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Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College  by Michael Kruger  (Wheaton: Crossway, 2021)    “Christianity might be your truth, but that doesn’t mean it is my truth.” Young people, in college, at the workplace, and from the media you consume, you will confront lies like these from relativists […]

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An Ever-growing Acronym

It used to be just four letters: LGBT. Now there are seven. And a symbol. The latest rendering of the ever-growing acronym of the sexual revolution is LGBTQIA+. You are probably familiar with the first part of the acronym, but maybe not the last part. In full, it stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, […]

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China and the Gospel

This summer, I went to China to do evangelism on a university campus with a group of college students from the Great Lakes region. For six weeks, I was immersed into a culture entirely different from anything I had ever experienced. The smells, food, cleanliness standards, language, and tremendous number of people reminded me daily […]

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Not a Day Care by Dr. Everett Piper

Higher education is a mess right now. We are watching colleges and universities strangle themselves as they discover what education looks like when the oxygen of objective truth is pulled out of the room. Because the basis for such action is found in the philosophies and theories of some of their own radical professors, they […]

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Dangers and Benefits of Higher Education

Education is very important in any Christian’s life, and especially in a Reformed Christian’s life. God reveals himself in many ways through creation and in his word, and we have many Protestant Reformed grade schools and high schools to instruct our children in a Reformed Christian world view. The churches and families go to great […]

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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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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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Christian College: The Preferred Choice

Alicia is a member of Grandville Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan. She wrote this article as a 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Essay. As my high school career began, I started receiving tons of information about different colleges. I weighed the pros and cons of attending a Christian college as opposed to a public university. […]

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Shari is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. This article was written as a 2002 Scholarship essay. College is not simply about receiving an education. College is, or should be, an experience. When young people make a choice about which college they will attend, the decision is one of significance and […]

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Faith is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. As a third year University student in a Liberal establishment I am incredibly thankful that I was given the gift of a Christian education. I can remember back as I was getting older, […]

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All Walks of Life

What occupations are appropriate for Christians? What areas of study? The reformers were distinctive in their day in teaching that all occupations, excluding those that required sin, were pleasing in God’s sight. In this issue of the Beacon Lights, we explore a number of occupations that young people should consider as they determine what is […]

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Psychology as a Christian Profession

Psychology is a discipline, which more than most, is greatly misunderstood by the average person. Most people come in contact with psychology through the flood of self-help books in bookstores or the ramblings of some therapist when she appears on Oprah. This unfortunately creates a lot of misunderstanding about the nature of psychology. Broadly speaking […]

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The Responsibility of the Youth

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her; and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring […]

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Building a House Through Wisdom

In this country unemployment is on the rise. Many see the current economy with a dark view. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find and hold a job with which one can support a family. Although there are less high school students graduating each spring college campuses have swelled due to more students from these […]

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Letter to My Grandchildren

Dear Teenagers: Yes, that’s right, I am writing this letter to you teenagers this time.  Of course, you pre-teens may take a peek at it in order that you may see what your older brothers and sisters are up to. By now you have become accustomed to your new grades in school—some of you having […]

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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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Education: A Preparation for Life

Seminarian Chuck Terpstra intro­duced this topic for us. He pointed out that our calling is a spiritual calling. Whether it be as a homemaker, banker, business man, minister, or any kind of job that a child of God feels he/she should do. We must put a lot of thought into what we decide to become. […]

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Education, A Preparation for Life

Introduction 1.  One of the many questions which you as Reformed Young People confront as you grow and develop into spiritual maturity is the question, “What will God have me do in life? or What place does God have for me in His Kingdom?” and then too, “How do I know and find out this […]

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A Letter to a Friend

This article was a letter in response to Rachel’s request for advice as she was contemplating college. Since I sent her the letter, several people (Rachel included) have encouraged me to submit the contents of that letter for publication in the Beacon Lights. With some minor editing, therefore, I present for your perusal my answer […]

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Reformed Point of View

“A first question in the Catechism is ‘What is the chief end of man?’ The response is, ‘to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.’ There are individuals who believe that the ultimate way of glorifying God is to win souls for Jesus Christ.” These are the first two sentences that appeared in a section […]

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College Life Away from the Home

I was asked by a member of the Beacon Lights staff to prepare an article about college campus lifestyle. I agreed and this short expose is the result. My first impression of college was one of alone-ness. I knew no one in any of my classes even remotely. In fact, only one other person from […]

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