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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Second Coming

Kim Riddlebarger
  The biblical account of the redemption of our fallen race takes many twists and turns throughout the course of redemptive history.  But the story comes to a glorious resolution when we come to the final chapter of the story.  There is indeed coming a day when all injustices will…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Lord’s Supper

Kim Riddlebarger
The Reformed understanding of the Lord’s Supper is grounded in an important distinction between the sign and seal (bread and wine), the thing signified (forgiveness through his blood, the “blood of the covenant”), and a sacramental union between the two (our Lord’s words “this is my body”).  This three-fold distinction…
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Basics of the Reformed Faith: Baptism

Kim Riddlebarger
  Before our Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, he left his disciples with the following command: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 7

Danny Hyde
  What is God? Q&A 7 Exodus 34:6–9 There once was a popular song in my college years with a blasphemous chorus that went like this: “Tell me all your thoughts on God. Cause I’d really like to meet her; and ask her why we're who we are? Tell me…
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July 19, 2012

Basics of the Reformed Faith: The Sacraments

Kim Riddlebarger
Although any discussion of the role of the sacraments in the Christian life seems too “catholic” for many evangelical Christians, the sacraments do play a very important role throughout the New Testament.  Summarizing the teaching of Scripture on this topic, the Heidelberg Catechism (Q 65) defines the two New Testament…
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Follow-up on Harold Camping

VFT
Last year the web was buzzing with Harold Camping's prediction about the end of the world. Camping's organization spent millions of dollars on various forms of advertisements to warn people of the inpending consummation. But what many might not have known was that this was not Camping's first failed prediction…
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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 6

Danny Hyde
  How Can I Grow in My Knowledge of God? Q&A 6 Do you know God? How easy it is for us to profess that we do merely with our lips. The visible church of Christ is full of people who profess to know God, but do we really? To…
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July 2, 2012

Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 5

Danny Hyde
What’s in the Bible? Q&A 5 If I asked you the name of Noah’s wife, would you answer Joan of Ark? Sadly, many would today. The level of biblical illiteracy today among the professing Christian church is sad. Recently arch-atheist Richard Dawkins commissioned his foundation to survey those who claimed…
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16 Ways to Find a Wife According to the Bible

VFT
As a pastor, over the years I had my fair share of people approach me to find out if we were a "courtship" church or a "dating" church. The people invariably would tell me that their approach was "the biblical way." I eventually become leery of such claims given that…
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A Wife’s Perspective on Seminary

VFT
When my college boyfriend (now husband) Eric told me he was changing his graduate school plans from law school to seminary I was surprised, but surprisingly unresistant. I certainly had no idea what I was getting myself into. As I adjusted to the idea, I explored his desire to attend…
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