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1 John 2:7–17 — The True Light Is Already Shining

7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is...

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Why the Larger Catechism?

OPC minister Chad Van Dixhoorn has written an essay on the the making of the Westminster Larger Catechism. He explains: there seem to be two main reasons why [the Larger Catechism] was written: (1) creedal unity and, (2) more fulsome instruction in the Christian faith; as the Scottish commissioners envisioned it, the chief beneficiaries of the...

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Reviving the Neighbor

In a recent article at Maclean’s Brian Bethune writes about the dwindling health of neighborly relations in Canada and the U.S. Things aren’t looking good for neighborly relations in the Western world. Between the mid-1990s and 2008, the percentage of Americans who reported eating at least once a month with relatives with whom they didn’t live...

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Nihil Pro Quo

Many people live in a world of quid pro quo or “this for that.” It’s the mentality of “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” This can be a stumbling block for people new to the gospel, because the biblical teaching of salvation is far from quid pro quo. In fact, it’s more like nihil pro quo (nothing for...