Category Archives: Piety with Excitement

Could This Happen in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod?

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Would confessional Lutherans have ever fallen for the Alex Marlarkey story of dying and going to heaven and coming back to life? (Wasn’t the last name a tip-off?) Would confessional Presbyterians be so gullible for that matter? Here’s one account of what happened: Tyndale House Publishers has stopped production of the book and DVD of… Read More→

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Talk about High Expectations

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Forget about WWJD. Be Jesus. In other words, there is more, much more to being a disciple of Jesus Christ than simply trying to imitate him. How dull is that? Instead we’re talking about becoming Jesus Christ alive in the world today. He wants to do more, much more than we can ask or imagine,… Read More→

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The Burden of Being Presbyterian

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From a recent review of Stonewall Jackson’s biography (thanks to our federal capital’s correspondent): Though Jackson’s soldiers were in awe of him, he was a camp-and-battlefield tyrant who arrested and court-martialed subordinates for the slightest disappointment of his expectations. J. William Jones, an army chaplain and biographer of Robert E. Lee, believed that Jackson “probably… Read More→

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What Would John McWhorter Say?

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For one, he might say that this afternoon’s conversation about race, sponsored by the Gospel Coalition, is not really necessary: Despite frequent claims that America “doesn’t want to talk about race,” we talk about it 24/7 amidst ringing declamations against racism on all forms. Over the past year’s time, I need only mention Trayvon Martin,… Read More→

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A New Calvinist becomes a Regular Calvinist

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Danny Hide Hyde may not detect sufficient earnestness, but Todd Pruitt makes clear the limitations of New Calvinist awakenings among the Babdists (which is a big world but for every Southern Baptist Seminary there are three Furmans, four Baylors and six Wake Forests): As I reflect on the past year as a Presbyterian several things… Read More→

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New Calvinism is Warmed-Over New Evangelicalism with a Hint of Hipster

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John Turner’s post about Henrietta Mears reminded me of a thought I have had for some time — namely, that the New Calvinism and Gospel Coalition are simply trying to do what Carl Henry and Harold John Ockenga were trying to do in the world of Protestantism outside the mainline churches. Mears was arguably the… Read More→

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How about Every Single Second of Every Single Day?

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Tim Challies would have us believe — channeling John Owen — that temptations to sin come in seasons, the way the leaves turn colors: We live in a world that is full of temptation. There is no rest from sin and no rest from temptation to sin. There is not a single moment when we… Read More→

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Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

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I don’t think Dwight Longenecker meant to imply this, and maybe the pitch for contributions to his parish hampered his thinking, but when he suggests that the shortage of priests stems from bad liturgical architecture, I was hardly persuaded: As I travel around the country and see archive photographs of our Catholic churches it is… Read More→

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Preparation for Worship

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I had to scratch my head after reading this one: Why are you part of a church community? Why are you a member of a church? Why do you go to the public gatherings of the church on Sunday morning? Broadly speaking there can be two reasons: You go for the good of yourself, or… Read More→

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