Vocation and Vocations
The Reformers erected the doctrine of calling in reaction to the Romanist distinction between clergy and laity. At the time, Catholics recognized only two vocations: the calling to consecration (which typically involved joining an order) and the calling to ordination (priesthood). In other words, monks and priests had a vocation; other people did not. Over against this distinction the Reformers insisted that God calls all Christians. Their vocation is whatever station enables believers to demonstrate [more]
The Holy Spirit and decent and orderly worship
In the fourteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul rebukes the church for its chaotic worship. It seems that the problems included women teachers (14:33b-35), the incoherence of foreign langues (14:13, 19, 27-28), and even people speaking over each other in the services (14:27-32). Paul rebukes them strongly for this. As he wraps up his discourse, the conclusion of the chapter in v. 40 is pointed: But all things should be done decently and in order. [more]
Biblical authority and musical communication
I am teaching right now in my philosophy class on meaning in music. When beginning any discussion like this, I always find that it is important to address how the authority of Scripture factors in. I begin with 1 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. Scripture governs absolutely every area of our lives; there is nothing the Bible does not address, either by precept, principle, or example, including our music. The [more]
Without Chests?
"Men Without Chests" is the curious title of a chapter in Lewis' book The Abolition of Man. (You can read the chapter here). What does this odd title mean? Is this some odd anatomical reference? Is it an obscure metaphor referring to cowardice? Lewis guides us by taking us back in time. He takes us back to the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans, who thought of education very differently. Training a young child was not a matter of filling his head with information which could later be cashed in in the form of a well-paying job. Rather, both pagans in [more]
Understanding the Evangelical Theological Society
The Evangelical Theological Society was founded in 1949. Fundamentalists have been involved from the beginning. [more]
Being a Disciple of Jesus
The final words of Jesus before his Ascension give the Christian church its marching orders: [more]
Is there any room for preference?
I have often argued (such as in Sound Worship) that it is the responsibility of [more]