Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 1
With only the possible exception of Galatians, 2 Corinthians is the most personally revealing letter that Paul wrote to a church. While good men differ on the precise timeline of events and correspondence that led to the writing of 2 Corinthians, I understand it to be the fourth letter from Paul to Corinth. And in the absence of compelling external evidence, I also hold 2 Corinthians to be a single letter and not a composite. Paul&[more]
T. David Gordon’s Foreword to By the Waters of Babylon
The following is the foreword to By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post Christian Culture by Scott Aniol. The surprising acrimony that sometimes attended the “worship wars” of the last several decades suggested that we were talking past each other; that what we were talking about was somehow the tip of a larger, undiscussed iceberg beneath the surface. Almost all of us who have written about it have encountered opponents who misrepresented us [more]
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 the most significant conservative ideas, for me, is that a conservative is a person with a people and place. That is to say, conservatism depends on loyalty not only to a certain set of ideals, but also to the people for whom and among whom [more]
Make Disciples
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: The cultivation of culture should be a concern for conservative Christians because the formation of certain kinds of behaviors falls squarely in the nature, purpose, and mission of churches. What is a Disciple? Christ’s great commission to churches was to “make disciples” (Matt 28:19–20). Churches accomplish this mission through (implicitly) proclaiming the gospel, through “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and [more]
Consecration, Conformity to Christ and Private Worship
True worship never leaves the worshipper unchanged. To behold glory is to be transformed by [more]
Pastors, Deacons, and Whatsits
The New Testament specifies two offices for the local church. The apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 3, [more]
Endorsements for By the Waters of Babylon
Here are some endorsements for my new book, By the Waters of Babylon: Worship is [more]