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Choose a verse or short passage from Scripture that holds special meaning for you as you prepare to become a pastor or teacher. Share the importance of this verse to you, and how it will guide you in your future work. Be specific, personal, and practical in your application.  What does it mean to be […]

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What’s Left to Teach?

As a prospective teacher, my thoughts extend far beyond things like how I might arrange my classroom or how I might balance friendship and authority in the classroom. While these are some factors that are crucial to bring into consideration, an even greater concern of mine is the possibility of my own students becoming prey […]

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Issue at Hand, Aug 2018

I was going to introduce this issue of Beacon Lights by expressing the need that we have for teachers. I was going to make the point by referencing a letter that the Federation of PR Schools sent out recently, expressing that great need. I was going to punctuate my introduction with a lengthy quote from […]

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A Day in the Life of a Prospective Teacher

I considered a different title for this editorial. “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Prospective Teacher” while certainly more catchy and accurate would probably have faced some copyright issues for ripping off the title of the popular book written by an “unlikely convert,” Rosaria Butterfield. So, what you see is what you get. At least […]

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Questions I Never Was Asked

There are tons—and that’s a lot—of questions I never was asked. Some of them might be labeled frivolous: Do you like sushi? Or, what is your fourth favorite color? Others might be considered meaningful: Who is the most important U.S. President and why? Or, how important is the U.S. Constitution to you? Then there are […]

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Needed – Teachers

How important do you consider Christian education to be? Is Protestant Reformed Christian education valuable? Do you recognize the needs of our schools and consider how you can be used of God in them? I recently finished reading two volumes by Paul Kienel called A History of Christian School Education. It was amazing to see the […]

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The Teachers Are Ready, Are You?

This past summer about eighty people, mainly teachers and board members of our schools, attended and participated in a seminar entitled “The Kingdom of God and the Protestant Reformed Christian School.” The seminar was held June 21-22 at Faith PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. Each day began with a lengthy lecture by Professor Engelsma and the […]

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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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A Beautiful Situation

This article was originally published in the “News and Views” from Doon. Something in my high school and college experience made me suspect of people having a favorite Bible text. It smacked with pop Christianity and brought up images of Chicago Bear Walter Payton writing John 3:16 beneath his signature as he traipsed off to […]

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Faith is a member of Hope Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California. This article was written for the 2002 Protestant Reformed scholarship. As a third year University student in a Liberal establishment I am incredibly thankful that I was given the gift of a Christian education. I can remember back as I was getting older, […]

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Teaching Christ in the Classroom: Why and How?

Protestant Reformed teachers have a high calling to fulfill. Their classrooms are an extension of our homes where the instruction from mothers and fathers is Christ-centered. When parents send their children to Protestant Reformed schools, they are trusting that teachers will be taking their place in teaching their youth, not only in the academic sense, […]

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The Office of Pastor and Teacher

Rev. Hanko is missionary/pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland. Reprinted from the mission newsletter circulated in the UK by Covenant PRC. The office of pastor and teacher (Eph. 2:11) is the third permanent office in the church. That it is an office requiring ordination is clear from I Timothy 4:14 and Romans […]

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Preparing Students for Living in the Last Days

Dan is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. A Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. Life seems so easy for us. We live in a land where almost any dream is possible. We live in a land of cushy jobs, gorgeous homes, speedy cars with leather interiors, luxurious foods, protection from lawbreakers, and […]

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Called to Take Action by God’s Command

Ryan is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. A Scholarship Essay  “…which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children. that they […]

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Michael graduated from Covenant Christian and is pursuing teacher certification at Calvin College. He wrote this paper for the Protestant Reformed Scholarship Essay.  The topic I have chosen to discuss is “Christian Education Beyond Devotions and Bible Class.” I found this topic relevant to what I believe is my calling as a teacher in the […]

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Nurturing Christian Attitudes in Students

Nurturing Christian attitudes is required of us as Christians whether we are a mom, dad, sibling, friend, co-worker, minister, or a teacher. Attitude towards life affects every aspect of our lives. Being taught how and why to have Christian attitudes at a young age is essential. As a teacher I would explain to the children […]

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Parental Involvement in Christian Education

For many parents, sending the children off to school is a great relief. This may be especially true for the mothers who labor all day at home caring for and nurturing the children. It may be a relief for both parents to know that the teacher reveals God in the classroom as he teaches from […]

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*This article was written for the 1998 Protestant Reformed Scholarship essay. There was something about the school setting that immediately called out to me, loud and clear. I’m not exactly sure what it was that ignited my interest; kindergarten is always a staggering, monumental event for a child. It could have been anything from those […]

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The Strengthening of the Militant Church

Many scientific theories and discoveries have come into existence in the past century. Incredibly advanced technologies such as cloning and the further advancement of evolutionary theory have recently become significantly entangled in the Christian life. Today’s church world has readily embraced these new ideas in an attempt to remain influential and popular with the new-agers […]

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A Teacher at Heart

A straight column of children 2 by 2 march like army soldiers to one destination, Reed’s Lake, for a field day. After their 2 to 2 1/2 mile march from school, a lunch is greatly anticipated. This first grade class of 47 is all under the watchful eye of only one chaperon, Mrs. H. Veldman. […]

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