In the Footsteps of Our Fathers-1
I was given a copy of this newly released book by a member of my congregation. It is a series of questions and answers sent to Rev. G.H. Kersten (Gerrit Hendrik Kersten 6 August 1882 – September 6 1948 ), over the course of his ministry, regarding many aspects of the Christian walk and the life of the Church. It is a fascinating read, front to back. For the first time in English, we are able to peer into the mind of one of the greatest Dutch theologians of the 20th century. I have always appreciated Kersten for his bold stand for the Old Paths. I have read his Reformed Dogmatics, his Sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism, and a recently produced biography bearing his name. This book (IFF), translated and produced by the Reformed Congregations in North America is a more intimate look at the “nuts & bolds” of Kersten’s thought regarding the Church. As I am reading it, I am finding many intersections with our own Free Reformed heritage, and a few (but not many) disparities. Because Kersten was an “old pather”, I think it would be helpful to outline this book, perhaps with a few comments, on his doctrinal and ecclesiastical positions. If there is no comment, it means that there are either no disagreements as far as I see it, or the subject is a mater of things indifferent. Should be an edifying read.