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What About Wine in the Lord’s Supper?

July 25, 2017

While Scripture condemns drunkenness (Deu 21:20; Prv 20:1; Rom 13:13; 1Cor 6:10; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:18; 1Pet 4:3), it also says that wine is not inherently evil, but even good. Note that the word for good wine used in the wedding at Cana (Grk oinos) is the same word used in Ephesians 5:18, “And do […]

5 Short Takeoffs from “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful”

December 30, 2016

As a follow-up to my previous post, "Ow, C'mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.

7 Similarities Between Contemporary Worship and the Golden Calf Worship

November 10, 2015
7 Similarities Between Contemporary Worship and the Golden Calf Worship

Where did they get “contemporary” worship music and practices? From the celebrity and entertainment world.

The Necessity of Not Neglecting the Lord’s Day Worship

October 8, 2015
The Necessity of Not Neglecting the Lord’s Day Worship

How do we get ready for the return of Christ? By entering the Most Holy Place as a community with our praise and thanksgiving to God and supplications for our needs.

4 Tragic Results of Pagan Contemporary Worship

October 8, 2015
4 Tragic Results of Pagan Contemporary Worship

Music is viewed as a means to facilitate an encounter with God; it will move us closer to God. In this schema, music becomes a means of mediation between God and man. But this idea is closer to ecstatic pagan practices than to Christian worship.

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

December 4, 2013
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

During the week before Christmas Day, seven “Great ‘O’ Antiphons,” each of them in praise and wonderment (“O”) of an Old Testament name for the coming Messiah, were chanted.

“Reforming Worship” by Michael Horton

October 24, 2013
“Reforming Worship” by Michael Horton

So too, today, churches are now like shopping malls. And the smaller, more traditional churches that can’t afford the lights, cameras and action watch their congregations run off to the biggest, latest mall that’s just been built on the outskirts of town. The problem is, you can see a mall that was built just a decade ago and it’s already out-of-fashion. Its shops are closing one by one because the consumers have now moved over to the latest megamall.

Resources for Preparing for Communion Sunday

October 17, 2013
Resources for Preparing for Communion Sunday

This time of quiet and rest from regular work gives people time to search their lives and souls with a view to confession of sin ... focus on Psalms and Scriptures related to conviction of sin, contrition and repentance.

How Leviticus 9 Informs Our Worship Service

August 28, 2013
How Leviticus 9 Informs Our Worship Service

Our current sermon series is Leviticus 9 in which we study and meditate on the offerings described in this chapter and elsewhere.

Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

May 23, 2013
Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but "boring" to many evangelicals.

Twilight Saga and Beatles as Worship Songs

May 18, 2013
Twilight Saga and Beatles as Worship Songs

"The Twilight song sounds and feels like a worship song, but only Jesus Culture's 'Happy Day' is the real worship song."

Why We Sing “Gloria Patri” and Other Doxologies

October 29, 2012
Why We Sing “Gloria Patri” and Other Doxologies

A doxology is simply a psalm or hymn sung, or words recited, in praise of God. Many doxologies are found throughout the Bible, and they were used in synagogue and early Christian worship.

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