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The Importance of Lyrics for Hymnody

Let me begin this post with two assertions:

  1. The lyrics of church music are important

  2. Picking the music sung in congregational worship is not a task to be taken lightly

I begin with those points because any discussion of church music is likely to be emotionally charged and painstakingly scrutinized, at best. My . . .

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August 30, 2006

Fulfilling the Law through love...

This morning I was reading in Romans 13 and was struck hard by verses 8-10 and Paul's connection between love and the Law:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall . . .

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August 06, 2006

What if they can't help it?

Over at Theonomy, Kobra has written a provoking post that at first glance would doubtless make many Evangelicals very uncomfortable. The bulk of his post makes some very sound and biblical observations concerning homosexuality and the church's attitude toward homosexuals (with which I agree completely). Before getting to his main idea, he . . .

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July 22, 2006

Catechesis and Children's Church

Ingrid at Slice of Laodicea has a great post about Catechesis, VBS, and teaching our children in church. Basically, in response to another reader, she laments the sad state of Evangelicalism and its sad preference of entertainment over teaching. She writes:

'Anything with substantive content is looked down on these days. . . .

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July 19, 2006

Context is king!

When drilling students on the meaning of particular passages in Scripture, my Greek professor used to repeatedly cry out, "Context is king!" In other words, like any written document, the proper understanding of a given word or phrase in the Bible has to logically connect it to the bigger picture (i.e., the context)...way back in . . .

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July 13, 2006


Well, I guess there is the need for some kind of obligatory 'opening statement' when one begins a blog and opens themselves up to the court of public opinion...or is there? Regardless, I suppose I should make a couple of remarks to answer the obvious question, "Why does the world need another blog?" Let's look at the . . .

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July 13, 2006