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Bavinck the Dogmatician: The Nature and Punishment of Sin (2)

The “Essentials” of Sin Within the context of his discussion of the nature of sin as lawlessness, and a kind of privation or defection from the fullness of the life of the creature in conformity to God’s will, Bavinck identifies... next...

My People are Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

The setting was Synod Nyack 2012 of the United Reformed Churches in North America. The Scripture that came to mind was Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This writer had the opportunity of spending the week... next...

Unite My Heart to Fear Your Name: The Goal of the Elder (2)

Students and Candidates for the Ministry In this article we will look at the practical application of articles 3–6 and appendices 1–3 of the URCNA Church Order by the elders of the consistory. I hope that some of the issues here... next...

Textual Catechism Preaching

This article first appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. This suggested approach to catechism preaching was prepared for some seminary students and may interest our readers. The Christian Reformed Church Order states (Art. 54b)... next...

Two Ways to Write a Catechism Sermon

This article originally appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. Every pastor in the Christian Reformed Church ordinarily each Sunday must “preach the Word as summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism, following its sequence”... next...

Why Catechism Preaching?

This article appeared in the October 1987 issue of The Outlook. It was reprinted from June 1986 (Australian) Trowel and Sword. A recent song had these lyrics: Don’t be so hard on the ones that you love; It’s the ones that you love that... next...

The Necessity and Importance of Catechism Preaching

This article first appeared in the October, 1987 issue of The Outlook. What we ordinarily call “catechism preaching” is prescribed in Article 54 of the Church Order of the CRC in this way: “a. In the worship services the minister... next...

The Pastoral Necessity of Preaching the Catechism

This article first appeared in the April, 1995 issue of The Outlook. In his recent commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven calls the catechism “the best confessional and teachable summary of the will of God for... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 20: Hope in the Spirit (2) Romans 8:28–39

Throughout this chapter, Paul has listed several wonderful reasons why Christians should rejoice: exemption from judgment, victorious living, assurance of salvation, the hope of coming glory, and intercession through the Spirit. Before he is... next...

Bible Studies on Romans Lesson 19: Hope in the Spirit (1) Romans 8:18–27

Our eternal destiny depends on whether we are in the first Adam or the second Adam. In the first is condemnation; in the second full justification, sanctification, and glorification. Those who remain in Christ are heirs with Him in all the benefits... next...
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