This is why pastors should be educated in music and worship
9Marks published an essay yesterday in which Michael Lawrence argued that "some elder should exercise oversight over picking the music and all the other details of the worship service." I agree with Lawrence for all the reasons he listed; there is simply too much at stake in choosing music for corporate worship. The songs we sing are more than simply good truth set to music we enjoy; they are--text, tune, and performance--tools and teach and [more]
Article 14: On Our Children
This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” We affirm the necessity of passing these values to our children through regular catechesis, in faithful family worship, and by welcoming all ages into the corporate worship of our churches (Deut 6:7, Eph 6:4). Children will learn rightly ordered worship and have their imaginations and affections shaped appropriately only through observation and participation. We deny that regularly segregating our children into their own [more]
Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort
Pastors who want to lead biblically find themselves caught in a bit of a paradox. One side of the paradox is that biblical pastors must be gentle. As servants of the Lord, they must not strive: they must not be verbal pugilists or quarrelsome individuals (2 Tim. 2:24). They can be disqualified from office if they are self-willed, quick-tempered, or bullies (1 Tim. 3:3; Ti. 1:7). They must offer instruction with meekness or gentleness (2 Tim. 2:25). They must display temperance or self-control (Ti. 1:8). They are to be tolerant and peaceable (1 Tim. 3:3). Biblical wisdom directs them to remain not only pure, but also peaceable, gentle, and willing [more]
A Brief History of the Dating and Name of Easter
Following the precedent of the Tyndale (1526) and Coverdale (1535) versions of the Bible, the King James Version of the Bible translates the Greek term pascha as Easter in Acts 12:4. ((Donald. W. Burdick, “Easter,” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988), 2:7.)) What is interesting about this translation is that pascha actually means Passover. In fact, he KJV uniformly translates pascha as Passover in all of the other 28 instances of pascha in the NT, and other translations typically translate all 29 instances of pascha as Passover. What is also interesting about this translation is that it reflects something of the history of the name [more]
Harold Best vs. Ken Myers on Musical Meaning
This is an excellent illustration of where Evangelicalism is on issues related to music and [more]
The Regulative Principle of Worship
Pastors and parishioners perennially battle over who has authority in matters of church practice, particularly [more]
Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music
This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” Article 13: [more]