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  • Augustine on that which deserves the name “love” December 8, 2016 Ryan MartinToo often, contemporary Christianity sees all emotions or affections as essentially equal. For this reason, many conclude as long as some kind of religious emotion is evoked, some good has been done. Augustine did not believe that all loves were equal. In fact, he distinguished between different kinds of genuine spiritual love. This comes out in ...
  • A Worship Catechism (6) November 29, 2016 David de BruynThis entry is part 6 of 7 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.33. What is meant by communing with God? Communing with God is beholding of the glory of the Triune God, directly and indirectly, in the face of Jesus ...
  • A Worship Catechism (5) November 22, 2016 David de BruynThis entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.29. What has the Father done to enable us to abide in God’s presence? The Father lovingly chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world (Eph ...
  • A Worship Catechism (3) November 8, 2016 David de BruynThis entry is part 3 of 7 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.15. How does the Father magnify God’s beauty? The Father magnifies the glory of God as Beholder, by delighting in it and declaring its uniqueness to all (Is ...
  • A Worship Catechism (2) November 1, 2016 David de BruynThis entry is part 2 of 7 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.8. Can we love anything or anyone besides God? Ultimate love for God demands that we love all that God loves, for His sake (Matthew 10:37). 9. How can we ...
  • A Worship Catechism (1) October 25, 2016 David de BruynThis entry is part 1 of 7 in the series A Worship Catechism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.1. What is the great priority and purpose of man? Man’s great priority and purpose is to love God with his entire being: heart, soul, mind and strength ...
  • Why Tolkien Wrote About Middle-Earth August 23, 2016 David de BruynSome Evangelicals’ credo might be: “There is only one Tolkien, and Peter Jackson is his Prophet.” While there is no denying that the art of John Howe and Alan Lee made the films a visual feast, or that Howard Shore’s scores were moving and memorable, let us set aside the movies for a moment and return to ...
  • Why Christians Should Care About Meaning in Art July 13, 2016 David de BruynChristians claim to be concerned with meaning. They debate over the meaning of texts of Scripture, and urge particular hermeneutics, so as to arrive at the correct meaning of Scripture. Many claim to be concerned with the meaning of cultural trends, explaining their ethical significance. Some are fascinated with current events, and are hungry to ...
  • Chestless Churches June 2, 2016 David de BruynWhat would ‘Churches Without Chests” look like? To use a strictly Lewisian definition, it would be groups of professing believers without ‘the spirited element’. In plain language, that would be believers who have profoundly under-developed parts of their souls. Chestless churches would be: Churches Without Beauty. The music, the poetry, the rhetoric in the sermons, the architecture ...
  • Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment May 19, 2016 David de BruynPerhaps Tozer used more ink on the topic of worship than on any other. As Tozer watched the heritage of Christianity being exchanged for a religion that sought credibility in its intellectualism and popularity through its pragmatism, he saw the ultimate casualty was Christian worship. For as genuine illumination of the Scriptures dissipates, and as ...