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Issue at Hand, Sept 2018

I remember as a child hearing about the Canons of Dordt. Being a child and not knowing what the word “canon” meant, I often imagined cannons as you would find on a ship or a fort. I knew that the Canons of Dordt couldn’t be referring to actual cannons, but that image always stuck in […]

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Lost – A Thinking-Cap

If you ask me what, in our time, our people need above all in the first place, my answer is: Doctrine! If you ask me what they need in the second place, I say: Doctrine! If you ask me what they need in the third place, I say: Doctrine! You say, that’s a bold statement. […]

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The Body They May Kill…

A Martyr in Rome On September 9, 1560, in the city of Rome itself, and before the very eyes of the Pope, Pius IV, there was put to death for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ one Jean Louis Pascale of Piedmont, a young pastor in the Waldensian colonies in […]

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Buy the Truth, and Sell It Not (2)

We ended last time considering the various ways in which we are commanded to “buy” the truth. We found that the truth is most importantly the doctrines which we believe as they are found in God’s Word and summarized in our Reformed creeds. That we believe and love that truth will be evident by our […]

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Buy the Truth, and Sell It Not (1)

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” This is the familiar command of a father to his son found in Proverbs 23:23. This verse sets forth a very important principle, or standard, by which the child of God ought to live his life in this world. This instruction is […]

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Essential Truths

Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R. C. Sproul. Paperback 302 pages. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1998. In this book, R. C. Sproul seeks to familiarize people with the “key concepts” of a sound theology. He states in the book’s Preface, “This is not a textbook of formal theology. It is a layperson’s introduction […]

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Knowledge of the Truth (2)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. In the last article, Rev. Koole explained that the knowledge that we need is the Knowledge of the Truth. Now, there are a few things in connection with this Knowledge of the Truth that I want to emphasize. In the first place, I want to point […]

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Knowledge of the Truth (1)

Speech given at the Young People’s Convention, Redlands, 1999. I subscribe to a weekly news magazine that reports and assesses the world’s news and events from a Christian perspective. In that magazine is an advertisement of a college named Knox College—after the great Scottish Reformer of the late 1500’s who studied in Geneva under Calvin […]

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Lost- A Thinking Cap (2)

It is striking to note that this was written in 1921, just shortly before this “Thinking Cap” spoken of was needed by so many in a most significant way in 1924. Now 70 years later, with added temptations such as unprecedented material wealth, television, and entertainment, this is again a reminder to be diligent. The […]

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Lost – A Thinking Cap (1)

Recently, one of our staff did some extra work and obtained a very interesting article. It was the address given at the second annual convention of Young Men’ s Societies in 1921, and quite pertinent for today. It is reprinted from “The Young Calvinist,” published by the American Federation of Reformed Young Men’s Societies, and […]

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Tuning Our Gereformeerd Voerhoren

The Dutch had an interesting description for those in the church who were very sensitive to doctrinal issues.  Such people were said to have Gereformeerd Voerhoren.  “Gereformeerd Voerhoren” means “Reformed Antennae.” You might want to ask your parents how to pronounce this if they know any Dutch.  If not, just remember that “V” in Dutch […]

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Narrator: It is a cloudy day in West Michigan. Two college students are preparing to walk through a game preserve and are discussing their classes. Both are students at Calvin College and they are walking through the preserve directly across the East Beltline from the college campus. The name of the first student is Sapientia, […]

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Thou Shalt Not Covet

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Of all the commandments God gave us. I believe the 10th is the one we most easily rationalize our way around. If you’re admiring a certain sleek looking automobile or beautiful house for example, and some­one says, “You mustn’t covet.” What’s the first thing […]

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Lying: A Prevalent Evil

You Liar! Have you ever called someone that? Probably. Most of us have. And usually with great disgust, and apparently good reason. How we hate to have people lie about us, or deceive us by lying. Then again, has anyone ever called you that? Again, probably. Justifiably? Hopefully not. But even if there was reason […]

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No Other Gods

John Calvin once described the inner motiva­tions of people in this way, “The poor yield to the rich, the common people to the nobles, the ser­vants to the masters, the ignorant to the schol­ars; but there is nobody who does not imagine that he is really better than the others. Everyone flatters himself and carries […]

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The Fifth Commandment

“Not another article (sermon!) on the fifth commandment,” I can hear some of you say. It’s the same old thing over again: “Honor your father and your mother.” How many times haven’t we heard this? And you are right. You will learn nothing essentially new who endure me long enough to read this article through […]

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The Second Commandment

Question 96 of the Heidelberg Catechism asks, “What doth God require in the second commandment?” Answer “That we in no wise represent God by images, nor worship him in any other way than he has commanded in his word”. How we are to serve him is the instruction we find here. Now don’t say right […]

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An Introduction to the Ten Commandments

The Law of God has fallen into disrepute. Not only is there no appreciation for the moral law in the world but, also in the church, there is more and more a de-emphasis of the Decalogue. Often a few words of summary are sufficient and the details of the Law of God are given no […]

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A Handbook of Contemporary Theology

A Handbook of Contemporary Theology, By Bernard Ramm, Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Dr. Ramm is a Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at Cali­fornia Baptist Theological Seminary. He has studied abroad at the University of Basel, Switzerland, under Karl Barth. In the preface of his book Dr. […]

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A Distinctively Protestant Reformed Education

Our Protestant Reformed Churches throughout their struggling, and, sometimes, bitter existence, have been blessed with a seasoned tradition of distinctiveness.  Within this tradition is embodied a very distinct doctrine practiced and maintained in no other church.  Yes, this doctrine, in part, is still found in other churches, but is it applied and maintained in the […]

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Outdated Doctrine

May I have a little space in Beacon Lights? When I read Rev. H. Hanko’s article in the March edition that “our doctrine is outdated and our life and walk is too narrow and severe to be real in these days,” I paused a while and looking around came to the conclusion that the harmony […]

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If Thou Shalt Confess

Book by J.K. Van Baalen—Eerdmans—65 pp This booklet of 65 pages is intended for those confessing their faith in the bosom of the Christian Reformed Churches.  The author touches upon no less than eighteen topics, facets of the Christian life and experience.  These topics are not in any way arranged logically to the subject which […]

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