How corporate worship is and is not like a baseball game
Yesterday I attended a baseball game with my family, and I found myself pondering again a comparison I've often heard made by preachers between corporate worship and sporting events. "Look at how excited and enthusiastic everyone is," they observe. "If we can get that excited about sports, we should be even more enthusiastic about God in worship!" So goes the common admonition. There is some truth to admonitions based on such a comparison, but I [more]
His Presence and Abiding
The coming of Jesus Christ signifies the beginning of the ultimate expression of God's presence with man. His very name – Emmanuel – means God with us, or God among us. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In verse 14, John writes, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. This dwelling has the idea of dwelling in a tent. Christ “tabernacled” among [more]
Congregational Authority (Part 2)
Last time I wrote, I gave the first of three points that demonstrate the authority of the congregation. Here is a second way that the Bible describes the congregation exercising authority. (2) The congregation is involved in the selection and election of deacons and elders. That deacons are selected by a congregation finds clear precedent in Scripture. When the first deacons were chosen, ((This is a debated point. See Merkle, 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 227. Merkle points out that some object to this conclusion because apostles were leading the church and not elders and because the seven are [more]
The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
During June and July, I attended the meetings of three significant Baptist Fellowships: the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Minnesota Baptist Association. Taken together, these three meetings provide a glimpse into the current state of Baptist fundamentalism. I am presenting one brief report on each organization and meeting. The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches was organized in 1922 as the Baptist Bible Union. Originally a fellowship of individuals, its first decade was spent fighting liberalism in the conventions, then attempting to revive the ailing Des Moines University. By late 1920 the Baptist Bible [more]
Prayer to a Sovereign God
In Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of [more]
The most significant misconception about music in worship
Here's one of the most important concepts about music in worship I think needs to [more]
Part II. A New Nature – The Gospel and a New Heart
Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows Him, the more [more]