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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 18

Danny Hyde
Our Estate of Sin Q&A 23-26 Quick; what’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “estate?” Got it? Now let me take a wild guess and say that you probably thought of the word sale, as in estate sale, right? To us materialist Americans, an estate…
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December 31, 2012

A Pastor’s Reflections: Reformer’s Syndrome

VFT
Among the many theological ailments that can strike in Reformed churches, “Reformer’s Syndrome,” is one of the more troublesome. What is “Reformer’s Syndrome,” you ask? Reformer’s Syndrome is the personal belief that you are a sixteenth-century reformer, reincarnated for the present day, ready to take on all forms of authority…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 17

Danny Hyde
In Adam’s Fall, We Sinned All Q&A 21-23 “In Adam’s fall, we sinned all” (New England Primer, 14). This famous line of Benjamin’s Harris’ 1690 New England Primer expresses the basic Christian belief that Adam’s sin had dreadful consequences for the rest of us. We need to meditate upon this…
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December 24, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 16

Danny Hyde
Abundant Providence to Adam Q&A 20 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). God in his goodness and covenant mercy has created and continues to provide for all that his creatures need. What a good God he is! If we…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 15

Danny Hyde
Upheld by Providence Q&A 18 The God of the Bible is the God who has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass from all eternity and who in human history brings all his plans to reality through creation and redemption. This means he surely is not absent, but present in all the…
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December 10, 2012

A Pastor’s Reflections: Everyone Says They’ll Submit

VFT
I can remember having a conversation with one of my elders as we were reflecting upon the vows of membership. In my denomination, we have four membership vows, the last of which says something to the effect, “Will you submit to the authority of the session, and if you’re found…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 14

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism God’s Making of Man Q&A 17 We live in a time in which our humanity is misunderstood, at best, and under attack, at worse. Our consumer society is rooted in the philosophy that greed is good, that “it’s not personal, it’s business,” and that he…
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October 1, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 13

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism What are Angels? Q&A 13, 16 We’ve all seen them, right? Angels, that is. You know, those chubby little children with wings; those cute Precious Moments statuettes; those little guys on your shoulders—one reminding you of good and the other tempting you to what is…
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September 17, 2012

Contentment in Ministry

VFT
I know of a number of pastors over the years who have served Christ’s church quite faithfully, some for numerous years, even decades. What everyone can easily perceive is the number of years that a pastor has served. Watchful eyes in the congregation will mark the passing anniversaries and alert…
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September 12, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 12

Danny Hyde
Meditations on the Larger Catechism God’s Work of Creation Q&A 14-15 The story goes that there was an astronomer, a biologist, a cosmologist, a geologist, and a physicist who climbed the highest mountain in the world in order to collaborate on determining the origin of life. The astronomer measured the…
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September 10, 2012