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God’s sheep are safest when living in clearly fenced enclosures. There, they learn where food is given to them and where their shepherd enters and exits. […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, May 1st 2023

Modern Reformation magazine, along with its sister radio show, the White Horse Inn, has always been committed to engaging in conversational theology among the four confessional traditions of the Protestant Reformation: Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed, and Baptist. In that spirit, we’ve assembled the following harmony of confessional and catechetical excerpts on human nature as created, fallen, […]

MR Staff
Wednesday, March 1st 2023

God our Father, source of comfort, through Your Son who set us free
From our sin and from our misery, and the devil’s tyranny. […]

Duane R. Smith
Friday, July 1st 2022

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Easier said than done, right? What exactly constitutes “training”? Matthew 28:19 gives us a bit of help: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, […]

Monday, May 1st 2017

Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal minister and adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has written and edited a number of books, including On the Grace of God and Rid of My Disgrace. His most recent works are Know the Creeds and Councils and Know the Heretics (both Zondervan, 2014). […]

Justin Holcomb
Friday, October 31st 2014

In cooperation with the Gospel Coalition, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City has recently produced the New City Catechism. Their motivation is commendable. Back in 1996, we at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals sponsored a meeting of church leaders from different denominations to draft a statement called “The Cambridge Declaration.” Similar in motive (though […]

Michael S. Horton
Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

How Must we be Saved? Decrees of Trent(Chapter V)The Synod furthermore declares, that in adults, the beginning of the said Justification is to be derived from the prevenient grace of God, through Jesus Christ, that is to say, from His vocation, whereby, without any merits existing on their parts, they are called; that so they, […]

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

When Rev. Sutjipto Subeno, senior pastor of the Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GRII) in Surabaya, invited me to visit him for two weeks, I thought he was just being polite’but I realized he was serious when he sent me a detailed plan for my stay. In addition to book presentations in Christian schools, he […]

Simonetta Carr
Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Years ago, as I was teaching Question 1 of the Heidelberg Catechism to my Sunday school class of first- through third-grade students, I wished for a book written specifically for their age about the rich history behind this important document, imparting the passion and urgency with which it was originally composed. That's why I was […]

Simonetta Carr
William Boekestein
Thursday, March 1st 2012

In order to know what they believe and why they believe it, Christians need to be well catechized and grounded in the central doctrines of the faith. In his pastoral visits to the homes of parishioners, Martin Luther was astounded to find that few knew the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, or the Apostles' Creed. […]

Michael S. Horton
Thursday, September 1st 2011

Our time is not one generally characterized by ro-bust confessionalism or by an appreciation of historic Christian and Reformation creeds, let alone a penchant for formulating contemporary confessions in that same tradition. Thus we should be immediately grateful for theologians such as Eberhard Busch who take the time to initiate a "conversation" with such a […]

Sebastian Heck
Thursday, September 1st 2011

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of […]

Michael S. Horton
Thursday, June 30th 2011

Throughout the history of the church, young believers and new converts to the faith went through a process called "catechism." Although this is an ancient practice, it has fallen out of use in contemporary Christianity. In seeking a remedy to this, White Horse Inn talked with J. I. Packer and Gary Parrett, authors of an […]

Gary Parrett
J.I. Packer
Thursday, June 30th 2011

Few documents are as important to the history, theology, piety, and practice of the Reformed churches across the globe as the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). Although there are many volumes offering an explanation of the catechism, most are pedestrian and obvious. Most fail to place the catechism in its historical context as they try to interpret […]

R. Scott Clark
Willem Van't Spijker
Friday, January 1st 2010

So I get this assignment from Modern Reformation asking me to consider writing something on recovering discipleship in the local church, particularly paired with the idea of vocation. Good topic as usual. So I head off to the local evangelical bookstore to do a little reconnaissance in the "discipleship" section and find that the shelves […]

John J. Bombaro
Friday, February 27th 2009

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

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