What I Read Online – 06/29/2013 (a.m.)

    • Obedience must be in and through Christ. ‘He hath made us accepted in the beloved’ (Eph. 1:6). Not our obedience, but Christ’s merits procure acceptance. In every part of worship we must present Christ to God in the arms of our faith.

       

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    • It sets an unrealistic picture. Elders are supposed to be an example to their flock (1 Pet. 5.1-3). Can you imagine the perception of the young Christian listening to seminary-level lectures every week? It’s good for the pastor to read and enjoy these things, but the poor guy in the front row who’s struggling with reading his Bible is not going to be encouraged. He is going to feel hopelessly lost.

       

    • I’d argue that the Psalms should be the backbone of the sung element of the church’s worship.

       

    • But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by Himself, and so limited by His own revealed will, that He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the holy Scripture.

       

    • The upshot of all this is that the classical statement of the regulative principle in the Westminster Confession does not restrict corporate singing to the Psalms. Nor was exclusive psalmody the practice of Reformed churches across Europe at that time.
    • First, the Psalms do not explicitly reflect the full range of trinitarian revelation: neither the incarnation, life, ministry, death and resurrection, ascension, and heavenly session of Christ, nor the gift of the Spirit to the church
    • So, in sum, I would argue that churches are not required to sing Psalms exclusively. However, if it’s a choice between exclusive psalmody and contemporary worship choruses, exclusive psalmody is a far better option.

       

    • She knows what it means to be in the mundane routine of life, yet has discovered what is easy to forget and that is the way God is honored and the gospel is magnified in the everyday tasks of being a wife and mother in the home.  Christian women of all kinds should read this book and I submit that pastor’s wives will experience a particular encouragement from this book as it is well written from a faithful lady in the midst of ministry life
    • the real problem with busyness is our tendency to hide from Jesus in our busyness or substitute our busyness for Jesus
    • His primary emphasis is personal relaxation, sleep, and a day off from the grind. But that individualistic viewpoint actually serves to fuel our hyper-active lives, when the Sabbath was meant to remind us that we don’t exist for ourselves, at all!
    • , I am afraid that what is needed is a much crazier book than DeYoung has given us—a book that calls on God’s people to make counter-cultural decisions to live their lives in ways that are distinctively different than their neighbors. If our children see us bow in personal prayer each morning but otherwise ascribe to the world’s standards of what life should look like, we will never stop being crazy busy. We will only sanctify it in our children’s eyes and they will follow our steps into their own crazy busy future
    • In light of the sad events of the last week, I am hopeful that this “all political parties are the same” misconception can be put to rest once and for all.  In both the SCOTUS decision in support of homosexual marriage, and in the abortion debate in Texas, there was loud cheering on the one side and deep sadness on the other.  It’s hard to imagine a deeper divide.

       

    • “That house was…‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear and sadness.” (The Fellowship of the Ring [The Lord of the Rings, Part I; 2nd ed,; London/Sydney: Unwin Hyman, 1966], 237).

       

    • Worship pastors are free to choose from a wide range of songs that differentiate themselves in form, style, complexity and subject matter, as do the songs of Scripture. Yet the Canon of Bible songs show us that the overall makeup of our church hymnals or “song lists” should be distinctly Christian. They should testify about the God of creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the cross and the empty tomb, the God of Pentecost. In short, the songs in our worship services should paint a picture of the one true, triune God
    • Notice how cross-centered most of these anthems are. Even the songs we’ll sing in the consummation of all things will praise Christ as “the Lamb” who was slain for our sin.

       

    • However, today we are rejoicing that God broke the old Escape so that in their collision Allan and Angus were driving the 2010 Escape with all its modern safety standards and equipment. I think I counted at least six airbags that had deployed. As the salvage man said, “The car did its job well.”

       

      $2900 for the lives of my sons? I’ll take that, thanks. A LOT.

       

      On a slightly humorous note, our recently-purchased used tractor mower was also totalled this week! Transmission failure and again not worth repairing. I’m waiting to discover what disaster God is saving us from with that!

    • We aren’t feminine because a man is pursuing us. We aren’t less feminine because no man is pursuing us. Our femininity is not dependent on marriage or motherhood to be fully expressed. We are feminine from the moment we are conceived because that is God’s design, and He has a purpose for our femininity throughout various seasons of our lives.”
    • However, every time Christ saves an individual, He places him in a group. There is a corporate dimension to the kingdom of God that we must not overlook
    • However, ‘abortion’ didn’t bring laughter to the presenter—or presumably the radio audience. Nor did it seem to me that it was a matter of squirminess. It wasn’t an intuitive distaste that irked the listener. It wasn’t an irrational response to a peculiar sounding word or a mildly unpleasant emotion. She didn’t like ‘abortion’ because it sounded “violent”.
    • Nobody else suggested that their squirmy word should be banned from public broadcasting
    • The problem with the word had little to do with an unpleasant phoneme, and everything to do with an unpleasant reality
    • Death is such a profound challenge to our life we clothe it with rituals and euphemisms. We avoid normal language with words like “passing”, “departed”, or jokes about “kicking the bucket”. If death is so euphemized, killing, suicide and murder are almost unrecognizable in the language of spin and double-talk: “mercy killing” has become “euthanasia” and its 20th century verb “to euthanize”. Those who kill always want to censor public discussion—governments have used terms like “neutralizing” and “liquidating”.
    • However, as awful as killing is, it is not unforgivable
    • Abortion’ sounds violent because abortion is violent. ‘Termination’ may be a more acceptable and politically correct euphemism for abortion, but as with all euphemisms it clouds the discussion in confusion.

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About Joe Fleener

Lover of Christ & His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer
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