Author Archives: Ryan Martin

Critiquing Expressions of Devotion – Reformation21 Blog

Critiquing Expressions of Devotion – Reformation21 Blog

Rob Looper offers some good thoughts on the appropriateness of “critiquing expressions of devotion”: “Biblically speaking, sometimes critique is necessary because one’s devotion may be misplaced or in error, as Paul did with the unbelieving Athenians (Acts 17:23).  Other times it is necessary because of ignorance, as Priscilla and Aquila did with Apollos (Acts 18:24-26)… Continue Reading

Desiring God Blog denounces the “Open-But Cautious” view of charismatic gifts

Desiring God Blog denounces the “Open-But Cautious” view of charismatic gifts

Andrew Wilson, writing at the Desiring God blog (the parachurch ministry of John Piper), denounces the so-called “Open but Cautious” view of charismatic gifts as the view that’s least biblically indefensible (he’s probably right on that point): Open-But-Cautious Continuationism, however, is almost always neither one nor the other. It involves the strange affirmation that Paul… Continue Reading

Are Some Cultures ‘Better’ Than Others? : Founders Ministries

Are Some Cultures ‘Better’ Than Others? : Founders Ministries

Alex Kochman at the Founders Blog observes: In respect to the value systems that form cultures, it is self-evident that some cultures as closer to biblical ideals than others. Some draw their strength from divine revelation; others do not. Some write laws recognizing freedom of conscience; others sever heads for sport. Moreover, the Great Commission… Continue Reading

An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D

An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D

Excellent thoughts on the incarnation of the Son of God from Greg Stiekes: It’s an unimaginable exchange. Heaven’s glory for earth’s humility. Cosmic riches for abject poverty. Ruler of all for servant of all. Source: An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D Continue Reading

Psalm 130 in the Hands of the Great Composers

Psalm 130 in the Hands of the Great Composers

I recently walked through Psalm 130 with the congregation I pastor. Psalm 130 My Soul Waits for the Lord A Song of Ascents. [1] Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! [2] O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! [3] If… Continue Reading

Book Announcement: Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: “The High Exercises of Divine Love” by Ryan J. Martin

Today marks the release of my first book, Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: “The High Exercises of Divine Love.” (Amazon Link | Bloomsbury Link) | ISBN 9780567682246). T&T Clark (a subsidiary of Bloomsbury) is publishing it as part of their series T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology. I want to give glory to… Continue Reading

Tozer on great Christian poetry

Tozer on great Christian poetry

In the preface to his Christian Book of Mystical Verse, A. W. Tozer writes, The hymns and poems found in here are mystical in that they are God-oriented; they begin with God, embrace the worshipping soul and return to God again. And they cover the full spectrum of religious feeling: fear, hope, penitence, aspiration, the longing… Continue Reading

Pyromaniacs: Loneliness and the Church

Pyromaniacs: Loneliness and the Church

Hohn Cho: Ideally, the Body of Christ ought never be a place where any member suffers chronic loneliness born from the negligence or apathy (much less hatred) of the brothers and sisters in his or her local church. Source: Pyromaniacs: Loneliness and the Church Continue Reading

May a Baptist (or any other Protestant) sing Catholic hymns?

May a Baptist (or any other Protestant) sing Catholic hymns?

A critic recently approached me about our hymnal and rebuked us for (among other things) including hymns written by Catholics in our hymnal. It is no secret that we include Catholic and Orthodox hymn texts. For example, we include the very ancient Te Deum (“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”). We include works by or attributed to… Continue Reading

Relevant Magazine: Justice is a fundamental aspect of the gospel

Relevant Magazine: Justice is a fundamental aspect of the gospel

Keshia Mcentire at Relevant illustrates why Christians who love the gospel need to respond with bold, biblical clarity to broader evangelicals’ latest infatuation with the social gospel: The definition of social justice is, “Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” In a just society everyone would receive fair,… Continue Reading

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 8: Love for Christ through Scripture-Regulated Worship

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 8: Love for Christ through Scripture-Regulated Worship

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

With this post, I conclude my series on Scripture-regulated worship (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7). The Christian impulse to submit to Christ ought grounds our willing submission to the New Testament in all matters, including worship. If Christ is Lord, then we are obligated to obey him. The way we obey Christ in our worship is… Continue Reading

A Justice Primer ebook for $1

A Justice Primer ebook for $1

The ebook version of Douglas Wilson and Randy Booth’s A Justice Primer is available on sale for $1.00. The Blog & Mablog website describe it as “a basic introduction to the principles of biblical justice.” Source: A Justice Primer | Blog & Mablog Continue Reading

A Bored Generation? – Reformation21 Blog

A Bored Generation? – Reformation21 Blog

Many good points here made by Derek Thomas: Truth is, for all the entertainment on offer, ours is perhaps a bored generation. We have movies, malls and MP3 players and yet, the whine “There’s nothing to do” can still be heard, loud and clear. A recent survey revealed that 71% of us want more “novelty”… Continue Reading

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 7: Loving What Christ Loves

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 7: Loving What Christ Loves

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I am forming an argument for Scripture-regulated worship from two pillars: the authority of Christ and our love for him  (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6). If Christ is Lord, then we should obey him. But we should also obey Christ because we love him. The way Christ exercises authority in the church is through the apostles, and… Continue Reading

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Smells Like Teen Spirit

The better part of professing Christians in America are living in the sea of a Christian pep rally. So observes Nick Batzig. Source: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Reformation21 Blog Continue Reading

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 6: Love for Christ and New Testament Authority

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 6: Love for Christ and New Testament Authority

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This is the sixth post in this series (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5). The whole of the first five parts could be summarized in the final paragraph of the last post: In sum, the Christian religion is subservient to Christ’s authority. Christ gave that authority to his apostles and prophets, and they sealed… Continue Reading