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The Pope is Still Proud

A recent issue of a nationally circulated magazine blazed across its cover the caption, “Pop John, the Humble Pope.”  This description is only one of the many anthems being sung at the present time to the honor of Rome’s head.  With the calling of the Vatican Council, the “glorias” become louder and louder.  Catholics, Protestants, […]

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Dutch Music

Dear Mr. Editor of Beacon Lights: Not too many issues of Beacon Lights ago there appeared an editorial in which the Rev. A. Mulder belittled the ability of Hollanders as poets and musicians.  The writer of said editorial assumed the role of one who alleges to let us hear the voice of “history”. Really, Mr. […]

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The Reformation and Denominations

This subject implies a relationship between the Reformation of 1517 and the vast number of denominations within the scope of Protestantism.  Though this has been and is assailed as a mark of failure on the part of the Protestant Reformation, I will attempt to show that the opposite is true, namely that the possibility of […]

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Thanksgiving Day

Our topic is, in a certain sense, self-explanatory.  As such it simply refers to the setting aside of a day to give thanks.  However, in our land, Thanksgiving Day refers to a holiday in November at which time a formal giving of thanks is now a custom. During autumn when the glories of nature assume […]

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Philip Melanchthon (2)

The life-long, intimate friendship and mutual high regard which Luther and Melanchthon reciprocated foundered only once.  That, ironically, was the matter of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  Although Melanchthon differed from Luther on several important counts, Philip’s view of the Lord’s Supper was the one doctrine in which he more closely approximated the […]

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Courageous Warriors

“Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee:  we also will be with thee:  be of good courage, and do it.” The children of God have been and are still noteworthy for their lack of trepidation.  In the battle against sin, God has equipped these children with weapons – His Word and grace – so that […]

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Mission Emphasis Night

October 4, 1962 “Your church has a negative attitude toward mission work.”  “Your church does not consider mission work important.”  “Your church overlooks its missionary calling.”  “Your emphasis on God’s Sovereignty makes mission work impossible.”  These are but a few of the many charges brought against our churches in regard to missionary activity.  Perhaps you […]

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That Revised Standard Version Again

Our familiar King James Version of 1611 was revised to produce what we call the American Standard Version of 1901, which, it is said, was in turn revised to produce the new Revised Standard Version of 1952.  One would think that with all this revision of revisions that much improvement over the KJV has been […]

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Unknown

Nero read his music by the light of burning Rome and the city itself fell, not because its walls were low, but because its citizens were low.  The conservative element in the United States, made popular by Senator Barry Goldwater et al, is predicting a similar, if somewhat more sophisticated end to the United States.  […]

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