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The Teaching Office

The Teaching Office

The clear prescription of the New Testament is that pastors are teachers of churches. To put it more precisely, pastors are the teachers of their churches. Granted, in some sense all believers are supposed to teach, edify, and admonish one another. Nevertheless, the actual burden for the instruction of the flock rests upon pastors. The… Continue Reading

Luther on the centrality of the Word in worship

Luther on the centrality of the Word in worship

Martin Luther did not want to revolutionize completely the traditional worship of the Western church. He did, however, believe that preaching of the Word had been sorely neglected. In 1523, he published some instructions on the “Order of Public Worship,” and therein he identified three errors that were common in papal worship services: (1) the… 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

Brazil Trip Report

Brazil Trip Report

Last week I returned from a two week trip to Brazil. It was an enjoyable and rewarding trip. I began and ended the trip in Sau Paulo but spent the majority of the time at Cariri Baptist Seminary in Crato, a city in the northeast. Each morning I lectured to a group of 65-70 seminary… Continue Reading

Teaching children hymns: recommendations

Teaching children hymns: recommendations

Last week I argued that, if we are committed to conservative worship, it only follows that we should be committed to perpetuating conservative worship in the next generation. We want to continue developing this theme as we post at the Religious Affections blog. What hymns might we teach children? Before I name some specific recommendations, there… Continue Reading

Teach children hymns

Teach children hymns

We believe that the great Christian tradition of hymnody should be perpetuated. We treasure the invaluable contributions of the saints to our corporate and private worship in the great texts and tunes. Artistically, we admire the great hymns’ beauty and profundity. Intellectually, we appreciate their imaginative but careful communication of great Christian theology. Experientially, these… Continue Reading

Help support Brazil missions trip

I want to let you know about an exciting ministry opportunity that the Lord has opened up for us. Becky and I have been asked by Ed Alexander, veteran missionary to Brazil, to minister at their annual Music Ministry Conference in Curitiba, Brazil this July 5-14, 2010. The Alexanders have been leading this conference for… Continue Reading

A Conservative Worship Symposium is coming to a city near you!

Introducing the Conservative Worship Symposium, a one-day, regional gathering of conservative pastors, music directors, and other church leaders. The symposium, held in several regions of the country throughout the year, gathers together knowledgeable teachers of conservative worship to instruct church leaders about: principles of conservative worship, implementing these principles consistently in the local church, and communicating these principles to their… 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

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

Your turn: What have you done to teach children how to worship?

Your turn: What have you done to teach children how to worship?

We’ve been discussing the topic of teaching children to worship here for some time, and now I’d like to get your feedback. I’ve offered suggestions and examples of things I’ve done both at home and in our church to encourage God-centered worship among children, particularly with helping them learn and love classic hymns. What are… Continue Reading

The Teaching Power of Music

The Teaching Power of Music

I spoke today at the Michigan Association of Christian Schools Teachers Convention. This is the lecture I presented. My task today is to convince you that it is important that music be a part of your classroom. My goal is to persuade you that music is essential to your students’ educational development. For some of… Continue Reading

Why Sing?

Why Sing?

Why do we use music in worship? This may seem like an odd question. Most — if not all — churches have music, don’t they? This is just how it has always been, right? I think this is a very important question because how you answer the question is one of the factors that will… Continue Reading

Introducing Religious Affections Ministries!

Introducing Religious Affections Ministries!

I am very excited to announce the launch of a new ministry intended to help local churches think through issues related to worship, music, culture, and aesthetics. My intent is to provide pastors and other Christians with the necessary tools and resources to come to God-pleasing decisions in these areas. This newly-designed web site is… Continue Reading