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Editor’s Note, December 2020

In this issue, we again feature articles that were submitted as part of the scholarship essay contest. The two essay prompts for the articles were: The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance,” Galatians 5:22,23. Why is it important to manifest this fruit in your personal walk as […]

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Editor’s Note, August 2020

Some Editor’s Notes are easier to write than others. This qualifies as one of the more difficult ones. After almost nine faithful years of serving the Beacon Lights staff and readership as Managing Editor, Ryan Kregel will be stepping down from this post. With his steady, able hand on the tiller, Ryan steered the magazine […]

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Editor’s Note, January 2020

This year we welcome some new faces to the staff and bid farewell to others. We welcome Ashley Huizinga to our staff as the new Promotions Manager. Ashley is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Ashley graduated from Dordt University in May 2018. Although she may not find much opportunity […]

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This issue includes the articles submitted for this year’s scholarship essay competition by those individuals who aspire to the office of teacher or pastor. The two writing prompts that each author could choose from are as follows:  Dead orthodoxy is a real threat in our lives and the lives of our youth. Matthew 15:8 teaches […]

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Publishing one issue on the topic of union with Christ is like publishing a one-page summary of Calvin’s Institutes. It will not say all that needs to be said, but hopefully it will whet your interest to study more deeply about the subject. The doctrine (I am tempted to call it a super-doctrine since so […]

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How is your prayer life, young person? I do not need to limit that question to the young reader of this magazine. What child of God looks back over their life and declares, “my prayer life has been everything it should be.”? A friend of Beacon Lights suggested that we have articles in each issue […]

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This month’s issue contains the three speeches given at this year’s Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention. The convention was held at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria, Minnesota from August 13–17. The theme of the convention was Guided by God, and the three keynote addresses were delivered by Revs. Brummel, Engelsma, and Griess. According […]

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This issue includes four articles written as part of the annual scholarship contest; two written by aspiring ministers, and two by young people studying to be teachers. The writing prompt that all four authors chose was as follows: In the New Testament Paul often refers to himself as God’s servant, or slave. What does it […]

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Editor’s Note, Sept 2018

Each article, with the exception of the editorial, looks at one head, or chapter, of the Canons of Dordt and applies its truth to the life of the child of God. What a shame if we think because the Canons are doctrinal they are not practical. An even greater shame would be if we lose […]

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This issue marks a change in staffing here at Beacon Lights. After more than three years of writing for the magazine, Sarah Mowery has decided to lay down her pen. She has been one of the faithful writers of the Devotionals rubric. In fact, the title of the section, Daily Press, was her idea (taken […]

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Desiderius Erasmus was a Dutch humanist and scholar who lived in the late 15th and early 16th century. In 1509 he wrote a satirical piece called In Praise of Folly. Although he made a better satirist than a theologian, in this work he rightfully exposed and ridiculed the excesses of the Roman Catholic Church. In […]

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This new year brings a significant change to Beacon Lights magazine. After six years of manning the helm, Mark Hoeksema is retiring as editor. He has provided outstanding guidance to the staff, and the magazine is better for his leadership. Mark, I express a debt of gratitude for your patient instruction over the last six […]

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As is our custom, in this issue we are publishing four essays from the annual scholarship contest. This contest is open to those who are pursuing an education directed toward either the ministry or toward teaching. These papers are the ones the committee determined were the best from this year’s submissions. Two are written by […]

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Editor’s Note

As our regular readers know, Beacon Lights has recently sponsored a writing contest. The intent was to encourage our readers to think, as well as to develop their writing skills. The entries have been received and judged, and the winning essays are published in this issue. We received disappointingly few entries in three of the […]

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As regular readers of Beacon Lights know, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of the magazine. We celebrated this milestone by reprinting a number of articles from the magazine’s history, beginning with a goodly number from the 1940s and continuing throughout the decades that followed. From readers’ comments it is evident that this […]

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November is our annual scholarship issue, in which we print several of the best essays in the Protestant Reformed Essay Competition. This year we are publishing the four that we were given. They are interesting and well-written, so please enjoy them. Below please find the requirements and prompts given to all participants. This material will […]

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June 21 is Father’s Day. While it is a Hallmark holiday, it is appropriate to note its occurrence in a Christian context. In this issue Beacon Lights does this with a twist, celebrating not fathers, but fathers-in-law. From the fertile and practical mind of Ray Ezinga, life-long member and often officebearer in Loveland Protestant Reformed […]

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Beginning with this April issue, Beacon Lights presents a series of eight articles on the subject of how young people can serve in the church. We thank Rev. M. DeVries for his introductory article, which appears in this issue. It is our hope and prayer that these articles, written by various people, will be helpful […]

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Some time ago in Schuyler’s column the subject of the patriarchy movement arose. In reaction to this, some disagreement was expressed by a reader of Beacon Lights, Brenda Hoekstra. While controversy is not the strong suit of the magazine, her argumentation was cogent and persuasive, so I printed her article. In an e-mail to me, […]

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This month we take the opportunity to thank a retiring staff member and welcome a new one on board.  Matt Kortus spent the past few years on the staff coming up with great ideas for articles and new rubrics and finding writers to write them. Matt is stepping down because of the busyness of this […]

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In this issue is a response from a reader to Schuyler’s answer to a question in the June issue of Beacon Lights. Unfortunately this letter just missed the August publication deadline, so it was not possible to print it more promptly. The reader may want to re-read Schuyler’s original answer before reading the letter and […]

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In this issue Beacon Lights begins the re-publication of a booklet called Implications of Public Confession, written by Dr. Abraham Kuyper, one of the shining lights of the Reformed faith. I say “re-publication” because his instruction on the subject of making confession of faith was originally published in booklet form by Beacon Lights in 1989. […]

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In my introduction to the oral history under the “Goodly Heritage” rubric (March, 2014) I stated that copies of both the verbal and transcription versions of the interviews are available from the PRCA archives. Due to a misunderstanding, this statement is inaccurate. My apologies.

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In this issue Beacon Lights begins a series of five (maybe six) articles on the subject of dating. They are written in the form of letters, two each by Lisa DeBoer and Nathan Lanning. The first two, one by each author, are addressed to young people who are dating; the next two, also one by […]

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Beacon Lights is undergoing some changes both visibly and behind the scenes. The major and most apparent change is that we are changing business managers. The position of business manager is key to the publication of the magazine. Perhaps a better word would be “indispensable.” The business manager is an essential member of the publication […]

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