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What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ. So opens the first question and answer of a new catechism developed in large part by Tim Keller. If you’re familiar with the Hiedelberg Catechism, this answer will sound familiar to you. In fact, this modern catechism called New City Catechism borrows most heavily from the Heidelberg, as well as from the Westminster Shorter, the Westminster Larger, and Calvin’s Geneva Catechism.

I like to be comfortable. Don’t you? From the coolness of our air conditioned houses to the pursuit of a trouble-free life, we like comfort. While we’re never told to make life as hard as it can be on ourselves, and while comfort can be a great grace from God, our love for comfort can easily turn idolatrous. A simple way to find out if we worship comfort is to consider how we think, feel, and behave when we lose it. In the following article, Mark Altrogge reflects on a great book, How People Change, and I hope it encourages you to consider how you’ve been thinking about your comfort.

A note from Phillip Reyes, thanking Grace Church of the Valley for the prayer and financial support received for his short-term missions trip to Thailand.