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Welcome to Hearing and Doing

This site is dedicated to one purpose – helping God’s people to hear what God is saying to us through the Scriptures, and to encourage them to live it out in action wherever they are.

The site will have a combination of sermons and shorter blog pieces reflecting on the Scriptures and how we could respond to them obediently and faith-fully.

The approach taken to the Scriptures is accepting them as God’s Word to us, given to us to receive in the form they come to us, and breathed by God through his Spirit through the human authors, using and reflecting their personality. The Scriptures are given to direct us in the whole of all, all that we do, so that we will thereby live out our trust in God for the present and our hope for the future.

The approach taken to understanding the Scriptures is commonly called “Redemptive-Historical,” that is, that the overall approach of the Scriptures is to spell out how God has been at work since the beginning within human history to bring about the redemption of all things. We must pay attention to the context of the passages we are reading, as that will indicate how we are to respond to what we read. At its simplest level, we read the Old Testament as the account of God’s actions with the people of Israel, preparing them to receive the promised Redeemer. The New Testament speaks of the coming of the Redeemer and the accomplishment of redemption through his life, death and resurrection. It points to the growth of the kingdom of God under the reign of the King ascended to his heavenly throne, and the future yet to come.

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Sermon on Deuteronomy 14

In Deuteronomy 14 we read of many strange commands which the Lord gave to the people of Israel. “Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.” What does that have to do with us today as Christians, free from keeping the Law of Moses? Rev. Frans van Deursen from The Netherlands gives a powerful word on keeping the Third Commandment and giving the honour due to God’s Name.

Rev. van Deursen is the author of several volumes in the Opening the Scriptures series as advised in an earlier post on this website. There will be further translations of his sermons made available in the near future.

Deuteronomy 14 (PDF)

Deuteronomium 14 (PDF, original Dutch text)

 

New resources for understanding the Scriptures

The redemptive-historical approach to the interpretation of the Scriptures which lies behind the sermons on this website is clearly indicated in the series “Opening the Scriptures.” These volumes are translations of a series of volumes in Dutch by Cornelis Vonk and Frans van Deursen: De Voorzeide Leer. Barendrecht: Barendrecht and Amsterdam: Buitjen & Schipperhein, 26 vols., 1960-2018.

The volumes translated so far are available free in PDF format, while several are available in hard copy.

Vonk, Cornelis. Genesis. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Theodore Plantinga and Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2013. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/03/01/opening-the-scriptures-genesis/ Available in hard copy.

Vonk, Cornelis. Exodus. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Theodore Plantinga and Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2013. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/03/01/opening-the-scriptures-exodus-cornelius-vonk/ Available in hard copy.

Cornelis Vonk. Leviticus, I. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/04/24/opening-the-scriptures-leviticus-i-frans-van-deursen/

Cornelis Vonk. Leviticus, II. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/04/24/opening-the-scriptures-leviticus-ii-cornelius-vonk/

Cornelis Vonk. Numbers. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/04/26/opening-the-scriptures-numbers-cornelius-vonk/

Van Deursen, Frans. Psalms I. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2015. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/02/28/opening-the-scriptures-psalms-i-frans-van-deursen/ Available in hard copy.

Van Deursen, Frans. Psalms II. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2015. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/02/28/opening-the-scriptures-psalms-ii-frans-van-deursen/ Available in hard copy.

Van Deursen, Frans. Proverbs. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/06/17/opening-the-scriptures-proverbs-frans-van-deursen/

Vonk, Cornelis. Matthew. Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2014. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/03/01/opening-the-scriptures-matthew-cornelius-vonk/ Available in hard copy.

Van Deursen, Frans. Acts. I (1-14). Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/03/14/opening-the-scriptures-acts-i-frans-van-deursen/

Van Deursen, Frans. Acts. II (15-28). Opening the Scriptures. Translated by Nelson Kloosterman. Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, [n.d.]. https://reformationaldl.org/2019/03/14/opening-the-scriptures-acts-ii/

Conference paper on redemptive-historical interpretation

In June this year I had the opportunity to present a paper at a conference at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. This conference was on the theme “Trajectories in Biblical interpretation.” In my paper I gave the background to the approach to preaching which I have taken in the sermons on this site.

The paper is called “Redemptive-Historical Interpretation in Dutch Neo-Calvinism” and is available here.