Why does our pastor monopolize our worship service? He does and he doesnâ€™t. He leads the whole service, but this does not mean he monopolizes the service. In fact, our service is profoundly more participatory than the run-of-the-mill evangelical service.
In Mark 7:2-5, the Pharisees are said to practice ceremonial washing of the hands before eating, and "many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing (baptismos) of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches." Immersing dining couches?
With this principle of "covenant solidarity," it would have been unthinkable for Jews who became Christians to exclude their wives and children from the covenant household.
Today, one of my Facebook friends publicly shared that he has arrived at a major life decision after a long journey. After three years of attending a United Reformed Church, never as a member but as one open to the possibility of the Reformed position of baptism, and having read many of the major works [...]
Jeremiah 29:11 is not a promise to the man on the street that God loves him, that God has â€œa wonderful planâ€ for his life.
So Christ was sent into "the world" in order to save "everyone who believes," not to merely make salvation possible to everyone.
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 22:15-25; Revelation 3:7-13 A sermon preached by Rev. Nollie Malabuyo on January 17, 2009 at Davao United Covenant Reformed Church on the occasion of their 10th Anniversary To download a printer-friendly PDF version of this sermon, click here. Introduction When Vic Bernales, Pete Dimaya and I considered starting Sunday worship services in [...]
For those into a New Year's resolution of reading through the Bible in 2010, here's a useful article comparing different plans available online. UPDATE: You can download the podcast and listen while stuck in rush hour traffic. The daily reading is only about as long as 4-5 songs on your iPod.
Professing Christians among American football, basketball and baseball stars should take their cue from Scotland rugby star Euan Murray, who has resolved to skip Sunday games.
Are you tired of singing mindless repetitive ditties? Do you want to fill your minds and hearts with the beauty of the Psalms and other Scriptures? Learn how to sing the Psalter by singing along with the lyrics and tunes.
Ultimately, the modern "altar call," venerated and almost universally practiced by evangelicals since the time of Finney, has its roots that date all the way back to the 5th century Pelagian heresy. And yet, if there was an Evangelical Hall of Fame, Charles G. Finney would take a prominent place there.
Unintelligible babbling known as "speaking in tongues" in the modern Pentecostal movement is widely practiced in cults and even in non-Christian and pagan religions. But this practice is not only a recent phenomenon, but was common in pagan worship long before Christ came.