Tag Archives: medium

Saying what God said how he said it

Saying what God said how he said it

Kerry McGonigal makes a very good point that is true not only for preaching, but also for all forms of communicating biblical truth. A snippet: As expository preachers we may be passionately committed to saying what God said. And well we should. But are we also committed to saying what God said in a way… Continue Reading

Is the Bible Enough?

I continue to receive e-mails concerning seemingly more and more common explanations of Sola Scriptura that in effect strip it down to nothing more than what Kevin Bauder calls Nuda Scriptura. You can read a good explanation of the doctrine by Jason Parker here, along with links to more pertinent articles. Along the same lines,… Continue Reading

The Enlightenment and Christian Hymnody

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This far in our journey we have witnessed an almost unbroken stream of Judeo-Christian tradition. From King David to Lutheran composer Johann Crüger (1598-1662) we find a slow and steady cultivation of poetic and musical forms. There were certainly bumps in the road and many changes along the way, yet for around 1800 years the quality… Continue Reading

Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns

I don’t have time to do a full-fledged review of this new book by T. David Gordon (author of Why Johnny Can’t Preach), but I do want to highly recommend it to you. I couldn’t agree more with Gordon’s approach, underlying assumptions, and conclusions in this book. Gordon argues that pop culture has so changed… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? No.

Here are links to my discussion of Christian rap in response to Mark Dever’s 9Marks interview with Shai Linne: The Presuppositions Believers and Depravity Neutral Things Culture Evaluating Hip Hop If you’d like to comment or debate particular points, please do so at the appropriate post. Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? Evaluating Hip Hop

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Today we finally arrive at a discussion of the nature of rap itself. This post will be beneficial for you, however, only if you accept the following assertions on made on Monday: Man is completely depraved and thus cannot trust his own preferences implicitly. Music is a medium of human communication and thus must be… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? Culture

Can Rap be Christian? Culture

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We are discussing Christian rap this week in response to Mark Dever’s recent interview with Shai Linne and Curtis Allen. Monday I argued three important points: Man is completely depraved and thus cannot trust his own preferences implicitly. Music is a medium of human communication and thus must be carefully evaluated to determine whether its… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? Neutral Things

Can Rap be Christian? Neutral Things

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

As we discuss the issue of Christian rap, I am moving toward an evaluation of the form itself. But before we get there I must lay the necessary groundwork to prove that such an evaluation is necessary or even possible. Monday I argued three important points: Man is completely depraved and thus cannot trust his… Continue Reading

Can Rap be Christian? The Presuppositions

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Can Rap Be Christian You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Are “Christian” and “rap” mutually exclusive? Mark Dever’s answer after a 9Marks interview with Shai Linne and Curtis Allen (Voice): “Hardly.” This from one of the most conservative evangelicals alive today. It is primarily for that reason that I’d like to make a few comments about the interview. If this is what one of the most… Continue Reading

Mark Dever on visual elements in worship

Mark Dever on visual elements in worship

From Matthew Pinson, ed., J. Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views. City: B&H Academic, 2009. The day will come when we will worship God by sight (Rev 22:4), but until that day New Testament worship is worship of the living Word as we hear and heed His Word in our lives. In that sense, true… Continue Reading

A critique of contemporary worship by Ligon Duncan

A critique of contemporary worship by Ligon Duncan

From Matthew Pinson, J., Perspectives on Christian Worship: Five Views (B&H Academic, 2009) pp. 111-112. Consequently, when evangelicals consider circumstances (such as having a “contemporary style” of music) as key to the effectiveness of public worship, or as the distinctive of a particular congregation’s approach to corporate worship, they manifest, and perhaps even foster in their… Continue Reading