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In a letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek, a student at New Brunswick Theological Seminary at this time, V.R. gives extensive advice to Broek about the art of preaching. Preaching is "to make the subject clearer to a person so that he learns something that he did not know, or at least understand the subject better." V.R. also makes a point that Broek is not to read his sermons. Broek's mentor is full of advice about the art of preaching in a very direct way.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; Revision of Henry ten Hoor's translation: Nella Kennedy, January 2008

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in The Joint Archives of Holland.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from The Joint Archives of Holland.

A Letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek