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What Shall We Sing?

You young people for whom Beacon Lights is published will determine what we shall sing in the worship services of our churches in the years to come. Whether our churches will continue to use the Psalter exclusively and limit ourselves to these versifications of the Psalms and a few Scriptural passages from other books of […]

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Psalm Singing

6th August, 1969 Dear Mr. Reitsma, For several years now I have been receiving appreciatively Beacon Lights. I was interested to read of the proposal to introduce hymns in addition to the psalms. I would like to know how this question was resolved. The Free Church of Scotland, to which I belong, is characterized by […]

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Why Not Sing Hymns?

The following is an article written by Doug Miedema for the after-recess program of the Hudsonville Young People’s Society.   This question has come up before our Churches and Synod some time ago and they found that many people would be in favor of singing hymns approved by Synod in our Churches. A committee was […]

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Hymns for Youth

“Hymns for Youth”, Published by The National Union of Christian Schools and William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. If one is looking for a song book filled with catchy tunes, jazzy rhythms, and finger snapping lyrics,” Hymns For Youth” is not the answer. But if one is searching for a hymnal that is abundantly filled with […]

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Hymns and Hollanders

Although I know the hymn question is a weighty matter with our young people, I am somewhat surprised at the silence in their ranks.  Possibly you are just sitting by awaiting the appearance of another’s position or perhaps Synod’s final decision?  If so, let me encourage you not to stand idly by, but pen your […]

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Hymns

While this article deals with hymns, it is not the intention of the writer to enter at this time into the present controversy concerning the use of hymns in our church services. There seems to be little question concerning the use of hymns in our schools and homes, at “hymnsings,” for special programs, and on […]

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Hymn Singing

“Should the singing of hymns be introduced in the Protestant Reformed churches?” This question was submitted to our Yong People’s Society, subject to our discussion. We did not attempt to solve this question, but merely stated our individual opinions. Why should we (our churched) avoid the singing of hymns? First and most popular, is the […]

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A Protestant Reformed Hymn Book?

The editorial by brother Al Heemstra, in the April issue of Beacon Lights about the so-called need for a Hymn-book to round out our singing culture, I cannot let go unchallenged. We as living members of the body of Christ must sing, not only because God demands such of us but also because it is […]

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And All His Praise Proclaim

Music has the power to stir the heart and soul of man. For centuries poets, in extolling its sweet compulsion, have dwelt on the delight of comprehending the intricacies of this universal language of mankind. Soft music soothes the tired mind. There is music which can strike fire from the heart of men and tears […]

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Careful of What We Sing

There are many hymns sung nowadays which are entirely unscriptural and might well be criticized.  We have especially in mind a hymn, written by Robert Herkness and entitled: “Will You Take Jesus Today?” This hymn is very Arminian. Take for instance the first verse.  It reads: “Will you take Jesus to be your guide.  His […]

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