Katrina Stone: “Never Want to Grow Up”

So I’ve finally figured out how to embed iframe code in my posts, which lets me do all sorts of cool things – like embedding links to free mp3 albums and EPs from NoiseTrade. (And I think it’ll let me do similar things with Amazon books.)

So my 21-month old granddaughter and I have been enjoying the melodious strains of Katrina Stone (yes, she dances to the music — and is much better at it than I am; like me, she has an affinity for songs performed with a brass section). And so I thought I should share.


  1.  I figure it’s the gift-giving season, and so I’m going to share access to music I enjoy. Warning: my musical taste is wide-ranging. But no country. And hardly any rap. But some bluegrass is okay. Some of these will be Christian artists. Some not.
  2. Yes, the Noisetrade downloads really are free and entirely legal. You will likely be invited to tip, and it’s entirely voluntary. Enjoy.
  3. I have not carefully checked the lyrics to assure Christian orthodoxy, moral themes, or such. As is true of nearly all new music nowadays, it’s sometimes best not to listen to the lyrics at all. If you come across something just awful, let me know and I’ll post a warning or even take the post down.
  4. This has the advantage over a YouTube video of providing the entire album or EP — and direct link to the free download site.
  5. I likely won’t be posting Christmas albums. Nothing against the genre, but I’d rather invest my music money in year-round music.
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Thought Question: The End of Protestantism

Catholic Protestantism

Interesting article in First Things by Peter J. Leithart.

Protestantism has had a good run. It remade Europe and made America. It inspired global missions, soup kitchens, church plants, and colleges in the four corners of the earth. But the world and the Church have changed, and Protestantism isn’t what the Church, including Protestants themselves, needs today. It’s time to turn the protest against Protestantism and to envision a new way of being heirs of the Reformation, a new way that happens to conform to the original Catholic vision of the Reformers.

Read the whole article and then come back here share you reactions.

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.5: On the Necessity of Believing in Baptism

grace5I confess that baptism is, to me, terribly difficult to fit into this analysis.

I find nothing in the scriptures that say that teaching baptismal error damns. I find very plain teaching that prohibits adding anything to “faith working through love” as a condition to salvation. But the same Paul that wrote this in Galatians 5:2-6 also
wrote —

(Gal 3:27 ESV)  27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

So does teaching that baptism — done exactly right — is essential to salvation violate Gal 5:2-6? It’s sure hard to fit baptism into “faith working through love.” But Paul sure seems to do just that. Continue reading

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On the religion of Texas barbecue

I get it. I do. But they really do need to cross the Mississippi, come over to the southeastern U.S., and discover pork barbecue (which, around here, is a redundancy).

(I’m a little worried because one of my favorite local barbecue places has started serving beef brisket. And sometimes I find myself ordering it. And then it’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore!)

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.4: Summarizing How to Fall Away

grace5To summarize, church discipline is appropriate in either of two general cases:

1. When a person threatens the safety of the flock — either physical safety or spiritual safety.

2. When a person is guilty of sin that could lead to that person’s own damnation.

The first case might involve a thief or sexual predator, or a false teacher who teaches doctrine that jeopardizes the souls of the members.

What sorts of teachings might jeopardize the congregation’s souls? And what sins might lead to an individual’s damnation? Well, anything that contradicts the necessary elements of faith. Hence — Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.3: Disfellowship

grace5As I see it, there are essentially two kinds of excommunication or disfellowshipping in the NT.

First, as mentioned in the last post, sometimes you remove someone to protect the flock from that person. The driving concern is protection of the flock from a wolf.

Second, sometimes you remove someone in order to shame that person into repentance. In this case, the health of the church is a concern — because sin undealt with can spread — but the primary concern is the spiritual health of the person being removed. Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.2: Wolves and Principles

grace5So where’s the line? What separates a “false teacher” from a teacher who makes mistakes?

Well, I see basically two concerns reflected in the NT —

First, there are teachers who teach things that, if believed, would destroy the faith of the listeners. They threaten damnation.

Therefore, they must be removed from the church at whatever cost. This would include those who teach a works salvation, those who in fact deny the need to be faithful to Jesus/obedient/penitent, and those who deny the basic truths of the gospel.

Second, there are teachers who threaten other kinds of harm. Some are thieves. Some are sexual predators. Some are selfish. Some teach doctrine that may not damn but which will destroy the church. Continue reading

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How to Explain Your Ministerial Job

Thanks to Grace Centered Magazine for finding this.

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Salvation 2.0: Part 8.1: False teachers

The NT often condemns people called “false teachers.” Who are these people? I mean, does the condemnation of false teachers mean that every teacher who makes a mistake is damned? If not, then what errors damn and which do not?

Sadly, the term is thrown around very easily — and often just because we disagree. What do the scriptures say? Continue reading

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Salvation 2.0: Part 7.7: The strange case of Hymenaeus and Philetus

grace5Commentators have long puzzled over these odd passages —

(1Ti 1:18-20 ESV)  This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,  19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,  20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

(2Ti 2:16-18 ESV) 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,  17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,  18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some.

That’s all we know, except that these false teachers had left the true faith, been disciplined in some sense by Paul, and appear to be lost for having taught that the resurrection has already happened. Continue reading

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