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April 10, 2017 Resources: Luther’s Bar Music; Insanity & Hope; The Rationality of Faith; Perfect Worship

“Martin Luther used the common drinking songs of his day as the tunes for his hymns,” they say. “So, we can too.” This one is of special note to me because I once had an intellectually brilliant and seminary-trained young man use a similar line in a conversation we were having about appropriate musical styles for worship. At the time, I did not know he was mistaken and had no answer. I’ve heard the claim repeated since then, but thankfully have also heard it thoroughly debunked. Here’s one example of the de-bunking (use CTRL+F to search the article for the word “bar” and also read the comments at the bottom where Scott Aniol more specifically addresses German “Bar Form”). The claim is simply not true (as it is usually intended) and the reason for the misunderstanding shows tremendous ignorance in this area on the part of the one trying to argue for it. (And let’s face it, even if it were 100% true, would we really want to sign off on everything Luther did and said? Me thinks not.)

The insanity of secularism and the genuine hope of Christianity

Premoderns believe that truth is “up there.” Moderns believe that truth is “out there.” Postmoderns believe that truth is “in here.” Without using these specific terms, Steven Anderson illustrates that Christians are premoderns and that faith in “up there” truth is not only not irrational, it is the only rational option.

There is only one possible perfection in every worship service, and though you can probably guess what it is, this is a helpful practical article of how to incorporate it.


February 6, 2017 Resources: Worship Music; Abortion; Retirement; Politics and the OT; Four Volumes Project

Mark Snoeberger of Detroit Seminary writes an interesting article on the choice of musical styles in corporate worship.

Abortion, and political expediency

On Christian retirement

My favorite quote of 2017 comes from Kevin DeYoung in this article: “And when in doubt, let’s all feel free not to say anything at all (!) about a complicated issue that we’ve been thinking about in between Dude Perfect videos.” Three cheers for DeYoung. As I’ve said before, sometimes we just need to shut up while working to rectify our obvious ignorance of the issue at hand.

For the many Facebook Ph.Ds who have magically developed into Old Testament scholars in the last two weeks, this is a good starter. After 15 or so more years of intense Bible reading and study, the world may benefit by hearing from you again.

Parents: This looks like a very promising project. Joseph Hyink aims to help you and your children learn the content of each chapter of Scripture.

October 31, 2016 Resources: Worship in Exile; Andy Stanley; The Reality of Him and Her; Conversion

I recently attended a seminar at Calvary Baptist Church in Wakefield, MI that covered the topic of worship, and specifically, how to worship the Lord in a foreign land. Just like the Jews in Babylon, we are worshipers in exile. The seminar was based on the lament of Psalm 137 and the main speaker, Scott Aniol, has a recent book that encapsulates very well the issues he covered at the seminar. Ironically, just a few days before the seminar, Ligonier Ministries posted an article on the exact same topic. This is a good thing for us to be thinking about as we realize more and more the truth that has always been present: we are strangers and exiles in a foreign land. How ought we then to worship?

To a mature Christian, the authority, inerrancy, and infallibility of Scripture matter deeply. Which is why, if you are a believer who is still giving ear to what comes from Andy Stanley’s pulpit, you would be wise to cut his influence from your life.

Here is an excellent piece on reality – the ways in which our culture is attacking it, and why preserving it is important.

The problem of “asking Jesus into my heart

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