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Rev. Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church (United Reformed Churches in North America) in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California. He has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Vanguard University, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Westminster Seminary California, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His Th.M. thesis was entitled, "Of Great Importance and of High Concernment: The Liturgical Theology of John Owen (1616-1683)," and was read by Drs. Joel Beeke, Derek W. H. Thomas, and Mark Jones.
Some of Danny's favorite authors and books are John Calvin (Institutes of the Christian Religion), J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), the poetry of John Donne, the writings of John Steinbeck, the writings of Hughes Oliphant Old on worship (e.g., The Patristic Roots of Reformed Worship), Michael Horton (e.g., In the Face of God), and John Williamson Nevin (e.g., The Anxious Bench).
A number of statements of faith came out of the Protestant Reformation during 16th and 17th centuries, statements that described what constituted belief by a particular group in contrast to the Roman Catholic Church and other groups . Many of these statements, both catechisms and confessions, were so well-written that they continue to be held as basic statements of faith today. The Belgic Confession is one of these enduring statements, and it is affirmed by several denominations that identify themselves as theologically Reformed, including the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church.
The Belgic Confession was written by Guy de Bres in 1561. De Bres was a pastor in the Netherlands who had previously studied in Geneva under John Calvin. De Bres' intent was to provide a systematic statement of belief, one that demonstrated that orthodox Protestant belief, particularly the theology we know today as Reformed, was thoroughly biblical and consistent with the belief system of the early church, and of no threat to the government. De Bres may have failed in his intended purpose, for he was martyred in 1567, a victim of the persecution he was seeking to end, but the confession he wrote continues to speak vibrantly today. Teaching the 21st century church the relevance of a 16th century confession is the purpose that underlies With Heart and Mouth: An Exposition of the Belgic Confession by Daniel R. Hyde (Grandville, MI: Reformed Fellowship, Inc., 2008).
Hyde takes a systematic, step-by-step approach in his discussion the Confession. He provides an introduction to the setting, theologically and politically, that led to its writing, and he then goes through each of the Confession's 37 Articles.Read more ›
In the shadow of the traditional Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) and the Heidelberg Catechism has sat the Belgic Confession. Hidden by the popularity and long history of the WCF and the WCF shorter and larger catechism as well as the Heidelberg Catechism is one of the best tools for developing a strong congregation, for building your own understanding of the Bible and the handiwork of God. This newly introduced Exposition of the Belgic Confession needs to be on the shelf of every family, every Bible teacher and every pastor. Jeremiah instructed the people of God that if they were to boast they should boast in that they "understand God and know God." Knowing God has always been on the front burner of churches and Bible teachers, of pulpits and missionary work. However, the issue of understanding God is a much larger endeavor and a life-long pursuit. With Heart and Mouth--The Belgic Confession brings to life on the oldest yet one of the least known Confessions of the Church. This book is a detailed look at God and an even deeper detail of looking at life through the lens of our the Triune God. Buy it, use it, make notes in it, teach it to your church and children. You will be glad you own it.
For those who have never read the Belgic Confession before or who have read it but never had an in-depth explanation understanding backed by historical information, this book will equip you well. As one who struggles to understand many theology books and is intimidated easily by books filled with difficult theological terms, I can assure you that this book will bring the big important biblical truths down to a lay level that you will be able to grasp. For me, a book that speaks to me in lay Christian terms with an easy to understand outline, is a necessity!
I appreciated how the beliefs outlined in the Confession are supported by many references to passages in the bible so that I can see for myself that the interpreations are accurate. The history behind the Belgic Confession's articles reference many quotes from some key Protestant Reformed Christians which are filled with truth and I found these very interesting and enlightening. I also liked the way the book showed how the Confessions opposed false religious beliefs.
I will be able to use these bible referenes when speaking with people about my beliefs, and I will be able to explain why the Confessions were written this way or what the Reformers were facing at the time the Belgic was written.
I have read other books and commentaries on the Belgic Confession and this book is superior to the others because it is written in an easy-to-understand format and uses terms that even I, a novice, can understand.
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The commentary offers a very satisfying and systematic reformed window into the fundamental planks of the christian faith. De Bres and the Belgic Confession reminds us of a God who stoops to us throughout redemptive history to seek and save the lost. This gem of a book brings one of the Three Forms of Unity at a time when the Gospel is being assailed on all fronts. If you want to have a glimpse of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit read this book.
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