Tag Archives: preaching

Doing Our Own Thing

Doing Our Own Thing

Winner of “Best Book Subtitle of the Last Decade” must surely go to John McWhorter’s Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Music and Language And Why We Should, Like, Care. McWhorter is witty, disarming, and generally enjoyable (if, unfortunately, lewd in places) while arguing a serious and convincing thesis. He is no grammar-maven, writing… Continue Reading

Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer in Gospel Ministry

Prayer is a necessary practice of a sound church. The role of secret and corporate prayer in the life of a Christian congregation is sometimes overlooked. Mark Dever, whose insights we value, fails to list to prayer as one of his “marks” of “healthy churches.” (Dever concedes this point and briefly addresses it in his… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 6)

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 This series has been looking at the connection of Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 1-3 and the contemporary church’s dependence on relevance for evangelism. In the last post, I argued from 1 Cor 1:30-31 that God deliberately made the gospel message impossible for natural men to accept in… Continue Reading

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 3)

Relevance is irrelevant (Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Relevance is Irrelevant You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Part 1 | Part 2 In part 1, we looked at Paul’s ministry model in 1 Corinthains 1:10-17. Paul took deliberate steps to preach the gospel in such a way that minimized himself and emphasized Christ and his redeeming work. Part 2‘s post showed why Paul went about ministry in this way. The message of redemption… Continue Reading

Is corporate worship better than private worship? (Part 3)

Is corporate worship better than private worship? (Part 3)

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Public Worship and Private Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

| We have been offering reasons why public worship is better than private. Public worship is the gathered, corporate worship of a local church. Private worship includes times of informal worship apart from the church: small groups, private Bible study and prayer, and family worship. Sometimes Christians today offer a lopsided, over-individualized view of the… Continue Reading

Why I don’t preach specific applications in church meetings

Why I don’t preach specific applications in church meetings

I have strong convictions about worship philosophy. I also have strong opinions about certain applications of that philosophy. But these are not the same thing. Neither are they equally important. Philosophical convictions are judgments based on clear, biblical principles. Notice that I did not say that the convictions themselves are necessarily clear, but they are… Continue Reading

Not the Real Problem

Not the Real Problem

Kevin DeYoung (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed) has a good post today asking pastors and church leaders not to assume that the decline they see in their church is because of (or can be solved by) worship styles. He says, I do wish church leaders would stop assuming that their problems boil down to a certain… Continue Reading

Dates Open for Worship/Music Church Meetings

Dates Open for Worship/Music Church Meetings

This summer my family and I will be “on the road” from May 10-July 31, speaking and ministering in churches, conferences, and camps. We’re really looking forward to these opportunities. We’re essentially making a huge loop from Texas to South Carolina to Michigan to Illinois to Kansas City to Tulsa! Dates are filling fast for… Continue Reading

Doth not the mind often leave them before the Lord?

Doth not the mind often leave them before the Lord?

A couple weeks ago, I commented on how important it is for Christians in an age of Internet and media distractions to learn to wean ourselves off the habits of a short-attention span culture and cultivate the practice of attention to and appreciation of sustained discourses in texts and sermons. And this holds true, not… Continue Reading

The Internet, Short Attention Spans, and Preaching

The Internet, Short Attention Spans, and Preaching

Our attention spans are shrinking. This is not news, and perhaps I’ve already lost you. Thoughtful people have said that the impressive array of media and entertainment consumption portals play an important role in the attention spans of individuals, especially children and young adults. For example, Jason Fertig writes, Many modern media trends have done… Continue Reading

Misdiagnosis

There has been a lot of talk in recent years on the internet and at conferences about why young people are rejecting fundamentalism and/or a conservative philosophy of worship. Everyone likes to play the blame game, but the issue that seems to get most often cited is music. Young people are being attracted to the… Continue Reading

How RAM Can Help Your Church

How RAM Can Help Your Church

I’ve been thrilled this year with the ways that Religious Affections Ministries has been able to help pastors and churches think biblically about worship and music. We’ve ministered in over 30 churches in addition to several conferences for a total of almost 100 hours of ministry! This ministry has included teaching, preaching, seminary lectures, conducting… Continue Reading