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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. At the end of the previous installment, Herman Hoeksema had just observed that “there is, from without especially, the danger of falling into wrong hands. Especially under the influences of worldly and corrupt companions, adolescents, who are in the nature of the case easily moved and inclined to seek that very life, will find all kinds of opportunity to express themselves in evil ways.” That set...

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Prof. Dykstra is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. In a matter of weeks, another new school year opens. Another year of covenantal instruction. Teachers have been planning for some time how best to teach their courses, what improvements to make, and what material to include. The new year will mean countless hours of preparation and study by teachers and students. It will be another year packed with lesson plans, assignments, papers, and tests. Subjects will include everything from art and music to history and algebra. Why all this activity? What, exactly, teachers, do...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and administrator of Eastside Christian School. This article continues a series of articles that have identified the narrative approach as one in which the Christian school through its teachers must tell a specific and distinctive story. The story, rooted in the correct source, must reflect the truth of the inspired Scriptures as summarized in the creeds of the Christian church. Dr. Bolt defends the narrative approach in The Christian Story and the Christian School and argues that “a concept of narrative could help resolve some of...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and administrator of Eastside Christian School. Two previous articles have traced the argument of Dr. John Bolt in the book The Christian Story and the Christian School, respecting the crisis in public education and the attempted educational reforms in public education since the 1930s. Included were descriptions of the symptoms and the proposed solutions during the 1990s, plus a section devoted to an answer to the question, what is really wrong with public education? It is imperative for Christian educators, supporters, and parents to understand the developments...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and administrator of Eastside Christian School. In the first article on this topic we made a start in attempting to understand the narrative approach to Reformed Christian education proposed by Dr. Bolt. We identified the narrative approach as one in which the Christian school, through its teachers, must tell a story. The story is about God and His children—a story that includes the Christian school because the school serves the mission of God and His people. It is the story of the triune God’s mission—commissioned by...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan and administrator of Eastside Christian School. The Christian faith is a gift of God that in a very real sense is a story—the true story of the triune God and His people. Thinking about Christian education in narrative terms or in terms of the Christian story causes one to ask the question, how does the Christian school fit into the story of God and His people, and the question really becomes, how does the Christian school serve the mission of God. The story of God and...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the first article on this topic concerning the relation of the antithesis and literature we determined that God establishes an antithesis between the world and His people. We contended that God’s people must live the antithesis, and the child of God must be opposed to everything that opposes God. We argued that we cannot assume a “touch not, taste not” approach and asserted, therefore, that in the study of literature one should not be governed by a “world-flight” attitude. The teaching of the Word of God...

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Miss Lubbers is a member of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This article completes the review of the critique by Herman Hoeksema of the Specific Principles adopted in 1925 by the National Union of Christian Schools. The final article in the critique was published in the Standard Bearer of July 15, 1932. The previous article (Article 8) contained a review of the critique by Herman Hoeksema of NUCS Specific Principle 5. “The all-embracing objective of the school is to promote the glory of our covenant God: (a) by seeking in humble dependence upon God to equip the...

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