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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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Special Needs Children – Gifts from God

Note from the Society for Protestant Reformed Special Education: In thankfulness to our heavenly Father for his special children he has given to us and knowing as we read in John 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  We believe that all our covenant children […]

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Petitionary Prayer for the Church

What Prayer Is Prayer is a miracle. I cannot explain it.  It is a miracle of grace. God gives us the grace to pray. He does not give it to anyone except to those whom he wants to be in his presence with him. And those whom he wants are those who belong to Christ, […]

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Of What Value is Christmas?

Although I am almost finished with the series that I began when the Beacon Lights was again published last winter, and although it would be possible to finish that series in this issue, I think it may be well to pause, since this is the December issue, and call to mind a few thoughts concerning Christmas and […]

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Interracial Marriages

The question to be answered in this News treats a matter of Christian ethics. While it is true that Scripture does not speak directly to all issues that arise in our life’s calling, it does lay down principles that can and must serve as our guide to walk in a way pleasing to God. The […]

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The Church and Her Catholicity

From time to time over the past years we have come to experience in the halls of the seminary something of what it means to be part of a catholic church. That was true again this past year. It seemed to me, therefore, that “The Church and Her Catholicity” would be an eminently suitable topic […]

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Ascension – Pentecost

Triumphant Easter, day of first-fruits, in which Christ arose as Victor over sin, death and the grave. Glorious ascension, for he went through the heavens to Father’s throne, where he was crowned with glory and honor to rule over the works of God’s hands. Blessed Pentecost, feast of harvest, when he came to dwell with […]

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The Fourth Man – Preface and Chapter 1

Editor’s note: The following story was previously published in November, 2000 and the following chapters can be found online under the Beacon Lights link at the PRCA website http://www.prca.org/. This story gives the background to the story of the book reviewed in this issue. PREFACE The articles which will appear in subsequent issues of Beacon Lights are translations of a […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (7)

Our defense of our hope, according to I Peter 3:15, must be with meekness and fear. Fear is just that: fear that we will do something in our lives, our confession, our witnessing that makes God angry with us. So it is true that we are very much afraid that we may do something that […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (6)

The antithesis is closely related to witnessing because the most powerful form of our witnessing is a godly life; and a godly life is an antithetical life. When one lives a godly life one says by his actions: “I hate sin; and I love to do what God commands in his word.” That hatred of […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (5)

Christian witnessing is, first of all, a godly life. A godly life attracts the attention of the unbeliever. He reacts with a question concerning the sense of a godly life, for he can see no sense to it. His motto is, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” It is at this point […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (4)

I have been at some pains to say that the most powerful, God-blessed and divinely approved witnessing for the Christian is the witness of a life of obedience to the will of Christ. I insisted on the fact that the key to Christian witnessing is I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (3)

The key to understanding what Christian witnessing is all about is Peter’s words in I Peter 3:15: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” It is the key […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (2)

I said in my last article that the witnessing of a child of God, whether young or old, has contained in it the same power that the preaching of the gospel has. By that I mean that Christian witnessing is also used by God to gain others to Christ (Heidelberg Catechism, 32/86) and to harden […]

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The Antithesis and Witnessing (1)

I have been asked to write a few articles on the antithesis, following the article of Rev. Eriks, who introduced the subject. I have chosen to write this article on the importance of the antithesis for Christian witnessing. That the people of God, including young people, are called to be witnesses goes without saying. Scripture […]

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“In the beginning of the seventeenth century, Arminianism rose as a necessary and wholesome reaction against scholastic Calvinism, but was defeated in the Synod of Dordt, 1619, which adopted the five knotty canons of unconditional predestination, limited atonement, total depravity, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. The Bible gives us a theology which […]

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Martin Luther’s Tabletalk

Martin Luther, the man whom God used to bring reformation to the church in the 16th century, was a remarkable man. I do not think that such a man existed prior to Luther, or that such a man will ever again be seen in the church of Christ. Though he was a highly educated man, […]

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Tattoos

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. This article was originally published in the Covenant Reformed News (October 2002, vol. 9, issue 6). Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord (Leviticus […]

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The Lord Creates Evil (1)

Prof. Hanko is professor emeritus of the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, Michigan. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? (Amos 3:6). […]

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Prof. Herman Hanko

The son of Rev. and Mrs. Cornelius Hanko, Professor Herman Hanko was born in Hull, Iowa. Prof. Hanko lived in three different places before coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He lived in Hull for five years, then he and his family moved to Oak Lawn, Illinois, for ten years. He spent three years in Manhattan, […]

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Unfruitful Branches

Reprinted from the Loveland PRC Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 14. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away. and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” (John 15:2). The comment and question which accompanied a request to have this verse discussed are most interesting […]

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God, The Savior of All Men

Reprinted from the CPRCNI newsletter.  “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe,” I Timothy 4:10.  This text, along with others of a similar kind, has often been quoted in support of the free and general […]

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The Gift of Discipleship (2)

The following article was originally written for the “Newsletter” which was being published by the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24. We will quote again the question […]

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The Gift of Discipleship (1)

The following article was originally written for the “Newsletter” which is being published by the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church of Northern Ireland. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man I will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me,” Matthew 16:24. A reader, calling attention to […]

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