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When asked to write a reflection on my favorite Lord’s Day of the Heidelberg Catechism, the first Question and Answer immediately came to mind. This Lord’s Day is a favorite for many and probably the most familiar as well. I write on this Lord’s Day with slight hesitation because I know that this short reflection […]

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The Heidelberg Reformers – Too Young?

The work of God in history is always an amazing and awe-inspiring thing. But there are certain times in the history of the church that truly make the believer’s jaw hit the floor in astonishment at the wonderwork of God. “God did what?” “He did this when?” “He used that man? Of all people, that […]

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The Cannon of Canons

Henry saw the open Psalter on the desk. It was open to a section in the back. “Hm. C-A-N-O-N-S. Canons?” Henry’s father walked into the room and picked up the Psalter, starting to read where he had left off. “Hey, Dad, what’s the Canons?” Henry asked. “Are those the big guns that go BOOM?” His […]

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The Package

It was in the black of night that a cloaked figure approached the castle wall. An owl hooted. A cricket chirped. But that was all that could be heard. A satchel was opened and a package was withdrawn. The figure held it and peered up into the darkness, up to the top of the wall… […]

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The Importance of Our Reformed Creeds

Convention Discussion Outlines A creed is a statement of faith that is officially adopted by a church or group of churches. It is an official declaration of what a church or group of churches believes to be the truth of the Word of God. When a group of churches adopts a creed, they are saying […]

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Every Protestant Reformed young person knows that when the calendar changes to September, there will have been, or this coming Lord’s Day there will be, an announcement in the bulletin that new catechism books will be distributed and assignments handed out. For a period of 30 weeks Protestant Reformed young people will descend into their […]

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The Blessing of the Preaching of the Heidelberg Catechism

According to the church order of our Protestant Reformed Churches we are required in our church worship services to preach the Heidelberg Catechism each Sunday. In article 68 of the Church Order we read, “The ministers shall on Sunday explain briefly the sum of Christian doctrine comprehended in the Heidelberg Catechism so that as much […]

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Defending and Preserving Our Creeds

There are certain errors in the Christian community and repeatedly they confront the Reformed believer. One of these is the challenge to the very existence and use of our creeds and confessions. This is sometimes expressed as the slogan “No Creed but Christ.” This expression is not new, but has been used since about the […]

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For Our Edification

Tradition can be a powerful force. Not only can traditions be very hard to change, they can be hard to appreciate, too. Through all of her history, the Protestant Reformed Churches have stressed the importance of Heidelberg Cat­echism preaching. If that seems to be a long time, about seventy years, consider the fact that cat­echism […]

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Tuning Our Gereformeerd Voerhoren

The Dutch had an interesting description for those in the church who were very sensitive to doctrinal issues.  Such people were said to have Gereformeerd Voerhoren.  “Gereformeerd Voerhoren” means “Reformed Antennae.” You might want to ask your parents how to pronounce this if they know any Dutch.  If not, just remember that “V” in Dutch […]

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Guido De Bres

In 1522 the family of John de Bres celebrated the birth of their son, Guido. Guido de Bres had three brothers and one sister. Guido went to school in Mons and then was apprenticed to a glass painter. While he worked, he heard snatches of Reformation truths and stories of Protestants being burned or beheaded […]

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Perspective: The Catechism

In our churches the creeds are held in high esteem. This is not without good reason. The creeds are the wisdom of our fathers given to them and to us by God. Because the fathers sought after wisdom they were preserved, Proverbs 4:4-7. We must also seek after wisdom by continually learning the doctrines afresh, […]

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Admonition to Adhere

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Host Society and the Steering Committee. These two bodies are acknowledged as having performed a great task in preparing for the convention. But I also want to thank the adult advisors who guided and helped the Steering Committee at all times. Very unselfishly and very […]

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Creeds: Necessary?

As a youth of a denomination, we often tend to think of creeds as being rather “stuffy” or cold. Creeds are equivalent (in our minds) to the vast sea of obscurities and less understood intricacies of doctrine. When we are asked if we feel that creeds are necessary, our automatic response is a fundamental yes. […]

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Yet So

Frederick III, the Pious, elector of the- province called the Palatinate in the Ger­many of the 10th century established the Reformed faith and not the Lutheran or the Roman Catholic faith. In his concern for the development of the faith which had been delivered to the saints through Scrip­tures and by the true development of […]

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As to Confessions

Dear Mr. H. W. Kuiper: In answer to your last letter to me, I wish to submit the following. First, concerning my objection to your use of the term, “group”, you write: “What you say here is very inaccurate. The fact is that I spoke of group, not as identical with the Christian Reformed Church, […]

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The Second Resurrection

What comfort doth the “resurrection of the body” afford thee? That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its head; but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ. […]

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The Modernistic Interpretation of Scripture (6)

E. MODERNISM ON THE CONFESSIONS 1. Modernism Evading and Enervating the Confessions The opening tactic of Modernism with respect to the Reformed and Presbyterian (Calvinistic) creeds has been to either remove the creeds altogether, or to exile them to dusty showcases of the ecclesiastical museum. Steps in this direction have been to make minor revisions […]

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Scripture and the Confessions

Repeatedly the church is accused of harboring doctrines beyond those taught in Scripture. Especially is this true when the question of creeds and confessions is discussed. Are creeds extra‑Scriptural, or is there worth in the time-worn adage, “No creed but Christ”? This question we would like to discuss at this time. It is beneficial to […]

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Fellowship in Contrary Doctrines (2)

(Continued) Last month we raised three questions in connection with our attempt to determine the truth and error of II John 10. You will recall that this passage reads as follows: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed; for he […]

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The Sufficiency of the Word

Tim was a sensible young man of twenty-three years of age who had recently returned home after serving two years in the army. Prior to his tenure of military service he had led a very active life in the sphere of the church. In catechism he often raised good questions that were indicative of profound […]

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One Only God

“We believe with the heart, and confess with the mouth, that there is one only simple and spiritual Being, which we call God; and that He is eternal, incomprehensible, invisible, immutable, infinite, almighty, perfectly wise, just, good, and the overflowing fountain of all good.” (Art. I, Confession of Faith) We assume that there is not […]

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Our Confession of Faith

  ITS AUTHOR During the sixteenth century, many severe persecutions were launched against the Protestant Reformers. The strength of the Reformation was tried in its very infancy, and because the movement was born, not of men, but of God, grace was given in abundance to the people of God to faithfully endure this era of […]

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