Theories of Inspiration
Nearly everyone who claims to be a Christian also professes to believe in the inspiration of the Bible. They give different answers, however, to the question of what inspiration is. These differing answers are sometimes viewed as alternative theories of inspiration. For example, some people mean that the Bible is inspired in the sense that it is inspiring. They would point to the music of Mozart or the poetry of Shakespeare as other inspiring (and [more]
How Liturgy Shapes Preaching
The Free Church tradition typically devotes more thought to the way preaching shapes liturgy than vice versa.  This is an unfortunate imbalance that overlooks the importance the New Testament places on liturgy for spiritual instruction (cf. Ephesians 5:18-20, Colossians 3:16). Liturgy trains Christian affections to love biblical preaching. The approach advocated here distinguishes between feelings and affections.  Some art forms function on a visceral level, driving straight for emotional response.  Other art forms affect feelings by [more]
Four Approaches to Classical Christian Education, Part 2: Towards a Definition
I recently wrote a post introducing a new series about the four distinct ways that evangelicals are doing classical Christian education in 2015--more than 30 years after Doug Wilson re-introduced us to Dorothy Sayers and the Trivium. I asserted that, despite the many who claim that classical Christian education is the Trivium and its “stages,” this is just not true. Classical Christian education does not equal the Trivium or the three stages of child development. There’s simply more (or perhaps less?) to it than that. I’ll put it this way: it’s bigger than that. More eternal. I had [more]
Are emotions universal?
This is a fascinating article in many ways. It traces the scientific debate concerning what, exactly, emotions are and whether they are universal or not. This issue has a good deal of relevance for discussions of the arts, for art, especially music, communicates at least on one level through mimicking human emotional expression. Here are a couple key points from the article, but I encourage you to read the whole thing: Paul Ekman's research has pretty successfully proven that basic emotions and they way they are expressed by humans are biologically innate and universal. There is disagreement in the scientific [more]
Consecration: Rescuing the Lawful from Idolatry
As we grow in communion with God, we are convicted in a different way. We [more]
Special Revelation
General revelation encompasses truth concerning God that can be known by experiencing or examining what [more]
How Preaching Shapes Liturgy
Every church follows a form of liturgy, whether intentional or not.  Unfortunately, some churches tend [more]