Category Archives: Articles on Church

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past several weeks I have been making the argument that in order to shape the behavior–the culture–of a people, we must give attention to the… Continue Reading

Reenactment

Reenactment

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.We saw last week that in order to counteract the negative effects of worldly liturgies, the liturgies of our churches must be shaped by Scripture. So let… Continue Reading

Corporate Worship is Formative

Corporate Worship is Formative

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I mentioned that we are inevitably shaped by worldly liturgies, and so we need something to counteract this. This is where it will be useful… Continue Reading

Worldly Liturgies

Worldly Liturgies

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Our aim over the past several weeks has been to discover how Christians can cultivate higher inclinations toward what is true and good, but we must recognize that… Continue Reading

The Form of the Liturgy

The Form of the Liturgy

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Behavior is shaped by liturgies because, as Lewis stated, our inclinations are organized through trained habits, and habits are formed through rituals. And it is the shape… Continue Reading

The People’s Work

The People’s Work

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Perhaps one of the best ways to help us contemplate how behavior is shaped in the way that I have been explaining over the past several weeks is by… Continue Reading

Habits

Habits

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I suggested that data transmission alone does not create disciples. Rather, we must focus upon the heart’s inclinations in order to shape one’s behavior. With… Continue Reading

There are no conservative hermits

There are no conservative hermits

The following is excerpted and adapted from an address that I had the privilege of offering at a recent gathering of conservative friends, on the nature of pastoral love. As many of you have found (and despite accusations to the contrary), conservatism is a much broader set of commitments than a particular music preference. Among… Continue Reading

Make Disciples

Make Disciples

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Practice Makes Perfect You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series”Practice Makes Perfect”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Last week I argued that culture is essentially the behavior of a people. Here is the second peg to the argument I am developing over these several weeks:… Continue Reading

The Enemy of My Enemy?

The Enemy of My Enemy?

Recently (and perhaps surprisingly), a well-known post-semi-evangelical said something that, on its surface, might seem encouraging to us cultural conservative types: “Stop trying to make Jesus cool.” She unleashed an acerbic millennial jeremiad at the baby boomers’ seeker-sensitive model of ministry. Her tearing down of the stronghold was vigorous in a storming barbarians sort of way, but it does highlight one now-obvious… Continue Reading

Worship Implies a Theology

Worship Implies a Theology

We spend a lot of time thinking about how our culture has affected Christian worship, and we often reflect on what sorts of things we need to address in order to even begin to think about leaving a better church for our kids and grandkids. It’s usually not pretty. Over the last decade or so,… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20)

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.In 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… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles

All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Before us are Paul’s words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to… Continue Reading

All Things to All Men | Part 1: The Context

All Things to All Men | Part 1: The Context

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series All Things to All Men You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series”All Things to All Men”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Cor 9:22. This verse, and the verses surrounding it (1… Continue Reading

Knowledge Puffs Up

Knowledge Puffs Up

Love edifies. It builds up others. When Christians love other believers, they take concrete steps to help them spiritually. When God loves his people, he acts on that love by transforming us into people who glorify him (through justification and sanctification and the other benefits of our calling in Christ). Love looks similar in our… Continue Reading

Article 15: On Local Churches and the Sovereignty of God

Article 15: On Local Churches and the Sovereignty of God

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series A Conservative Christian Declaration You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series”A Conservative Christian Declaration”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm the primacy of the local church in the conservation and… Continue Reading

The good and bad of Christendom

The good and bad of Christendom

Hindsight is always 20/20, but when thinking about a past period in history, it is always important to be careful not to generalize or paint with a broad brush either praising or condemning an era. Such is the case when evaluating the Middle Ages, a period in which, from an Evangelical perspective, many heretical theology… Continue Reading

Article 5: On the Appetites

Article 5: On the Appetites

This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm that manipulation of the visceral appetites is dangerous to rightly ordered worship and Christian piety (Phil. 3:19). We deny that the transmission of biblical truth can be rightly administered through the use of methods that appeal to the appetites.… Continue Reading

What 2 Peter taught me about Christian ministry

What 2 Peter taught me about Christian ministry

Any time we closely study Scripture, we come away learning God’s will, valuable lessons about Christian living, and new emphases we had not previously took seriously enough. I recently spent some time studying and teaching the book of 2 Peter, and I have found a valuable theme returning to my mind as I consider my own… Continue Reading

Philosophy vs. Application

Philosophy vs. Application

I have strong convictions about church ministry and worship philosophy. I also have strong opinions about certain applications of that philosophy. But these are not the same thing. Neither are they equally important. Philosophical convictions are judgments based on clear, biblical principles. Notice that I did not say that the convictions themselves are necessarily clear,… Continue Reading