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The Stranger

A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months […]

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White Men Can’t Jump

I am writing in regards to the recent Beacon Lights article by Tom Bergman titled “White Men Can’t Jump”. I found the article very offensive. His frustra­tion with the pervasive problem of movie attendance has caused the writer to make a serious error in judgment. How can we expect our young people to stay out […]

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“The Boarder”*

Bill and Jane have a boarder in their home. He’s been with them for many years now. In fact, he joined their family soon after they got married. Now I could never understand why a young mar­ried couple would want to take a third party into their home, but Jane assured me that he was […]

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Let me express my appreciation for your efforts as editor-in-chief of the Beacon Lights magazine. I am used to seeing fine Christian reading and scholarship within its pages. However, I am somewhat dismayed with the editorial you printed in the August/September 1993 issue (White Men Can’t Jump). I am con­vinced that it was […]

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You are most likely quite aware of the big three television evils: sex, violence, and profanity. No Chris­tian should voluntarily sit in an easy chair and watch such things. But even if you watch only the “good” things like the news, sports, family sitcoms, or what­ever, you may still be influenced by worldly philoso­phies. If […]

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White Men Can’t Jump

April 1, 1992- White Men Can’t Jump. I saw that movie. I saw it at Studio 28 in Wyoming, MI. There was nothing special about the movie itself. It was hilarious, but it didn’t win an Oscar. It was excit­ing, but not more than any other. It wasn’t even the only movie I’ve seen; there […]

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Supermarkets of Sin

When I was a boy, I recall that the grocer made his appearance at our back door once a week, to bring last week’s grocery order, and to take the order for the following week. Rinkema, I believe, was his name. He had a very small store in South Holland. But soon telephones were used […]

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Television and Drama

I have been requested to write once again on a subject I (and many others as well) have often covered before. I won’t bring up the many objections which are raised against the T.V. even by the world. I won’t try to identify the “good” and “bad’’ programs. I would like to present some principles […]

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The Hazzard of Dukes

Today is a rather usual day, the children are outside playing in the snow and romping about. Many of the usual noises are to be heard-yelling, screaming and other sounds of jubilation-a joy just to be able to be alive and free in play. But wait, a late luncher is speaking to another of his […]

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Television – A Survey

I was requested to write on the subject of “television”. I have done so repeatedly in the past. Others have too. Still, the subject constantly re-occurs. Even then, whatever is said or written seems to have little effect on our habits in the use of television. So perhaps as a slightly different approach might be […]

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