Loving My Actual Neighbor

'Loving My Actual Neighbor; 7 Practices to Treasure the People Right in Front of You.' Alexandra Kuykendall, Baker Books, 2019, pp 224 The book and the author's intention is quite simple: how do we go about loving, actually actively, purposefully, intentionally, loving our neighbors? After a brief statement of who are neighbors are without going... Continue Reading →

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A Review. Journeys With Jesus: Every Path in the Bible Leads to Christ.

In 'Journeys with Jesus', Johnson (via the abridgement by Richard B Ramsay) provides readers with an excellent resource which will help and equip ones understanding of interpreting Scripture correctly and as Johnson hopes in the same vein as the Apostles' examples as we find recorded in Acts and the Epistles and Letters. Every Christian who... Continue Reading →

Book Review. Baptism: Answers to Common Questions

  'Baptism: Answers to Common Questions', Guy M. Richard, Reformation Trust, 2019, pp.129. There is no doubt that within the Christian Church - and more narrowly within evangelical circles - there is division over the sacrament of Baptism.  Unfortunately, and oftentimes, the paedo-baptist (inclusion of covenant children) position is misunderstood and even mistreated as an... Continue Reading →

Book Review. Saving the Reformation: The Pastoral Theology of the Canons of Dort.

Pastoral.  Not necessarily the one word or statement or description that I imagine comes rushing into the mind for the majority of the confessing church when thinking about either the subject of Church History; or Synods and Councils of the Church. However, that is the conclusion and opinion of W R Godfrey in his contribution... Continue Reading →

Book Review. In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections of Twenty Centuries of Church History.

In the Year of Our Lord: Reflections on Twenty Centuries of Church History. Sinclair B. Ferguson, 2018, Reformation Trust Publishing, pp 229. Something akin to a family tree, an old photo album, and a memory box, this book seeks to give believers a sense of their place and belonging in God’s kingdom. Like rustling through an... Continue Reading →

A Book Review. The 21: A Journey into the Land of Coptic Martyrs.

The 21: A Journey into the Land of Coptic Martyrs. Martin Mosebach, 2019, Plough Publishing House, pp 272. German author Martin Mosebach has provided a worthy and dignified written legacy of the 20 Coptic Christians and their fellow martyr, Matthew of Ghana who were martyred on a Libyan beach in February 2015. The book, already... Continue Reading →

Recovering solid Liturgical Forms

Having grown up and attending Anglican services for the majority of my childhood and youth, I did not appreciate liturgical forms.  When my family left the Anglican church we were attending and started attending a Congregational church (which would describe itself as being free in form regarding worship), liturgy was of course a bad word... Continue Reading →

Accidentally Ortho…dusty?

In the same way that we all have liturgies, and that these liturgies form and shape us, so to do we all have traditions.  We cannot avoid this.  These traditions also form, and inform us.  Not everything that is 'tradition' is necessarily wrong.  Indeed, some of our traditions are good heritages!  However, there are times... Continue Reading →

Applications & Implications of the RPW

The Reformed Reader

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 the RPW. Here are a few based on Exodus 32 and some other verses.

1) True worship is not a democratic endeavor. What is right and proper in Christian worship is not based on what a majority of people think is right and proper. Many Israelites approved of the golden calf but it was still blatantly disobedient and offensive to Yahweh.

2) True worship does not cater to the consumer. What people want or are looking for should not determine how Christians’ worship God. True Christian worship isn’t based on what attracts people…

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