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Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 3: Christ’s Authority 1

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 3: Christ’s Authority 1

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The first post in this series introduced Scripture Regulated Worship. The second post considered some of the most important arguments for Scripture-Regulated Worship. The Argument from Christ’s Authority The Regulative Principle cannot be understood as a mere novel approach to worship, or even as the preferred method of worship among of Reformed theologians. Scripture regulated worship is… Continue Reading

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 1: Introduction

Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship 1: Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Love for Christ & Scripture-Regulated Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Note: This is the first in a series of posts on the Regulative Principle. This offers documentation for and expands upon my presentation to the 2018 Knowing, Loving, Ministering Conservative Christianity Conference. Two streams concerning worship diverged from the headwaters of the Protestant Reformation. For Luther, a church may worship with any element not forbidden in… Continue Reading

The Bible speaks to everything

The Bible speaks to everything

Mark Ward opens his blog post about how to do a biblical study on the topic of abortion with the following assertion: The Bible speaks in some way to anything you can think of, but it doesn’t speak explicitly to everything you can think of. He’s right. As I mentioned, his post is specifically about… Continue Reading

The Necessity of Using Logic in Biblical Application

The Necessity of Using Logic in Biblical Application

This is a fine example of the necessary use of sound logic in coming to a reasonable (and biblical!) position on something like abortion, even when Scripture doesn’t explicitly spell out exactly when life begins. All good Christians do this, except for issues for which they do not like the conclusions. Continue Reading

Verbal, Plenary Inspiration and the Aesthetics of Scripture

Verbal, Plenary Inspiration and the Aesthetics of Scripture

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Biblical Authority and the Aesthetics of Scripture You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A couple of friends asked for clarification and explanation of a claim I make in By the Waters of Babylon, in which I argue that the aesthetic forms of Scripture should regulate our worship forms today. I am attempting to answer that request in a series of posts. The basis for my argument of extending biblical… Continue Reading

People of the Book

People of the Book

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Back to Basics You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Christians are people of the book. Conservative Evangelical Christians, in particular, demand that their beliefs and lives be governed by Scripture. Yet what, exactly, that means is not always clear, particularly when dealing with matters of Christian living. On the one hand, some Christians believe that the Bible is an exhaustive list of prescriptions and… Continue Reading

“Jesus would not be for government mandated universal healthcare.”

“Jesus would not be for government mandated universal healthcare.”

I have been very disappointed to see quite a few evangelicals (especially of the “young, restless, reformed” stripe) supporting and defending more government involvement in daily life, including government mandated universal health care. J.P. Moreland provides an excellent biblical case here for limited government. While preaching at a large church, I asked the congregation, “Do… Continue Reading

Moody, Biblical Clarity, and a Dangerous Position

Moody, Biblical Clarity, and a Dangerous Position

Waylan Owens is exactly right here: You see, to say that “the Bible is not clear” with regard to some aspect of what life in Christ entails cannot be true, lest God be accused of demanding back from us something He refuses to reveal to us.  What Moody must be arguing is that Christians of… Continue Reading

What does it mean that the Scripture is sufficient?

What does it mean that the Scripture is sufficient?

Carl Trueman asks. The doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture lies at the heart of what it means to be a Protestant. Protestantism and Roman Catholicism share much in common in terms of basic theology, such as a commitment to the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. When it comes to matters of authority,… Continue Reading

A postscript on Biblical discernment

A postscript on Biblical discernment

Last October I wrapped up my eight-part series on Biblical discernment (parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 and 8), and I thought I would now, in retrospect, add a brief postscript to that series simply demonstrating that my position is not novel. A couple years ago Scott Aniol introduced to me Matthew Henry’s book on prayer,  A Method for Prayer. I strongly… Continue Reading

What Sola Scriptura means, and what it does not mean

What Sola Scriptura means, and what it does not mean

In light of some recent sermons about music and the sufficiency of Scripture (about which I’ve received dozens of concerned e-mails), I’d like to link to a great summary of the what the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture means and what it does not mean by my good friend, Jason Parker: This is a… Continue Reading

Mark Minnick gives real wisdom concerning music philosophy

Mark Minnick gives real wisdom concerning music philosophy

I’ve posted several times about a three message series that Mark Minnick recently preached on biblical discernment, but after just listening to the third message again, I cannot urge you to listen to these enough. In the final message, Pastor Minnick specifically applies biblical principles to the issue of musical choices in worship, and takes… Continue Reading

Correcting Categories, Part 1 – Biblical Authority

Correcting Categories, Part 1 – Biblical Authority

My goal in this series is to help believers apply the Bible to their musical choices in life and worship. My contention is, however, that believers today approach the issue of musical choices with certain errant foundational presuppositions that need to be corrected before they can rightly apply the Bible in this area. So my… Continue Reading

Shall We Reason Together?

Shall We Reason Together?

by Kevin Bauder Shall We Reason Together? Part One: The Challenge of Alogicality Shall We Reason Together? Part Two: The Logic of Alogicality Shall We Reason Together? Part Three: The God Who Reasons Shall We Reason Together? Part Four: Ye Know Not the Scriptures Shall We Reason Together? Part Five: Ye Ought to Be Teachers… Continue Reading

An Argument for the Consumption of Cyanide

An Argument for the Consumption of Cyanide

Here’s the scenario: You visit your family doctor for a regular checkup. After careful examination, the doctor begins to ask you about your eating habits. “Well,” you answer, “I don’t eat anything out of the ordinary; just your typical American meals. The only abnormality may be that I always make sure to take a healthy… Continue Reading

Contents of Worship in Song by Scott Aniol

Contents of Worship in Song by Scott Aniol

Pre-order for 30% off | Book Website SECTION ONE: LAYING THE FOUNDATION Chapter One: Biblical Authority in Matters of Faith and Practice Many Christians insist that because the Bible says nothing explicitly regarding the kind of music that pleases God, God must not care what we listen to. This chapter dispels that idea by demonstrating… Continue Reading