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The Fourth Man (23)

A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 23 The Fourth Man It was a beautiful Saturday evening, a few weeks after the departure of the emigrants. Maarten and Ko Boelhouwer sat pleasantly resting after their day’s work. They were always inseparable friends, even though much had changed in […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 22 To a New World The last chapter, which described the persecution to which the Secessionists were subjected, really ended the story. This chapter and the concluding one narrate events ten years later. It was on a windy spring morning in […]

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The Fourth Man (21)

A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 21 Following Events The morning worship service of a group of Seccessionists had been interrupted by the authorities, but not stopped. As the worshippers paused before the second service, the house in which they were meeting was raided by the police. […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 20 In the Fiery Furnace The forbidden services of the Secessionists in Hilversum were held in the house of Gijsbert Haan. The worship service was interrupted by the mayor, the town clerk, the bailiff, and two policemen. Although all but the […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 19 Sunday Morning Rev. Buddingh had been brought to Hilversum during the night so that his presence in the village would not be detected. He was to preach to the Secessionist congregation the next morning, and the congregation knew that, if […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 18 Dark Clouds Rev. Buddingh had come to Hilversum to preach for the Secessionist congregation there. He was taken to the town in the night because the Secessionists knew that his presence, if known, would bring upon them the wrath of […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 17 An Unexpected Escort The Secession was spreading and matters that had to do with the relationships between the Secessionists and the authorities were coming to a head. A small congregation of Secessionists had been organized in Hilversum, the small village […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 16 A Night Attack On Hilversum The Secession was spreading and matters that had to do with the relationships between the Secessionist and the authorities were coming to a head. A small congregation of Secessionists had been organized in Hilversum, the […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 15 “Floris V”1 Brings News Evert Splint and his family had joined the Secessionist Church in Hilversum, after having been refused aid from the deacons of their former congregation. As a result of their church move, Evert was fired from his […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 14 The Hole in the Door (The following chapter is mainly about Evert Splint. The readers will recall that he was the father of a poor family, and God had recently put into the family a new baby. Evert worked in […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 12 The “Careful” Deacon (The last chapter told of the “conversion” of Ko Boelhouwer at whose farm the wagon of four men returning home on a dark and stormy night had broken a wheel. The four men had been chosen at […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 11 Mud Beggars Four men were returning from Loosdrecht where they had been ordained as elders and deacons in a new congregation in Hilversum. Their names were: Jan Donker. Gijsbert Haan, Gerrit Meijer, and Tijmen Grootveld. In the dark, rainy night, […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 10 Around the Fire on the Hearth (In the last chapter we left Jan Donker and Gijsbert Haan walking in the cold rain to the farmhouse of Ko Boelhouwer. They, with two other men, were returning in their cart from Loosdrecht. […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 9 A Breakdown on Pentecost (The last chapter brought us to the cattle market and gave us a picture of the importance which market day occupied in the lives of the Dutch. We also met again our old friend, Aalte Boer, […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 8 At the Cattle Market (Editor’s Note: The last chapter dealt with the birth of a new baby and the visit to this home by rough men looking for a drink to satisfy their craving for liquor. They received instead a […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 7 A City on a Mountain (Editor’s Note: The author is giving us pictures of different aspects of life in the Netherlands in the early 1800s. But, while giving us these snapshots, as it were, he is also giving us information […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev Cornelius Hanko Chapter 6 At the Edge of the “Duivelshoek” (Devil’s Corner) (Editor’s Note: In these chapters the author gives us pictures of different aspects of life in the Netherlands in the early 1800s. He has given us a glimpse of school life, of […]

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The Fourth Man (5)

Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko. A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Chapter 5 The Weaver Boys1 Koen Splint, the rascal schoolboy, who brushed past Maarten at 1:30 in the afternoon,2 had crossed the Kerkbrink at his leisure and sauntered into the Kerkstraat. He figured he had the time and it was nice weather. […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 4 Staying in School Two boys with drawn faces and stiffly folded arms sat waiting for whatever would happen next. Fifteen minutes before this, the town clock had struck three and school was dismissed. For a little while the area rang […]

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A Story from the Time of the Afscheiding Translated by Rev. Cornelius Hanko Chapter 3 Toon as a Beggar-by-the-Sea All hands in your desks…. Slates on the desk!” One hundred slates came out of the desks and were noisily laid on top. Teacher De Liefde waved his hand and everything was quiet. “Clean your slates.” […]

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The Fourth Man (2)

Chapter 2 The Farm Behind The Linden Tree In the meantime Maarten went on his way alone. Soon he left the Moleneind and turned left into the Looseind. Slowly he trudged through the loose sand, his hands deep in his pockets, his cap indifferently on the back of his head. He felt humiliated and unjustly […]

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The Fourth Man (1)

Preface The articles which will appear in subsequent issues of the Beacon Lights are translations of a book with the title, The Fourth Man. The book was written in the Dutch by P. S. Kuiper and published by The Banner in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The author informs the readers that the title of the book […]

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Grand Rapids, Michigan was at one time considered to be the city “with a church on every corner” and the Jerusalem of the Christian Reformed Churches, since many of the churches in the city were Christian Reformed Churches. The early immigrants who came to America from the Netherlands were mainly members of the Afscheiding (The […]

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