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Bruce is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship. Laodicea was a city of great economic importance in the days of the Apostles Paul and John. It would never need any economic assistance from any other churches, thus financially speaking it was secure. However, their […]

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The “I Don’t Care” Wall

Your homework sits in your backpack. You know it is going to take a good deal of work. If it doesn’t get done you can expect to get a D-. But you say to yourself, “who cares if I get a D-, I don’t feel like doing it now.” Your parents say “don’t you have […]

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Learned Passivity

In response to Thad Lubbers’ article “Learned Passivity” (October 1993), I would like to express my disagreement with the assumption that the Church is responsible somehow for the “learned passivity” of its youthful, middle-aged, and elderly members. To begin with, I am not certain throughout the article exactly what is meant by “the Church.” Is […]

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Learned Passivity

“The way to love anything (anyone too) is to realize that it might be lost.” Tremendous Trifles, Gilbert Chesteron, p.56 1917. Teachers despise it, parents fear it, and ministers exhort about it; yet, its destroying effect relentlessly pounds at the Church’s foundations and debilitates the fibre of the Church, as the Church shuts her eyes […]

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Spiritual Apathy of Our Young People

What is apathy?  Someone told me a story about a discouraged Young People’s leader who wrote the word “APATHY” on a chalkboard just prior to one of their meetings.  As the young people began to straggle into the room, one young person slumped into his chair, stared at the chalkboard with a puzzled face, and […]

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The Decline of Excellence: A Proneness Toward Mediocrity

The public schools of the U.S. are under fire! But, why? Do you recognize the apathy and disorder of this classroom in your school? I hope not. “Morning at a West Coast high school. The first-period bell rings, barely audible above the classroom din. ‘O.K., everybody settle down,’ says the soft-spoken teacher of the course […]

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The Horn That Didn’t Give A Hoot

One time a young man went to a car lot to buy a car. While looking over one of the automobiles, the young man notices that the horn didn’t work. Whereupon we hear the following dialogue between the young man and the car dealer: “Sir, the horn on this automobile must be broken.” “Broken? No,” […]

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Is the Center of My Life The Church?

Have you ever met Harry? He is one of those fellows who is not so very interested in the worship service or various activities of the church. The first thing Harry does after he is ushered to his seat in church is settle down as comfortably as possible. Then he struggles through a tradition prayer. […]

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Not What Your Country Can Do

About eight years ago, this phrase was part of a speech by the late President, John F. Kennedy. I am sure we all know what Mr. Kennedy was referring to. The entire sentence goes: “Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country.” I am not about […]

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Apathy

Mouths open and close with hippopotamus-like yawns as another day of school begins. Eyes are heavy with sleep: minds are dull with the thought of another day in school. When the mouths are not open yawning and sighing, they are moving incessantly chattering about last night’s television programs, the latest hits in pop music, or […]

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Apathy in Controversy

Contact with and exposure to controversies as youth of the covenant of God are inevitable experiences in that glorious state into which that youth has been called and placed. The surety of this encounter obtains also with respect to adults, of course, who are by no virtue of their own also placed into that relation […]

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Discerning Youth in an Age of Apathy

Do you wonder why it is that we refer to you as discerning youth? We have in the past, and do so now because it is only the youth of the Church of Christ, out of all the youth of the world, that can discern; they only have that gift of God whereby they are […]

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Little of it

Repeatedly one hears reports that at present there is in the making, or that there already is, a great religious awakening throughout our nation, a revival of interest in things spiritual, a real “back to God” movement among civilians and members of the armed forces alike.  Many, so we hear, that had forsaken God and […]

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Indifference

Very bad, indeed! Yes, it is and one finds a lot of it nowadays, especially among the young people.  In fact, it is so apparent that people talk about it quite often.  There seems to be a spirit of indifference and carelessness which reveals itself in an attitude of “I don’t care” in respect to […]

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For or Against

Jim was a nice young man. Bill and Bob were also nice fellows. And the three of them had been friends for many years. They lived in the same neighborhood and were the same age. And since they had gone through School together and were always in the same classes, it might be expected that […]

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At Ease

Dan Young was a likeable fellow, welcomed wherever he went. His friends liked to gather at his home. His parents were as warm-hearted and congenial as he. Besides, they were sincere Christians. Dan had always gone to a Christian school, had gone to church ever since he could remember, and still went every Sunday. Why […]

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