Tag Archives: language

But we never talk like that in real life!

But we never talk like that in real life!

It appears today that “authenticity” has become the most important virtue. In one sense this is good. Hypocrisy is a vice condemned by Scripture (Mathew 23:27). I often think about this with regard to my children. Never would I want them to watch me act one way in public with others and think to themselves,… Continue Reading

Tolkien on the use of archaic language

Tolkien on the use of archaic language

Our family has begun using the New City Catechism as part of our family worship and Bible study time. The catechism is a combined adult/child catechism that adapts many historic catechisms into the 52 question and answer plan. One of the features that the authors note of this catechism is that they retained much of… Continue Reading

“Language matters, as does beauty.”

“Language matters, as does beauty.”

Bradley J. Birzer discusses the importance of language in “Language Conservation and the Conservation of Culture.” Here’s a snippet: Language matters, as does beauty. With Plato, the modern conservative (That is, the conservative. I’m not including the bombastic media types who have appropriated, assaulted, and remade with plastic surgery the noble concept of conservatism) and religious… Continue Reading

The Technology of Thought

The Technology of Thought

To understand reality, a child must think. Thinking that brings understanding is not the thinking that a cow does when it notices a car passing its pasture. It is the kind of thinking about ideas. To think about ideas, a child must know language. Language is the technology of thought. Language, as we are using it… Continue Reading

Are NT “Race”-related Terms Equivalent to “Culture”?

Are NT “Race”-related Terms Equivalent to “Culture”?

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture 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”Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The question before us is this: are there any New Testament terms that are equivalent to the contemporary notion of “culture”? At least three separate categories… Continue Reading

Music is for people, not God

Music is for people, not God

I have heard many times from people who have the noble objective of recovering a God-centeredness in worship that our music is not for people–it’s for God. Now, I understand and applaud the sentiment behind a statement like this. If by this statement they mean that God should be the center and focus of our worship, then… Continue Reading

Learning to Worship is Like Learning a Foreign Language

Learning to Worship is Like Learning a Foreign Language

My four-year-old son has been learning French recently. Well, sort of. We’ve checked out some children’s French DVDs from our local library, and each day he watches the DVD. It’s a silly little story that is spoken entirely in French. It comes with a little book that has screen shots of the different scenes and… Continue Reading

Edwards on Indians, Language, and Missions

Edwards on Indians, Language, and Missions

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Missions and Music You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series”Missions and Music”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Jonathan Edwards very much wanted to see the American Indians believe the gospel. His famous grandfather, Solomon Stoddard, had published in 1723 a sermon asking Whether God… Continue Reading