Jesus and the Sabbath

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, and an examination of the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance. Jesus and the Sabbath There exists a lot of interpretive controversy around the Sabbath claims…



Selecting Music for Worship (Part 3): Know Your Church

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Preparing music for worship is a task that requires diligence and study. Church musicians should, of course, take the time needed to practice and rehearse the music itself. But simply knowing the music well is not sufficient to make wise and helpful choices in selecting music for worship. There is more to consider. In previous…



Concluding Thoughts on Training for Ministry in Acts

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If one tries to locate a manual on developing leadership for church planting and revitalization in the book of Acts, he may experience a level of frustration.[1] Luke focuses on particular geographical and personal details in his narrative without thought, it seems, for filling in the gaps on leadership development.[2] Who planted the churches in…

  

Are You Quarrelsome?

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A “quarrel” is a verbal fight. Not all conflicts are quarrels, but a conflict becomes a quarrel when it’s sinfully combative or contentious.  I’ve been thinking about my own quarrelsomeness, and this is some of the fruit of my study. The Bible has quite a bit to say about quarreling: People can quarrel over property (Gen…



The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the Old Testament

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Today we continue our series on the Sabbath. Previously I have discussed the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance and the prescriptive nature of God’s rest in Genesis 2. Now I want to discuss if it is proper to dismiss the 4th commandment as ‘ceremonial law.’ 1. The Unity of the Decalogue Image Credit Some want…



Selecting Music for Worship (Part 2): Know Theology

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How well do you know the music your church sings in worship? Can you think, for example, of a song that teaches that sin corrupts and deceives the heart? Or a song that unfolds the work of the Trinity in our salvation? If you were to measure the depth of doctrine and the breadth of truth…



Paul’s Mission and His Partners in Ministry

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Who trained leaders to plant congregations in the early church? That has been the subject of my past three blogposts. We first looked at a general introduction to leadership training in the book of Acts, followed by the early signs of leadership development in Acts, and then the church spreading through the church planting ministry…