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  • Equality is Medicine, Not Food December 11, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 38 of 38 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.I do not think that equality is one of those things (like wisdom or happiness) which are good simply in themselves and for their own sakes. I ...
  • A Tale of Two Sons November 21, 2018 David de BruynA great king had two sons, who were come to the age where one should be named as the crown prince. The custom of that country was that the king would choose his heir directly, without weight given to birth-order. He was hard-pressed at the choice, for they both loved him and had noble and ...
  • Psalm 130 in the Hands of the Great Composers November 20, 2018 Ryan MartinI recently walked through Psalm 130 with the congregation I pastor. Psalm 130 My Soul Waits for the Lord A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who ...
  • Elders in a Baptist Church: Plural, Yea; Lay, Nay (4) November 20, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Elders in a Baptist Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Our study of elders in New Testament churches has suggested that the concept of lay elders is not as self-evident as some of its advocates ...
  • Book Announcement: Understanding Affections in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards: “The High Exercises of Divine Love” by Ryan J. Martin November 15, 2018 Ryan MartinToday 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 ...
  • Elders in a Baptist Church: Plural, Yea; Lay, Nay (3) November 13, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Elders in a Baptist Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.In considering the question of lay elders, we have seen that the New Testament describes but never prescribes a plurality of elders in a New Testament ...
  • Elders in a Baptist Church: Plural, Yea; Lay, Nay (2) November 6, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Elders in a Baptist Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.In some cases, “lay” elders are introduced into Baptist churches because those doing so believe that a plurality of elders is an explicit or implicit ...
  • Elders in a Baptist Church: Plural, Yea; Lay, Nay (1) October 30, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Elders in a Baptist Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.I’ll sometimes hear the claim from some men that a plurality of elders, made up of “staff elders” and “lay elders” in a local church, ...
  • Equality and Distinctions October 23, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 37 of 38 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Those who believe in cosmic justice are actually at war with nature. If you desire to have all people have absolutely equal opportunities (as in our sprint ...
  • Tozer on great Christian poetry October 19, 2018 Ryan MartinIn 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 to ...