In no previous civilization have ordinary people experienced greater leisure than in ours. In the past, leisure was the privilege of the aristocracy. Now, however, with a standard forty-hour work week and a house full of labor saving devices, even blue collar workers have significant leisure at their disposal. In fact, managers often have less leisure time than the people who work for them. What is leisure? We spend most of our time just staying [more]
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down
In many Christian traditions today is Ash Wednesday, beginning the season of Lent. Over the past several years, there has been an increasing interest in Lent within evangelical churches. It has apparently now become “hip” to add to corporate worship elements from ancient liturgical practices. Children of the Reformation have traditionally rejected Lent. In fact, eating sausages on Lent was Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli’s “95 Theses moment,” signally his break from the Church of Rome, [more]
How Daniel 9:24–27 Helps Us Understand Mark 13:14–23
I realize that not everyone shares my conviction of a premillennial and pretribulational understanding of what will take place in the future. I do, as does my church, and we have been working through the Olivet Discourse in Mark 13. For any curious readers, I would encourage being a Berean and looking up the verses referenced as you read through what follows below. In Daniel’s day, Israel was being punished for 70 years by having been taken captive into Babylon (Dan 9:1–2; cf. Jer 25:11–12). This 70 years was a fitting punishment because Israel had apparently not allowed the land [more]
Vocation and Vocations
The Reformers erected the doctrine of calling in reaction to the Romanist distinction between clergy and laity. At the time, Catholics recognized only two vocations: the calling to consecration (which typically involved joining an order) and the calling to ordination (priesthood). In other words, monks and priests had a vocation; other people did not. Over against this distinction the Reformers insisted that God calls all Christians. Their vocation is whatever station enables believers to demonstrate God’s love by serving others. In the Protestant view of vocation, ministers are called—but so are bakers, farmers, shopkeepers, and tradesmen. The [more]
The Holy Spirit and decent and orderly worship
In the fourteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul rebukes the church for its chaotic worship. [more]
Biblical authority and musical communication
I am teaching right now in my philosophy class on meaning in music. When beginning [more]
Without Chests?
"Men Without Chests" is the curious title of a chapter in Lewis' book The Abolition [more]