Obeying Roger Goodell or Jesus the Lord? You Make the Call!

Apparently churches stopped having Superbowl viewing parties because the NFL told them too. Apparently Roger Goodell has changed his mind. It’s deeply ironic that churches have been obeying Roger but those same congregations won’t obey their Lord. Why didn’t Jesus think of . . . Continue reading →

I Get Questions: What About the Sabbath?

Merritt writes to ask, “Where do you stand on the Sabbath?”  To which I respond, “In Church, twice.” But wait there’s more. It’s a difficult but no insoluble problem. For me the key was creation. This is the part of the equation . . . Continue reading →

Alan Jacobs on Conscience: A Sabbath for an Outfielder?

Alan Jacobs is always interesting and thoughtful and this piece is no exception. Stanley Fish thinks that physicians with a conscience should get out of the biz—so much for the Hippocratic Oath!— and Jacobs replies with an appeal to Sandy Koufax, Hank . . . Continue reading →

Eric Liddell Lives

His name is Euan Murray. He plays rugby for Scotland six days a week but not on the Sabbath. “The Sabbath’s not a day for playing rugby.” Well, he didn’t say that but he could have. He did tell the UK Daily . . . Continue reading →

Heidelcast: 28 February 2010 Chick-Fil-A & the Sabbath (Updated)

UPDATE Daniel writes to report that some Seventh-Day Adventists are claiming that I agree with them and they are apparently appealing to this broadcast for support. Let me try to end this foolishness right here. Here’s my response to Daniel and to . . . Continue reading →

Do Reformed Christians Confess the Sabbath?

Justin Taylor has posted material by Tom Schreiner, from a forthcoming book, who argues, “I do not believe the Sabbath is required for believers now that the new covenant has arrived in the person of Jesus Christ.” He considers the sabbath purely . . . Continue reading →

Office Hours: Bob Godfrey on Hebrews 3:7-4:13 (Pt 2)

Bob Godfrey is on Office Hours again, for part 2 of our discussion of Hebrews 3:7–4:13. What does Hebrews 4 mean by “Sabbath” and “rest”? Bob does a great job with these issues in full-color stereo! Here’s the part 1 of this two-part episode. I . . . Continue reading →

What Reformed Confessionalists Can Learn From Orthodox Jews

Sports themes continue on the HB. The Blaze carries a story today about an Orthodox Jewish day school in Houston, TX. Last year they earned national attention when they were nearly disqualified from participating in the state basketball tournament because they refused . . . Continue reading →

Heidelcast 24: Give It A Rest—What Christians Can Learn From Chick-Fil-A


Your Creator wants you to take a break. I’m a Chick-Fil-A fan. Love the peach shakes. It’s one of the few places in this area where I can find real sweet tea. There’s another reason to like Chick-Fil-A. They love their employees . . . Continue reading →

Are There Two Distinct Reformed Views Of The Sabbath?

Does The Continental View Really Exist?

On Twitter Anthony Bradley pointed us to a webpage by Ra McLaughlin on the Sabbath. There is good material there but there are also a couple of items that warrant discussion. The one on which I want to focus in this post . . . Continue reading →

The Practice Of The Sabbath In Calvin’s Geneva

Between 1542 and 1609, the Consistory frequently interviewed and sometimes reprimanded people for working on Sunday, whether for pruning trees, making lace, selling tripe, unloading boats, hunting birds, or moving furniture. The Consistory also disciplined people for engaging in recreational activities on . . . Continue reading →

Beza On The Sabbath

We say that it is a superstition to esteem one day more holy than another, or to think that to abstain from labor is something which, in itself, pleases God (Rom 14:15, 6; Col 2:16,17). But, following what the Lord has commanded, . . . Continue reading →

Resources On the Doctrine of Sanctification And The Third Use Of The Law

Apparently, there is only one way to speak about sanctification and it is no longer sufficient to uphold and teach the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Westminster Standards (Reformed confessions) on justification, sanctification, and the third use of the law. . . . Continue reading →