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Psalm 130 – A Song!

Psalm 130 – A Song!

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

It our discussion of Psalm 130, we have seen that it is a song of repentance, it is a song of corporate worship, and it is a gospel song. But notice the common word in each of these descriptions—this is a song! And because this is a poem that is meant to be sung, we… Continue Reading

The real reason Christmas is December 25

The real reason Christmas is December 25

Eric Erickson explains the roots of December 25 as the traditional celebration of Christmas, using exactly the explanation I teach in my classes. Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with paganism. Source: ERICKSON: Why December Twenty-Fifth? | Daily Wire Continue Reading

Advent Hymns

Advent Hymns

Advent is upon us! This is a wonderful time of year to both remember the prophecies regarding Christ’s first coming and anticipate his coming again. If all of the prophecies concerning his first coming were fulfilled with complete literalness, we can have confidence that those prophecies yet to be fulfilled will also come to pass… Continue Reading

A Great Resource for Family Bible Study

A Great Resource for Family Bible Study

Scott Brown, director of the National Center for Family Integrated Churches, just published a fantastic resource for family Bible Study: Journey Through the Bible. This beautifully designed book includes background information, basic outlines, discussion questions, and memory verses from every book in the Bible, It also includes a hymn for each book. This is a wonderful… Continue Reading

Psalm 130 – A Gospel Song

Psalm 130 – A Gospel Song

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We have been looking at the message of Psalm 130 and have noticed that it is a penitential psalm and a song of corporate worship. The final stanza (verses 7-8) in particular reveal its congregational focus, proclaiming that God will redeem all of his people from their iniquities. You see, this penitential psalm is not… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

Thanksgiving: The Primary Worship Response

In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. Most of us look forward to this holiday, a day on which we eat good food, enjoy time with family and friends, and perhaps watch some football. And we will probably set aside at… Continue Reading

A Song of Corporate Worship

A Song of Corporate Worship

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last week in our discussion of Psalm 130 for today, we saw that this is one of seven of the penitential psalms, psalms that express repentance from sin and a call to God for mercy. Yet this is not simply an expression of individual repentance; this psalm is meant to be used in the context… Continue Reading

The Influence of Pentecostalism on the Creation of Contemporary Worship

The Influence of Pentecostalism on the Creation of Contemporary Worship

Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth’s new history of contemporary worship, Lovin’ on Jesus, is a very helpful concise assessment of the formation and characteristics of the contemporary worship phenomenon. The authors, although clearly sympathetic to the movement, are objective in their treatment of the influences and priorities of contemporary worship. Among several factors the authors… Continue Reading

Ron Horton on Christian Taste in Entertainment

Ron Horton on Christian Taste in Entertainment

Ron Horton, a philosophy professor at Bob Jones University, recently gave a presentation on Christian taste that is excellent and well-worth reading. Here’s a snippet: What is the God’s-eye view of present-day art and art entertainment in what is called the post-Christian world? This question meets surprising resistance from Christians who one might think would… Continue Reading

A Song of Penitence

A Song of Penitence

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Psalm 130 is one of seven psalms that church tradition has labeled the “penitential psalms” (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143), another way of saying “songs of repentance.” This penitential psalm includes all of the necessary elements of heartfelt confession to the Lord. The psalm has four stanzas, each progressively expressing true repentance. In… Continue Reading

Pre-order Hymns to the Living God Pew Edition

Pre-order Hymns to the Living God Pew Edition

The Church Pew Edition of Hymns to the Living God is printing soon, and we are now taking pre-orders. All pre-orders must be placed by January 1, 2018. The Church Pew Edition will be a professional sewn hard case with slate gray cloth cover and gold foil stamped title on cover and spine. Our printer prints all of… Continue Reading

Should We Sing Repentance?

Should We Sing Repentance?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Out of the Depths You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

First John 1:9 commands us as Christians to regularly confess our sins to God as part of our progressive sanctification: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here is a simple, clear statement of our need for repentance. We should… Continue Reading

A Fantastic Presentation on What it Means to Be Conservative

A Fantastic Presentation on What it Means to Be Conservative

Dr. Mark Snoeberger recently presented on the subject, “The Conservative Impulse: Why the Past Matters for Tomorrow” at Huron Baptist Church’s (Flat Rock, MI) Reformation Day 500 Conference. It is an outstanding summary of what it means to be biblicaly conservative. All of the sessions from that conference are available here, all of which are… Continue Reading

Repentance Hymns

Repentance Hymns

This weekend I am speaking the the National Center for Family Integrated Churches Conference in Asheville, NC. The theme of the conference is “Repentance: The Reformation Continues.” I have been asked to speak on the topic, “Repentance Through Singing in Corporate Worship.” I am going to preach from Psalm 130, one of the seven “Penitential… Continue Reading