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The Flexibility of Reverent Worship

In the previous post on reverent worship, we concluded that worship that is acceptable to God is worship that is regulated by the truth of God's word, and worship done with true sincerity of heart. As a follow up, this post examines the flexibility of reverent worship. Even in its strictest form, the Bible and our theological tradition allow for a great deal of flexibility...

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What is "Reverent" Worship?

Hebrews 12:28-29: Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Given the above command all Christians should desire to worship God in a "reverent" manner. There really can be no such thing as "casual worship" (I am not talking about the ...

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Review of the 47th General Assembly of the PCA

Last week Chris and I had the opportunity to attend the 47th General Assembly of the PCA in Dallas, TX. As promised, what follows is a brief report of the actions taken by the assembly. Please feel free to speak with either of us if you have any questions. First, some statistics. According to the stated clerks report, a snapshot of the PCA last year in comparison to 2017 ...

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Does it matter what a Minister wears to church?

This is the third and final post in a short series on clothing and the church. The first and second posts dealt with the often debated topic of what kind of clothing Christians should wear to church. I concluded that, while we don't believe in "casual worship" (how can entering the presence of the living God be casual?), whether or not one wears "casual" or "formal" clothi...

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Redeemer Philosophy of Worship

Over the past several months myself and some of the other Elders have received questions and had conversations regarding our worship music and style. As a result, we have spent time discussing this issue, wanting to make sure that we and our church are all on the same page regarding what we believe the Bible and our reformed heritage indicate is most important about the wo...

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Offsite Worship in September

The session approved a motion to worship offsite for three weeks in September. The weeks of September 8th, 15th and 22nd 2019, we will worship at a different location, most likely the Central High School Auditorium. These are the only planned week's offsite, and we will resume worship at our church building on September 29th, 2019. Why did the Elders decide to try this ou...

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Two Morning Services during July

As announced last Sunday, we will shift to having two Sunday morning services beginning July 7th, 2019 and continuing through at least the four Sundays of July. It is possible we may decide extend a couple of more weeks into August depending on heat and space issues. The schedule for the services will be at 8:30 10:30 am each Sunday, and between services we will have des...

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Does it matter what we wear to Church? Part 2

In the first post, we acknowledged that Christians often have strong opinions on what kind of dress should be worn to church, both sides appealing to scriptural principals in support. Is there a way to move beyond the impasse? I think so. In this post, I offer three reflections to help move the debate forward. First, I believe all sides can agree that the central issue is...

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Does it matter what we wear to church?

It is funny (in a sad way) that such a seemingly minor issue has generated so much controversy in the Christian church, but it has. So potentially divisive has this issue been, that Jerry Bridges warns about it directly, mentioning it in his well known book Respectable sins in the chapter on "Judgementalism."[1] Other big name evangelical Christian leaders and publications...

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17th Century Advice on How to Read the Bible Well (Not as a Consumer)

As Christians we know how important it is for us to grow in our understanding of God's word. The Bible itself tells us repeatedly how important it is for us to be a people shaped by the Word of God. As we recently saw in 1 Peter, the apostle commands us to "long" for the word as infants long for milk. That is a striking image and makes a powerful point of how necessary the...

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