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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article is an introduction to several articles concerning the development and establishing of the Protestant Reformed Christian schools. Articles concerning the development of the PR schools are appropriate in view of the planning authorized by synod to commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Recalling and rereading this history will be a review for some. For others it will be an introduction. Those remembering the period 1934-1953 in the history of our churches will remember the establishment and operation...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. *Originally given as a speech at the 1998 Spring Banquet of the Reformed Heritage Christian School, Kalamazoo, Mich. The great value of Reformed, Christian education is a topic that deserves attention. There is little appreciation in the society at large for Reformed, Christian education. There may be, here and there, a desire to have something generally Christian—a school that opens with prayer, teaches morals, has somewhat biblically based discipline. But Reformed, Christian education is not desired. Secondly, there is little knowledge of what Reformed, Christian...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The title expresses a question faced by believers in various situations. Sometimes it is asked by a neighbor or fellow worker who, having sent his children to the public schools, wonders why a Christian would spend “all that money” to educate his children when it is available free. At times a student faces the question from a coworker who attends a public school. Our own sinful flesh may raise the question in order to undermine our enthusiasm for Christian education, hoping our time and money...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. God’s covenant is established with believers and their children. This truth is not only the heart of Reformed doctrine and a great comfort to believing parents, it is also the basis of Reformed, Christian education. That God establishes His covenant with believers and their seed means that children are in God’s covenant. Reformed believers confess with the Heidelberg Catechism in Lord’s Day 27 that infants, “as well as the adult, are included in the covenant and church of God.” This promise of God profoundly affects...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. That the Lord establishes His covenant with believers and their children means that believers’ children are covenant children. They are to be viewed as such by believing parents and their teachers in the Christian school. Most Reformed people would agree with the above, even though different explanations are offered as bases. The conundrum for many is reconciling this confession with the truth of sovereign, double predestination, and with the fact that there are many Esaus in the church, Esaus born into covenant families. One theological...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. What makes Christian education to be what it is and to have the great value that it does? The great strength of Reformed, Christian education lies in its distinctive character. In addition to what has already been pointed out in the first segment, we note five main characteristics of Christian education. Scripture and the confessions First of all, Christian education is based on Scripture and the Reformed confessions. There is a movement among Christian schools away from this. It is the movement known as the AACS,...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Solid, Reformed, Christian education is of inestimable value. Believing parents and grandparents, and spiritually minded students give thanks to God for the Christian instruction given in a Reformed school. Yet it is also true that parents and children and the church as a whole are not always so conscious of the specific blessings of the Christian school. It is good for teachers, parents, and students alike to be reminded. First of all, the Christian school is a tremendous gift from God to assist believing parents...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The first article in this series initiated an endeavor by this writer to uncover and review the background for the development of the Protestant Reformed Christian Schools. (Cf. Standard Bearer, November 15, 1998.) During the first twenty-five years of the existence of the Protestant Reformed Churches, most of the parents in the PRC enrolled their children in schools which had been established primarily by parents who were members of the Christian Reformed Church. When I began school in the 1930s, my PR friends and I attended...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In two preceding articles (Nov. 15, 1998 and Feb. 15, 1999) I have reviewed important early writings about Christian education and Christian schools. These articles by Herman Hoeksema and George M. Ophoff in the earliest years of the publication of the Standard Bearer influenced and helped in the eventual development and formation of the Protestant Reformed Christian schools. When I began my teaching career in the Protestant Reformed Christian schools in the early 1950s, I was not aware of the discussions and articles about the...

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Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. * This is the transcript of a speech given by Herman Hoeksema at a Ladies’ League Meeting in Hudsonville, MI on April 29, 1943. The subject that has been as signed to me is not a new one, but I think it is a very important one. The subject concerns the education of our children, and that is always important. It is recognized by all, that the education of children in general is not an easy task. But the subject I am to speak on is much more specific than...

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