Category Archives: Doctrine

Brief Reflections Following the Passing of Billy Graham

As most or all readers of The Reforming Trombonist will be aware, the famed American evangelist Billy Graham (1918-2018) passed away earlier this week, just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. I am normally not one to pontificate … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Assurance, Billy Graham, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Evangelism, Politics, Practical Christianity, Preaching, Theology, Truth, Worship

Scripture is a Narrative, Not a List

We’ve all heard the surely apocryphal story about the person who decided that he needed some Biblical guidance regarding the direction of his life or a decision he needed to make, and in order to obtain that guidance resolved to … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Bible, Christ's Person and Work, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Salvation

Scripture, then Creeds, then Confessions, then Self

Americans can be a strange people, and this is perhaps especially true of American Christians. Although the percentage of the population claiming a Christian identity has fallen in recent years, the majority of the population still professes adherence to some … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Confessionalism, Creeds, Denominations, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Theology, Truth

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

“The Sabbath was Made for Man….”

Today I had the happy privilege of attending worship at Christ Presbyterian Church with my family. We enjoyed an engaging Sunday School hour, good singing, prayers, and a fine sermon. The rest of the day was spent playing games together, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Sabbath, Christian Worldview, Church, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Society, The Gideons International, Theology, Worship

“…in Godliness with Contentment”

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) The end of the matter; all has been heard. … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Education, Higher Education, Micah Everett, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, The Future, Theology, University of Mississippi