The Heart and Outward Appearances
In any political campaign, some politicians would like to reduce policy statements to slogans and soundbites. Soundbites, however, admit no qualifications or nuancing. They resist examination and exclude careful thought. They are bad for statecraft. They are also bad for theology and church order. Take the following as an example, drawn from a real sermon delivered by a real preacher. What’s God’s Word teach about worship?… My God says, “You [more]
Differences over philosophy of culture must always affect cooperation
Up to this point in this series, I have described the essence of conservative Christianity, particularly its philosophy of beauty and culture, and described the nature of ecclesiastical cooperation. So where, then, do philosophies of culture fit on the spectrum of Christian fellowship and cooperation? First, to state the obvious, philosophy of culture is clearly not on the same level as the gospel—it is not the boundary of Christian fellowship. Beliefs concerning the nature [more]
Afraid of Emotion in Worship?
Roger Olson asks, "Why are we afraid of emotion in worship?" The short answer is that we--as in we at Religious Affections Ministries--aren't. Not in the least. In fact, we are convinced that emotion is absolutely necessary to worship. If you're not emotionally engaged, you're not worshiping. Emotion in worship is important, so important that it absolutely must be taken seriously. And that means that not just any emotion will do. There are emotions that enable worship; there are also emotions that disable it. Emotions are not created equal. You can't worship God by being angry at Him. You can't [more]
Do You Spend Daily Time with the Lord?
A simple question for a simple post today, but the difficulty is in the doing of it, is it not? Jesus regularly arose early in the morning to pray (e.g., Mark 1:35). The blessed man finds that “but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps 1:2; cf. 1:1). Daniel prayed three times a day (Dan 6:10). Do you regularly take time each day to spend time with the Lord in Bible study and prayer? A look at the examples above and other passages in Scripture offers us some [more]
Loud Clanging Cymbals
In the last issue, I wrote about a speaker who deviated from his topic to [more]
Fundamentalism and a Conservative Philosophy of Culture
Last week I suggested that biblical cooperation is not an "all-or-nothing" sort of thing, but [more]
Moses, Reproach, and Suffering for Christ
What does it mean that Moses “considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the [more]