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Giving our sons as pastors

Our pastors and professors have repeatedly sounded an urgent plea for preachers, a need that has been expressed for several years now. We know the need and sincerely pray this petition. Yet there is another common reaction among us:  “Who would ever encourage their son to be a minister in times like these?”  This cry has been […]

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Issue at Hand, July 2022

The issue for this month was slated to be one of three “open issues” for the 2022 calendar year. While considering feature articles for July, the editorial staff of Beacon Lights decided to publish some important pieces of writing that have been available to us for a little while. While there is no single theme […]

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The Call to the Ministry Rev. Stephan Regnerus   Our churches need more ministers. Synod 2019 expressed an urgent need for more seminary students; pastors regularly pray for more ministers; godly fathers encourage their sons to consider whether God has called them to become a preacher. The need for more ministers has been well documented, […]

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Love in the Ministry

The ministry of the word is a calling which requires much attentiveness to and emphasis on the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13, where we read that love is the greatest of the three Christian virtues.  In fact, ministering to fellow saints and ministry in general are referred to as a “labor of love” in Hebrews […]

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Called to Minister

To know and believe in Jesus Christ Is to have eternal life. Our Lord grants all those of His own, Grace, mercy, peace in strife. But how shall we learn of Him, Whom we have not heard? Who is there to expound for us God’s holy written Word? Our Father, true to provide The needs […]

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The Work of the Pastor: Service to God and His People

Daniel is a member of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the 2003 Protestant Reformed Scholarship. What is the work of the pastor? When we ask ourselves this question we immediately think of the preaching, teaching, visiting, leading, and ministering work of the preacher. These represent the most […]

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The Minister’s Reflection of Christ

Nathan is a member of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. He wrote this essay for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship. The minister of the gospel is called to labor in the church of Christ. This calling is an important work because the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ. This important work requires […]

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn is Pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This essay was written for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship when he was a seminary student. Why preach in a Protestant Reformed Church? One of the main reasons, which especially the young male readers of the Beacon Lights ought to consider, is that […]

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The Office of Pastor and Teacher

Rev. Hanko is missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. The office of pastor and teacher (Eph. 2:11) is the third permanent office in the church. That it is an office requiring ordination is clear from I Timothy 4:14 and Romans […]

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The Offices In The Church

After He ascended into heaven our Lord instituted in the church various offices (Eph. 4:8-11). He instituted these offices that those who serve in them might represent Him, and serve His church in their offices. Though He remains the only Head and King of the church, these offices are necessary for the well-being of the […]

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Faithful Shepherds of the Flock

Christ, by means of His church, sent a shepherd to a flock of sheep with the command “feed my sheep.” Each Lord’s day the shepherd faithfully led the sheep to the green pastures to feed. The shepherd had been carefully trained to discern grass that would nourish God’s sheep from the grass and weeds that […]

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Reverend or Pastor?

Calling or referring to ministers of the gospel as “Reverend” has been a long-standing tradition in English speaking churches. In some circles it is more prevalent than in others; for instance, it is a deeply entrenched tradition in Reformed churches, but in many Presbyterian denominations the practice is infrequent or non-existent. The stated reason for […]

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Good News from Synod

In June delegates from our churches gathered for Synod. At Synod the ministers and elders take care of the matters which pertain to the work of our churches as a federation. One such matter is the examination of students who have completed the required training for the work of a minister. The church as a […]

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Scholarship Fund Article – Minister

What a tremendous example we have placed before us!  Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is very God of very God, Who came into our flesh, Who gave Himself willingly for our sakes, Who died that we might live, now reigns over the Church as its head.  We have Him held before us as an example […]

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Here Am I; Send Me

I want to direct this article to the young men of our churches for the purpose of encouraging you to consider seriously training for the gospel ministry in our seminary.  No, I was not asked to do this by anyone else.  No, this is not a pressure tactic by one of your ministers.  This article […]

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Study to Show Thyself Approved

“Study to shew thyself approved of God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Tim. 2:15 Some years ago somebody gave me a plaque inscribed with the text quoted above. For some time it decorated my study wall as a reminder that a minister must rightly divide […]

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Choosing a Life’s Calling?

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13 Choosing a life’s calling, a life’s partner, should be and is the seeking to perform the will of God, the will of our heavenly Father! In the most basic sense […]

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About the Ministry

Pastor: “Come in Ron. Have a seat. What’s on your mind?” Ron: “Well, pastor, I wanted to talk to you, uh . . ., about something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. I’m just not sure what to do. I thought maybe you could give me some help. It’s about the ministry. I’ve […]

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An Unashamed Workman Before God

 ‘‘Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 Preaching and teaching the Gospel of the Cross is a very important task. The Gospel is really something committed to the “trust” of the Church of God in the world. And […]

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Questions for Prof. Hanko

The following is a series of questions and answers similar to the ones which appeared in the April issue of Beacon Lights. This time we have focused our attention on the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Churches and specifically Prof. Herman Hanko. Questions of general interest were chosen and we hope you will find […]

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Thoughts Concerning Pastoral Care

While in Seminary the students receive a course entitled Poimenics. The purpose of this course is set forth in the syllabus used for study. It is “to prepare the student as much as possible for his calling and duties as a Pastor of the sheep of Christ.” The course deals with the labors of a […]

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My New Pastoral Work

“Feed the flock of God which is among you….” I Peter 5:2a As a young minister, one immediately feels the awesome responsibility to Jesus Christ in connection which one’s care of the congregation. Christ commissioned Peter to “feed my sheep” and “feed my lambs” (John 21:15-17). This commission is given to every minister of the […]

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Feed my sheep! “But I am weak!”

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of receiving a letter from the Beacon Lights staff, asking me to write an article for the Beacon Lights on the subject of my “new pastoral work”. Usually, when one is asked to write an article or give a speech on some subject, he naturally turns to […]

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