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  • Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music April 15, 2014David 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, 2014David 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, 2014Ryan 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, 2014Ryan 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, 2014David 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, 2014Scott 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, 2014Ryan 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 ...
  • How does music mean? November 11, 2013Scott AniolOne of the most difficult matters to explain when dealing with issues of music in worship is how music communicates. I think most people intuitively understand that music communicates, but they have a hard time understanding how it does. Here is an excerpt from Sound Worship that succinctly summarizes how I explain it: Music is a medium of communication. In particular, ...
  • Advice on Reading the Bible in Public November 5, 2013Ryan MartinCharles Haddon Spurgeon said, A person who can read well is seldom met with now-a-days. The public reading of the Bible is oftentimes not worthy of it being called reading. There once lived a boy in the Highlands of Scotland who presumed to read a newspaper with a twang similar to that which characterised his reading ...
  • Luther on the centrality of the Word in worship October 24, 2013Ryan MartinMartin Luther did not want to revolutionize completely the traditional worship of the Western church. He did, however, believe that preaching of the Word had been sorely neglected. In 1523, he published some instructions on the “Order of Public Worship,” and therein he identified three errors that were common in papal worship services: (1) the ...