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Who Says We're Dumbing Down?

Contemporary American Christianity is often accused of consciously 'dumbing down' in a number of areas including theology and worship. The lack of academic achievement in public schools over the past several decades has resulted in downward spiraling performance expectations from our students simply in order to continue promoting . . .

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May 03, 2007

An Article from Newsweek

Here's a thought-provoking article that appeared in Newsweek this week, concerning the Chaplaincy, especially in the Army. As one who has not deployed in almost ten years, and even then to Air Force locations that were near by no means in the center of hostilities, I cannot imagine the stress these chaplains are under as they seek to . . .

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April 30, 2007

Blogging Renewed...

I haven't regularly posted anything for almost eight months now...seems everytime I begin to 'journal' I get pretty sidetracked and let things fall by the wayside quickly. More than that, I had initially begun writing primarily for my old Sunday School class audience, but a move, a new job, a new church, and a new pace of life in . . .

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April 29, 2007

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The Importance of Lyrics for Hymnody

Let me begin this post with two assertions:

  1. The lyrics of church music are important

  2. Picking the music sung in congregational worship is not a task to be taken lightly

I begin with those points because any discussion of church music is likely to be emotionally charged and painstakingly scrutinized, at best. My . . .

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August 30, 2006

Fulfilling the Law through love...

This morning I was reading in Romans 13 and was struck hard by verses 8-10 and Paul's connection between love and the Law:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall . . .

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August 06, 2006

What if they can't help it?

Over at Theonomy, Kobra has written a provoking post that at first glance would doubtless make many Evangelicals very uncomfortable. The bulk of his post makes some very sound and biblical observations concerning homosexuality and the church's attitude toward homosexuals (with which I agree completely). Before getting to his main idea, he . . .

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July 22, 2006

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