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In Memory of James Jonker

Born on August 8, 1939 – Taken from us on December 26, 1961 All of us associated with Beacon Lights mourn the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Jim Jonker. By a violent auto-accident which leaves Roger Harbin seriously injured, we have been bereaved of a close friend, a fellow student, and an intimate […]

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Missions Defended

I want to express my appreciation for all the notes and comments of praise I received on my “controversial” article on mission mindedness, but I equally would express appreciation to Rev. H. C. Hoeksema for his cunning but careless criticism since he possibly will serve to bring this all-important calling of the church more prominently […]

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Looking Forward

The New Year is here, and another year of rapid human achievement is history. In the past twenty years the scientific advance of the world has been much more rapid than any period of that length before, and the next twenty years will undoubtedly surpass the period through which we have just passed. New inventions […]

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Youth and Missions

Much has been said and written (cf. Beacon Lights, March, May, August-September, 1961) about the mission program of the Protestant Reformed Churches. Criticisms have been leveled; appeals have been made. A synopsis of the present mission state-of-affairs had been requested and then given. It has been concluded by some that the Protestant Reformed missions program […]

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Writing Contest Results

POETRY 1ST – Morning Melody – Jim Jonker 2nd – Autumn Anthem – Jim Jonker 3rd – Tree – Jim Jonker FICTION 1st – Charity Suffered – David Engelsma 2nd – The Letter – Jim Jonker 3rd – The Vase – Lois Kregel NON-FICTION 1ST – How Firm a Foundation – Wayne Lanning 2nd – […]

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Reflections on “Mission Minded”

In the August-September issue of Beacon Lights there appeared an editorial on “Mission Minded” from the pen of Rev. A. Mulder which, in my opinion, contained such a mixture of untrue charges against our Protestant Reformed Churches and constituents and of false conclusions concerning our denominational mission activity that it should not go unanswered. One […]

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A History of the Jesuit Order (2)

Its Principles Laboring for the principle of the absolute authority of the pope in all realms of life, the Jesuits proceed on the basis that the papal ecclesiastical power is over every other power. The pope is the only real earthly power over all churches and over all governments. The pope is subject to no […]

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More on Missions

This editorial is not my reply to Rev. H. C. Hoeksema, who brings his “reflections” on a previously printed article of mine to the attention of our readers elsewhere in this issue of Beacon Lights. This article is, quite naturally, my consequent thoughts on missions which should serve to point out to our young people […]

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Charity Suffereth

Fiction: Charity Suffereth (A One Act Play, Not For Acting) Characters: Derry Mant, a girl Woman Daughter of the Woman Boy Two Housewives Figure Three Blotches Men, Women, Youths, and August Personages Scene 1 (A tidy and quite respectable kitchen. The midmorning sun dances on polished appliances. A middle-aged woman is engrossed in a telephone […]

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How Firm a Foundation

Non-Fiction: How Firm a Foundation The age in which we live could well be called, not the Atomic Age, but rather the Intellectual Age. Modern man is so completely governed and dominated by the burning desire to gain more knowledge that this knowledge has completely replaced his wisdom. No task is so great, and no […]

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