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Mark Herzer
January 31, 2021

Practical Lessons from the Book of Job

The following extract comes from Joseph Caryl, a Westminster Assembly divine. I took the text from the 1959 reprint edition with very few minor changes. Our church read this out loud in our Sunday School class and discussed its content. You will find the reading very practical, insightful, and moving. Caryl lists all the major […]

December 27, 2020

Joshua 6: The Judgment of Jericho

Remember, the residents of Jericho were filled with terror (2:9-11) and this odd spectacle the people in Jericho witnessed and heard no doubt both puzzled them and brought a sense of dread into their souls. Who would have thought a whole city would collapse by this procedure? It was a supernatural destruction and not a […]

November 30, 2020

Larger Catechism #1, Pt. 2

The Larger Catechism Question 1 1.   Q. What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God[1], and fully to enjoy him for ever[2]. Enjoying God Not only are we called to glorify Him but we must also enjoy Him: “and fully to enjoy him […]

August 17, 2020

Creeds and Christianity

Creeds and Christianity[1] An important question needs to be entertained here. Why bother with man made confessions and creeds? Are not the words of Scripture sufficient? Shouldn’t we simply keep with the very words of Scripture to be safe?[2] Isn’t the making of Creeds an arrogant expression of dissatisfaction with God’s revelation? At first blush, […]

July 20, 2020

Larger Catechism #1, Pt. 1

The Larger Catechism Question 1 1.   Q. What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God[1], and fully to enjoy him for ever[2]. Scriptural Proofs and Commentary [1] Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom […]

May 18, 2020

Christ’s Exaltation and His Resurrection

I will be removing all my Larger Catechism posts eventually because I am updating all of them. The updated versions will directly interact with many of the Westminster divines. If the author quoted has a † symbol, then it denotes that he was one of Westminster divines. I am close to finishing my first draft […]

April 3, 2020

Basic Reformed Theology 7

Basic Reformed Theology 7 Reformed Theology (RT) must translate into real life! As those who have been humbly affected by what the Bible teaches, they seek to apply those wonderful truths to their lives. Too many seek to master the doctrines of grace and RT rather than to be mastered by them. Knowing these truths […]

March 19, 2020

Basic Reformed Theology 6

Basic Reformed Theology 6 Non-Reformed believers embrace a doctrine called “once saved always saved.” Strangely, many Christians embrace this doctrine without having a firm biblical and theological foundation for it. Wesleyans and Nazarenes deny this doctrine because of their insistence on man’s sovereign free will. To their credit, they fear a doctrine that encourages disobedience […]

February 28, 2020

Basic Reformed Theology 5

Basic Reformed Theology 5 The Holy Spirit enables a sinner to believe. He is efficacious in His work and we call that “Irresistible Grace.” The Father elects, the Son redeems and the Spirit applies the work of Christ’s redemption. Each person of the Trinity effectually works in our salvation. The External and Internal Call Through […]

February 26, 2020

Basic Reformed Theology 4

Basic Reformed Theology 4 No part of Reformed Theology (RT) is as much rejected as the doctrine of Limited Atonement in TULIP (sometimes called “definite atonement” or “particular redemption”). Yet this biblical doctrine coheres well with the rest of RT and to deny it would put disharmony into the Trinity. Limited Atonement means that Christ […]

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