Gaining Traction in a Slippery World

If the practice of catechizing our children, and congregations, is a fundamental answer to the question of how we may teach our children to be in world with succumbing to the impulses and views of the world, than in our lack of commitment to or abandonment of the historic christian practice of catechesis we are…

Trinity In Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you…

Trying To Gain Traction In A Slippery World

What happens when moral distinctions slowly disappear? More precisely, what happens when categories of decency and deviancy collapse into each other? What happens to a culture that adopts our actions as our identities and by extension normalizes our desires as human rights regardless of how they may violate preexisting moral understandings? These are important questions…

The Comfort of the Christian

1. Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?                                                                   A. That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all…

The Means Of Grace

The emblems of this mystery are the bread and wine through which theLord holds out to us the true communication of his body and blood. We are talking of spiritual communion, which is effected by the bond of the Holy Spirit alone, and which in no way requires a presence enclosed in Christ’s flesh through…

Social Anxiety and the Gospel

Any time I come across a moment that the reformed community, primarily because it is my community, attempts to honestly, even in passing, address issues of mental illness and health, my attention is grabbed. As someone who lives with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and panic issues, I am particularly attenuated to the mention of such things….

The Tendency of Empire

Tacitus, in describing the Romans…and it feels all too familiar. They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger, they loot even the ocean: they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor; neither the wealth of the east nor the west can satisfy them: they are…

Courage On Account Of Our Sin

Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and…

Puerile Hounds of Buffoonery

I never really had much interest in growing up, though it is admittingly useful. And if my age and my adolescence could reach a detente, I’d be satisfied. More to the point, my wife would be pleased…and suspicious, and also insist that I replace adolescence with immaturity. And I ramble. I repeat random trivia as…

The Dumbing Down Of Reverance and Awe

Ever since I found myself apart of the confessional reformed church, I have always been struck by the reversal of roles that often occurs in the “liturgies” of contemporary evangelicalism, more so that I have been removed from the Sabbath practices of American Evangelicalism, specifically. Dr. Horton, more succinctly than I, identifies the unintentional estrangement…