Applications & Implications of the RPW

Based on the 2nd commandment and other biblical texts and stories, historic Reformed and Presbyterian churches have taught and practiced the Regulative Principle of Worship: we are to worship God in no other way than he has commanded in his word (HC Q/A 96, WLC Q/A 109).  There are several different applications and implications of… Continue reading Applications & Implications of the RPW

Entertaining Ourselves To Death

 In the United States, our culture is largely based upon and driven by entertainment.  From TV News, to political talk shows, to the job site, to Christian worship, to the school room, to your drive home, everyone is always being entertained.  And like good Americans, we typically run to the newest and most entertaining thing.  Many Christian churches cater to… Continue reading Entertaining Ourselves To Death

The Main Points of the Reformation

In preparation for our Reformation conference on worship Friday night, I've been reading some Calvin.  Here's how he summarized the main points of the Protestant Reformation: "All our controversies concerning doctrine relate either to the legitimate worship of God, or to the ground of salvation." The quote is taken from Calvin's treatise called The Necessity… Continue reading The Main Points of the Reformation

Reformation Conference 2010

If you live anywhere near South Central Washington State (specifically the Yakima Valley) you're invited to an evening Reformation Conference hosted by the church I pastor.  Rev. Matt Barker (of Emmanuel OPC in Kent, WA) and I will be speaking on this topic: Worship According to the Word: The Reformation Recovery of Biblical Worship.  In a day… Continue reading Reformation Conference 2010

Cheesy Church Choruses

If you've been in (or are currently in) an average American evangelical Christian church, no doubt you know what a cheesy Christian song is all about.  From "Shine Jesus Shine" to "I Can Only Imagine," solid theology is out and emotions and contemporary are "in."   I like what Stephen Nichols has to say about this. … Continue reading Cheesy Church Choruses