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Groundbreaking study reveals the Heidelberg Catechism’s true identity

Body & Soul explores the confession as a contemporary guide for everyday life

July 2, 2013

Louisville

Body & Soul: Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism is a new study that uncovers the true identity of the Heidelberg Catechism as a deeply personal statement of faith for contemporary Christians. With it, readers will find comfort in belonging, body and soul, to the triune God.

Written by M. Craig Barnes, theologian, pastor, popular author, and president of Princeton Theological Seminary, Body & Soul explores the 450-year-old confession as a reliable and inspiring companion in a world where faith and doubt coexist.

The book portrays the Heidelberg Catechism to be a surprisingly modern guide for everyday life. A companion DVD (sold separately) features video introductions by Barnes, outlining the study’s six sessions.

“[Body & Soul] is wonderful . . . the video and session materials generated rich discussion in my Sunday school class,” said Leah Wyckoff, director, Resource Center for Grace Presbytery, Irving, Texas. “It was so good that the entire class wanted to meet the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend (even though the other classes in our congregation took a break that weekend) so that we could finish the last session on ‘Prayer’!”

“I can think of no one better than Craig Barnes to introduce the Heidelberg Catechism to contemporary Christians. The catechism is a gift to the church, and so is Barnes’s clear and illuminating book,” said Dr. Richard Lischer, Duke Divinity School.

A Body & Soul event kit—containing everything a congregation would need to plan a six-week, all-church study of the confession—is also available. It includes a copy of the book and companion DVD, as well as a resource CD with a reproducible small-group discussion guide and leader’s guide, a worship-planning guide for a six-week series of services and sermons on the catechism, and an all-church event-planning guide.

Published by Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Faith Alive Resources, Body & Soul is available at store.pcusa.org/body-and-soul.

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