Articles Posted in the " church " Category


  • God’s Grace for His Own Special Possession

    God’s Grace for His Own Special Possession

    Paul connects three of his major themes in his epistles: God’s grace in election, redemption and sanctification. We are his own chosen possession, redeemed and cleansed from all our sins and uncleannesses, and as elect and redeemed people, we are to live godly and righteous lives in this present age while waiting for our blessed hope in the age to come.


  • Roman Catholic (Mega)Church?

    Roman Catholic (Mega)Church?

    A friend, pastor of an evangelical church in Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila, received a comment on his blog from a devotee of the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran. The comment has echoes of the evangelical mindset of big numbers and budgets as indicators of success and God’s blessing.


  • A Ruler and Shepherd Born in Bethlehem

    A Ruler and Shepherd Born in Bethlehem

    As you celebrate Christmas, remember that as a Christian, you have a King from Bethlehem who rules over your lives. Is Jesus the King of your lives? And as your Shepherd, do you know his voice when he calls you, and follow his commands as he leads you in your earthly pilgrimage?


  • WWJ. . .

    WWJ. . .

    Who said this?: “Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law.”


  • Psalm 46: God is Our Refuge, Strength and Help

    Psalm 46: God is Our Refuge, Strength and Help

    Tens of thousands of people in the Metro Manila area and several provinces suffered in the onslaught of record rainfall from Storm Ketsana. God has encouraging words for them as well as those of us who were not affected much by the storm. Psalm 46 is one chapter that assures and quiets our souls, especially in times of great distress such as this.


  • Calvin 500 Symposium in the Philippines

    Calvin 500 Symposium in the Philippines

    Presbyterian Theological Seminary is holding a symposium to commemorate the 500th Birthday Anniversary of John Calvin (1509-1564) on October 9-10, 2009. I have been invited to speak in one of the group sessions in the afternoon of the second day on the topic “Calvin and the Reformation of Worship.”



  • Spies on a Mission in the Promised Land

    Spies on a Mission in the Promised Land

    Christian, Jesus is your “spy” who knows everything about your Promised Land because he came down from there. He assures you that your Promised Land is the heavenly city, beautiful and abounding in God’s blessings. Its inhabitants are not wicked enemies you have to fight and conquer, but righteous friends with whom you will fellowship for eternity. Its fortifications do not just reach up to heaven, but the city is in heaven itself, safe and secure from all evil.



  • Calvin and Public Worship

    Calvin and Public Worship

    A couple of years ago on Reformation Day, October 31, 2007, I wrote an article about John Calvin’s treatise “On the Necessity of Reforming the Church,” in which I discussed his views on the public worship of God in the church. Here it is…