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Church Controversies and the Culture Gap

Controversies In the past years, there have been ruptures in church life that at a certain level seem completely inexplicable. Congregations that appear to be relatively peaceful are visited by times of turmoil and fractious debates. These difficulties have often been labeled (by those in the conflict) as disputes between the truly Reformed and the […]

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How To Make a Sermon

How To Make a (Redemptive Historical) Sermon The following is a slightly shortened and modified translation of “A working method for the preparation of sermons on OT narrative material”, which was printed as attachment to  Dr. C. Trimp’s  booklet De Preek[1] (The Sermon).   His method consists of four phases, which he calls analysis, synthesis, administration, and evaluation.       […]

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Use of the Heidelberg Catechism

Use of the Heidelberg Catechism The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in a German territory called the Palatinate on January 19, 1563- 450 years ago today. It was written in order to instruct people in the basic truths of salvation in Jesus Christ. Since then, the Heidelberg Catechism has been used in many churches, and is […]

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The Heidelberg Catechism

What is a catechism? If the word catechism sounds unfamiliar to you, don’t be too surprised.  It’s not used as commonly today as it was in the past.  However, it’s not a complicated word.  The word catechism is really just another term for teaching. The Heidelberg Catechism is a teaching tool used instructing people in the […]

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Reinterpret Paul?

New Views regarding Legalism and Exclusivism in Judaism: is there a need to reinterpret Paul? By Gerhard H. Visscher[1]   Our intention is to take a look at some of the works of E. P. Sanders and James D.G. Dunn and to evaluate the so-called “New Perspective on Paul”; the bearing of this discussion upon the task […]

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How Should the Pulpit Address the Pew?

Some Lessons from Paul by Dr. Gerhard H. Visscher This is Address was delivered at the College Evening, September 8, 2006.  Just how should the person on the pulpit view those who are in the pew? This question appears to be very much of concern today. I am thinking about a remark in a very recent issue […]

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