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  • 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.” We affirm that twenty-first-century churches, like the churches of every age, must worship God in their own words, with their own voice. We add the qualification that these expressions must both embody ordinate affection and build on the tradition that represents it, ...
  • 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 hearts that are entangled in disordered loves. We affirm that expressions of orthopathy are grounded in harmony with God’s ultimate perception of truth, goodness, and beauty as revealed in Scripture and observed ...
  • 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 the circumstances ...
  • 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 ...