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Interview with Mr. Harold Schipper

It is January 6, 2009, and I am at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schipper in Holland, Michigan.   MHH:  Mr. Schipper, where and when were you born? HS:  I was born in Holland, Michigan, on 236 East 11th Street. MHH:  And when was this? HS:  January 14, 1926. MHH:  Who were your […]

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History

Time/Infinity In the beginning God created time. Before that, there was GOD… Always—in eternity, stretching out forever— Our finite minds cannot really grasp infinity. In time the first six days Our God created all things by His all-powerful Word. God did not use a million years… He spoke and it came forth. The Triune God […]

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A New World

For several centuries there have been people in high places who speak about “making a new world.” All of them abandoned God’s Word first of all. They joined a conspiracy, or they started one. A well-known example in history occurred in 44 B.C.—the plot of 60 senators to murder the head of state, Julius Caesar. […]

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Perspectives on History

The challenging but rewarding task of the college student is to take what is taught in one’s classes and test the validity of the material by comparing it to biblical truth. By making this statement, I do not mean to exclude those who are not college students. All of God’s children, whatever their position, are […]

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History in God’s Classroom

Imagine that you are sitting in school, not just in any school, but in the school of God Himself. Imagine your teacher is the Holy Spirit, and that in front of you on the desk is your textbook, the Bible. The classes are truly inspiring as your teacher leads you from page to page, and […]

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In Defense of History

An alarming but also understandable statement appears in an article entitled “Repeating History’’ (National Review, September 16, 1977.) “At every level of schooling in America, the study of history has been declining,” says Russell Kirk. For those of us who have been busy in a workshop sponsored by the Federa­tion of Protestant Reformed Christian Schools […]

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The conclusion of our last article on this subject in the August-September issue of the Beacon Lights found us making a few preliminary evaluative comments about the theories and the philosophy of this highly imaginative and controversial thinker. Because of the immensity of his theories we are not finished with our consideration. We have made […]

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As we continue the study of the dangerous and deceitful theories of Arnold J. Toynbee, we wish our reader to be thoroughly aware of the fact than an exceedingly important part of his theories is the growth and breakdowns of civilizations. Somervell in his authorized abridgement of Volumes I-VI of the Study of History devotes […]

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Why We Must Study History?

Is it really necessary to study history? When we were youngsters we studied it in the elementary school, then some more history courses in junior high and now a large portion of our time in high school and college is given to the study of history. Why? What good will it do me? Those are […]

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Teaching and Interpreting American History

Author’s Note: Nota bene: This article is a revised reprint of an article I wrote at one time for the Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School Highlights. At sometime in the school life of every American living in the twentieth century, the history of America becomes a subject for study and reflection. It is necessary for […]

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Interpretations of History: An Introduction

The church of God lives in alarming days. God’s covenant people can begin to see what the days were like in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah and in the days before God destroyed the world with the great universal flood. He who cannot see this is not informed or refuses to read the signs. […]

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The Path of Uprightness

A few lines from the Psalter number which our pupils are learning in school this week go like this: “Teach me Thy way to know  I have no God but Thee. By Thy good Spirit led From trouble and distress My erring feet shall tread The path of uprightness.” Modern educators often stress the fact […]

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Seeking to Know God

“Spring is here, Spring is here, And vacation time is near.” You don’t have to be a poet to write those lines. Every student from Grade School through College thinks in those terms at this time of the year. Teachers do too! We all look forward to vacation time. For many students graduating from High […]

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