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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Invitation to the (Devotional) Classics
This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series”Invitation to the (Devotional) Classics”
Who knows how many volumes have been written by Christians through the centuries? Spurgeon’s works alone are 63 volumes, which are equivalent to the ninth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Unlike Spurgeon’s works, not every Christian’s writings have been preserved, or [...]
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Regular readers of this blog know that I am a fervent defender of the Regulative Principle of Worship. However, today I’d like to set that debate aside and address something that both sides of the issue should be able to agree on.
(For non-regular readers, allow me to summarize the principle briefly: the regulative principle states [...]
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Prayer is a necessary practice of a sound church. The role of secret and corporate prayer in the life of a Christian congregation is sometimes overlooked. Mark Dever, whose insights we value, fails to list to prayer as one of his “marks” of “healthy churches.” (Dever concedes this point and briefly addresses it in his [...]
In one of his books, Jack Hyles identified three varieties of fundamentalism. One was interdenominational fundamentalism, represented in his day by such institutions as the International Council of Christian Churches. The second was Northern Baptist fundamentalism, represented primarily by the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and the groups that came out of the [...]Continue Reading →
And the most notable era of Scottish preaching was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, they had great power. In fact, the strongest reformational preaching going on in Europe at that time was in Scotland, the great preaching of the Reformation in Scotland. For two centuries it lasted. And Blakey writing in 1888 points out [...]Continue Reading →
This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read
This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series”Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read”
Perhaps you have no interest in economics beyond the price of bread going up and your gas budget not going as far as it used to go. Could there be any value to you in reading these two [...]Continue Reading →
Imagine a church auditorium packed with people. Their eyes are fixed on the stage where skilled musicians play and a handsome man leads the congregation in singing. He is dressed in clothing considered relevant to the congregation, and he skillfully manipulates the passions of the people with a style of music he believes adds vitality, [...]Continue Reading →
This is finals week at Central Seminary. It represents the goal and apex of the entire academic year. The entire week is a veritable whirlwind of activity for students, professors, and administrators.
I am writing on Thursday morning. Our students are finishing their very last assignments and exams of the semester. A moment ago I was [...]Continue Reading →
I read, with a chuckle, that some of the writers here have been called Beethoven-only, a tongue-in-cheek, but ironically inaccurate nick. Actually, some of us believe Western music began to go wrong with Beethoven, but let me not divert matters. I understand the idea behind the title. Scott has dealt elsewhere with the straw-man argument that [...]Continue Reading →
Many Americans may be unaware that the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy, also prescribed a salute for civilians to use while reciting the pledge. Standing at attention, the civilian was to extend the right arm stiffly, fingers forward, palm to the ground. This salute is still called the “Bellamy salute,” and it [...]Continue Reading →
I defend a conservative philosophy of worship not because I want to protect old in the rejection of new, but because I believe “traditional” forms (both old and new) are more flexible and elastic in what they can express in worship, are better suited to carry rich truth about God, and are more appropriate than [...]Continue Reading →
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- Invitation to the (Devotional) Classics
- "This will split the Boy Scouts Of America just like the homosexuality issue has split mainline Protestant churches."
- "Baptists have always had an interesting relationship with confessions of faith."
- "The sensuous Christian is one who lives by his feelings rather than through his understanding of the Word of God."
- "How we apply the [regulative] principle may vary."
- "I wonder in what part of the Bible or early church fathers you would read a statement like this from Pope Francis."
- "Today's evangelicals bend over backward not to sound the least bit dogmatic."
- "Important New Testament Worship Passages"
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