Children’s Catechism in the Wake of the Reformation

This book, The Church's Book of Comfort, gets more fascinating with each chapter.  I've read quite a few sources on the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) and surrounding circumstances, and for now I am putting this near the top of my "go to HC stuff" list.  Here's another reason why. Recently (before reading this book), I stumbled… Continue reading Children’s Catechism in the Wake of the Reformation

The Covenant of Works and the Three Forms of Unity

The Synod of Utrecht in 1905 wrote up several theological conclusions that had been discussed in Dutch Reformed churches in the preceding years.  In the second of these conclusions, by way of analogy, the covenant of works is mentioned. The Synod discussed eternal justification, and said that just because the term is not used in… Continue reading The Covenant of Works and the Three Forms of Unity

The Canons/Synod of Dort: Back in Print

I can still hear the one and only voice of Rev. P. Y. De Jong and still see him preaching in his jet black Genevan robe while leaning a little to his left.  As a kid, I knew he was a herald of the Word by the way he spoke (no apologies - this IS the Word of God, so listen) and dressed… Continue reading The Canons/Synod of Dort: Back in Print

A High Point in Dutch Reformed Theology: Affirming the Covenant of Works

I pointed out in a previous post on Johannes Vanderkemp (c. 1700) that "old-school" Dutch Reformed theology had a robust view of the Covenant of Works.  There was another "huge" Dutch theologian writing at that same time: Wilhelmus a Brakel.  In 1700, he published his massive dogmatics, The Christian's Reasonable Service.  In his day and following,… Continue reading A High Point in Dutch Reformed Theology: Affirming the Covenant of Works