October 2008 Archives

Calvinistic Methodism and Rock 'n' Roll

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Most of you reading this will wonder whether this is some conspiracy by Derek Thomas to wind up Carl Trueman by posting a review of two 700 page volumes on 'Welsh Cavinistic Fathers.' I'm all for getting on Trueman's goat and look forward to his responses on the blog. continue

The Advantage of Virtual Church

Article by   October 2008
All the time the local church is bleeding because people have lost their commitment to the nitty gritty of church life. Some are frustrated that their ministers aren't half as good as the ones they hear online. continue

The Digitization of Sinaiticus and its Media Beepbop

Article by   October 2008
According to the online Urban Dictionary, the word 'beepbop' is not really a word at all: it is a nonsense word to be used only when you want to really annoy someone. In that case, the British Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the BBC, or more affectionately as 'the Beeb', has aired its own sort of 'beepbop' in its coverage of the digitization of the Codex Sinaiticus. continue

Do Hard Things

Article by   October 2008
Hard things are defined as those things that are outside your comfort zone: going beyond what is expected or required, are too big to accomplish alone, don't earn an immediate payoff, and challenge the cultural norm. As more and more young people take the challenge of doing hard things, the three pillars come into play. continue

How Should I Benefit from Communion?

Article by   October 2008
At a time when Reformed churches are taking the celebration and frequency of the Lord's Supper more seriously, the question 'How Should I Benefit From Communion?' is timely. Many helpful books and articles have been written on how the believer can and should benefit from partaking the Lord's Supper. At the heart of most of them the believer is encouraged to meditate on Christ, particularly on his self-giving, love constraining sacrifice. continue

Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Article by   October 2008
A broken leg gets more attention than the nagging pain in your side. But the attention we give to an illness is not always an accurate judge of its severity. The break may heal where the nagging pain betrays something far more serious. Worldliness is a nagging pain in the Christian's soul. It does not get the kind of attention that more public acute sins garner, but it is equally if not more deadly than many other temptations. continue

Praise Seeking Understanding

Article by   October 2008
Of course we want to read Scripture like the great church father that shaped so much of the church's theology, and, if we understand Jesus' lecture on Biblical Theology on the Emmaus Road in Luke 24, we also want to read the Scripture Christologically. But beneath the surface, Byassee has an axe to grind. continue

The Freedom of the Christian Market

Article by   October 2008
Since arriving in the US some seven years ago, I have become accustomed to questions asking me what it is like to come from a socialist country.  Now, I'm not sure exactly what constitutes a `socialist' country; but in the... continue

Watching Movies to the Glory of God

Article by   October 2008
Our God is a storytelling God. Much of the Bible is narrative, and a lot of that narrative is something that would give our children nightmares. continue

Fit For A King

Article by   October 2008
Those of you who have been introduced to Ridderbos may think a discussion of the kingdom involves a long, tedious and boring excursion. I hope that is not the case. What I have to say will not be as long and I hope not as tedious Ridderbos. continue
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