Recent Posts
During June and July, I attended the meetings of three significant Baptist Fellowships: the Fundamental [more]
In Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of [more]
Here's one of the most important concepts about music in worship I think needs to [more]
Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows Him, the more [more]
From their earliest days, Baptists have erected organizations to assist them in coordinating ministries that [more]

Blog

  • Prayer to a Sovereign God July 24, 2014 Ryan MartinIn Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of prayer: And the land that was desolate ...
  • One Thing Have I Desired – Introduction June 3, 2014 David de BruynOnce you’ve pushed your way through the crowd, you see him. He’s calmly teaching, answering questions, conversing with inquirers and looking more, well, ordinary than you expected. He is, after all, the most extraordinary prophet Israel has ever seen, and the best claimant yet to the title Messiah. And yet, he is so fully human, ...
  • Practical Religious Affections May 27, 2014 David de BruynA pastor serves as a kind of intermediary. He reads professional theologians and scholars, though he himself may not be one. He then communicates to people who have neither his training nor the inclination to read the technical works he does. He must translate some of that material into forms that touch the lives of ...
  • Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music April 15, 2014 David de Bruyn This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music We affirm that twenty-first-century churches must worship God in their own words, with their own voice. We add the qualification that these expressions must be expressions of ordinate affection and build on the tradition that represents such, ...
  • Article 9: On Harmony and Variety in Ordinate Expression March 18, 2014 David de Bruyn This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” We affirm that inordinate expressions of worship often arise from a heart of disordered loves. We affirm that expressions of orthopathy are so because of their harmony with God’s absolute truth, goodness, and beauty, revealed in Scripture and observed in the created ...
  • Article 7: On Scripture Regulated Worship March 4, 2014 Ryan MartinThis is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” We affirm that the worship of God is regulated through his Word. Innovation, however well ­intentioned, is “will­ worship” (Col 2:23), violates the free consciences of individual Christians (Rom 14:5, 23), and is therefore displeasing to God (Matt 15:9). We affirm that ...
  • Article 5: On the Appetites February 18, 2014 Ryan MartinThis is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” We affirm that manipulation of the visceral appetites is dangerous to rightly ordered worship and Christian piety (Phil 3:19). We deny that the transmission of biblical truth can be rightly administered through the use of methods that appeal to the appetites. We further ...
  • Preludes, Postludes and Offertories February 7, 2014 David de BruynArtworks are valued for what they do but not for any immediate function. Art is far from “useless,” even though its distinctive value is realized only when it serves no immediate function, when the viewer or listener gives up any immediate self-centered demands on the work and, instead, gives him- or herself up to the ...
  • On the death of a giant: Dwight Gustafson January 31, 2014 Scott AniolDwight Gustafson was a giant of a man. You couldn’t help but look up to him–literally. Dr. Gus (as he was affectionately known) towered over most people. But he wasn’t just a giant physically. Dwight Gustafson, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 83, was a giant in many ways. Dr. Gus was a giant of ...
  • What 2 Peter taught me about Christian ministry January 14, 2014 Ryan MartinAny time we closely study Scripture, we come away learning God’s will, valuable lessons about Christian living, and new emphases we had not previously took seriously enough. I recently spent some time studying and teaching the book of 2 Peter, and I have found a valuable theme returning to my mind as I consider my own ...