Looking at life through a Reformed Christian lens:
A Reformed Church blog called The Twelve: Reformed, Done Daily features 12 different bloggers from the Reformed tradition, taking turns, commenting on everything, but always theological.
One of the bloggers is Jessica Bratt, former seminarian and student intern / member of Old First, who is currently studying for a doctorate in theology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN.
Hundreds, thousands, of people pass Old First on Seventh Avenue every day. Questions are often heard, sometimes answered. Here are our responses to the most common:
Q: What on earth is the Old First Reformed Church?
A: In 1654, by order of Pieter Stuyvesant, when New York was Nieuw Amsterdam and Breukelen was a village surrounded by farms, and the people were mostly Dutch and Protestant, three congregations were established in Flatbush, Flatland, and Breukelen, “Old First.” All three live on (we are from the Breukelen church). This is our third location and fifth building, from 1891.
Q: What does “Reformed” mean?
A: The holy catholic church, reformed according to the Word of God.
There are 83 million Reformed Christians in 218 countries. For instance:
Old First Reformed Church is a congregation of the Reformed Church in America.
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Written content edited from many sources previously produced by the Church and by Rev. Daniel Meeter.