Author Archives: David de Bruyn

A Worship Catechism (13)

A Worship Catechism (13)

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.84. What are the disciplines of public worship? The disciplines of public worship are recognition, service, discipleship, and corporate worship, which seek to behold, reflect and magnify… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (12)

A Worship Catechism (12)

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.76. What disciplines will nurture faith and maintain abiding in God’s presence? We must embrace disciplines of private worship, public worship, and perpetual worship. 77. What are… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (11)

A Worship Catechism (11)

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.67. How is faith nurtured? Faith is nurtured through the grace-enabled practice of the spiritual disciplines (2 Pet 1:5-7). 68. What is spiritual discipline? Spiritual discipline is… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (10)

A Worship Catechism (10)

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. 60. What is the Spirit’s work in this cycle also known as? Grace: He grants the grace of conviction, the grace of cleansing, the grace of… Continue Reading

Adoring With Caravaggio

Adoring With Caravaggio

Take some time to consider Caravaggio’s Adoration of the Shepherds. Don’t scan and speed-read, but if you have the time, stop and stare. First, where is the focal point of this painting? Where does our gaze go first, and where does it seem to land? Is there more than one focal point? Are we above,… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (9)

A Worship Catechism (9)

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.52. What is meant by consecration? Consecration is dedicating something to the holy glory of God. 53. What are we to consecrate to God? Whatever cannot be… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (8)

A Worship Catechism (8)

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.46. What is meant by confession? Confession is the agreement of the mind and heart with God’s conviction (1 John 1:9). The mind agrees with the sinfulness… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (7)

A Worship Catechism (7)

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.39. What is meant by imagination? Imagination is that faculty which interprets and construes reality, and enables us to understand both what is seen and unseen. 40.… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (6)

A Worship Catechism (6)

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.33. What is meant by communing with God? Communing with God is beholding of the glory of the Triune God, directly and indirectly, in the face of… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (5)

A Worship Catechism (5)

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.29. What has the Father done to enable us to abide in God’s presence? The Father lovingly chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (4)

A Worship Catechism (4)

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.23. How does God accomplish this love in us? God sheds His love abroad in our hearts by work of grace: changing our natures to love His… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (3)

A Worship Catechism (3)

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.15. How does the Father magnify God’s beauty? The Father magnifies the glory of God as Beholder, by delighting in it and declaring its uniqueness to all… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (2)

A Worship Catechism (2)

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.8. Can we love anything or anyone besides God? Ultimate love for God demands that we love all that God loves, for His sake (Matthew 10:37). 9. How… Continue Reading

A Worship Catechism (1)

A Worship Catechism (1)

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series”A Worship Catechism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.1. What is the great priority and purpose of man? Man’s great priority and purpose is to love God with his entire being: heart, soul, mind and… Continue Reading

Why Tolkien Wrote About Middle-Earth

Why Tolkien Wrote About Middle-Earth

Some Evangelicals’ credo might be: “There is only one Tolkien, and Peter Jackson is his Prophet.” While there is no denying that the art of John Howe and Alan Lee made the films a visual feast, or that Howard Shore’s scores were moving and memorable, let us set aside the movies for a moment and return to… Continue Reading

Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art

Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art

Christians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of Scripture, and urge particular hermeneutics, so as to arrive at the correct meaning of Scripture. Many claim to be concerned with the meaning of cultural trends, explaining their ethical significance. Some are fascinated with current events, and are hungry to… Continue Reading

Chestless Churches

Chestless Churches

What would ‘Churches Without Chests” look like? To use a strictly Lewisian definition, it would be groups of professing believers without ‘the spirited element’. In plain language, that would be believers who have profoundly under-developed parts of their souls. Chestless churches would be: Churches Without Beauty. The music, the poetry, the rhetoric in the sermons,… Continue Reading

Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment

Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment

Perhaps Tozer used more ink on the topic of worship than on any other. As Tozer watched the heritage of Christianity being exchanged for a religion that sought credibility in its intellectualism and popularity through its pragmatism, he saw the ultimate casualty was Christian worship. For as genuine illumination of the Scriptures dissipates, and as… Continue Reading

Tozer’s Second Concern – Pragmatism

Tozer’s Second Concern – Pragmatism

A.W. Tozer had the uncommon ability to step aside from his own culture, and see as alien what had become natural. Tozer saw that the pragmatic philosophy of Americans, which had brought such material success to the nation, was devastating the evangelical church. He wrote: “As one fairly familiar with the contemporary religious scene, I… Continue Reading

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination

It would be easy – or more precisely, lazy – to dismiss Tozer’s concern with the doctrine of illumination 1 as a form of flakey quasi-prophecy or dreamy mysticism. Presumably, some of Tozer’s contemporary critics did just that. Among Evangelical Rationalists, the truth is in the text, and the Philosopher’s Stone is solid hermeneutics. Apply… Continue Reading