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  • The Discipline of Loving God’s Command to Love Others June 23, 2015 David de BruynAn obvious, but easily missed truth about loving others is that it is a command from God. What did Jesus say we are doing when we keep his commandments? He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I ...
  • The Discipline of Loving God’s Reflection in Others June 16, 2015 David de BruynCommuning with God through and among others requires the discipline of recognizing people for what they are: persons in the image of God. The second commandment is almost hidden away among many others in the law, occurring in Leviticus 19:18. `You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you ...
  • Are Christians free to love however they please? June 11, 2015 Ryan MartinWhat is Christian love like? Where does it come from? Should we desire that our love be utterly spontaneous? Should we seek to love naturally? Is it inauthentic to love in a way other than that which first comes to us? Should our affections be unaffected? The impulse to say that the way a believer loves is ...
  • Some thoughts concerning Hymns on Christ’s Resurrection April 16, 2015 Ryan MartinI know this post is somewhat badly timed, but I wanted to provide a bit of help for those who are looking for good resurrection hymns, either for personal devotion, to teach to their families, or to teach to congregations. ((Churches that follow the ecclesiastical calendar should not find this post ill-timed, since they have only observed ...
  • Music for Holy Week April 2, 2015 Ryan MartinMusic for Holy Week
  • All Things to All Men | Part 6: A Couple More Parallel Passages January 9, 2015 Ryan MartinThis post will complete the series I have been slowly working through after beginning it a couple months ago. As I oft reminded you, Paul’s words in 1 Cor 9:19-23 have been used to justify a “anything goes” approach to evangelism. In verse 22 we especially see the potential for abuse, where Paul writes, “I have become ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23) December 11, 2014 Ryan MartinIn 1 Cor 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all men that by all means I might save some.” This should not be seen as a declaration of ministry pragmatism, but a rhetorically powerful restatement of the great depths of slavery Paul embraced to make Christ known to all men. Indeed, one could very ...
  • A Psalm for Giving Thanks November 27, 2014 Ryan MartinThis setting of Psalm 100 to “Old Hundredth” was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The conductor is Sir David WIllcocks and the organist is Stephen Krahn. Also featured are the Abendmusik Chorus and Plymouth Brass.
  • All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22) November 13, 2014 Ryan MartinI am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things to all people.” The first post in the series looked at the broader context in chapters 8 and 9. Then I explored some interpretative principles in Paul’s greater writings that ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20) October 30, 2014 Ryan MartinIn 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, and those words in particular. In the first post, I introduced the problematic way many evangelicals and missiologists interpret this passage. Many understand this ...