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From the Heidelberg Catechism, for the Lord’s Day, September 8

By Charlie Wingard · September 8, 2013 · 0 Comments
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96. What does God require in the second Commandment? That we in no way make any image of God, nor worship Him in any other way than He has commanded us in His Word. 97. May we not make any image at all? God may not and cannot be imaged in any way; as for creatures, though they may indeed be imaged, yet God forbids the making or keeping of any likeness of them, either to worship them or to serve God by them. 98. But may not pictures be tolerated in churches as books for the people? No, for we should not be wiser than God, who will not have His people taught by dumb idols, but by the…

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Sunday, September 8, at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Charlie Wingard · September 7, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Click here for tomorrow’s bulletin. MORNING WORSHIP (9:30):  Charlie Wingard, preaching: 1 Kings 8 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL (11:00): 1. READING THE BIBLE BIBLICALLY A study of how to use the structure, genres, and themes of the Bible to read it with more wonder, depth and understanding. Having considered how these aspects are seen throughout Scripture as a whole, we will apply them to reading select books of the Old and New Testaments. 2. INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS Using the Westminster Larger Catechism, the class surveys important moral decisions that contemporary Christians face. Issues include the role of God’s law in a believer’s life, the sanctification of the Lord’s day, abortion, capital punishment, end of life issues, sexual purity, fidelity in…

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Various & Sundry: September 6

By Charlie Wingard · September 6, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Articles of interest I read this week: A prayer of Brownlow North. Does Facebook make us unhappy? “Any Harvard Law School degree obtained by a woman who then chooses not to use it in any sort of professional capacity throughout most of her life is a wasted opportunity,” insists one writer. An Ivy League graduate, stay-at-home Mom disagrees. (HT: Erica Parker) Sinclair Ferguson on assurance, the greatest of Protestant “heresies.” A pastor apologizes to his former congregation. In response to pleas for moral responsibility, a hotel chain stops offering pornography in its rooms. Nicholas Carr on “Paper versus Pixel.” (HT: Craig Bosma) Do laptops belong in classrooms?

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October Book Club: “The Great Bridge”

By Charlie Wingard · September 5, 2013 · 0 Comments
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My book club’s next meeting is Monday, October 28, 6 p.m. We’ll discuss The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough. Just read the book, come, and contribute to the discussion. We’re usually done in 90 minutes. If you’re not already a member of the group, please let me know if you plan to attend. Watch Brian Lamb’s “In Depth” interview with the author.

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From the Heidelberg Catechism for the Lord’s Day, September 1

By Charlie Wingard · September 1, 2013 · 0 Comments
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93. How are these [The Ten] Commandments divided? Into two tables: the first of which teaches, in four commandments, what duties we owe to God; the second, in six, what duties we owe to our neighbor. 94. What does God require in the first Commandment? That, on peril of my soul’s salvation, I avoid and flee all idolatry, sorcery, enchantments, invocation of saints or of other creatures; and that I rightly acknowledge the only true God, trust in Him alone,  with all humility and patience expect all good from Him only, and love, fear, and honor Him with my whole heart; so as rather to renounce all creatures than to do the least thing against His will. 95. What is…

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