Ursinus on the Law’s Threefold Division

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Zacharius Ursinus was the primary author of our Heidelberg Catechism.  He also wrote a sort of commentary (really, a series of lecture notes) on the Catechism, which are sorely neglected in our day.  What follows are his comments on the Threefold Division of the Law (pp. 490-92), a Reformed manner of speaking about the way […]

Reformed in Cincinnati: A new building for First Holland Reformed Church (1892)

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

On Jan. 3, 1892, Cincinnati’s First Holland Reformed Church moved into its brand new building on 47 Mulberry St.  They were in need of a new facility due to a recent influx of immigrants from the Netherlands, who had to leave behind family, friends, and jobs due to religious persecution (i.e., the Doleantie).  This day […]

Cyprian: A Prayer Before Considering “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

In our Sunday School (aka “Catechism”) Service, we are working through the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.  These doctrines are derived from the Bible and organized for us in the Heidelberg Catechism.  When this catechism was written, it was divided into 52 sections, in order that ministers could teach it to their congregations throughout […]

What does it mean to be Reformed?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Reformed Theology Basics

Many in Cincinnati are probably unfamiliar with the Reformed Church tradition: “Does this mean you’re liberal, or that you’re changing something?” There are surely others that have come across aspects of it but mistakenly reduce its meaning to “Five Points.” And still others express the sentiments of one of my college professors, that the Reformed […]