An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism

Its original full title translates to “Catechism, or Christian Instruction, as Conducted in the Churches and Schools of the Electoral Palatinate.”

Not long after its original composition the questions in the Heidelberg Catechism were numbered, and it was divided up into 52 sections, one for each Lord’s Day (i.e. Sunday) of the year, so that it could be more easily used as a teaching tool in the churches, both for instruction as well as for catechetical... Continue Reading

The Bad News about Christmas

God has to invade our world in the person of Jesus because there was simply no other way.

I want to encourage you today in a fresh way to accept the bad news of the Christmas story because, if you do, the good news becomes all the more comforting and glorious. The Christmas story tells you that you have been freed forever from denying or minimizing the danger that lives inside you because... Continue Reading

A Children’s Sermon

In this sermon, Davies clarifies what he means by “coming to Christ” from Mark 10:14.

A humbling sense of your own inability to save yourselves by the merit of your own best endeavours. I do not mean, that you should neglect your best endeavours; or that you should not exert your utmost strength in every good work, and in the earnest use of all the means of grace: for you... Continue Reading

Is Your But Keeping You From Obedience?

It’s our human nature to see how close the line of disobedience we can get.

In Luke 10:29 Jesus talks about love for neighbor and the dude wants to have a theological debate about what constitutes his neighbor. He’s not looking for reasons to obey, he wants to “justify himself” and he’s going to make himself feel better by hiding behind a theological argument about what constitutes a neighbor. We do the... Continue Reading

Despising God’s Word Might Not Mean What You Think it Does

when I think of someone despising the Word of God I think of one who has heated disagreement with God’s Word.

We show contempt for the Word of God anytime we consider it beneath consideration on a particular topic to which it speaks. Those last four words are critical. You aren’t despising the Word if you don’t consult it to decide who to start on your fantasy football team. But you might be despising the Word... Continue Reading

He Will Hold Me Fast

Not only is God able to keep his people, but he does so “with great joy.”

After the unsettling conversation with the Canadian convert, Harkness wondered how he might help other Christians celebrate the power of God’s sustaining hand in our perseverance and have this sweet truth bore deep into our souls. The answer was obvious for a musician like Harkness: a song. He mentioned the need in a letter to... Continue Reading

Is the Wall of Separation ‘Bad History’?

Separation of church and state has a negative connotation for many evangelicals and other religious conservatives, who believe that the Supreme Court has used it to exclude religion from American public life.

The First Amendment was originally ratified in 1791. It guaranteed Americans the “free exercise of religion,” and it prohibited Congress from making any “law respecting an establishment of religion.” In 1791, Americans widely understood an “establishment” to be a tax-supported denomination, such as the Church of England. The First Amendment prohibited the United States from... Continue Reading

Reading The Word

One of the surest ways to misinterpret a document is to disregard the background in which it was written

“The main thrust of WLC 156 is not the limitation on who can read Scripture publicly, but the duty of all to read Scripture privately and with their family. Here, again, we see that the historical background to the Westminster Assembly provides insight into why this portion of the answer is given such prominence.”  ... Continue Reading

If You Can Give Up KJV English in the Bible, Why not the Confession of Faith?

People using the Standards as a benchmark for theological clarity don’t mind requiring users to suffer with the alien words and forms.

As part of the work of the Committee on Christian Education, on motion, the body approved this: “That the Eighty-fifth (2018) General Assembly notify the member churches of NAPARC and other appropriate church bodies with which we have fellowship that it has erected a special committee to propose linguistic updating of the doctrinal standards of... Continue Reading

What Science Is Really Teaching Us

Many Christians today are fearful of studying science, and there’s more to this fear than math anxiety.

As a Christian and a scientist who has been working in the discipline long enough to see some major scientific theory and paradigm shifts (such as from an eternal, “steady state” universe to a “big bang” universe with a beginning in space and time), I can say with confidence that “science destroys faith” may be... Continue Reading