Guidelines of Worship

The concept the confessional worship creates an unfamiliar category that challenges the better known ideas of contemporary or traditional. Practically speaking, what is called contemporary or traditional can be very subjective depending on time and place. As such, confessional worship offers a corrective which transcends both categories.

The concept the confessional worship creates an unfamiliar category that challenges the better known ideas of contemporary or traditional. Practically speaking, what is called contemporary or traditional can be very subjective depending on time and place. As such, confessional worship offers a corrective which transcends both categories. The following thoughts may begin to help point us towards what that really means:

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Wednesday: A Love Better Than Life

Theme: Finding Satisfaction in God

In this week’s lessons we learn from the psalmist what it is to truly desire God.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

About a thousand years after these words were written, David's greater descendant Jesus Christ said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7). David did not know these specific words, of course. But he did know the reality of them since he elaborates this idea in the next section (vv. 2-8).

About a thousand years after these words were written, David's greater descendant Jesus Christ said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7). David did not know these specific words, of course. But he did know the reality of them since he elaborates this idea in the next section (vv. 2-8).

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One Friendship Doesn't Diminish Another (Or Your Marriage)

An excerpt from Why Can't We Be Friends?

Part of the beauty of friendship is that one friend can’t possibly be adequate to share every discovery and experience with us. Having another lover would dishonor and diminish a marriage, but additional friends actually enhance the friendships that we already have. God has fashioned friendship in such a way that we can learn different facets about one friend from another (see C.S.

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Tuesday: A Love Better Than Life

Theme: The Very Heart of Religion

In this week’s lessons we learn from the psalmist what it is to truly desire God.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

There are various ways of outlining the eleven verses of this psalm. They can be found in the various commentaries. The New International Version is probably right on track, however, when it sets verse 1 off as a stanza to itself. This is because the verse expresses the longing of David's soul for God and because the next section (vv. 2-8) describes how that longing has been answered in the past and is being honored in the present.

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The Household Baptist

I have something of an aversion to the term paedobaptist (i.e. infant baptist). I don't prefer the terminology because I believe it to be too restictive in nature. I much prefer the term oikobaptist (i.e. household baptist) for a number of biblical and theological reasons.

I was baptized in the Reformed Episcopal church. I grew up in Reformed and Presbyterian churches. My father diligently taught my sister and I the distinctives of a Reformed covenant theology from our earliest days. He repeatedly reminded us that God had promised to be a covenant God to us and to our descendants after us. I believe those promises now for my own children. However, I have something of an aversion to the term paedobaptist (i.e. infant baptist). I don't prefer the terminology because I believe it to be too restictive in nature.

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The Plus Factor

Permit or Promote?

Praised be God that he has not created me a gentile; praised be God that he has not created me a woman; praised be God that he has not created me an ignorant man  (Tosephta, Ber. 7,18; Talmud, pBer 13b; bMen 43b.)
 
This was a popular prayer attributed to the first century rabbi, Eliezer, during the time after the Mishnah but before the Talmud. This was over a thousand years after Ruth, a book that exposes the cultural backdrop of Patriarchy while pointing to God’s great, active, faithful love for his people.

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Monday: A Love Better Than Life

Theme: Three Types of People

In this week’s lessons we learn from the psalmist what it is to truly desire God.

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

There are three types of people in any Christian gathering. There are those who are followers of Jesus Christ in name only, which means that they are Christians in name only. They seem to be following after God and Christ and say they are, but theirs is a false following, like that of the five foolish virgins who did not truly know the Lord and were rejected by him. The second class are those who are following Jesus but are following "at a distance,” like Peter at the time of Jesus' arrest. The third type are those who, as Murdoch Campbell suggests, "in storm and sunshine, cleave to him and enjoy daily communion with him."1 These people want God, and they want him intensely, because they know that he and he alone will satisfy the deep longing of their souls. David was a person who desired God above everything else, and Psalm 63 is a classic expression of his longing.

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A Good Turn

More news from PCA General Assembly

 

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America has concluded and there is good news to report.

 

In my last post I lamented the decision of the Overtures Committee of the General Assembly to answer in the negative the overtures presented to make constitutionally binding the solemnization of marriage (Book of Church Order, 59).

 

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Friday: Rest in God Alone

Theme: God’s Love and Power

In this week’s lessons the psalmist teaches us that true faith in God gives us confidence in the power of his Word.

Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12

The last two verses of Psalm 62 are intended as a summary of what David has been learning, but they also go a step beyond it, as biblical statements often do. Bible truths are seldom mere repetitions or summaries. In this case, David says that he has learned two lessons: namely, that God is strong and that God is loving.

The last two verses of Psalm 62 are intended as a summary of what David has been learning, but they also go a step beyond it, as biblical statements often do. Bible truths are seldom mere repetitions or summaries. In this case, David says that he has learned two lessons: namely, that God is strong and that God is loving.

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Thursday: Rest in God Alone

Theme: Do Not Hope in Man

In this week’s lessons the psalmist teaches us that true faith in God gives us confidence in the power of his Word.

Scripture: Psalm 62:1-12

If we are to divide the psalm into three stanzas, marked by the selahs at the end of verses 4 and 8, then the last stanza (vv. 9-12) echoes the first in that each is about both God and man. The first is about God and David's enemies, in that order. The third is about mankind in general and God. So the matter is the same but the order is reversed.

If we are to divide the psalm into three stanzas, marked by the selahs at the end of verses 4 and 8, then the last stanza (vv. 9-12) echoes the first in that each is about both God and man. The first is about God and David's enemies, in that order. The third is about mankind in general and God. So the matter is the same but the order is reversed.

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