Why I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection
The affections of our hearts are central to true worship. Yet while praise, joy, contrition, and love are all important affections for worship, I believe gratitude is the most important worship affection. Here's why: All true spiritual affections of worship have an object, and their object is always God. This is why true spiritual affections are different from what we often mean when we talk about our feelings. Feelings are different than affections. Feelings often [more]
My Paper from ETS – Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Shapes Disciples
Last week I was able to read a paper at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta. I had a good crowd in the room for my presentation and received an excellent response. I've also had dozens of people request a copy of the paper, so I thought I'd post it here: [more]
Living in Uncertain Days
Jeff Straub Washington, D. C.; New York, New York; London, England; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Moscow, Russia; and now Paris, France. What do all of these cities have in common? Well, in the light of the tragedy of last week, the answer is obvious to anyone who pays attention to world events: all of these cities have been sites of international terrorism in the past fifteen years. The threat of terrorism continues to grow. And since September 11, we know it is no longer isolated to “over there.” Those of us old enough to remember know exactly where we [more]
The Unproven Premise
I've heard the argument many times; it goes something like this: We shouldn't divide over mere preferences; therefore, we shouldn't divide over music. It's admittedly a clever argument. Who would disagree with the first premise? Who would defend dividing over mere preferences? No one would. So, the argument gets the listen to immediately agree--of course we shouldn't divide over preferences--and then drops the hammer: Since we shouldn't divide over preferences, surely we shouldn't divide over music. Right? The important thing to recognize here is that the argument is formed as a traditional syllogism: Major premise: We shouldn't divide over mere [more]
Study Bibles
Everyone has guilty pleasures, and one of mine is reading Carl Trueman. Keeping up with [more]
Paul, Plato, and Calvin on Music
In 1 Corinthians 14:7-8, Paul says, ”If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the [more]
Is the secularization of Christmas anything new?
Every year about this time we begin to hear again about the "war on Christmas," [more]