New City Catechism
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The New City Catechism app provides a set of fun, simple, and elegant tools to memorize this catechism that has been adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms. The app allows kids to track their progress and view kid-friendly versions of the catechism answers. It also allows adults to see rich, expanded content, and dig into the depths of each question and answer.
Some app features:
+ Navigate 52 catechism questions and answers for adults and kids
+ Watch videos from preachers (e.g. Don Carson, Mark Dever, Timothy Keller, John Piper, etc.) exploring the catechism answers
+ Track your progress and the progress of your kids—or Sunday school class—as you memorize the catechism together
+ Show/hide answers or select between child/adult answers to help in the memorization process
+ Choose between NIV or ESV for Scripture text
+ Read a teaching from a historical preacher (e.g. Augustine, Edwards, Spurgeon, Wesley, etc.) for each question and answer
+ Pray suggested historical prayers for each question and answer
New City Catechism comprises 52 questions and answers—therefore there is only one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into church calendars and achievable even for people with demanding schedules.
Because parents who teach their kids a children’s catechism, and then try to learn an adult one for themselves often find the process confusing (the children are learning one set of questions and answers and the parents are learning another completely different set), New City Catechism is a joint adult and children’s catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children’s answer is always part of the adult answer.
New City Catechism is a joint project between Redeemer Presbyterian Church and The Gospel Coalition.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
- Fixes and Improvements
Return to Catechesis?
So... I love Keller's emphasis on catechesis, but how is this new catechism better than the catechisms of old? Isn't boiling things down to the "lowest common denominator" exactly what the Sunday School movement has done? Hasn't this led to Veggie Tales and Max Lucado? Distinctives are important!
Update: having gone through this with my wife (one a day for 52 days), she came to the same conclusion I did. While it's wonderful to be "together for the Gospel" and find the lowest common denominator for all actual Christians to agree on, it would seem silly to use a catechism (something generally committed to memory) in our different denominations. Baptists, it's okay to be Baptist (unless the Scriptures convince you otherwise). Presbyterians, it's okay to be Presbyterian (again, unless the Scriptures themselves convince you otherwise). We have some serious disagreements on what the Bible teaches on some very important secondary and tertiary issues. And one tool we use to teach these is our Catechisms and Confessions.
Love the idea, but it crashes entire ipad.
I love the concept of this app. I don't think it matters what catechism you use, so long as it lays out the truth of who God is, who we are, and what Jesus did for us. So much more of course, but this a review, SO... My major problem with it is that you cannot see the entire page unless you turn the iPad to a landscape position. When I do this, the iPad freezes. You cannot close out of the app. You cannot even turn the pad off. This has now happened three times, making me hesitant to open it back up. I just worry I may do damage to the device. Might this be fixed? If so, I'd give it six stars if I could. Please keep working on this. I've made a commitment to the catechism in a year, but sure would be nice to utilize the app with it. God Bless!
Great app now even better!
This is a new 52 Q&A catechism in the evangelical and reformed tradition, designed to be used as a whole church or individually. This is a really well designed app with a number of ways to customize (ESV or NIV, children's or adult answers and prayers). And now most questions have at least one kids' song which goes along with it - and they're really catchy too. Now I only wish they could make an iPhone app. How can we raise support to make that happen? I'd gladly contribute, and I'm sure a lot of others would too.