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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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Common Grace at Work in the Movie Studios

Even one who does not pay much attention to the movies and television shows being produced these days can’t help but notice an increase in biblical quotes, themes, and images found in the productions. Secular magazines such as National Geographic are devoting more space to discoveries, stories, etc. relating to the Bible. Millions of people […]

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It’s Not Just a Movie

Brothers and sisters in Christ, I present to you (pardon the pun) a dramatization. The scene is Friday or Saturday night. Friend A calls up friend B and asks, “What’s going on tonight?” Friend B says “Oh, not much, a bunch of us are going over to friend C’s house; we’ll probably just watch a […]

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Saint Augustine at the Movies

Most of our readers have heard of Augustine (354-430 AD) at some point in their lives. Perhaps your knowledge of him is rather scanty or dim. If you know anything at all about him, it is likely that you have read parts or the whole of his work The Confessions of Saint Augustine. This work […]

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Daniel: Godly Choices (1)

So, he had to go. It didn’t matter that he didn’t want to go. It didn’t matter that he was a godly man. It didn’t matter either that his parents didn’t want him to go. It didn’t matter that he was only a very young teenager. Nor did it matter that he was of the […]

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Man or God?

The following story was written by 11-year-old Ashley Ferguson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She hopes that the story might help other children cope with their day to day problems, and we hope it will too. Thanks for sending it in, Ashley! In the story, Alex and Christine learn what they should not find enjoyment in, […]

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White Men Can’t Jump

I am writing in regards to the recent Beacon Lights article by Tom Bergman titled “White Men Can’t Jump”. I found the article very offensive. His frustra­tion with the pervasive problem of movie attendance has caused the writer to make a serious error in judgment. How can we expect our young people to stay out […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Let me express my appreciation for your efforts as editor-in-chief of the Beacon Lights magazine. I am used to seeing fine Christian reading and scholarship within its pages. However, I am somewhat dismayed with the editorial you printed in the August/September 1993 issue (White Men Can’t Jump). I am con­vinced that it was […]

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White Men Can’t Jump

April 1, 1992- White Men Can’t Jump. I saw that movie. I saw it at Studio 28 in Wyoming, MI. There was nothing special about the movie itself. It was hilarious, but it didn’t win an Oscar. It was excit­ing, but not more than any other. It wasn’t even the only movie I’ve seen; there […]

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Supermarkets of Sin

When I was a boy, I recall that the grocer made his appearance at our back door once a week, to bring last week’s grocery order, and to take the order for the following week. Rinkema, I believe, was his name. He had a very small store in South Holland. But soon telephones were used […]

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Popcorn

“Junior, an important thing you must learn is that sin is not what you do, but where you do it.” *  *  *  * Once upon a time, not too long ago, there lived a group of people known as the Logicians. They lived in their own secluded country, quite apart from the rest of […]

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Current Events & Comments

Most of you, I am sure, are acquainted with the 1966 Christian Reformed Synod’s decision concerning the film arts. This subject has been much discussed, and is still being written about. I ran across an article in the February 9, 1968 issue of The Banner, written by Rev. Leonard Greenway, entitled “Shall we Patronize Hollywood?” […]

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Movies

Why do not Protestant Reformed young people attend movies? Is it because there are rules and church laws forbidding it? Assuming that Protestant Reformed young people do not attend movies, (a few do but most do not), why don’t they? Could it be that they are interested in preserving our Reformed heritage over against the […]

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Ma, Movies are Legal Now!

The complete decision I do not have.  I am waiting to receive this.  But a report was written in the magazine Christianity Today on the decisions taken at the last synod of the Christian Reformed Church.  One decision as reported there struck me—and I thought that you young people would also want to know if […]

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My Opinion on Television

A television set in itself is not wrong, but the trash which we see on it, in fact, half of the programs we see on television, are the same films you would see in a theater. We don’t go to theaters, so we shouldn’t watch films on television either. When children watch western movies, they […]

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The Gateway to Destruction (4)

The Lord with the wicked is wroth every day, And if they repent not is ready to slay; By manifold ruin for others pre­pared, They surely at last shall them­selves be ensnared. This is true today as well as it was in David’s time. In a former instalment I pointed out how well America em­braces […]

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Hollywood (1): Its Influence

In the vicinity of Los Angeles, Calif, there lies a small village called Holly­wood. Many map-makers do not take the trouble to indicate this spot and the rest are satisfied to indicate it by a small dot and very small letters. It may inter­est our readers to know that Redlands, Calif, is indicated, on all […]

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A Worldly Appraisal

In recent weeks the Sioux Center controversy over movies and the theatre has received a rather prominent place in the publication of James A. Linen, Life and Time magazines.  These magazines are well known to the American public and are distinguished for their dramatic and sometimes sensational coverage of the news of the world.  The […]

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Movies Go to Church

You have probably read this article in a recent issue of This Week magazine. Have you noticed how they are trying to draw crowds into the churches?  They claimed that this was one of the most effective methods of increasing church attendance.  There has to be something which can serve to keep the young folks […]

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Letter

Beacon Lights Dear Mr. Editor: I appreciated the article of the Rev. R. Veldman in the last issue of the Beacon Lights on An Appeal to Movie-Goers.  Appreciated it, not because of the evident worldliness creeping in among us (it makes us weep to see such corruption growing on the Protestant Reformed Tree), but because […]

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Movies

This is not to be a discussion of the movies as they are shown in the present day theaters and shows.  It shouldn’t be necessary, even though it probably is, it shouldn’t be necessary to discuss that evil among us.  And that a discussion of that shouldn’t be necessary is evident from the pamphlet written […]

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An Appeal to Movie-goers

There is every reason to believe, from things one hears almost continuously that the evil of   movie attendance is spreading day by day, also within our own Protestant Reformed churches. You young people are certain to know more about this than I do. Nevertheless, what I do know is more than sufficient to give cause […]

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Letter

We received the following: Dear Editor of Beacon Lights: Just a line or two, please. It is not my intention to put my nose into the debate about the moving pictures that were shown at the last Convention of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, but in view of the fact that the Rev. L. Vermeer […]

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A Reply…Concerning Movies

A writer is greatly delighted when he finds out that his articles are read and even discussed. So I was delighted when I received various letters from those who had an interest in what I wrote concerning our latest Young People’s Convention and that I had but one criticism to offer, n.l., “Personally I disapprove […]

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