Around one hundred years ago, James Good wrote the following about the Heidelberg Catechism and its practical value for the Christian life: But there was a third significance in the Heidelberg at the time of its birth. It was an experimental catechism — a catechism of the heart as well as of the head. It… Continue reading A Catechism of the Heart and Head (Good)
I'm guessing that quite a few of our readers know about the First Catechism, a simple catechism that is something like a kids' version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Although the Shorter Catechism is concise, some of the language and grammar are dated and the concepts can be difficult for younger children. The First Catechism is a… Continue reading First Catechism: For Kids!
Have you ever wondered why historic Christian churches and their creeds/confessions put so much emphasis on the Ten Commandments? For example, both the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Catechisms have a commentary type section on the Ten Words, as do Luther's Catechisms. But why? Simply put, we emphasize the Ten Commandments because Scripture does. Here's… Continue reading The Importance of the 10 Commandments
In the confessional German and Dutch Reformed traditions ministers typically preach what is called a catechetical sermon for one of the two Lord’s Day services. This is a helpful way to keep God’s people rooted in the main truths of the Christian faith as outlined by Romans and echoed in the Heidelberg Catechism: 1) Guilt/Sin,… Continue reading Preaching the Catechism(?)
One of the blessings of the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition is the emphasis and practice of training covenant children in the way of the Lord. Early on in the Reformation, the Reformers wrote and preached not just for adults, but for children as well. In fact, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Westminster Shorter Catechism were written to… Continue reading Systematic Theology For Children