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Instrumental Music: Justin Martyr and the Instrument

Just a quick post to make the readers aware of a recent post by Danny Corbitt, author of Missing More Than Music: When Disputable Matters Eclipse Worship and Unity, dealing with the claim made by many, going back for centuries, … Continue reading

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Shout Out for Justin Michael Allen

A few of you may have noticed that my Indexing system is UP TO DATE!!!  HOORAY!!! Justin has agreed to handle the indexing duties and has — remarkably — managed to catch up the indexing despite the deluge of posts … Continue reading

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Surprised by Hope: Justin Martyr and the Didascalia Apostolorum

Back in the summer, I wrote a series of posts around N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Hope, regarding the nature the end of time. Wright argues — quite convincingly — that the Bible teaches a bodily resurrection in a … Continue reading

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CT on Clerical Hours and Wages

The chart to the left is from 2001. (I have no idea why there is such a difference between Christian and Jewish clergy.) Much more recently, Christianity Today has summarized survey results from 2013, published earlier this year. These sorts … Continue reading

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Born of Water: John 3:1-8, Part 1

[There was a section by this name in the original Born of Water, but I entirely rewrote it.] Now, as we’ve seen, there are plenty of passages that teach that if you have faith and are baptized, then you are … Continue reading

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Songs Without Notes: A Meandering History of Hymnals and Vocal Music, with Rant — Part 2

The Calvinist Regulative Principle of Worship In Switzerland, unlike Luther’s Germany, the Reformation went an entirely different direction. In Zurich, Ulrich Zwingli adopted the Regulative Principle of Worship, arguing that we may only do that which has been authorized by express … Continue reading

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Songs Without Notes: A Meandering History of Hymnals and Vocal Music, with Rant — Part 1

The early church sang hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs. Commentators don’t even know for sure whether these were words for different things or essentially synonyms. We don’t know much about how the early church sang. We have an entire book … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.9: When Did Prophecy End?

When Did Prophecy End? Many theorize that prophecy was received by the laying on of apostolic hands, meaning that the gift ended in the early Second Century. Others believe that prophecy and other miraculous gifts ended when the NT was … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.5: Singing

Singing It’s often been argued that the Jewish synagogues had a cappella singing, and the early church copied their practice. This is plainly untrue. The synagogues did adopt congregational singing at some point after the destruction of the Temple, but … Continue reading

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Vines: God and the Gay Christian, Part 5 (1 Cor 6:9-10)

We are considering one of the latest, and best reviewed, books supporting Christian gay marriage, Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. This is just part 5, but already I’m sure the back … Continue reading

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