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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)...

More Than a No

Creeds and catechisms are things that help summarize what Christians believe from the Bible and how Christians are to live in light of the Bible, with the Heidelberg Catechism (written in Germany and often used in Reformed churches that trace their lineage back to the Netherlands) and the...

Thoughts on Denominations

We had a Hot Topic event this past week at Faith Church called “Where Did We Come From? An Exploration of Our Denominational History” in which we explored the origins and development of the Reformed Church in America, the denomination to which Faith Church belongs. There was irony in...

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