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How We Know God (Blogging the Belgic: Article 2)

How do we come to know that God exists and what God is like? That is what the second article of the Belgic Confession discusses, and it notes that there are two ways in which we come to know God, two “books” that we must read. These things are called “general revelation&rdquo...

Blogging the Belgic (Article 1)

In the Brothers Karamazov by Fydor Dostoevsky, a character famously said, “If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.” Such a statement highlights the fact that the existence of God has a profound effect on our lives and how we should live them. It is not just the question...

Blogging the Belgic (Intro)

Many people think that confessions of faith and theological documents emerge from ivory towers in the midst of peace and tranquility, existing only for the intellectual stimulation of geeky theologians, but this is not true, especially in regards to the document that we know today as the Belgic...

End of Year Post

The end of the year often sparks two things: “best of” lists and resolutions or goals for the new year. I thought it would be good to have these themes for this end of year post and to do them in reverse order, going first with the resolution or goal and then with the “best...

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"And the Virgin Shall Be With Child"

As we move towards Christmas, we are likely to read and reflect on the Christmas story and the details recounted in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. In these chapters, we see how Jesus is the fulfillment of various Old Testament prophecies, with this a special feature of Matthew, as he repeatedly notes...

Resurrection and Organ Donation

My post last week on burial and cremation raised some questions on facebook regarding the topic of organ donation, and one might easily wonder if the idea of burial and its image of resurrection has implications for whether or not Christians should donate their organs. Since organ donation was...

Why Christians Bury Their Dead

A subject about which I have been asked on a number of occasions as a pastor is if it is okay for Christians to be cremated, and I thought this would be worthy of a post. While the Pope has spoken about the subject in the Roman Catholic tradition (he even issued a revised statement this Fall)...

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