in facul­ties! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.” Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2 MAN? “A self-balancing, 28-jointed adapter-base biped; […]

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So You Want to Go to College

That is a good thing — wanting to go to college. Education has always had a high place in the value system of the Christian and that high place ought to be maintained. The 16th century reformers — both Luther and Calvin — speak highly of education. (Cf. Rev. D. Engelsma’s excellent series of articles […]

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What’s Worth Knowing?

The question raised in the title above is much on the minds of contemporary educa­tors. The American system of education has come under attack from many quarters because it is claimed that what is taught — the knowledge dispensed — is not worth knowing. It is completely irrelevant. I called attention to such a critic, […]

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The Effects of Television Viewing

To say that television programming has a negative effect on the people who view it is to say nothing new. You have probably heard your minister mention from the pulpit things about television and its evil influence many times. And I know from experience that your teachers have done the same. It appears, however, that […]

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Humility: God’s Elevator

Man, in sinful pride, thought to elevate himself above God. He thought that by disobeying the Lord’s command he too could know good and evil. He fell and great was his fall. He became a lowly, despicable, sinful creature whose whole life was enmity against God. In his wretched state he foolishly imagines himself, even […]

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The Poison of Subjectivism

The title of this article is not original. It is, in fact, the title of an essay by C.S. Lewis. I think, however, that Lewis makes a point in this article which bears repeating, viz., that moral judgments, judgments of value, judgments about good and evil, right and wrong must be based upon some objective […]

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Some More of The Same Old Thing?

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 One cannot help but be struck by the simplicity with which Matthew records the birth of Christ: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ […]

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Giving Thanks for the Poor

The first Thanksgiving Day and its successive observances have been both a source of delight and sorrow to many people. It seems, however, that we have been left mostly with delight. Thanksgiving has been turned into revelry, prayer into pride. It has become a day of feasting and football games with church services sandwiched in […]

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Honors Assembly

Editor’s Note: What follows is the text of an address given on May 29, 1970 at the honors assembly of the Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School. I was requested at the time to prepare it for distribution; I chose instead to publish it here. I suppose that most of you know why you have come […]

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Extracurricular Curriculars

In conjunction with the subject of this issue of Beacon Lights, I was asked to write an article dealing with the topic called “educational frills” or, more broadly put, whether or not we should include in our high school curriculum such things as band, choir, athletics, speech, forensics; in general, those things classified by modern […]

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Amused

The idea or notion that children and young people, in general, must have fun and be amused and entertained is far from new. The problem we raise is not new; neither is the proposed solution. The mere fact, however, that the question must again be raised and the answer reiterated is cause for shame and […]

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Youth and Missions

Much has been said and written (cf. Beacon Lights, March, May, August-September, 1961) about the mission program of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Criticisms have been leveled; appeals have been made. A synopsis of the present mission state-of-affairs had been requested and then given. It has been concluded by some that the Protestant Reformed missions program […]

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