Author Archives: David de Bruyn

The Colloquial, the Casual, and the Crafted

The Colloquial, the Casual, and the Crafted

Those who call for ‘authenticity’, ‘realness’, and ‘sincerity’, are not always sure what they mean, if you press them for a definition. Some mean honesty, some others mean integrity, both of which are virtues the Bible commends and commands. But some of those calling for authenticity are really calling for a removal of formality from… Continue Reading

What Titus Found in the Most Holy

What Titus Found in the Most Holy

This entry is part of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.When Titus attacked Jerusalem in 66-70 A.D., before ordering its destruction, Titus entered the Most Holy Place to see for himself what was really hidden behind that veil.… Continue Reading

Sincerely Amused

Sincerely Amused

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.It’s a supreme irony, or perhaps a sad blindness, that the present generation is supposedly in love with ‘authenticity’, ‘sincerity’, and ‘keeping it real’. After all, we’ve… Continue Reading

When Catholics Get It Right

When Catholics Get It Right

It’s not only Fundamentalist Baptists who are pointing out the problems with using pop music for worship. You don’t have to agree with his strident Romanism to concede the points he makes about culture and music. Is There a Proper Role for “Contemporary” Music at Church? Continue Reading

Ten Mangled Words – “Authentic”

Ten Mangled Words – “Authentic”

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Few words roll off the modern tongue as readily or as frequently as the family of words associated with authentic. Authenticity, real, sincere and intentional are like newly-minted gold for the Millennial… Continue Reading

Christians and Critical Judgments

Christians and Critical Judgments

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Most Christians are happy to accept the authority of expert opinion. What is instructive to note is which domains of knowledge they are comfortable to refer to… Continue Reading

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Soul competence and the priesthood of the believer are two sides of one doctrine that Baptists cherish. Indeed, they make up part of the matrix known as… Continue Reading

You Elitist, You

You Elitist, You

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Since this series has dealt with “mangled” words such as tolerance, freedom, and authority, I was tempted to include elitism among them. Elitism, though, is really a… Continue Reading

Identifying Authorities

Identifying Authorities

This entry is part 14 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Within the avalanche of information coming at us, how do we identify true authorities in any domain of knowledge? How do we judge the anonymous Youtube channel,… Continue Reading

Who Made You the Authority?

Who Made You the Authority?

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The explosion of information on the web has made the idea of authoritative information almost a thing of the past. A CGI-Enhanced Youtube video about the non-existence of… Continue Reading

Authority and Authoritarianism

Authority and Authoritarianism

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.When authority is usually discussed, about three sentences later, the word authoritarian will make its entrance. In fact, for some, authority is authoritarian – there is no other… Continue Reading

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

When the topic of music and worship comes up, a favorite slap-down argument against thoughtful discrimination of music is that pastors need not study music to be faithful pastors. It is beside the point to say that pastors need not become art critics. If their vocation is that of shepherding the flock, it is manifestly… Continue Reading

Authority – Its Origin

Authority – Its Origin

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The English words authority and author come from the same Latin root, auctor – an originator. Strange how far we’ve come from older ideas, where the concept… Continue Reading

Ten Mangled Words – “Authority”

Ten Mangled Words – “Authority”

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The popular consciousness has knee-jerk reflexes when it comes to authority. Play the word-association game with the average person, show him the flash-card “Authority” and ask him… Continue Reading

Judging Matters of Freedom

Judging Matters of Freedom

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Modern Christians are in the habit of labelling all sorts of things as ‘matters of Christian liberty’ or ‘areas of preference’. We do not doubt that these… Continue Reading

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Scripture devotes two sections of the New Testament to explain how certain choices in the Christian life are not explicitly or implicitly forbidden or prescribed: explicitly by… Continue Reading

Freedom and Churches

Freedom and Churches

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.A church is a voluntary society. Baptists believe that people join churches not by birth but by choice. People freely associate, and can freely disassociate. Voluntary societies… Continue Reading

Freedom – Societal and Individual

Freedom – Societal and Individual

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Liberty is the absence of unwarranted coercion, leaving the human open to persuasion and his own agency to choose what he ought. Freedom does not, and never… Continue Reading

Freedom

Freedom

This entry is part 5 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Freedom is another word that the disingenuous enjoy. Just as the Tolerazis cry ‘intolerance’ and pose as victims even while they terrorize and bully others, so similar… Continue Reading

Rehabilitating “Tolerance”

Rehabilitating “Tolerance”

This entry is part 4 of 19 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 19 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.How do we rehabilitate this word? First, we must insist that tolerance does not mean agreement, nor does disagreement mean intolerance. Tolerance actually suggests disagreement, for when… Continue Reading