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Public vs. Christian Education

For many members of the Protestant Reformed Churches, Christian education is the only type of education that they have ever known. As a student of Christian education from the age of five in a room of Hudsonville PRC to the age of 21 at a Christian university in West Michigan, the same can be said […]

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Rev. Ronald Hanko properly defines Christian education: Christian education is education that is completely and consistently Christian. It is education that is Christ-centered and Bible-based. It is education that is controlled not by the civil government but by Christian parents (Christian Education, article). Because covenant parents have the high calling to raise up children for […]

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A Chinese proverb says it well that every parent desires his child to become a dragon. The meaning of this proverb is that parents naturally wish their children to succeed in life. This is naturally true of believers too. In a fiercely competitive society like Singapore, it is conceivable that covenant parents are greatly concerned […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (4)

The Public School Environment Scripture leaves no doubt that God’s people are to live in spiritual distinction from the world. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). When covenant parents place their children in the public schools, […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (3)

III. The Evils of Public Education If there is anything more responsible for the spiritual decline in our midst, I rank the public education of our covenant children as chief. The public education system has drowned our children in its seas of evil, and choked them with every sin imaginable. Untold damage has been inflicted […]

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Parents and young people, we are engaged in a fierce battle. I am not talking about the battle against drunkenness, laziness, or the movies and music of this world, or even about the church’s fight against false doctrine, although we war against those things. The enemy we face lurks in the colleges and universities, the […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (2)

The Nature of Education in Singapore Although minute in land mass and population, Singapore has renowned acclaim for its education system. Countries worldwide have applauded the government’s efforts in establishing a strong and effective system which has been the backbone of the nation’s economic prosperity. The education system has been responsible for training productive citizens […]

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Our Children’s Education – A Covenant Necessity (1)

Introduction Dear Covenant Parents, Few subjects deserve greater spiritual attention than the education of our children. As guardians of the sacred Reformed faith, we confess the blessed truth that Jehovah establishes his covenant with us and our seed. In a wonder of sovereign grace he purposed to save us and our children in their generations […]

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A Prayer on Preparing to Go to School

Psalm 119:9, 10 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” O Lord, who art the fountain of all wisdom and learning, since thou of thy special goodness hast granted that […]

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Needed – Teachers

How important do you consider Christian education to be? Is Protestant Reformed Christian education valuable? Do you recognize the needs of our schools and consider how you can be used of God in them? I recently finished reading two volumes by Paul Kienel called A History of Christian School Education. It was amazing to see the […]

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Friends

The doctrine of the covenant teaches us that life long bonds of friendship and fellowship are an essential aspect of life in the church. What role do our “good Christian schools” play in developing such relationships? Good Christian schools play a huge part with who our children become friends. By doing this, our children make […]

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After reading through the mission statements and goals displayed on the websites for various Protestant Reformed Christian schools, I found that each statement directly related the development of these schools to the doctrine of the covenant as confessed by the Protestant Reformed Church. Since the children of believers are members of the covenant of God, […]

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More Education

Ahhh Summer! Time for a break from all the study. No more early morning treks to school, no more long days at school, no more homework. Catechism and society are finished. Finally, some time for myself; some time to relax, spend hours at the beach or pool to soak up the rays. Now I can […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear John, I read with interest your Editorial “The Teachers Are Ready Are You?” (August/September 2007). I disagree with your statement that “the training of children in the schools is the most powerful way to prepare citizens for the kingdom (of God). I believe the training of children in the church is the most powerful […]

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The Teachers Are Ready, Are You?

This past summer about eighty people, mainly teachers and board members of our schools, attended and participated in a seminar entitled “The Kingdom of God and the Protestant Reformed Christian School.” The seminar was held June 21-22 at Faith PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. Each day began with a lengthy lecture by Professor Engelsma and the […]

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Two reviews of Reformed Education: The Christian School as Demand of the Covenant by Professor David Engelsma. Available for $8.95 from: Reformed Free Publishing Association 1894 Georgetown Center Drive Jenison, Michigan 49428-7137 Phone: 616-457-5970 Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm (EST) Fax: 616-457-5980 Website: www.rfpa.org E-Mail: mail@rfpa.org Book review first published in The Evangelical Presbyterian (of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia) January, […]

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Church and School

Dear Editor I have read with great interest the article entitled “A Church/School Dilemma” in the June issue, and also the rebuttal letter “Church/School Dilemma”—Misnamed” written by Mr. Jim Regnerus in the August/September issue. I feel that I have a unique perspective on this matter, as I am one of those who have grown up […]

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Church/School Dilemma—Misnamed

Dear Editor, The “Church/School Dilemma” of the June, 2005, Beacon Lights does not describe a dilemma. It is misnamed. The article is misnamed chiefly because of this. A dilemma means two things must be chosen between; and in the truest sense of the word, they are both unsavory. God does not give commands to His […]

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A Church/School Dilemma

The Christian day school is a mainstay of our Reformed heritage. History has shown that when the school is present the church will flourish. What a blessing when church, home and school work together in the rearing of covenant youth. But has it become a reality for many of us that our life is being […]

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Respect in the Classroom

Stefan is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado. He wrote this essay for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship. Respect, the literal meaning being “to look again,” is neither given nor required by the world we live in. If the world does demand honor for authority, it is only for selfish and sinful […]

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The Dinner Hour

Growing up in my house, we had what was called the “Dinner Hour”. That’s mostly a thing of the past now. It was probably a thing of the past then. My neighborhood friends down the street never experienced a dinner hour. On a good day they managed a dinner five minutes. I didn’t even bother […]

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