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For 450 years, churches throughout the world have been using the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) to instruct God’s people in foundational Christian doctrine. When Elector Frederick III (1515–1576) commissioned the preparation of a manual for instructing the youth and guiding the pastors and teachers of his domain, he could not have imagined the profound effect it would have on future generations of Christians. The most widely used, most influential Reformation catechism, the “Heidelberger” shines forth the blessed truths of the gospel in 129 questions and answers, beginning with the memorable, ever-enduring subject of our “only comfort in life and in death.”
In ‘A Faith Worth Teaching’, edited by Jon Payne and Sebastian Heck, an array of faithful pastor-scholars celebrate the Heidelberg Catechism on its 450th anniversary with a collection of essays on its dynamic history, rich theology, and fruit-bearing practice that will be an encouragement to pastors and laypersons alike.
Table of Contents:
Foreword: the Heidelberg Catechism: the Secret of its Success – Herman J. Selderhuis
Part 1: The History and Background of the Heidelberg Catechism
1. The History and People Behind the Heidelberg Catechism – Lyle D. Bierma
2. The Heidelberg Catechism in the United States – D. G. Hart
Part 2: The Heidelberg Catechism and the Means of Grace
3. Holding Firmly to the Heidelberger: The Validity and Relevance of Catechism Preaching – Joel R. Beeke
4. Preaching the Catechism Today – Joel R. Beeke
5. “Washed from All My Sins”: The Doctrine of Baptism in the Heidelberg Catechism – Sebastian Heck
6. “As Certainly As I See and Taste”: The Lord’s Supper and the Heidelberg Catechism – Jon D. Payne
Part 3: Christian Doctrine and the Heidelberg Catechism
7. Gathered, Protected, and Preserved: The Church in the Heidelberg Catechism – Michael S. Horton
8. Grace and Gratitude: Justification and Sanctification in the Heidelberg Catechism – Cornelis P. Venema
9. The Christology of the Heidelberg catechism – Mark Jones
10. “Prophet, Doctor Jesus”: the Son of God as “Our High Priest and Teacher” in the Heidelberg Catechism – Victor E. d’Assonville
11. The Spirit-Filled Catechism: The Heidelberg Catechism and the Holy Spirit – Daniel R. Hyde
Part 4: The Heidelberg Catechism As Catechetical Tool
12. The Heidelberg Catechism Among the Reformed Catechisms – W. Robert Godfrey
13. The Heidelberg Catechism: A Catechetical Tool – Willem Verboom
14. Scholasticism in the Heidelberg Catechism? – Willem van’t Spijker
“This is a wonderful collection of articles, both practical and scholarly. There is much here to help us understand the history, the theology, and the continuing relevance of the Heidelberg Catechism. As we preach through the Heidelberg in our church I will certainly consult this book often. It prompted me to think again and again ‘Isn’t the Catechism remarkable!’ and, more importantly, ‘Isn’t the gospel amazing!’” — Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church, Lansing, Michigan, and author of The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism
“As a summary and interpretation of God’s Word composed for and authorized by the Reformed churches, the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) has a special place in the life of the churches. We should be thankful for ‘A Faith Worth Teaching’, a fine resource that helps us better understand and use the catechism in our time.” — R. Scott Clark, professor of church history and historical theology, Westminster Seminary California
Drawing on the social critical thinking of Lesslie Newbigin, Richard Hays, Walter Brueggemann, Richard Mouw, Richard John Neuhaus, Charles Taylor and James Davison Hunter, Philip W. Eaton proposes an alternative idea of the Christian university that aims to equip students for responsible engagement in our post-Christian context.
Going against the mainstream of Christian higher education, Eaton envisions a place that considers engagement and interaction with culture to be a positive priority. Going against the mainstream of secular higher education, Eaton envisions a place where the grand narrative of the Christian gospel is affirmed as a life-giving response to the critical issues of our day.
We need not resign ourselves to exile on the margins of society nor blend in with the pervasive secular society. Engaging the Culture, Changing the World foresees a third way: the Christian university that stands in distinction and compassion, a community that models human flourishing to the world.
We know the Bible is important, but many of us struggle with it. We’re not biblical experts—though we may have started enough reading plans to be really familiar with Genesis. If we’re honest, the Bible often intimidates us, confuses us, and reading it doesn’t always thrill us.
And yet, the Bible is where God reveals his loving character and incredible plan of redemption. In a practical and engaging manner, Matt Smethurst—managing editor of The Gospel Coalition—presents nine heart postures that will prepare you to unpack all that’s awaiting you in God’s Word.
Although there are many great resources on how to read and study Scripture, hardly any focus exclusively on how to approach it in the first place. That’s what Smethurst provides in this unique “prelude” to opening your Bible. For without the right heart postures, we’re not yet ready to start reading.
Enjoy Robert Whitlow’s Tides of Truth series an e-collection!
Leaving behind the farming life and her large, Bible-believing family, Tami Taylor accepts a job with a prestigious Savannah, Georgia, law firm. There, she quickly discovers the politics of a city with secrets that some will kill to keep hidden.
In the murky waters of Savannah’s shoreline, a young law student is under fire as she tries her first case at a prominent and established law firm. A complex mix of betrayal and deception quickly weaves its way through the case and her life, as she uncovers dark and confusing secrets about the man she’s defending—and the senior partners of the firm. How deep will the conspiracy run? Will she have to abandon her true self to fulfill a higher calling? And how far will she have to go to discover the truth behind a tragic cold case?
Tami Taylor faces impossible challenges in life, law, and love—until she discovers a higher hope.
Competition is tough at the Savannah law firm where Tami Taylor serves as a law clerk. But Tami’s work sets her apart—and the firm’s partners see something special in her. So they assign her to a libel case against an abrasive, outspoken preacher who is either a prophet or a lunatic.
On the surface it appears to be an open and shut case; the preacher seems fully outside the bounds of the law. And Tami’s strict religious upbringing could be the firm’s ace-in-the-hole. But as the investigation continues, Tami is troubled by the preacher’s uncanny prophetic abilities. And their client seems to be hiding something.
Tami returns to her hometown, struggling with several critical choices—as two very different men from the firm vie for her heart. Just when the challenges seem insurmountable, hope for Tami arrives from a surprising place. And it’s a higher hope than she’s ever imagined.
As the storm clouds gather, Tami does her best to weather the growing turbulence in every area of her life.
She’s just accepted a job with a law firm but now wonders if she made the right decision. She has two strong men vying for her heart—and is about to lose them both if she can’t determine which one is right for her.
And Tami’s new case is anything but simple. When she first meets her prospective client, she immediately knows the rough young teen is lying, guilty . . . and utterly terrified of something beyond the charges she’s facing. What she doesn’t realize is just how far-reaching the effects of the case will go. Or how close to home the deadly results will hit. For by the time the storm breaks, someone close to Tami will have paid the ultimate price.
Through it all, Tami will experience greater sacrifice, greater friendship, and greater love than she’s ever known.
Completing the Mission of Christ in Your Generation
By Roger Hershey and Jason Weimer
For 40 years Roger Hershey has set the pace for campus ministry, for personal discipleship, and for fulfilling the Great Commission. Now, finally, it’s all down on paper.
Here is the teaching, the messages, and the ministry philosophy of one of the great veterans of the campus ministry. A compelling call to make disciples, fulfill the Great Commission, and re-engage the mission of the church.
So what will it take to complete the mission of Christ in this generation? Roger Hershey and Jason Weimer take us through the Vision, the Mindset, the Stewardship, and the Convictions of a Finisher—exploring the life of one who competes, endures, and completes the race marked out. This is the defining vision and guide to “All-in,” “Sold-out,” “Radical” discipleship.
Section I: A Vision of the End
Section II: The Mindset of the Finisher
Section III: The Stewardship of the Finisher
Section IV: The Convictions of the Finisher
Section V: The Means to the End
The Finishers Commitment
Praise for The Finishers
“It is a fascinating overview of the history of the world from God’s perspective and a strong challenge to become a part of the great work that God is doing right now in countries around the world. But don’t read this book unless you are willing to have God change your life!
– Dr. Wayne Grudem, Author of Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
“Rejecting the self-centered mindset of our culture, Roger and Jason call us to take seriously the Great Commission, become world Christians, and live for the surpassing glory of eternity. Powerful reading! This is a genuinely inspiring and challenging book.”
– Dr. Robert Coleman, Author of The Master Plan of Evangelism
Thomas Watson was a nonconformist Puritan pastor who mines the depths of Romans 8:28, showing how all things, whether good or evil, work together for good for those to trust in Christ.
Includes a hyperlinked NCX and Table of Contents.