Category Archives: Instrumental Music

“The Early Church and Today,” by Everett Ferguson, Part 2 (Further on the Synagogue)

Reading our modern church culture back into the First Century synagogue You see, we can’t help but read our own culture back into the First Century synagogue, assuming that they had services at a set time with an order of … Continue reading

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“The Early Church and Today,” by Everett Ferguson, Part 1 (Introduction and the Synagogue)

I’m an Everett Ferguson fan. We disagree on some things, but that doesn’t change the fact that Ferguson is a widely respected scholar of the early church whose work is well worth study and reflection. Ferguson’s Early Christians Speak – … Continue reading

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Instrumental Music: Ed Stetzer Replays the History of Church Music Controversy

Ed Stetzer, church growth consultant to the Southern Baptist Church, gives a history of church resistance to musical change – “Get rid of that flute at church. Trash that trumpet, too. What do you think we are, pagans?” 200s: Instrumental … Continue reading

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Instrumental Music: An Email Regarding Proving God’s Will

I get emails – From reading several of your posts, it seems that you have a flawed application and understanding of authority (especially in light of vocal music only). I will lay forth two basic arguments: First, the Bible teaches … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 5

My favorite conservative preacher and newly minted editor of the Gospel Advocate, posted a comment that prompted a response from me too long for the comment section. Greg describes a visit to a progressive congregation 30 years ago. “Just a minute,” … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 4

My favorite conservative preacher — and newly minted editor of the Gospel Advocate — Gregory Alan Tidwell posted this comment this morning –  I hope all of my friends on this forum (that would be Jay and one other) would … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Dec. 20-27 Comments

Here are the comments received on the The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 1 post from December 20 to December 27, that is, between crash and restoration of the … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ” — The Return of the Lost Comments

Tonight, Lord willing, I’ll post all the comments from Part 1 of this series since the website crashed on December 20, to facilitate the continuation of the discussion. There have been over 100 comments on this post during the last … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Midway Christian Church

I’m posting one more history lesson on the congregational infighting that led to the split of the Restoration Movement over, among other things, the instrument. The first Restoration Movement church to have an instrument is the Midway Christian Church. This … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Supplemental Reading

As we sorted through H. Leo Boles speech on why the a cappella Churches of Christ cannot be in fellowship with their instrumental sister congregations, we found that he refers to efforts by the instrumental churches to impose instruments on … Continue reading

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