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Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace

Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace

Giving in to the constant pressure to satisfy the world’s hunger for bigger, flashier, and more impressive, we put on slick productions and programs, often at the expense of biblical faithfulness. Six-figure budget lines devoted to sound and lighting systems, in-church coffee shops, stage props and set designs—these things are foreign to the pages of… Continue Reading

Reasons to be Careful with Language

Reasons to be Careful with Language

This article shows that rhetorical drift is often conscious and calculated to change people’s behavior. People have long realized that using words in a certain way can sway people to do certain things not by persuasion but by manipulation. That’s why, for example, Nike tells you “JUST DO IT” rather than “OUR SHOES WILL ENHANCE… Continue Reading

Critiquing Expressions of Devotion – Reformation21 Blog

Critiquing Expressions of Devotion – Reformation21 Blog

Rob Looper offers some good thoughts on the appropriateness of “critiquing expressions of devotion”: “Biblically speaking, sometimes critique is necessary because one’s devotion may be misplaced or in error, as Paul did with the unbelieving Athenians (Acts 17:23).  Other times it is necessary because of ignorance, as Priscilla and Aquila did with Apollos (Acts 18:24-26)… Continue Reading

For Thus Says the Lord

For Thus Says the Lord

During the Hebrew captivity, prophets like Jeremiah provided instruction of critical cultural discernment. God permitted his people to evaluate the culture of their captors and participate in some aspects of that culture as long as they did not contradict his law. However, when it came to their worship, the Lord’s instructions were far more strict. The Hebrews were… Continue Reading

The Gospel Changes Culture

The Gospel Changes Culture

New Testament authors identify people groups (ethnicities, tribes, nations, etc.) as those of common ancestral heritage who share common culture flowing from common values. They do not think about “culture” as such; rather, they think about behavior, and they believe that the gospel changes behavior—it changes a person’s culture. Since culture is a component of… Continue Reading

Finish Homeschool Lessons By Lunch, Even With Many Children

Finish Homeschool Lessons By Lunch, Even With Many Children

A few weeks ago I posted a link to an article about finishing homeschool in less time each day. This morning Sonya Shafer posted over at Simply Charlotte Mason some practical tips, guiding principles, and real life schedule examples of how to finish homeschool lessons by lunchtime. She gives examples of schedules for homeschooling one… Continue Reading

Desiring God Blog denounces the “Open-But Cautious” view of charismatic gifts

Desiring God Blog denounces the “Open-But Cautious” view of charismatic gifts

Andrew Wilson, writing at the Desiring God blog (the parachurch ministry of John Piper), denounces the so-called “Open but Cautious” view of charismatic gifts as the view that’s least biblically indefensible (he’s probably right on that point): Open-But-Cautious Continuationism, however, is almost always neither one nor the other. It involves the strange affirmation that Paul… Continue Reading

Are Some Cultures ‘Better’ Than Others? : Founders Ministries

Are Some Cultures ‘Better’ Than Others? : Founders Ministries

Alex Kochman at the Founders Blog observes: In respect to the value systems that form cultures, it is self-evident that some cultures as closer to biblical ideals than others. Some draw their strength from divine revelation; others do not. Some write laws recognizing freedom of conscience; others sever heads for sport. Moreover, the Great Commission… Continue Reading

The Inadequate Guitar

The Inadequate Guitar

Jonathan Aigner, with his usual crisp pungency, argues that the guitar is an inadequate instrument to support voices in public worship. I agree with him for the reasons he states, but also because one usually plays a guitar on different beats than one sings. Further, it is next to impossible to pick vocal parts out… Continue Reading

Homeschool in Less Time Each Day

Homeschool in Less Time Each Day

Are you overwhelmed with your daily homeschool schedule? Do you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? (About a dozen people have told me recently that they feel this way.) Here’s a mom who shared those feelings, and this is what she learned and what she did about it. The daily schedule for… Continue Reading

An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D

An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D

Excellent thoughts on the incarnation of the Son of God from Greg Stiekes: It’s an unimaginable exchange. Heaven’s glory for earth’s humility. Cosmic riches for abject poverty. Ruler of all for servant of all. Source: An Unimaginable Exchange | Theology in 3D Continue Reading

We Cannot Go Back! Says who?

We Cannot Go Back! Says who?

John Mark N. Reynolds has written an insightful article about how many evangelical thinkers have come to believe in the myth of progress. “Evangelical Whiggery” is a term that is new to me, but it sums up the tendency among many evangelicals to assimilate every new cultural development as though it were special revelation. There… Continue Reading