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  • A plea for singing hymns in family worship February 1, 2018 Ryan MartinIt’s no secret that people sing much less than they used to. Generally, as a culture, we listen to a lot of music, but make very little. We leave music making to professionals. And this is to our loss as a society. In Wiser than Despair, Quentin Faulkner asks us to “Consider … the disappearance of community singing (whether ...
  • Culture, Not Race January 30, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 30 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Scripture does not define the word culture, but it certainly describes the phenomenon of culture-making. Humans are meaning-making creatures, who fashion their world after their values, religions, ...
  • Introducing the New Church Pew Edition of Hymns to the Living God January 23, 2018 Ryan MartinReligious Affections Ministries is pleased to announce the new Church Pew Edition of our new hymnal, Hymns to the Living God. This hymnal is the fruition of nearly five years of planning and work. Although other “print on demand” editions of this hymnal are available on Amazon.com (Navy, Gray, Burgundy, and Navy Cloth — click ...
  • Culture – More Than Creation January 18, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 29 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.If the word culture is to be useful, it must define something. It must name and describe a discrete phenomenon in the world. A useful definition must ...
  • Ten Mangled Words – “Culture” January 4, 2018 David de BruynThis entry is part 28 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Jackhammers are not the ideal tool for mixing cake batter. Some mess will almost certainly result. Evangelical Christians using the word ‘culture’ often remind one of a ...
  • Relevance in the Eye of the Beholder December 1, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 27 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.A book on chastity may not seem relevant to teenagers necking in a parked car. First-aid kits don’t seem relevant to two boys beginning a scuffle. Wedding ...
  • On Baby Grands and Expensive Hymnals November 16, 2017 David de Bruyn“Why this waste?”, said the greediest member of the Twelve. Judas’ supposed concern with helping the poor and for efficient use of ministry finances was really a facade for his unvarnished envy. Judas wanted money, and like every jealous soul, disliked money being spent lavishly on someone else. The sentiment that it is frivolous waste to ...
  • Relevance and Notoriety November 1, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 26 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.One of the powerful spells cast over the modern world is the charm of celebrity. One quipped that a celebrity is someone who is famous for being ...
  • Relevance and Intelligibility October 24, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 25 of 30 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Modern Christian champions of relevance mean many things by the term. One use is the concept of intelligibility. When calling for the church to be relevant to ...
  • Relevance and Importance October 17, 2017 David de BruynWhen some people speak of “making Christianity relevant”, they are referring to demonstrating Christianity’s importance and applicability. They fret over the fact that unbelievers and the wider culture dismiss Christianity and religion so easily. Secularism provides people with enough food, shelter, conveniences, comforts and sufficient diversionary amusements to keep them from truly investigating the claims ...