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  • Authority and Authoritarianism April 26, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.When authority is usually discussed, about three sentences later, the word authoritarian will make its entrance. In fact, for some, authority is authoritarian – there is no other ...
  • Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture April 19, 2017 David de BruynWhen the topic of music and worship comes up, a favorite slap-down argument against thoughtful discrimination of music is that pastors need not study music to be faithful pastors. It is beside the point to say that pastors need not become art critics. If their vocation is that of shepherding the flock, it is manifestly true ...
  • Authority – Its Origin April 11, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.The English words authority and author come from the same Latin root, auctor – an originator. Strange how far we’ve come from older ideas, where the concept ...
  • Ten Mangled Words – “Authority” April 4, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.The popular consciousness has knee-jerk reflexes when it comes to authority. Play the word-association game with the average person, show him the flash-card “Authority” and ask him ...
  • Judging Matters of Freedom March 28, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Modern Christians are in the habit of labelling all sorts of things as ‘matters of Christian liberty’ or ‘areas of preference’. We do not doubt that these ...
  • Matters of Conscience and Freedom March 21, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Scripture devotes two sections of the New Testament to explain how certain choices in the Christian life are not explicitly or implicitly forbidden or prescribed: explicitly by ...
  • Freedom and Churches March 14, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.A church is a voluntary society. Baptists believe that people join churches not by birth but by choice. People freely associate, and can freely disassociate. Voluntary societies ...
  • Freedom – Societal and Individual March 7, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 5 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Liberty is the absence of unwarranted coercion, leaving the human open to persuasion and his own agency to choose what he ought. Freedom does not, and never ...
  • On the relationship of faith and works March 2, 2017 Ryan MartinI still confess the doctrine of justification by faith alone. The Scriptures teach repeatedly that no man is or can be saved by his works. This matter is central in importance to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul teaches that the Gospel is that Christ died for our sins and rose again in accordance with ...
  • Freedom February 28, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.Freedom is another word that the disingenuous enjoy. Just as the Tolerazis cry ‘intolerance’ and pose as victims even while they terrorize and bully others, so similar ...