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The Theologian of the Cross

Carl Trueman provides a brief but relevant look at Martin Luther’s “theologian of the cross,” what that means, and its importance today. At this Reformation season, we should not reduce the insights of Luther simply to justification by grace through faith. In fact, this insight is itself inseparable from the notion of that of the theologians of the cross. Sad to

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How has popular culture changed the way we worship on Sunday mornings? An interview with T. David Gordon

Here is an interesting interview with T. David Gordon produced by the White Horse Inn.

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How should Christians approach culture?

I just finished a blog series at another site on a topic of interest to readers of this blog. The title of the series is “Christ the Sanctifier of Behavior,” and it deals with how Christians should approach the culture around them. In the series, I summarize the three most influential views regarding Christianity and culture, evaluate the strengths and

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Baptist Church Music Conference In Review

The Baptist Church Music Conference was held June 3-5 in Tulsa, OK. The theme for this year, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow…So Great a Cloud, was central in every concert and session. The executive council invited groups of all ages to perform, from the Brock Children’s Choir, under the direction of John Simons, an associate dean at Southwestern Seminary, to the Saints Alive Senior

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Pentecost Sunday

Note: This is the second installation of a series of posts concerning the major feast days of the Christian year. The first part can be found here. The high feast of Pentecost Sunday is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The focus of the remembrance is the giving of the Holy Spirit to the early disciples as recorded in

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White Horse Inn on The Worship Experience

Here is a good discussion about the problem with defining worship experience in emotive rather than theology terms.

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Fischer-Dieskau Dies at 86

One of the greatest voices of the 20th century, the celebrated baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died today. Famous for his interpretations of German Lieder, Fischer-Dieskau also performed and recorded many sacred masterpieces such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s War Requiem. A detailed account of his career can be found in an obituary from The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/18/dietrich-fischer-dieskau?newsfeed=true

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Ascension Day

Throughout the coming year I will be offering a series on the major feasts of the Christian Calendar. The series will include scriptural, hymnological, and choral resources regarding the liturgical celebrations. My hope is that we of the free church would become more conversant with many of the great liturgical traditions, making good use of those which would biblically and

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Florida School Launches New Sacred Music Degree

Reformation Bible College, recently founded by theologian, R. C. Sproul, will commence with its newest degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music. The courses will emphasize theological training, ministerial understanding, and a number of performance areas. Opportunities for study in the area of music for the church are continuing to grow. Check out what is going on with

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Worship with innumerable angels

Paul Clark, Jr. compares the spiritual worship highlighted in Hebrews 12 with the typical preoccupation with numbers in worship: Talk about a crowd!  Worship Leaders, what would it do to your sense of optimism if, rather than focusing on disappointment in a “low crowd” in Sunday worship, you instead helped those physically present in your worship space to realize the profound spiritual

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