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 to put her Dutch language skills to work, her enthusiasm for the job along with her extensive experience in the publishing world will no doubt serve the magazine very well!
Jake Dykstra has moved from Contributing Writer Correspondent to Business Manager. He replaces Matt Rutgers who retires after many years of service.
We welcome Elijah Roberts who takes over as the new Contributing Writer Correspondent to work alongside Josh Moelker in this role. Elijah comes to us by way of Spokane, WA, and now attends Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, MI. Josh and Elijah are responsible for finding new authors, making sure we have enough articles for future issues, and staying on top of the schedule so that authors who have committed to writing for us have their articles in on time. Not an easy job, but a very important one for the magazine! In fact, you can make their job a bit easier by either submitting articles to them directly or by bringing other potential authors and topics to their attention.
We can also announce that Joel Rau has successfully put himself out of a job. Although I do write that tongue in cheek, Joel had taken over as Archivist a few years ago, and when the project of uploading articles to the website was completed, thereby completing his mandate, he decided the time was right for him to retire.
We thank these retiring members for their diligent labor on behalf of the magazine and pray God’s blessing on them as they take up their other work in the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Please take note of the advertisement on the back page of this issue. In mid-July 2020, the British Reformed Fellowship will once again be holding their biennial conference, this year at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland. This will be the 16th such conference, with the conference topic next year being “Union with Christ.” Is there a theological topic so rich, deep, penetrating, and yet comforting for the child of God as the truth that we are united to Jesus Christ? Consider what Luther and Calvin said about this truth:
Calvin – “all that he [Christ] possesses is nothing to us until we grow into one body with him.”
Luther – “It is impossible for one to be a Christian unless he possesses Christ. If he possesses Christ, he possesses all the benefits of Christ.”
The New Testament is filled with references to our being united to Christ. The Apostle Paul mentions it more than 160 times in his letters, with Galatians 2:20 being representative, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Also, according to the report of those who have attended conferences in the past, you get to visit with believers from all over the world and deepen your understanding and gratitude for the truth of the universal church. Not to mention the fact, you get to stay in a castle!
Our readers will remember the special issue of Beacon Lights devoted to this topic in June 2019 and will want to re-read that issue in preparation for the conference. Another possible book to read in preparation would be One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation by Marcus Peter Johnson.
So, young people, tell your parents you can go with your current plans and end up with a skin tan that will soon fade, or you can spend a week delving deep into one of the most glorious truths in all the Scripture—that we are united to Christ by a true and living faith and it is only because of this union that we have the experience of every blessing of salvation and the hope of life eternal.
1 John 5:20, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
Originally published January 2020, Vol. 79 No. 1