Theological Issues at Stake in Discussions of Culture and Contextualization
Discussion of culture is an essential ingredient in any intelligent philosophy of Christian music. Especially in today’s globalized, multicultural environment, understanding what culture is and how it relates to worship and music is critical. The Standard Evangelical View J. Nathan Corbitt, in his The Sound of the Harvest: Music’s Mission in Church and Culture, ((J. Nathan Corbitt, The Sound of the Harvest: Music's Mission in Church and Culture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1998).)) [more]
Cleansing and Conformity
Thou shouldest also know that the more a man sets himself to be receptive of divine influence, the happier he is: who most sets himself so, is the happiest. Now no man can reach this condition of receptivity except by conformity with God, which comes from submission to God. - Meister Eckhardt The soul that agrees with God's judgements will not drift any further. The moment we align our judgements with God's, calling evil what [more]
Here I Stand
I just finished reading Here I Stand, the biography of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton. I look forward to the day I feel the rugged embrace of Luther as two who are one in Christ, justified by faith alone. As I read one of Luther’s hymns in the final chapter of my book, I was moved to poetry by my fellow German and wrote what lies below. Here I Stand By David Huffstutler In Honor of Christ In Memory of Martin Luther Satan nips my heels this day. He bares his fangs and dares to say, “You have guilt [more]
How to Have a Missions-Minded Church: Financial Support
Jeff Straub Last week, I began to offer some advice to help churches become more missions-minded. My first counsel was that the pastor must himself take the lead on missions in the assembly. He should read missionary letters regularly so that he may pray privately and publicly for the missionaries more deliberately. He should answer missionary correspondence and phone calls promptly and directly. He can visit missionaries on the field either personally or via the internet. These things will go a long way toward raising his church’s overall missions-mindedness. This week, I want to offer a second set [more]
Paul the Cultural Conservative
One of the most difficult passages of Paul's writings to interpret is 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. In [more]
Corporate worship and the formation of a new culture
Navigating the difficult relationship between corporate worship and the culture around is is a challenge, [more]
Loving What God Loves
How will we commune with God through our consecration? When every action becomes one of [more]