Category Archives: Articles on Culture

“Relevance”

“Relevance”

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

Without Wax

Without Wax

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

As Real As I Feel

As Real As I Feel

This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

The Common Problem with White Supremacy and Multiculturalism

The Common Problem with White Supremacy and Multiculturalism

White supremacy is horrendous. It is contrary to biblical Christianity both by reason of creation and by reason of redemption. All people, regardless of birthplace, ancestry, genetics, or skin color are created in God’s image, and therefore all people are of equal value in God’s sight. All people have been equally affected by sin and… Continue Reading

The Colloquial, the Casual, and the Crafted

The Colloquial, the Casual, and the Crafted

Those who call for ‘authenticity’, ‘realness’, and ‘sincerity’, are not always sure what they mean, if you press them for a definition. Some mean honesty, some others mean integrity, both of which are virtues the Bible commends and commands. But some of those calling for authenticity are really calling for a removal of formality from… Continue Reading

What Titus Found in the Most Holy

What Titus Found in the Most Holy

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.When Titus attacked Jerusalem in 66-70 A.D., before ordering its destruction, Titus entered the Most Holy Place to see for himself what was really hidden behind that… Continue Reading

Sincerely Amused

Sincerely Amused

This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.It’s a supreme irony, or perhaps a sad blindness, that the present generation is supposedly in love with ‘authenticity’, ‘sincerity’, and ‘keeping it real’. After all, we’ve… Continue Reading

Ten Mangled Words – “Authentic”

Ten Mangled Words – “Authentic”

This entry is part 17 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 17 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Few words roll off the modern tongue as readily or as frequently as the family of words associated with authentic. Authenticity, real, sincere and intentional are like newly-minted gold for the Millennial… Continue Reading

Christians and Critical Judgments

Christians and Critical Judgments

This entry is part 16 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 16 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Most Christians are happy to accept the authority of expert opinion. What is instructive to note is which domains of knowledge they are comfortable to refer to… Continue Reading

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

Authority, Soul Competence and Vocation

This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Soul competence and the priesthood of the believer are two sides of one doctrine that Baptists cherish. Indeed, they make up part of the matrix known as… Continue Reading

You Elitist, You

You Elitist, You

This entry is part 14 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Since this series has dealt with “mangled” words such as tolerance, freedom, and authority, I was tempted to include elitism among them. Elitism, though, is really a… Continue Reading

Identifying Authorities

Identifying Authorities

This entry is part 13 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Within the avalanche of information coming at us, how do we identify true authorities in any domain of knowledge? How do we judge the anonymous Youtube channel,… Continue Reading

Who Made You the Authority?

Who Made You the Authority?

This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The explosion of information on the web has made the idea of authoritative information almost a thing of the past. A CGI-Enhanced Youtube video about the non-existence of… Continue Reading

A Tidbit on “Taste”

A Tidbit on “Taste”

This week I am studying Psalm 34, and the two instances (one noun, one verb) of a Hebrew word for “taste” (טעם) caught my attention. Since discussions of “taste” frequently accompany discussions of the topics addressed on this website, I thought that it might be useful to share a bit regarding the biblical usage of… Continue Reading

Authority and Authoritarianism

Authority and Authoritarianism

This entry is part 11 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 11 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

Pastors – Become Literate in Christian Culture

When 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… Continue Reading

Authority – Its Origin

Authority – Its Origin

This entry is part 10 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

Ten Mangled Words – “Authority”

Ten Mangled Words – “Authority”

This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

Judging Matters of Freedom

Judging Matters of Freedom

This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

Matters of Conscience and Freedom

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series Ten Mangled Words You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series”Ten Mangled Words”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of 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… Continue Reading