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Shortages in Education

Oscar Handlin, in a recent issue of the Atlantic Monthly, warns us that we are utterly unprepared to take care of the tidal wave of students now sweeping toward the schools and colleges of our nation, and he presents a gloomy set of statistics to prove his point. “The teacher shortage alone has become so acute,” says […]

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The Meaning of Christmas

“Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” I Timothy 1:15 Some years ago Henry Van Dyke published a book entitled, The Gospel for an Age of Doubt. He followed it with another entitled, The Gospel for a World of Sin. There is a […]

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Facets of Faith for a Christian Christmas

* Midway in the Simplon Pass the traveler journeying southward comes upon a stone bearing the simple word “Italia.” At that point he passes a boundary line, and every stage from there on makes plainer how great has been the change from Switzerland to Italy. The air becomes warmer and vines line the wayside. And below, embosomed in verdure, Lake Maggiore […]

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Some Thoughts for Armistice Day

(An abridgment of a chapel talk delivered at Calvin College, November 11, 1953) The final volume in Winston Churchill’s monumental account of the Second World War carries these words of dedication in which the theme of the volume is summarized: How the Great Democracies triumphed and so were able to resume the follies which had so nearly cost them […]

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Reflection on the Resurrection

• The Lord is risen indeed It was not what the disciples expected. Some or them, no doubt, cherished a hope even to the last that his life would not be taken; that in some way he would exert his mighty power, even on the cross, to the frustration of his enemies. There are commentators who suggest, […]

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There is adventure ahead. One of the most stimulating adventures on which a person can embark is to study all the “ins” and “outs” of some element of Christian truth and to follow such truth into all the paths of life and practical experience that it significantly touches. It is our plan to enter upon such an […]

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The Condescension of God

“Who is like unto Jehovah our God, that hath his seat on high, That abideth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth?” Psalm 113:5, 6 The Psalmist is amazed at the condescension of God. He challenges the universe to exhibit anything comparable to it. Philosophers have said that God is so great […]

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Occupational Diseases of the Ministry

(A Tract for Ministers and for Elders who are required to have “particular regard to the doctrine and conduct of the minister of the Word.”) It was during my first pastorate that I became acquainted with the meaning of the term: “occupational disease.” I had a man in my congregation who was a florist. One day he told […]

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The Bountifulness of God

“Return unto thy rest, O my soul: For Jehovah hath dealt bountifully with thee” Psalm 116:7 The Psalmist had been in great trouble. The “cords of death” had compassed him; the “pains of Sheol” had laid hold on him. But God was with him in that trouble. For the people of God that makes the difference between despair […]

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