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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,  In the February 2023 issue, Onderwijzer was asked whether music’s rhythm or beat have “an inherent morality.” I appreciated his emphasis that music’s lyrics can be immoral. I am concerned with his view of music’s rhythm and beat as being amoral. He said, “Much of modern popular music is out of bounds for […]

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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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Letter by Rev. Joe Holstege

Dear Editor, The first line in the January 2021 issue of Beacon Lights is a question in response to the words of Christ in Matthew 17:17 (O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you?) You ask, “What does a perverse generation look like?” I would […]

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I would like to respond to the article “What Does Evangelism Really Look Like?” in the July 2020 issue. I appreciate the enthusiasm for evangelism that Miss Kuiper displayed, particularly on a college campus where the gospel is so despised. It is easy for us to become complacent, since we are so comfortable in our […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,  I want to thank you for your answer to Jeff Andringa in the ”Letters” of the October issue of the Beacon Lights. I agree with you that the decision of Synod 2018 requires further study because differences linger in the churches.  You quote a small part of the decision of synod, which reads, […]

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Editor Response to Letter

Dear Mr. Hoekstra,   From a certain perspective, my answer could be very brief. Assurance of salvation belongs to salvation itself, which is by faith alone. Therefore, to say that we enjoy assurance of our salvation by working is to say we are saved by faith and works. When we speak of our justification, namely that […]

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Letter to the Editor & Response

LETTER:    August 6, 2019  Mr. Engelsma:    I write to you regarding the book review printed in the June 2019 issue of the Beacon Lights, Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God.   In particular, I bring to question two aspects of your review.   First, your quote from the book in review, Union […]

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Christian Reformed Church Grows

April 10, 1956   Mr. Charles Westra Editor, Beacon Lights 1722 Alto Ave., S.E. Grand Rapids, Michigan   Dear Sir:   I have recently seen a copy of your April issue of “Beacon Lights.” One article drew my attention and I could not leave it go without making some comment. This article is entitled “Christian […]

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Ezekiel 33:11

I have this Question. How would you explain Ezekiel 33:11: “As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turneth from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel.” This Scripture […]

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The Military Mailbag

Greeting Fellows: Just one letter this time. S.F.C. Elmer Wielenga from Redlands. Present address, Korea. He sends us the one and only:   Dear Friends: I have been in the Army a year and four months, so that it is high time I drop a few lines to the Beacon Lights. I have been in […]

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Questions About the Suffering of Little Ones

Question #15 I know you don’t know me but I know you’ll pray for my family. My four-year-old niece, (name), will be undergoing brain surgery on January (date). She has a disease called tuberous sclerosis which, in the short-hand version, causes hard tumors to form on the brain and possibly other organs. This has caused […]

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Letter to Schuyler

I was reading Beacon Lights of February 2017 with interest and wanted to comment or argue about two statements in “Ask Schuyler” regarding fellowship with unbelievers. First, “Therefore we cannot enjoy true friendship, which is a sharing of life,” and second, “In fact (our children) may not and cannot” (fellowship with the ungodly) in public schools. Taking […]

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Response to “President Trump”

Dear Readers: I have received the following letter disagreeing with some of the statements I made in my January 2017 editorial entitled “President Trump.” I cast about regarding the best way to reply, and decided to keep my response short and to the point, while at the same time addressing the content. I have decided […]

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Fostering Love for Your Neighbor

Dear Editor, I write regarding the article entitled “Fostering Love for Your Neighbor” in the March 2016 issue. There may be good motives for being a foster parent, but I think it incorrect to use the parable of the Good Samaritan as a basis for this. To be anyone but the Samaritan is great sin. […]

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Christian Patriarchy

Dear Editor, In the December 2015 edition of the Beacon Lights, Mrs. Brenda Hoekstra published an article entitled “Christian Patriarchy Life”, which criticized the Christian Patriarchy movement for erroneous views about the calling of the Christian within the family.  I was disappointed in her response to the movement, which gave only vague biblical references instead […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Mr. Derek Vanden Akker, I write this letter in response to several comments you made in your letter in the March 2012 issue of the Beacon Lights. These comments largely deal with this statement of yours: “Furthermore, the Protestant Reformed Churches are to be commended not only for denying ordination to homosexuals, women, and homeschoolers, […]

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Letter to the Editor

The following note is a response to a recent answer by Schuyler to a question regarding suicide. Beacon Lights thanks Angie for her comments, and in accordance with her wishes, publicly thanks Schuyler (whose identity remains a mystery).   I am not sure who writes in the Questions for Schuyler, but I have to say […]

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The Patriarchal Movement

Dear Editor, I want to thank Schuyler for the information regarding the Patriarchy movement and the two authors mentioned.  The answer encouraged some searching on my part about these two men.  I was therefore a little surprised to see such an adamant defense of Doug Wilson and R. C.  Sproul Jr. in a following Beacon […]

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Skip’s Farewell

Dear Beacon Lights readers, Near the end of 1992, I was approached by members of the Beacon Lights staff requesting that I consider writing a series of devotionals for the magazine. I believe the editor at that time was Peter Faber. I prepared several devotionals for their consideration and presented them to two staff members […]

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Dear Beacon Lights Editor

Dear Beacon Lights Editor, Thank you for publishing the article by Chelsea Kamps, entitled “Life is Hard, but God is Good,” in the February 2012 issue. While mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and many others are hard to understand for some people, they are very real to others. God uses these trials in our lives […]

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Wonderful Resurrection

There have been many events in the history of this world that are important and significant. Not everybody comes from a Christian perspective, so some might say that the most important events in history are the two world wars or perhaps the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This is not the case, however, when […]

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Why Am I In The Protestant Reformed Churches?

God in eternity has chosen those whom he in his divine wisdom both loves and hates—the elect and the reprobate. Since earliest history, God has shown the distinction between these two groups. He has promised that he will bless the elect and preserve them, and also that he will curse the reprobate and bring them […]

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Dear Editor

Dear Editor, I have just finished reading the January 2012 issue of Beacon Lights and found it another good read of seriously Reformed material – and most informative. So much so, that with the latest article of the series “Our Children’s Education”, by Aaron Lim, of the CERC, and the beautifully crafted and Biblical poem […]

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