Elements of a Christ-Centered Marriage

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Marriage is hard work. It’s no forty or fifty hour work week but 168 hours each week, 365 days each year, “till death do us part.” There are no days off or vacation or sick leave. But hard work doesn’t mean misery or joylessness or drudgery. By hard work, I mean that marriage demands that…



Five Benefits of Regular Family Worship

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Over the years I have asked groups of Christian adults how many of them grew up in homes where there was regular family worship. Early on it was rare to find people (typically of my generation or older) who answered affirmatively. In recent years the number of positive responses has increased dramatically—almost exclusively with younger…

 

How the Bible Relates to Man-Made Creeds

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The pivotal question of how one concedes authoritative force to a creedal, or confessional, proposition holds paramount importance in their use in pedagogical and disciplinary ways. If churches, associations, or denominations as a whole are to use their creeds as instruments of ordination, church instruction, and discipline, then some method of demonstrating the biblical character…



Hymns and Perseverance of the Saints

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Hymns are a treasure trove of doctrinal truth. In the past several posts we have surveyed the rich connection between Hymns and Doctrines. Thus far we have covered the depravity of man, the doctrine of election, Christ’s atonement, and irresistible grace. Now we come to perseverance of the saints. This doctrine consists of two important…



How to Diagnose and Treat Pastoral Authoritarianism

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Suffixes have a way of distinguishing a word from its root, such as –ian. An electrician does not personally hold an electrical charge but he does work with electricity. A Washingtonian may not have the last name Washington but she does live or work in the nation’s capitol. One source states that the –ian ending…