What Advent Is All About This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. For those of you who have not observed Advent before–and I’m assuming that most folks did not grow up doing so– it’s the season of the church year that comes before Christmas. While it certainly has a connection to Christmas, it is…

Taking God’s Name In Vain The 10 Commandments are a part of basic Christianity right? Every Christian should know them, and they are the kind of thing you learn as children. But it’s probably been a while since you’ve really looked over them or thought about them in detail. My guess is that you would…

The Church Has An Identity Crisis Books and magazine articles about pastoral ministry often say that the modern church has lost its way and is in something of an identity crisis. Pastors are modeling themselves after corporate CEOs, talk-show hosts, or even celebrities and comedians. Writers as different as John Piper and Eugene Peterson have…

Where Do We Get Our Ideas For Worship Styles? Most of the debates over worship style are reduced to the question, “Is it allowed?” Traditionally-minded people who don’t like contemporary worship argue something like, “You can’t do that!” When those arguments fail, the assumption is often “Well, since it’s not against the rules, we should…

“How Come Churches Don’t Talk About This Stuff?” — On Teaching Teenagers the Basics of the Bible   I volunteer for Geneva Classical Academy for about 2 hours a week. Currently, I am teaching an elective course on world religions to 10th and 11th graders. My class is small and precocious, which is the norm…

Should We Keep Our Children In The Worship Service? If we had to pick the one practice of our church that sets it apart from other churches in our area, it would have to be the inclusion of young children in most of what we do, especially the worship. Some people call this “a family-integrated…

Should We Baptize Infants? Paedobaptism or the practice of baptizing the infants of believing parents is a minority position within Evangelical Christianity. Historically Anglican/Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and some Methodists have baptized infants, but Baptists, Pentecostals, and many other types of “Evangelicals” have not. These latter groups have outnumbered the rest over the last century, and…

This Sunday evening we’re meeting for another Table Talk. There will be good food, drinks, and conversation, as we continue working our way through the topics of systematic theology. This week’s topic will be the formation of the canon of Scripture. We’ll be talking about the major questions concerning canonicity: what it is and how…

Last night at our Table Talk, we continued the topic of divine revelation and focused on the nature of the Bible. We concluded the night by talking about the Protestant principle of sola Scriptura, and I thought it would be helpful to give a summary of that discussion here. Sola Scriptura The Protestant Reformation held…

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