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“New Song” and American Idol(atry)

March 4, 2009
“New Song” and American Idol(atry)

I've watched a few episodes of American Idol the last few weeks, especially the Final 36 competition. The three songs that I remember most were "oldies": one from the 80s and two from the 60s. Two of the songs, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966) and "Bette Davis Eyes" (1981), were deemed "too old-fashioned." Read more and watch the videos too.

Rev. Dr. Joel Beeke in “Reforming the Man of God” Manila Conference

February 23, 2009

More details in this post or in a downloadable brochure. Invite your friends in the Philippines!

The Perils of Contextualization

February 5, 2009

"As a result, many American pastors, missionaries, and evangelists today may know more about their target market than they do about the 'one Lord, one faith, and one baptism' that they share with the prophets and the apostles, the church fathers and reformers, or their brothers and sisters in China, Malawi, and Russia." - Dr. Michael Horton, Modern Reformation Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009.

The Significance of Covenant Theology in Reformed Eschatology

January 22, 2009
The Significance of Covenant Theology in Reformed Eschatology

Because they are so used to listening to the latest dispensational prophecy seminars, most evangelicals are disappointed and baffled when they hear that the "last days" and most chapters of Revelation encompass the period between the two comings of Jesus Christ, and not the seven-year tribulation period before the Rapture. Even more baffling to them is the teaching that the "signs of the times" are to continue within the inter-advental period, now over 2,000 years in duration.

Christless Christianity – a Smorgasbord

January 13, 2009

Many people are now "their own theologian-in-residence," and embrace an "unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs," mixing eclectic and syncretistic Christian and non-Christian views. Feelings and emotions are now king, while preaching and Bible study are disliked, resulting in even more Biblical illiteracy.

Are We Living in the “Last Days”?

December 12, 2008
Are We Living in the “Last Days”?

"We are the generation that will see the end times... and the return of Jesus," Hal Lindsey wrote in the 1980's. Like all false prophets dating back 2,000 years ago, from Montanus (150) to Melchior Hoffman (1533) to William Miller (1843-4), all of the current false prophets believe that ours is the "terminal generation."

What’s common between U. S. military prisons and churches? (updated in comments)

December 10, 2008

CBSNews.com reports that U. S. military detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay systematically used loud music on hundreds of suspected terrorist detainees. The tactic was designed "to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock." What does this have to do with churches?

The Tragic Aftermath of the First Protestant Thanksgiving Service

November 27, 2008

In 1564, a group of French Protestants (Huguenots), in order to flee persecution by French Catholics, landed near present-day Jacksonville, Florida, and set a day of Thanksgiving on June 30, 1564. Their leader, René de Laudonniere wrote, "We sang a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God, beseeching Him that it would please Him to continue His accustomed goodness towards us." Whether there was a Thanksgiving fellowship meal afterwards is not known; what is known are the tragic events that followed this joyful Thanksgiving service.

Christless Christianity

October 3, 2008

Churches are transforming the Faith into a form of consumerism, marketing, pragmatism, politics, entertainment and therapy. Christless Christianity reveals the big problem with American religion: countless sermons in churches across the country are focusing on moralistic concerns and personal transformation rather than Jesus Christ crucified and risen again.

Emergent Folks: Reforming or Conforming?

September 11, 2008

In a new book, Reforming or Conforming?: Post-Conservative Evangelicals and the Emerging Church, thirteen Reformed scholars take on postmodern evangelicals and provide a solid, biblical critique of their ideas.

Early Presbyterianism in the Philippines Part 2

July 29, 2008

After the American forces defeated the Spanish colonialists in the Philippines in 1898, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist leaders met in New York to discuss how to evangelize the new colony. The leaders signed a comity agreement "to unite all the evangelical forces in the Philippine Islands for the purpose of securing comity and effectiveness in their missionary operations."

Early Presbyterianism in the Philippines Part 1

July 3, 2008

The current discussion in this blog about the recent PCUSA General Assembly has led to some other threads of thought, including the Westminster Standards and early Presbyterianism in the Philippines, especially with regards to the founding of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo (Unida Evangelical Church).

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