Articles Posted in the " church " Category



  • Reverence & Joy, Word & Sacraments in Worship

    Reverence & Joy, Word & Sacraments in Worship

    New Horizons magazine has a special issue on Worship in its June 2009 edition. Here’s an excerpt: “That the sacraments are sacred signs and seals of the covenant of grace and are the visible word of God tells us that they play a vital role as an element of worship. The central element of Reformed worship… is the reading, but especially the preaching, of the Word of God.”


  • How Pilgrims Persevere in Suffering

    How Pilgrims Persevere in Suffering

    In 1 Peter 4:12-19, the apostle reminds us that as pilgrims in this fallen world, we are not to be surprised, we are not to be ashamed, and we are not to doubt God’s faithfulness when sufferings come. This was how believers throughout history endured unimaginable sufferings.


  • Sacrament and Other Things “Catholic”

    “A Glossary of Terms Used in Reformed Churches Frequently Thought to be Catholic.”
    People from mainstream evangelical churches who visit Reformed churches usually come away with the feeling that they had been to a Roman Catholic Mass or something similar. For example, when they hear us mention sacrament, they imagine a priest conducting Holy Communion. And in the Apostles’ Creed, why do we “believe in the holy catholic church”?



  • Abominable…. “worship” (of whom?)

    Abominable…. “worship” (of whom?)

    “The service was, in many ways, a multifaceted microcosm of a lot that is wrong with the church at large today. I remember sitting in the room and looking around at the earnest faces as they concentrated on the crashing waves, or empathized with the linguistic struggles of the spontaneous inclusive language guy, or were carried heavenward by the mellifluous tone of Mr G’s saxophone” – Carl Trueman


  • Tagalog-English Westminster Confession

    Tagalog-English Westminster Confession

    Today, I picked up from the printer 100 copies of the Westminster Confession of Faith Tagalog-English Diglot Version. Anyone interested in getting a copy may write a comment here or email me at dvopilgrimatgmaildotcom. The cost is 120 pesos, and the proceeds will be used to print more copies.


  • Beeke Conference Outline Notes

    Beeke Conference Outline Notes

    “Apart from election, no one will be saved because we are all totally depraved. Election compels evangelism. Election leads to holiness. Rejecting particular redemption leads to a confusion among the Persons of the Trinity in the work of salvation.” — Dr. Joel R. Beeke



  • “Christian” youth (and adults) are Biblical idiots

    “Christian” youth (and adults) are Biblical idiots

    Two recent surveys again confirm what we already know: the current Biblical illiteracy in the church. What are our church youth getting fed? Simply, junk such as fun and games, delirious, frenzied, ecstatic, mind-numbing noise as “praise and worship,” and moralistic, therapeutic homilies as “sermons.”