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Pentecostalism’s View of the Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship

Pentecostalism’s View of the Holy Spirit’s Work in Worship

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series The Holy Spirit's Work in Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Last week, I noted that the most common expectation today of the Holy Spirit’s work in worship is that he will make God’s presence known in a tangible way, and I promised to discuss where this expectation arose. This expectation is certainly not new; theologians such as John Owen and Jonathan Edwards addressed the religious… Continue Reading

MacArthur on Ecstatic Worship

MacArthur on Ecstatic Worship

Ecstatic experiences can be addictive. The world is full of thrill-seekers and daredevils hunting for that next rush of fear and adrenaline. The same is true for men and women who get hooked on the emotional highs of religious fervor. Soon the same old routines aren’t enough; their search for a greater spiritual high leads… Continue Reading

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Praise and Worship

Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Praise and Worship

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Over the past several weeks I have been showing that, while differences over worship theology and practice have been one of the most significant doctrinal dividers, traditional psalmody, hymnody, and liturgy provided a means by which distinct denominations were able to enjoy an appropriate unity while at the same time maintaining necessary theological and practical boundaries.… Continue Reading

Cessationism: What Counts As Evidence?

Cessationism: What Counts As Evidence?

Christians ought to desire everything that God has in store for them. It would be wrong to neglect any good and perfect gift that God has given. Consequently, if God has chosen to grant miraculous gifts to Christians today, then those gifts ought to be nurtured and prized. On the other hand, if God is… Continue Reading

Pentecostalism, emotion, and worship

Pentecostalism, emotion, and worship

W. Robert Godfrey provides1 a helpful look at how the Pentecostal movement impacted evangelicalism’s understanding of the nature of emotion (particularly physical expressiveness) in worship. He ties it directly to the revivalism of Charles G. Finney (out of which, along with the Holiness movement, Pentecostalism emerged), and this reveals an essential relationship between these movements… Continue Reading

Charismatic worship leads to charismatic theology?

Charismatic worship leads to charismatic theology?

I’m really looking forward to listening to some of the audio from John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference and reading the upcoming book. I’ve just been told that MacArthur has made a point several times to specifically critique charismatic worship and to condemn charismatic music. Looking forward to reading those comments, although I do wonder about… Continue Reading

Charismatic worship?

Charismatic worship?

In the most recent issue of In the Nick of Time, Kevin Bauder warns against the dangers of even the recent, more mild forms of charismaticism. He points out that such beliefs affect a number of important doctrinal and practical matters. One of those areas is worship. In fact, I would suggest that it is in… Continue Reading

Phonity (Phony Unity)

Phonity (Phony Unity)

“As long as Reformed—which I assume to be cessationist—and Charismatic Christians continue to pretend the differences between them are minor and sweep them under the couch, their unity is fake, false, phony, fraudulent, and fraught with failure.” http://www.thirstytheologian.com/2013/06/21/phonity.php Continue Reading