Monthly Archives: February 2010

Heidelberg Catechism Devotional Q13 and Q14

Q.13. Can we pay this debt ourselves? Aš Certainly not.  Actually, we increase our guilt every day. Q.14. Can another creature – any at all – pay this debt for us? Aš No.  To begin with, God will not punish … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Christian Parenting – Chastity

Many of us have seen the medieval contraptions called chastity belts. And frankly from the looks of them, why would we want to teach our children anything about chastity?  It looks painful and out dated, even torturous.  But the Scriptures … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, parenting, spiritual formation

Where’s Jesus? The Family line of Esau (Genesis 36)

Genealogies.  I hate genealogies.  Not only are they full of names that are hard to pronounce, but they often have people that I am unsure why the time and paper was even taken to record them.  So this week’s Where’s … Continue reading

Posted in Genesis, Hermeneutics, Where's Jesus

The Gospel makes us free (Galatians 2:1-10)

Spying is a pernicious act. Spies want to pass as friendly when in fact they don’t belong. They do this in order to steal something valuable from their enemy. We are familiar with names like Benedict Arnold, The Rosenberg’s, even … Continue reading

Posted in Galatians, Sermons

Heidelberg Catechism Devotional Q12

Q.12. According to God’s righteous judgment we deserve punishment both in this world and forever after: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God’s favor? A. God requires that his justice be satisfied.  Therefore the claims of … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Heidelberg Catechism

Memorizing Scripture through Song

This morning my family was working on memorizing Titus 3:4.  As we worked through it I suddenly had a tune in my mind, and the text was with me.  I share this tune, not because I am a good singer … Continue reading

Posted in spiritual formation, Titus

Christian Parenting – Whining, Crying and other unsavory habits

Have you ever been around children who constantly whine and their parents excuse it away?  I remember a child who always reverted to whining when her mother asked her to do or not to do something.  One day, she was … Continue reading

Posted in parenting

Pastoral Letter on Infant Baptism

Dennis Johnson, a prof at Westminster Seminary California, shares a letter he wrote to one of his daughter explaining how he changed from holding a believer’s baptism view to the reformed view that includes the baptism of infants.  It is … Continue reading

Posted in baptism, theological

Where’s Jesus? Jacob’s establishment before God (Genesis 35)

Genesis 35 contains 2 stories.  The first relates to Jacob and his return and establishment in the covenant, the second to the deaths of Rachel and then Isaac.  Let’s deal with each story in turn. First, I see Jesus in … Continue reading

Posted in Genesis, Hermeneutics

Pudd’nhead Wilson and the Christian Life

I just finished Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain. For those who are unfamiliar with the story here is a brief synopsis: Thomas a Becket Driscoll and Valet de Chambre are switched in the crib when Roxy, a slave woman, 1/32 … Continue reading

Posted in Discipleship, review, theological