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  • 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 26 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 26 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 ...
  • Relevant or Current? October 3, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 24 of 26 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.When some people speak of the importance of relevance, they don’t mean relevance at all. After all, relevant, strictly speaking, merely means ‘pertinent to the matter at ...
  • The People’s Work: A Reformation Recovery September 27, 2017 Scott AniolThis year we celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a theological movement that restored many biblical doctrines and emphases that had been lost or confused during the Middle Ages. Men like John Huss, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and others recovered doctrines like justification by faith alone ...
  • “Relevance” September 12, 2017 David de BruynThis entry is part 23 of 26 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 ...