The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

The Biblical Basis of Man-Made Liturgy

Is a Christian free to worship God however he pleases? I think all of us would intuitively answer “No” to that question. Man’s duty to worship God is too important to just be a free-for-all. This is especially true for Christians who have God’s Revelation, particularly the Bible. The Confessional Reformed tradition (rightly) understands that man is not only not free to worship however he pleases (since this would ultimately tend towards...

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I’m Not That Original….

In the section of his review of my book titled “Stellman’s Originality,” John Frame states that despite Dual Citizens being for the most part “a party line document” I do depart from the other Escondido theologians in a couple of areas. The first, which Frame calls “a fairly remarkable discussion,” centers around my view that the relationship between the cross and glory (which Luther sharply...

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Happy Buy Nothing Day!

***From the ’06 archives, seemed appropriate*** In order to thoroughly depress myself, I’ve been reading a lot of social critics lately (everything from the more humorous stuff by David Brooks to the more serious Juliet Schor and Paul Stiles).In one such book I ran across the movement started by the good people over at Ad Busters called Buy Nothing Day. The goal is to convince people to set aside their materialism for one full day...

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Cultic Worship, Cultural Withdrawal, and the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms

The history of American Presbyterianism is largely a history of Sabbatarianism. “If you would destroy the Christian religion,” Voltaire is quoted as saying, “you must first detsroy the Christian Sabbath.” The various attempts to protect and preserve the Lord’s Day—from the forming of The General Union for the Promoting the Observance of the Christian Sabbath in 1828 to the institution of “blue...

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Here a Sacerdotalist, There a Sacerdotalist… Everywhere a Sacerdotalist

We have seen that evangelical and Reformed believers offer very different answers to the question “How does one ‘get religion’?” The next question we will ask to determine the nature of the relationship between these two branches of Protestantism is, “What does the Christian faith look like once it is acquired?” Again, not surprisingly, the answers differ. While the evangelical may dismiss “sacramental...

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The Sabbath: Not for Sale

As I’ve been trying to argue, the eschatological focus of the Church’s Sabbath observance bears witness to her identity as a foreign people, a peculiar polis, and a wandering tribe dispossessed “but for a moment.” For this reason, I would argue, the Church is never to see herself merely as culture’s errand-boy or a lackey of the State, existing to make life in this passing evil age a bit more comfortable. In their book...

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