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Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful? (Rebuttal)

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful? (Rebuttal)

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Discussion about Christian Rap with Shai Linne You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Shai Linne and I are having a conversation between Christian brothers about Christian rap. This post will not make sense unless you start at the beginning of this discussion and read through all the posts. You can find the other posts in this discussion on the right hand side of this page. This is a rebuttal by… Continue Reading

Three reasons white evangelicals defend Reformed Rap

Three reasons white evangelicals defend Reformed Rap

Mark Snoeberger diagnoses three reasons “otherwise respectable middle-aged white men [tripped] over one another to be first in line insisting that they’re not racist because they’re OK with Reformed Rap and Holy Hip-Hop as valid worship forms”: Evangelicalism Neo-Kuyperianism Celebrity His conclusion reflects well my own situation: Since I despise Christian celebrity, I cannot fathom… Continue Reading

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful?

Discussion about Christian rap with Shai Linne: Can Music Be Sinful?

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Discussion about Christian Rap with Shai Linne You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The first question in our discussion goes to Shai Linne: Scott, in your recent post where you explained your comments on the NCFIC panel, you spoke of rap as “a form of music that is inherently denigrating.” My first question to you is this: Are you saying that music, apart from lyrics, can be sinful… Continue Reading

Some answers to questions about my views on Reformed rap

Some answers to questions about my views on Reformed rap

Since Shai Linne is a busy church planter/assistant pastor, and I am a busy seminary professor in the last week of the semester, we’re finding that it’s taking a bit longer than we’d hoped to put together our discussion about Christian rap. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I’d like to answer a few questions that… Continue Reading

The Mission of Worship: An Assessment of the Missional Church Movement’s Impact Upon Evangelical Worship Philosophy and Practice

The Mission of Worship: An Assessment of the Missional Church Movement’s Impact Upon Evangelical Worship Philosophy and Practice

The following is the paper I presented yesterday at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society: PDF Audio Version Most church leaders readily recognize that God has tasked churches with several different purposes, yet how those purposes work together has equally mystified them. One of the most potentially difficult ministry relationships to reconcile has… Continue Reading

Mohler, Mormons, and Marriage

Mohler, Mormons, and Marriage

Last week I wrote about Albert Mohler’s choice to speak at Brigham Young University. The topic interested me, not so much because Mohler was involved, but because it provides a good case study for Christians who wish to think about their associations biblically and carefully. As part of my discussion, I distinguished questions of biblical… Continue Reading

Stevens on Culture and Meaning

Stevens on Culture and Meaning

Wallace Stevens, one of the preeminent poetic voices of the modern period, was one of the greatest American poets, period. Among his chief concerns was the interaction of the mind with reality–the external with the internal–and the seeming inseparability of the two. The poem below, one of several of the “anecdote poems” in his first… Continue Reading

Sola Cultura?

Sola Cultura?

Truth is not determined by a poll. Policy by the people is perilous. The rabble around the cross cried “Crucify Him!”, and they had their way without resistance from protesters standing on Scripture alone. A horizontal awareness of the great need in our world today is a good thing, to be sure. But when it… Continue Reading

Uncovering the Head Covering Debate

Uncovering the Head Covering Debate

An interesting look at the head covering debate: In a culture where a vast majority of Christian women never consider a veil or hat for Sunday service, Bible verses addressing head coverings get quickly dismissed as irrelevant. But there remain important questions for the church to consider about what has become a largely dated practice:… Continue Reading

History, analogy, liturgy, culture – Week in review (9/28)

History, analogy, liturgy, culture – Week in review (9/28)

Here are the posts from this week in case you missed one! Articles Why history must be taught from a Christian perspective Analogy and God Talk William Ames on the connection between prayer, singing, and outward expressions Where did all that pomp and circumstance come from? The Lord’s Day, part 5 Two-Kingdom vs. Transformationalism: What’s… Continue Reading

Machen, Hart, 2K, and Cultural transformation

Machen, Hart, 2K, and Cultural transformation

I continue to find this discussion by Hart and others about Two Kingdom Theology vs. Transformationalism intriguing and helpful. Part of the intramural debate among Presbyterians is whether or not Machen was one or the other. Hart cites these statements from Machen’s testimony before Congress concerning public education as proof that he was not transformationalist.… Continue Reading

Is culture the same as race?

Is culture the same as race?

The issue of culture is always of interest to those involved with worship for one obvious reason–the “cultural” aspects of worship, primarily music, poetry, and rhetoric, are what often cause the most controversy. Questions rising out of this include: Is musical style neutral? Are there some musical styles that are more fitting for worship than… Continue Reading

Should Christians love their country?

Should Christians love their country?

This is an interesting and relevant piece by D. G. Hart about the relationship between Christianity and love of country. I lean 2K (with some modifications), so Hart’s perspective resonates with me. However, my conservative impulses also move me to love my mother land and desire to uphold its traditions. I’d love to hear other… Continue Reading

What is race?

What is race?

There’s no question that the issue of race has been and continues to be a matter of severe debate in our country. I am convinced, however, that at least part of the problem is a lack of understanding of what race actually is (or even if it should be), and how it relates to other… Continue Reading

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 11)

Relevance is Irrelevant (Part 11)

This entry is part 11 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 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Modern American evangelicalism has a tendency to augment the preaching of the gospel with certain practices and cultural adaptations by which they believe the Word of God becomes “relevant” to unbelievers. I have been arguing that Paul’s “method of ministry” outlined in the… Continue Reading