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For the Want of a Dollar…?

Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was also published in the March 1 issue of the Standard Bearer. Covenant members must take heed to many important details in the kingdom of heaven. One of them is that prospective teachers and preachers receive adequate financial resources to […]

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Perspectives on Preaching

Jonathan is a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. This article was written as a scholarship essay. It is the case that, in virtually anything, reality can be viewed from multiple perspectives. A banker or businessman traveling Eurorail from Amsterdam, Holland to Berlin, Germany might have viewed the magnificent tulips […]

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A Prayer for Pastors

Bill is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. An intriguing question has been raised by the 2002 Protestant Reformed Scholarship Committee: “Why isn’t the position of minister desired by more young people?” This question supposes two things: 1) That the […]

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn is Pastor of Trinity Protestant Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan. This essay was written for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship when he was a seminary student. Why preach in a Protestant Reformed Church? One of the main reasons, which especially the young male readers of the Beacon Lights ought to consider, is that […]

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Pre-Seminary Major

One possible college major is pre-sem. The word ‘pre-sem’ confuses some people. It merely means that the person is on a pre-seminary program of study. Similar to this is the word ‘pre-med’ which is the college major that prepares a student for going to medical school. We will look at the pre-sem major from two […]

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Good News from Synod

In June delegates from our churches gathered for Synod. At Synod the ministers and elders take care of the matters which pertain to the work of our churches as a federation. One such matter is the examination of students who have completed the required training for the work of a minister. The church as a […]

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It’s Christmas time. A great time of the year for Christians when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. The Beacon Lights staff has a great way for you to celebrate Christmas and keep our giving in perspective. Consider with us the follow­ing: suppose that Protestant Reformed families spend an average of $200 on Christmas gifts. (While some […]

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Here Am I; Send Me

I want to direct this article to the young men of our churches for the purpose of encouraging you to consider seriously training for the gospel ministry in our seminary.  No, I was not asked to do this by anyone else.  No, this is not a pressure tactic by one of your ministers.  This article […]

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About the Ministry

Pastor: “Come in Ron. Have a seat. What’s on your mind?” Ron: “Well, pastor, I wanted to talk to you, uh . . ., about something I’ve been thinking quite a bit about lately. I’m just not sure what to do. I thought maybe you could give me some help. It’s about the ministry. I’ve […]

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