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  • 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 ...
  • Tozer’s Second Concern – Pragmatism May 12, 2016 David de BruynA.W. Tozer had the uncommon ability to step aside from his own culture, and see as alien what had become natural. Tozer saw that the pragmatic philosophy of Americans, which had brought such material success to the nation, was devastating the evangelical church. He wrote: “As one fairly familiar with the contemporary religious scene, I ...
  • Tozer’s First Concern – Illumination April 28, 2016 David de BruynIt would be easy – or more precisely, lazy – to dismiss Tozer’s concern with the doctrine of illumination 1 as a form of flakey quasi-prophecy or dreamy mysticism. Presumably, some of Tozer’s contemporary critics did just that. Among Evangelical Rationalists, the truth is in the text, and the Philosopher’s Stone is solid hermeneutics. Apply ...
  • Tozer’s Three Concerns April 22, 2016 David de BruynAlthough A.W. Tozer’s writings ranged over all kinds of topics, three concerns dominated Tozer’s writings. You’ll find him returning to these often, and giving them different treatments each time. What they amount to is what Tozer saw as the most serious maladies¬†of evangelicalism and fundamentalism. The first was what he called textualism. For Tozer, this was ...
  • On Associations March 23, 2016 Scott AniolWhenever the question is asked whether associations matter in musical choices, people usually fall into one of two camps. First are those who strongly believe that associations matter. If a particular song is in any way associated with a raunchy lifestyle, errant theology, or questionable movement, then we must avoid using that song, whether or ...
  • Sweetly Destructive March 22, 2016 David de BruynSentimentalism would not be high on pastors’ lists of threats to the church, were they to be polled for such a thing. False doctrine, lack of commitment, entertainment culture, the homosexual lobby, Youtube attention spans, radical Islam, the prosperity gospel, declining missions, pornography, moral failure in leaders, pragmatism and a host of others might be ...
  • What Churches Take For Granted (But No Longer Should) February 23, 2016 David de BruynA first-grade teacher does not require, but typically expects the five and six-year-olds that arrive in class to be able to: * understand enough language to communicate with other humans * eat their own food without assistance * sit in a chair (or on the floor) without rolling on the stomach and flailing helplessly * use the bathroom independently when ...
  • The Mortification of Spin’s Take on Secular Music (or, Calvin vs. the Calvinists) February 18, 2016 Ryan MartinOccasionally I listen to the Mortification of Spin (hereafter MOS) podcast. I find the episodes largely helpful and would happily recommend the podcast to others. Recently, however, Carl, Aimee, and the other guy1¬†released an episode on whether or not Christians can listen to secular music. ((The episode ...
  • The Holy Spirit and decent and orderly worship February 4, 2016 Ryan MartinIn the fourteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul rebukes the church for its chaotic worship. It seems that the problems included women teachers (14:33b-35), the incoherence of foreign langues (14:13, 19, 27-28), and even people speaking over each other in the services (14:27-32). Paul rebukes them strongly for this. As he wraps up his discourse, ...


Endnotes:

  1. I’m totally kidding, Todd, if you’re reading this. []