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To Young Evangelicals: Don’t Swim from Willow Creek to the Tiber; Swim to Lake Geneva

July 19, 2013
To Young Evangelicals: Don’t Swim from Willow Creek to the Tiber; Swim to Lake Geneva

So if you're one of those "young evangelicals" whose minds have been emptied out by the mindless cacophony of your "Willow Creek" church, don't swim back to the Tiber. You have another option, a great one: swim to "Lake Geneva" where your minds will be fed with "true, deep, intellectually robust spirituality" of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

The Surprising Origins of the Thanksgiving Hymn

November 23, 2011
The Surprising Origins of the Thanksgiving Hymn

Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing." It's a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims' experience in overcoming religious persecution.

“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

December 17, 2010
“Angels near the earth with golden harps” and other old but strange songs

New and improved versus old, obsolete and traditional. Our culture idolizes whatever is new. A couple of years after buying a car, a computer, or an iPhone, we regret having bought them then and not today. Sometimes we don’t even know that what we bought was already obsolete before it even left the checkout counter. […]

A Cloud of Witnesses Shows Us How to Run the Race of Life

October 26, 2010
A Cloud of Witnesses Shows Us How to Run the Race of Life

Although most of our loved ones were not martyred for their faith, they too are our “heroes of the faith,” persevering through all kinds of sufferings, persecutions, and trials in this world. They too counted themselves as merely pilgrims and strangers in this world, but now reside in their homeland—a better city and country.

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572

August 27, 2009
St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572

Some of us seem to be all too willing to cast aside that for which our brothers and sisters paid with their blood, whether it is the doctrine of justification sola fide or the regulative principle of worship (i.e. sola Scriptura). Those Reformed folk who died in the frenzy of anti-Protestant violence did not die singing cheap and tawdry choruses.

Calvin and Public Worship

July 13, 2009

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...

Sacrament and Other Things “Catholic”

June 9, 2009

"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"?

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