Browsing Tag »Worship«

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."

“Could Instruments Be Idols?”

May 7, 2008
“Could Instruments Be Idols?”

Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, has quite a challenging post about musical instruments in worship: "Could Instruments Be Idols?" He points out two major problems with the use of musical instruments in worship.

Why Ordain Ministers?

May 3, 2008

Why ordination? This question might be on the minds of many evangelicals whenever they hear of someone (like myself) being ordained to be a minister or pastor of a church. In this age of anti-intellectualism and anti-authority coupled with a low view of Scripture, creeds, church, and ministers, ordination is looked upon as unusual, unnecessary, and maybe even Roman Catholic.

Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

April 18, 2008
Psalm 98 vs “Shout to the Lord”

Contemporary evangelical music was the highlight of last Wednesday's "American Idol" show when contestants sang the first line of "Shout to the Lord" as "My shepherd, my savior," instead of "My Jesus, my Savior."

Purpose Drivel Quotes

April 9, 2008

My daughter came home today telling me that in their Bible class, they’ll be reading and discussing Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. I thought that PDL has just about disappeared from the scene, but I was mistaken. Although evangel­­icals are as faddish as a 30-second sound byte, they also have a way of clinging to […]

The Latin Mass and its Sibling, Evangelical Worship

March 27, 2008

"It has been said that the traditional Latin Mass is the most beautiful thing this side of heaven... The service "draws you in bodily by appealing to the physical senses, but it also provokes and draws in the soul." says one worshiper. And he "feels closer to God when he smells the burning incense, hears the bells intone, and sees the symphony of symbolic gestures and movements among the congregants."

Sinai worship: “altered state of awareness”

March 4, 2008

Moses and Israelites high on Mount Sinai trip [T]here were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled… The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly (Exodus 19:16-18). […]

Reformed Worship Part 3: Worship Must Be Historical

February 25, 2008
Reformed Worship Part 3: Worship Must Be Historical

Evangelicals have no knowledge as to what the church's worship and music was like only a few decades ago. They have no connectedness to the past, and will surely be disconnected from the future.

A Tale of Two New Year Prophecies

January 1, 2008

It’s the beginning of a new year again, and with it, are a couple of contrasting prophecies. I think of Pat Robertson’s annual false prophecy bash – remember his January 2007 prediction of a huge terrorist attack on the U. S. in which possibly millions will die? If he hasn’t repented of his false teachings, […]

5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

December 17, 2007
5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

Every Christmas, Christians debate whether it should be celebrated or not. Reformed believers in particular question whether this celebration violates the regulative principle, a principle that upholds the primacy of Scripture in worship, doctrine, and practice: The acceptable way of worshiping the true God has been instituted by himself, and so limited by his own […]

The Malling of Evangelicalism

September 7, 2007
The Malling of Evangelicalism

Non-threatening. Relevance. Love. Coffee shop. Fun and games. These are the code words for today's evangelical churches. But what about church words like these: Offense of the cross. Sin. God's wrath. Liturgy. Sacrament. Suffering. None of that irrelevance - the Bible is out, Starbucks (or Purpose-Driven Life) is in.

The One True Church?

July 11, 2007
The One True Church?

Does the Roman church exhibit any of these three marks? Maybe some, maybe sometimes. For sure, the true gospel of justification by faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone is not preached. Does the Roman church properly administer the sacraments in believing the doctrine of transubstantiation and baptismal regeneration? No. Does the Roman church exercise discipline among its clergy and people? We know it certainly does not.

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