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Christian Love

Dear Editor: I wish to express my appreciation to Rev. Mulder and Professor Hoeksema for pre­senting their respective convictions concern­ing missionary activity and its position in the Protestant Reformed Churches. This is an important timely topic and discussion and action on it is and will be profitable. However, it is distressing to note the man­ner […]

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Beloved World

Book by Eugenia Price – Zondervan Publishing House – 505 pp. Like other attempts to retell the story of Scripture, Beloved World is a big result of a giant venture. Here the similarity ends. Whereas the others aim at being Bible story books for children, the present book proffers itself to the whole gamut of […]

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The Letter

The dying sun was casting a few sparse rays through the bars of the solitary window of the cold cell. The prisoner, an erect and dignified man whose garb revealed him to be a clergyman, gazed thoughtfully at what he knew would be his last sunset. The day is dying, he thought, and before tomorrow […]

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Servant of Slaves

Book by Grace Irwin – Eerdmans – 432 pp. This biographical novel of profligate slave trader turned Calvinistic preacher, John Newton, comes like a cool breeze n hot places. Grace Irwin writes of sin with frankness and of grace with sensitivity. Both were strongly present in the life of John Newton, but the triumph is […]

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The Resurrection and the Life (1)

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life.” John 11:25a. “I am the resurrection and the life.” These familiar but marvelous words of Jesus express the theme of this entire beautiful eleventh chapter of John, the record of the miraculous raising of Lazarus from the dead. You well know the setting. The […]

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Take Heed How Ye Hear!

In the language of today this directive of Jesus means, “Take care how you listen!” How do you listen? How do you listen to preaching of the Word of God? For we never leave the service in God’s House exactly as we entered it. Every sermon we hear has either a hardening or a softening […]

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The Man God Mastered

Book by Jean Cadier – Eerdmans Publishing Co. – 187 pp. Several good biographies have been written about the life of John Calvin. Near the top of the list must be placed The Man God Mastered by Jean Cadier. Jean Cadier is a Professor of Theology at Montpellier University and President of the Calvinist Society […]

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Open Letter to the Rev. A. Mulder

Dear Rev. Mulder: I had not intended originally to carry on an extended discussion with you in the pages of Beacon Lights because I do not want to monopolize the space of “Open Forum.” However, I had not anticipated the type of reply you gave to me, your col­league and brother in the ministry, when […]

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Musical Development of the Child

Teaching through playing is not substitute for the patient, rigorous individual training that must go on if a child is to become a competent instrumentalist. So many learning processes and so many delicate and complex coordinations are involved in the first piano lesson that it is little wonder that children soon become discouraged.  If, however, […]

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In the Still of the Night

The stillness of the night clearly indicated it to be a night for wandering and for unscrambling crisscross thought; a quiet valley in the jagged range of helter-skelter living; a time to be spent evaluating and categorizing the impressions and experiences of the recent overcrowded weeks. These busy weeks had also left a residue of […]

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