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Redeeming Love

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the […]

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What’s Wrong With Drama?

Perhaps you have heard that drama is wrong. Perhaps you have heard your minister refer to it as something sinful. Perhaps you have grandparents who shake their heads at this form of “entertainment.” Perhaps you have friends who will not watch shows or movies with acting in them. If the school you go to is […]

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Drama: A History

In this article I would like to go back to drama in its earliest stages. It is not my intention, completely, to argue the legitimacy of drama in the lives of the Christian today. Nor is it my intention to speak of what exactly drama is and all its elements. For that I would direct […]

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Drama – How Far Should We Go?

The theme, as assigned, is intended not only to be eye-catching, but also to give opportunity to consider drama from the point of view of some Reformed principles.  As worded, the theme suggests a presupposed obligation or duty, and so no “Christian liberty,” as there is for example in, “Nutrition: How Far May We Go?”  […]

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Drama-Should We Use It?

This article appeared in the May, 1957 issue of Beacon Lights and was the negative part of a debate in print. We use it only and not the affirmative statement because the very real problem concerning this subject is close and obvious to each one of us. It need not therefore be established by an […]

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Television and Drama

I have been requested to write once again on a subject I (and many others as well) have often covered before. I won’t bring up the many objections which are raised against the T.V. even by the world. I won’t try to identify the “good” and “bad’’ programs. I would like to present some principles […]

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The Effects of Television Viewing

To say that television programming has a negative effect on the people who view it is to say nothing new. You have probably heard your minister mention from the pulpit things about television and its evil influence many times. And I know from experience that your teachers have done the same. It appears, however, that […]

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The Settled Question

There is a question that has often arisen in Protestant Reformed groups. Attempts to settle the question by discussion have met with little success. The statement that the question ought to be a settled one has proved even less successful as a solution to the problem. The question has not been asked openly for quite […]

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Covenant Youth and Drama

This concludes Prof. Hoeksema’s lecture on drama. ed.   And that brings me to my second main proposition, namely:  all drama is, as a matter of principle, wrong. In order to see this, we must have a definition of drama, first of all. By drama I do not refer to the literary composition as such.  […]

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Covenant Youth and Drama

(Note:  This is the substance of a speech on this subject delivered at the Spring Mass Meeting at our Hope Church.  I am attempting to reproduce it as accurately as possible from my notes. H.C.H.)   I am happy to be in your midst tonight and speak to you, especially because this occasion affords me […]

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Mass Meeting Report

On Tuesday evening, April 26, a group of Protestant Reformed Young People met together in our Hope Protestant Reformed Church for the annual Young People’s Spring Mass Meeting.  We opened our meeting by singing Psalter numbers 356 and 190 after which Dave Engelsma opened with prayer and read a passage from II Timothy 3.  For […]

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Drama – Should We Use It? – Yes!

“A composition in prose or verse portraying life or character by means of dialogue and action,” is Webster’s definition of drama. He goes on to distinguish plays as those for reading (known as closet dramas) and those meant for acting. Drama had its beginning many hundreds of years ago, even before the birth of Christ. […]

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Drama – Should We Use It? – No!

Drama has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in our day. We can find it in various places, on the radio, over television, in the movies, in operas, in amateur plays, and even in the church. But though it is popular, it is also very questionable. Questionable not only regarding practice, especially […]

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Drama

A reader asks: “Should a Christian take part in dramatics; and is it proper for our Christian High Schools to sponsor Class Plays?”   To my mind this is a very important and timely question. Dramatics are playing an ever increasing part in many of our Christian programs, not only of the young people, but […]

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Drama: A Form of Education

We feel that the subject of dramatics is a very timely one. Timely, because it presents a very real problem for every ­one of us. For you who are still in school, the semi-annual plays which, are given render an opportunity for you to participate in them. For you who are no longer in school, […]

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Dramatics: Always To Be Condemned

In order to fully understand the sub­ject on hand, and in order to give an in­telligent consideration and discussion of the problem, it is above all necessary to define drama so that it can be discussed in an acceptable way. We have agreed to accept Webster’s definition which has already been stated. However, I would […]

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