Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
About three weeks ago I visited the Presbytery of Great Rivers and preached and gave a presentation on the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the statements of faith in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions. Presbyteries around the country are considering a new translation to the catechism which was jointly undertaken by the Reformed Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
I wish when I traveled to Great Rivers that I had had access to an excellent new video completed by Dr. Gary Neal Hansen of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Gary served on the special committee that looked into this translation.
If you are a voting member of a presbytery, I encourage you in particular to watch this 23-minute long video, where Gary explains the differences between the new/proposed translation and the current translation.
If you’re not a voting member, you might still be interested in the list of great resources Gary mentions at the end of the video, including the curriculum he wrote in the Being Reformed series for adults that you can explore here. One other excellent resource on the Heidelberg Catechism is Princeton Seminary’s president Craig Barnes’ video and book Body and Soul, which you can find here.
To read more about my visit to the Presbytery of Great Rivers, click here.