February 19, 2020
What do the sacraments do?

What Do the Sacraments Do?

The word sacrament is a term used to describe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which the Lord Jesus Christ appointed to be observed in the New Testament church. The word itself was used in first century culture to describe a Roman military oath of allegiance, and as such, it expresses one idea behind these ordinances, which is that Christ binds himself to us, and we bind ourselves to him in them. Sacraments in the Bible are more than this, however, and there have been many disagreements in history over what they do and how they do it. […]
July 17, 2019
Gravestones in an old church cemetary.

Raised up With the Selfsame Bodies

The doctrine of our Confession of Faith concerning the resurrection of the dead is, in part, that “all the dead shall be raised up, with the selfsame bodies and none other, although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever” (Chap. 32.3). There is much that is profitable to consider simply in the statement that the dead shall be raised up “with the selfsame bodies and none other.” The same body that is fearfully and wonderfully knit together in one’s mother’s womb, preserved through the course of one’s life (with its very hairs numbered by God), […]
May 1, 2019
The Threefold Division of the Law

The Threefold Division of Law

Traditionally there has been recognized a threefold division or categorization of biblical law. For a contemporary study on this, the reader is encouraged to consult From the Finger of God: The Biblical and Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law by Philip S. Ross. The division is customarily recognized by the terms moral, ceremonial, and judicial laws, for example see chapter 19 of the Confession. Such a threefold division is not at all original to the Reformed tradition. Lutherans, including Luther himself, Anglicans and Roman Catholics employ such a distinction. This distinction is important in and of itself […]
January 2, 2019
The Scottish Metrical Psalter

Singing God’s Songs

The Psalms pervade the annals of history. We learn from the written testimony of eye-witnesses that Psalm-singing exerted a powerful influence on the spread of the Reformation throughout France. The Huguenots memorized the Psalms and sang them with intensity all day long – in villages and vineyards across the country. A visitor could hear the Psalms in the mouths of children walking to school, workman ploughing their fields, families gathered around the hearth, as well as in casual gatherings and always in public worship. The Reformed armies sang them going into war. At a crucial point in battle, their captain […]