“Mega-churches across the country’s heartland have served as the training grounds for many of the Fox show’s contestants, with parishioners doing their part with prayers and text votes.”–Scott Collins, LA Times.
Really? If Moses were alive today, he would have died laughing at the “Intercessors for the Philippines,” a group of Filipinos so gullible to the deception of Cindy Jacobs, a well-known false prophet.
The Conference on Theology in Manila featuring Dr. Michael Horton enlightened many Filipino believers on what exactly are these Reformed “doctrines of grace,” and how these are different from evangelicalism’s doctrine of salvation.
Paul connects three of his major themes in his epistles: Godâ€™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.
God commands us to worship him regularly and continually. His word is the standard by which our worship would be acceptable to him. We are to offer sacrifices to him to be able to come before him in worship and thanksgiving.
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.”
Are you tired of singing mindless repetitive ditties? Do you want to fill your minds and hearts with the beauty of the Psalms and other Scriptures? Learn how to sing the Psalter by singing along with the lyrics and tunes.
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.”
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…
When we are fully obedient to Godâ€™s word in our pilgrimage, and when we invite others to join us, God promised to bring us together to our Promised Land, a place that will be for us a “resting place” (Numbers 10:11-36).
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.”
While preparing for a book table at the recently-concluded Manila Conference on Theology, I thought it would be useful to introduce others to the Reformed faith through a booklet that has essays on Reformed basics.