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  • “Relevance” September 12, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Perhaps one of the great put-downs today is to be told that your church is not relevant, or that your preaching is not relevant to “the issues ...
  • Without Wax September 7, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.To recover the word sincerity from its current mangled form, we might remember some etymology. The etymology of sincerity is a favorite among preachers, and for good ...
  • As Real As I Feel August 31, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 21 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.An assumption of a generation intoxicated with authenticity is the notion that feelings don’t lie. Given their spontaneous and often uncontrollable nature, emotions are seen as the ...
  • Sincerity and Profanity August 22, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 20 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Many pastors and Christian leaders believe they are purifying Christianity and worship when they remove any kind of formality from corporate worship. Formal dress, an exalted tone ...
  • The Colloquial, the Casual, and the Crafted August 15, 2017 David de BruynThose who call for ‘authenticity’, ‘realness’, and ‘sincerity’, are not always sure what they mean, if you press them for a definition. Some mean honesty, some others mean integrity, both of which are virtues the Bible commends and commands. But some of those calling for authenticity are really calling for a removal of formality from ...
  • What Titus Found in the Most Holy August 8, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 19 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.When Titus attacked Jerusalem in 66-70 A.D., before ordering its destruction, Titus entered the Most Holy Place to see for himself what was really hidden behind that ...
  • Sincerely Amused August 1, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 18 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.It’s a supreme irony, or perhaps a sad blindness, that the present generation is supposedly in love with ‘authenticity’, ‘sincerity’, and ‘keeping it real’. After all, we’ve ...
  • Ten Mangled Words – “Authentic” July 26, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 17 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Few words roll off the modern tongue as readily or as frequently as the family of words associated with authentic. Authenticity, real, sincere and intentional are like newly-minted gold for the Millennial ...
  • Christians and Critical Judgments July 18, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 16 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Most Christians are happy to accept the authority of expert opinion. What is instructive to note is which domains of knowledge they are comfortable to refer to ...
  • Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation July 10, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 15 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Soul competence and the priesthood of the believer are two sides of one doctrine that Baptists cherish. Indeed, they make up part of the matrix known as ...