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The Creation of the World and Angels (Blogging the Belgic: Article 12)

One of my wife’s favorite expressions that I have adopted is “Same circus, different clowns.” The idea behind this saying is that there might be different people, but the same issues and problems. At times, the Belgic Confession will name groups or beliefs that the doctrines...

The Deity of the Holy Spirit (Blogging the Belgic, Article 11)

I have often said that the Holy Spirit is the most often overlooked and forgotten member of the Trinity; I am not alone in making this comment (for example, Francis Chan wrote a book on the Holy Spirit called Forgotten God). The creeds and confessions of the church in many ways support this...

Jesus as the Son of God (Blogging the Belgic: Article 10)

In the early church, there were many who struggled and wrestled with the idea of Jesus’ deity or divinity, with some proposing theories about who Jesus was that ranged from him merely being a good, better man (what I call a Batman Christology) to views that Jesus became God when he was...

Anything but Ordinary

What is more ordinary than taking a walk? I try to walk around the perimeter of my neighborhood several times a week, and it’s a very ordinary walk. It’s about a mile and a half, and I walk by homes and a park, a basketball court, and more homes. In Bible times, walking was not for...

Why Believe the Trinity (Blogging the Belgic Article 9)

A little over a year ago, there was great discussion over the question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The nuances of this debate are beyond this blog post (and let’s be honest, probably beyond any single blog post of around 1,000 words!), but in those discussions...

The Trinity (Blogging the Belgic, Article 8)

The Belgic Confession shifts a bit when it comes to article 8, as it moves from the discussion of the Word of God that has taken up articles 2-7 back to the discussion of the nature of God (which article 1 discusses) and, in particular, the doctrine of the Trinity (a theme that will continue, as...