Category Archives: Calvinism

“A Well-Regulated or Orderly Church Music…”

I have heard that the price of becoming a thinking adult is the need to deal with all of the paradoxes and inconsistencies that life presents, the cognitive dissonance that is inevitably present as we flawed and fallen humans do … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Denominations, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Theology, Truth, Worship

You’re Never Going to Know Everything (But You Still Should Try), Part Two

Last week I wrote discussing how I had come to terms with—and in fact really embraced—the idea that my knowledge of music, brass pedagogy, and basically everything about my profession should be always growing but will never reach completion. There … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Prayer, Reading and Study, Salvation, Theological Education, Theology, Truth

Fundamentals, Not Feelings: Part Two

For as long as we can remember my wife and I have had an occasional feeling of being “ecclesiastical misfits.” We often discuss a sense of differentness at church or parachurch gatherings, even among fellow believers with whom we are … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Church, Denominations, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, The Gideons International, Theology

Our “Unprecedented” Situation

As this post is being written and published the 2016 American presidential election is now more than two weeks past, and much to the chagrin of seemingly everyone the drama, division, and discontent that permeated the campaign have not diminished … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, History, Political Systems, Politics, Practical Christianity, Providence, Society, Theology, Truth

Introducing H.R. Rookmaaker (1922-1977)

In the four years that I have been writing this blog I have regularly referred to the works of Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) as being formative not only for the cultivation of my own identity and worldview as (at least I … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine of Vocation, Francis Schaeffer, H.R. Rookmaaker, Higher Education, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Reading and Study, Society, Theology, Truth

Three Brief Appreciative Thoughts About Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Although my preparations for this blog include keeping a list of possible topics sufficient to fill several months of weekly posts, I’ll confess that even earlier today I was not entirely settled upon a topic for this week. As regular … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Confessionalism, Evangelism, Preaching, Predestination, Theology

Infant Baptism?!

In the early days of writing this blog I discussed how, having been a lifelong Southern Baptist, I came embrace both Calvinism and Presbyterianism. I always planned to write in more detail about how I came to embrace infant baptism, … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Calvinism, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Theology