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Beautiful Baby Books: A List of Recommendations

Beautiful Baby Books: A List of Recommendations

I got a great question recently, and it’s one I’ve given a lot of thought to since Christopher was born last June. The question was about baby and toddler books. Last summer I went through our picture books and board books to set up the bookshelves in our nursery, and what I found is that… Continue Reading

What is the moral imagination

What is the moral imagination

This is a good discussion of the moral imagination. It addresses specifically how necessary good children’s stories are in forming the moral imagination, but it also gives a very good definition as well: The moral imagination is not a thing, not so much a faculty even, as the very process by which the self makes… Continue Reading

Article 8: On Works of the Imagination

Article 8: On Works of the Imagination

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series A Conservative Christian Declaration You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series”A Conservative Christian Declaration”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” . We affirm that ordinate affections are often expressed and evoked through works… Continue Reading

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

A Poem on the Hypostatic Union

  The Hypostatic Union The Word set forth before the world began         Wrote out the mournful tune in minor key:         The crying of the infant Son of Man. There was no way that they could understand         How that small and helpless child could be         The Word set forth before the world began. Joseph wondered at… Continue Reading

Edwards, the imagination, music, and the sacraments

Edwards, the imagination, music, and the sacraments

Jonathan Edwards has some fairly well-developed theories of art and aesthetics that can inform discussions of Christian aesthetics today. In particular, Edwards discussed the importance of the imagination, which he saw as a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit since it helps believers perceive spiritual reality. Here is a relevant passage from Experiencing God:… Continue Reading

Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

A primary question we often ask in programming proclamation music for worship is, “How will this music work to attract people’s attention?”  Perhaps we should ask, “Does this music reflect anything of God’s character?”  The latter question seems to me to indicate a confidence in God’s own attraction in and of Himself.  It seems unavoidable… Continue Reading

The power of worship to sanctify the imagination

The power of worship to sanctify the imagination

I’m going to say more soon about James K. A. Smith’s book, Imagining the Kingdom–I don’t agree with all of how he frames the conversation, but his general thesis and applications are outstanding–but here’s a bit just to whet your appetite: Christian liturgical practices and spiritual disciplines are not just means of personal renewal; they remake… Continue Reading

Bible movie reflections

Bible movie reflections

Did you see The Bible movie produced for the History Channel? I confess to you that, being fully immersed in New Testament studies for going on two years now, my interest is peaked. Especially after reading some of the reviews, like the one I saw this morning which reads something like, “Hollywood Finally Got It… Continue Reading

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series”Books Every Conservative (and Liberal) Christian Should Read”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Yes, I mean it. You need to read this book. Not only that, you need to read it in a particular way,… Continue Reading

Imagination and Shaping the Affections

Imagination and Shaping the Affections

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series”Toward Conservative Christian Churches”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Many of the pastors I have met are unwitting moderns. I should know, for I am also a pastor, and a recovering modern. That is,… Continue Reading

More than Cognitive

More than Cognitive

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series”Toward Conservative Christian Churches”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. The cultivation of ordinate affection depends on several areas we have already covered in this series. A pastor determined to conserve biblical Christianity will be… Continue Reading

Greg Stiekes audio and Good Friday Meditation Booklet

Greg Stiekes audio and Good Friday Meditation Booklet

A few quick resources for you today: First, my good friend and pastor Greg Stiekes is one of the best preachers I know. Not only is he an outstanding exegete and communicator, but he also has a biblical grasp on several significant contemporary issues. One of those most important issues he speaks to is one… Continue Reading

The Relationship between Cultural Conservatism and Theological Conservatism

The Relationship between Cultural Conservatism and Theological Conservatism

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.What I have described in this series is nothing more than historic conservative Christianity—Christianity that aims at conserving God’s truth both doctrinally and aesthetically. It is… Continue Reading

Transmitting Imagination to our Children

Transmitting Imagination to our Children

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I have suggested in this series that in order to preserve the truth in our worship, we must be concerned about how we are… Continue Reading

Two Views on Christ’s Invitation

Two Views on Christ’s Invitation

Here are two works of Christian imagination, depicting what it means for Christ to invite sinners to Himself. However, they are nearly opposite in meaning. Read both and then ask yourself the questions that follow.   Have You Any Room for Jesus? (Anonymous, Adapted by Daniel Whittle, 1878) Have you any room for Jesus, He… Continue Reading

The Judeo-Christian Worship Tradition

The Judeo-Christian Worship Tradition

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I argued in the last essay that if we intend to preserve the truth handed down to us, we must never reject tradition outright. Instead,… Continue Reading

Culture and Tradition

Culture and Tradition

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I argued in the last post that all cultural forms are built upon something that came before, and we call this “tradition.” The implication… Continue Reading

Truth and Tradition

Truth and Tradition

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I have argued thus far that successful preservation of the truth necessitates that what is preserved is the doctrinal affirmations and the proper imagination of… Continue Reading