• Know the Creeds, Councils, Confessions, and Catechisms Part 11: Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

    Posted Jul 11th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Know the Creeds, Councils, Confessions, and Catechisms Part 11: Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

    After Henry VIII (r. 1509-47) started his affair with Anne Boleyn he needed to find a righteous way to get rid of his wife Catherine of Aragon (in his defense Catherine had trouble producing a living heir and when she did it was a female. He desperately wanted a male heir and would stop at …

  • Catechesis, part 7

    Posted Jul 1st, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | 1 Comment

    In chapter 5 of Grounded in The Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way, the emphasis was upon the gospel as the core of our catechetical ministry. In chapter 6, desiring to fully keep with the resolution to “proclaim Christ” (Col. 1:28) the authors explore some of the other dimensions of Christ proclamation (p. 117). It’s …

  • Catechism, part 4

    Posted Jun 16th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    In chapter 3 of their book, Packer and Parrett set out to address the “Waxing and Waning of Catechesis.” At the outset they allude to the quote above from Calvin and rightfully conclude that “Christians of all sorts once again seem to be intent on testing this thesis.” This is a, if not the, most …

  • Catechism, Part 3

    Posted Jun 2nd, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    The question Packer and Parrett take up in Chapter 2 is not whether or not catechesis works—several centuries of testimony demonstrate it obviously does—but whether or not it is Biblical. Or to put it another way, is this simply a good idea or is something that God is requiring of his church? In making their …

  • Catechism, part 2

    Posted May 27th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Shortly after I was converted I got involved in a church/denomination which rejected the idea of church membership. As a result there was nothing formal in place for new converts to be instructed in the newly embraced faith. The next church I attended did practice church membership. Not much was required to become a member. …

  • Catechism, Part 1

    Posted May 20th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Historically Reformed congregations have engaged themselves in the business of catechizing their members and especially their children. Of course, catechism has taken a back seat to far more titillating things like moral lessons from Bible stories, program-oriented youth groups and even many good things like small group Bible studies. There is a lot of activity …

  • Confession of Faith

    Posted May 14th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last year we used the Children’s Catechism and Westminster Shorter Catechism as a means of affirming and confessing our faith. We have also used the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. And this year we are using the Heidelberg Catechism. This practice raises a number of questions. This week we will tackle the questions, “What …

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