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The Stranger

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months […]

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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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Boarder

Bill and Jane have a boarder in their home. He’s been with them for many years now. In fact, he joined their family soon after they got married. Now I could never understand why a young mar­ried couple would want to take a third party into their home, but Jane assured me that he was […]

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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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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 Hazzard of Dukes

Today is a rather usual day, the children are outside playing in the snow and romping about. Many of the usual noises are to be heard-yelling, screaming and other sounds of jubilation-a joy just to be able to be alive and free in play. But wait, a late luncher is speaking to another of his […]

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Television – A Survey

I was requested to write on the subject of “television”. I have done so repeatedly in the past. Others have too. Still, the subject constantly re-occurs. Even then, whatever is said or written seems to have little effect on our habits in the use of television. So perhaps as a slightly different approach might be […]

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An “E” Pistle (continued)

Dear Grandchildren: In my most recent (three months is recent?) letter to you, I wrote about the inclines upon which you slip and slide off the straight and narrow path of God’s Commandments: and my letter got so long that it had to be continued later. Now it is later and I will try to […]

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Television 1984

Rev. Truthgood had just preached on Paul’s words in I Cor. 6:9. He explained the text decorously, presented it comprehensively and uncompromisingly and applied it inspiringly and relevantly. (But what text could be more relevant?) Everyone, including the elders, for they had suggested he preach on the passage, thought it a timely and much needed […]

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Television and the Christian Home

There are many perils which threaten our covenant homes in these last days. These last days are certainly visible to the believer who reads and sees the signs of the approaching coming of our Savior. The ungodly world, with all their ungodly deeds, lusts after sin and mocks all that is good. This mockery is […]

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Modern Entertainment and the Christian

“Naw, man, this place will blow your mind!” “Well … I don’t know, ya see my parents would get uptight, and if any­body from church found out, it’d be a bummer.” “Aw, you gonna let them spoil your fun? Besides, who needs to know any­way? What do ya say?” “Yeah … if nobody finds out […]

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Modern Day Idol Worship

I detect a sad situation occurring in our churches. It’s sad because it resembles very closely the logic of the world. The world no longer condemns abortions, gambling, drugs but rather legalizes these activities or is feverishly attempting to legal­ize them. By legalizing these activities they remove the sin and rid themselves of their responsibility […]

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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 Seven Deadly Sins

Do you know what those are? Avarice, gluttony, envy, lust, pride, wrath, sloth. It is the sinful nature of natural man which seeks those “seven deadly sins.” They are the manifestation of one totally depraved—one dead. But the child of God flees from all these.  The Heidelberg Catechism states: “Can those who are converted to […]

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Why Television?

Over twenty-two years ago, in my neighborhood, a mysterious laboratory sprang into existence to conduct experiments in the unheard of field of television. Today, “television” is not only a household word, even a taken-for-granted household furnishing; but it has become an industry which influences our whole home, church, school, economic and national life. It is […]

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Television – Pro and Con

Recent surveys in the “Readers Digest” have pointed out that a large share of the crimes committed today are due to the influence of television. Many juvenile delinquents, when questioned, have reported that their ideas originated from a similar scene enacted on television. This fact may be true. We believe that it is. The question […]

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Television – Our Friend and Foe

In deference to the cursory reader, who is given to paging through the magazine, breezily skimming off the words at the beginning or near the end of an article – without really giving the author a chance to make a point – let us say this article in substance qualifiedly “endorses” television in our homes, […]

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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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Television

A question that is often asked in our day is whether or not we should have Television in our homes. This question is asked from various points of view, not only by those who fear God, and seek to keep themselves unspotted from the world, but it is also asked by unbelievers who are not […]

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Television, Servant or Master

Television, Servant or Master, by Edward J. Carnell. Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publ. Co. A very timely book, Television, Servant or Master, touches on a problem with which some, of our readers have already met; a problem which the rest of us will have to face sooner or later. Dr. Carnell presents a very […]

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