On the Cultivation of Christian Tradition
We affirm the importance of beginning our pursuit of sound worship and holy living within the bounds of traditions that we have inherited from the saints of the entire church age
“One of the recognizable characteristics of those Protestants who were not identified with the magisterial Reformation, is a distrust of tradition. In an oft-noted irony, this has led to many churches upholding an unexamined and hardened tradition of anti-traditionalism. The New Testament, however, repeats an emphasis on the central responsibility of receiving and passing down,... Continue Reading
On Popular Culture
We affirm that much of popular culture is largely formulaic, sentimentalized, and tends toward banality and narcissism
“We deny that a rejection of popular culture is tantamount to elitism or a disdain for the average believer. We also deny that there are no contemporary examples of orthopathy, or that orthopathy exists solely in the past.” This is a series to further explain the articles of “A Conservative Christian Declaration.” We affirm that... Continue Reading
On Works Of The Imagination
We deny that God can be known and rightly loved solely through cognition and the understanding of objective propositional statements about God.
“Today most people consider works of imagination as enjoyable distractions, but of little real significance. Even most Christians assume that their cognitive beliefs about God are important, but musical or poetic expressions about God have little purpose beyond making truth about God interesting, enjoyable, or exciting. This leads to the conclusion that what works of... Continue Reading
Three Things this Methodist Learned from Calvinists
Here are three ways in particular that I've benefited from the Reformed tradition
In his sermon on “The General Deliverance,” Wesley concluded that, whatever happens, “[God] will certainly do what will be most for his own glory.” I nearly fell off my chair in surprise and excitement to find in Wesley this deeply biblical truth that I had learned from Calvinists. God will do what brings him the... Continue Reading
Do Those Who Deny that Man-Made Global Warming is a Serious Threat Practice Pseudoscience?
Thoughts on the ETS conference on Creation Care
I also thought Moo and Bauckham should have answered why they believed certain scientists over others. Bauckham dismissed Beisner’s references to other Scientists as practicing pseudo-science. I think this is an unfair, unwarranted, and unproven accusation. If Moo and Bauckham make an argument in the fields of Old or New Testament or Theology, they expect... Continue Reading
Teaching Historical Sense to a Sophisticated and Discerning Lady (Aged 7)
Why do evangelicals convert to Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism? Evangelicalism has lost its sense of its historical roots.
Deliberately mine the historic tradition of psalmody and hymnody for worship. Not that anything written by anyone still alive is to be excluded. Far from it. But try to make sure the songs of worship reflect the chronological sweep of the church’s life, from the Book of Psalms onwards. Make people aware that praise did... Continue Reading
Breakaway Presbyterians in Beaufort, S.C. Seek Supporters
The Rev. Terry Johnson, pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, is assisting the steering committee
Many of those forming the new church are or were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort. Several had asked to talk to the First Presbyterian congregation about breaking away from the national church but were denied, Garrett said. The steering committee for the church is seeking not only charter members, but also help... Continue Reading
South Carolina Diocese Defecting from the Episcopal Church
The split was triggered by disciplinary action taken against Bishop Mark Lawrence, its conservative leader
Under Lawrence’s leadership, the South Carolina diocese has legally and theologically distanced itself from the Episcopal Church, removing references to the national church in civil and church documents and issuing deeds that release the diocese’s and denomination’s claims to parish property. The Diocese of South Carolina announced on Wednesday (Oct. 17) that it... Continue Reading
Covenant Theological Seminary Response to Comments by Todd Akin
In instances of rape against women that result in pregnancy, this includes caring for the unborn child as well.
Covenant Theological Seminary has never taught, and in no way affirms, that the female body is capable of preventing pregnancy caused by rape.
A Time to Fight
Sex, Gender, and the Confessions of the Reformed Churches in North America (1)
Adding to our confessions need not be the daunting task which some think. It might begin simply by a presbytery overturing our General Assembly to bring a proposal to NAPARC. Said proposal would convene a committee of scholars, drawn from across the member communions, to draw up a model confessional statement on marriage, sex, and gender, along with suggestions as to how it might fit into the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity.
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