Tag Archives: Regulative Principle

Biblical Authority and the Aesthetics of Scripture

Biblical Authority and the Aesthetics of Scripture

This entry is part 1 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.

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series”Biblical Authority and the Aesthetics of Scripture”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. I’d like to take a few posts over the next several weeks to respond to one criticism of something I wrote, but… Continue Reading

The regulative principle as an important doctrinal distinctive

The regulative principle as an important doctrinal distinctive

This entry is part 6 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.

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series”Worship and Doctrinal Distinctives”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Over the past few weeks I have been showing how various aspects of worship theology and practice have necessarily divided orthodox Christians into separate denominations. I… Continue Reading

Christians and Christmas

Christians and Christmas

I had to work my way through both college and grad school. Over the years I held a variety of jobs. I worked in a woodshop and a metal fabrication plant. I was a lifeguard at a community swimming pool. For several years I worked in warehouses. I ran a stitching machine in a bindery… Continue Reading

Christian worship is corporate

Christian worship is corporate

Paul has a corporate worship in mind in 1 Corinthians 14, and as the Apostle addresses the problem of tongues in Corinth, he at the same teaches us something very important about Christian worship. Earlier in the book, Paul asks, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16). The… Continue Reading

A Modest Proposal: One Loaf in Communion

A Modest Proposal: One Loaf in Communion

In 1 Cor 10:17 Paul says, Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. For many Christians, Paul’s words in that verse do not make as much sense as they might otherwise, because they break the their Communion bread before they see it.1 While I… Continue Reading

The Regulative Principle of Worship

The Regulative Principle of Worship

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Back to Basics You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series”Back to Basics”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Pastors and parishioners perennially battle over who has authority in matters of church practice, particularly in corporate worship. Should what happens in the corporate gatherings of… Continue Reading

Lent and the Regulative Principle of Worship

Lent and the Regulative Principle of Worship

It appears that it is now cool for Evangelicals to observe Lent. Children of the Reformation have traditionally rejected Lent. In fact, eating sausages on Lent was Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli’s “95 Theses moment,” signally his break from the Church of Rome, and other Reformers and Protestants after them have almost uniformly repudiated the observance.… Continue Reading

Article 7: On Scripture Regulated Worship

Article 7: On Scripture Regulated Worship

This entry is part 8 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 8 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 the worship of God is regulated through his Word.… Continue Reading

Shall We Observe Holidays?

Shall We Observe Holidays?

This essay was originally published during the Easter season, but it applies equally to celebrations of Advent and Christmas. Today (the day upon which I write this essay) is Maundy Thursday. Tomorrow will be Good Friday and this Sunday is Easter. In the liturgical calendar, each of these days has a special significance. Maundy Thursday… Continue Reading

John Frame and the Regulative Principle of Worship

John Frame and the Regulative Principle of Worship

John Frame is among one of the most influential theologians to defend contemporary worship music and practice, particularly through his two popular books, Worship in Spirit and Truth and Contemoprary Worship Music. What many may not realize is that his philosophy expounded in these books emerges from a softening and redefinition of the governing doctrine of his… Continue Reading

Everyone Has A Regulative Principle

Everyone Has A Regulative Principle

Every Christian believes that there is an acceptable and an unacceptable way of worshipping God. Every Christian has a regulative principle, a rule (or rules) which regulates the content and conduct of worship. Even the most extreme worship leader has some limit on what he or she deems acceptable in the worship of God. Some of… Continue Reading

More thoughts the use of movie clips in services (and the RPW)

More thoughts the use of movie clips in services (and the RPW)

A few days ago, Pastor Aaron Menikoff had a piece posted from the most recent 9Marks eJournal on the 9Marks blog.1 In this piece, entitled “What About Movie Clips? Applying the Regulative Principle,” Menikoff advocates the regulative principle and gives a couple brief reasons (in application) to avoid movie clips in sermons. The piece is… Continue Reading

The Christian and Patriotism

The Christian and Patriotism

[This essay was originally published on July 8, 2005.] Patriots come in more than one variety. Some patriots honor their nation more than they honor God. That kind of patriotism is arrogant, idolatrous, and immoral. Other patriots, however, are motivated by a sense of gratitude at the patrimony they have received from their homeland. They… Continue Reading

How Scripture is Insufficient

How Scripture is Insufficient

Tuesday I linked to an important article by Carl Trueman about the sufficiency of Scripture. I believe this article is so important that I’d like to highlight a few of his points here. Trueman makes an intriguing statement in his article: There is a sense in which we might say that Protestants believe in the insufficiency of… Continue Reading

A Sound Church: The Regulative Principle

A Sound Church: The Regulative Principle

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series A Sound Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series”A Sound Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.(The articles in this series were originally written for publication in the local newspaper of the town in which I pastor.) Last week, I proposed that we… Continue Reading