The Shorter Catechism in Modern English

Early on in my pastoral ministry I recognized the need for Christian resources in plain, readable English. As a young man, it never really occurred to me that sometimes it was necessary to avoid complex phrases and archaic language in certain ministry settings. However, after doing some evangelistic work, including a church plant, I realized… Continue reading The Shorter Catechism in Modern English

First Catechism: For Kids!

 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!

Systematic Theology For Children

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

To Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of John Piper’s slight tweak of the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God ‘by enjoying’ him forever.”  It’s not that I think the catechism is perfect, or that it must never be changed.  Rather, I believe the authors of the catechism purposely used… Continue reading To Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever

The Duties of Marriage and the 5th Commandment

In Thomas Vincent’s discussion of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, he explains and applies the fifth commandment to husbands and wives.  I’ve abbreviated and edited it slightly.  As you read, remember that solid Christian doctrine leads to solid Christian living: the two go hand in hand.  You’ll see what I mean as you read Vincent’s words:… Continue reading The Duties of Marriage and the 5th Commandment