Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort
Pastors who want to lead biblically find themselves caught in a bit of a paradox. One side of the paradox is that biblical pastors must be gentle. As servants of the Lord, they must not strive: they must not be verbal pugilists or quarrelsome individuals (2 Tim. 2:24). They can be disqualified from office if they are self-willed, quick-tempered, or bullies (1 Tim. 3:3; Ti. 1:7). They must offer instruction with meekness or gentleness (2 Tim. 2:25). They must display temperance or [more]
A Brief History of the Dating and Name of Easter
Following the precedent of the Tyndale (1526) and Coverdale (1535) versions of the Bible, the King James Version of the Bible translates the Greek term pascha as Easter in Acts 12:4. ((Donald. W. Burdick, “Easter,” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988), 2:7.)) What is interesting about this translation is that pascha actually means Passover. In fact, he KJV uniformly translates pascha as Passover in all of the other 28 instances of pascha in the NT, and other translations typically [more]
Harold Best vs. Ken Myers on Musical Meaning
This is an excellent illustration of where Evangelicalism is on issues related to music and worship. I'm thankful to 9Marks for doing this. It's very instructive. The folks at 9Marks asked three questions to two individuals who have written and spoken on the subject of musical meaning: Can God employ any musical form for redemptive purposes? Even if God can employ any musical form redemptively, are some musical forms spiritually or morally “better” than others? Are some musical forms “better” for the sake of the gathered church? They asked both Harold Best and Ken Myers to respond and then posted [more]
The Regulative Principle of Worship
Pastors and parishioners perennially battle over who has authority in matters of church practice, particularly in corporate worship. Should what happens in the corporate gatherings of God's people fall under the control of church leadership, or should these decisions be left to congregational input and direction? If the former, are pastors to be guided by particular traditions and directories, or may they choose whatever they believe to facilitate goals toward which their congregation assembles? If the latter, are these matters to be given over to a vote, or will a representative committee suffice? Each of these potential solutions falls short [more]
Article 13: On Today’s Congregational Music
This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” Article 13: [more]
Was Barnabas an Apostle?
Was Barnabas an apostle? This question is important because it is related to the larger [more]
Another Five-Views Book
Multiple-views books have become a bit of a fad. The format lends itself to comparison [more]