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Understanding Refugees and How Christians Can Respond

  Over the past few weeks, the topic of refugees has been all over the news and social media feeds because of Executive Orders and court cases. Much of this heated discussion has focused on American national policy and concerns for compassion and security. As a church, we do not wish to...

Canonical and Apocryphal Books (Blogging the Belgic: Article 6)

Article 4 of the Belgic Confession lists the books that the Reformed church views as the authoritative Word of God, and Article 5 mentions that these books, and only these, are to be viewed as our ultimate guide for what we belief (faith) and what we do (practice), yet article 6 then goes on to...

The Authority of Scripture (Blogging the Belgic: Article 5)

For some reason, it was only a few years ago that I noticed the connection between the words “authority” and “author” -- and to be honest, this was not my own observation but something I learned from a teacher or a book (I can’t remember exactly where!). This...

The Canonical Books (Blogging the Belgic: Article 4)

In some ways, article 4 of the Belgic Confession might not seem that exciting and interesting in that it is a list. Just because it is a list does not mean that it is not important -- my grocery list is not very exciting to read (and at times, not even legible, which can be a problem at the...

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The Written Word of God (Blogging the Belgic: Article 3)

The first article of the Belgic Confession says that there is a God and what this God is like; the second article tells us that to know this God we must look to the world and also to God’s written revelation, the latter of which is necessary to know how to live and how to be saved. The...

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...

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