I haven't regularly posted anything for almost eight months now...seems everytime I begin to 'journal' I get pretty sidetracked and let things fall by the wayside quickly. More than that, I had initially begun writing primarily for my old Sunday School class audience, but a move, a new job, a new church, and a new pace of life in . . .
A Long Pause...(silence)...
The Importance of Lyrics for Hymnody
Let me begin this post with two assertions:
The lyrics of church music are important
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .