Does Reformed Theology Lead to CCM? Part 2

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Musical SymbolIn these two articles, I am asking the question of whether certain soteriological or hermeneutical positions necessarily lead to a particular philosophy of worship and music. In Part One I briefly defined each position since confusion about connections between these positions and a specific music philosophy usually stems from misunderstandings of the positions themselves.

Now in Part Two I will quickly define each side of the worship or music debate and then examine whether either has a necessary connection to one of the theological positions explained in Part One.

Positions on Music in Worship

We have surveyed the various soteriological and hermeneutical positions, but we must also define the two primarily polarizing positions on music in worship before we can observe any necessary connections. I use the terms conservative and progressive to describe these positions.[12]

Conservative [13]
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Musical SymbolI often hear claims in various contexts that particular theological positions on salvation (soteriology) or understandings of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics) necessarily lead to either so-called “conservative” or “progressive” music or worship philosophies. What I would like to do in this essay is to demonstrate that such positions do not, in fact, automatically lead one to hold a particular worship or music philosophy.
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Book Review: Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ

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Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ by Alfred Edersheim. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970 reprint of 1876 edition. 342 pp., hardback. Read more about Book Review: Sketches of Jewish Social Life in the Days of Christ

Ways to Minister to Your Minister

Assembled with the realization that most pastors are overworked and underappreciated
thank_you.jpg1. Choose to respect your pastors. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (1 Thess. 5:12). Carefully avoid any thought, comment, or action that might be taken as disrespect, especially something in the form of a joke. Appreciate that they are sacrificially serving Christ and others. Recognize that God has placed them in a position of responsibility for which they must give account unto the Lord, leading the flock and encouraging your growth and activity in the Lord.

2. Choose to love your pastors with an unconditional love. “Esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (v. 13). Address them with love and respect for their office, using “Pastor” or another scriptural form. Express to them your appreciation for their work for the Lord, for their dedication to His service, and for their sacrificial efforts to accomplish God’s work.
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Eternal Rewards

Editor’s Note: This article was original published on December 11, 2006.
si_archives.JPGSeveral years ago, I gave free weekly sewing lessons to two different teenage girls. The first girl was eager to learn, and she was a joy to teach. When her first sewing project was finished, she presented me with a $20 gift card to a fabric store. The second girl did not like sewing very much and was always trying to weasel me into ironing her project or finishing the edges for her. While she sewed, we would talk about her struggles at home and school. I wasn’t sure that she was 921797_blue_sewing.jpglearning very much about sewing, but I knew that the time I was spending with her was making a difference in her life.
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Creation “Days” in Genesis

Twenty-Four Hours or Not?

SpaceRaising the question of the “days” in Genesis 1 might seem unthinkable for many believers. Yet we cannot ignore the fact that “the doctrine of creation has proved vulnerable because it works in territory where the rights of Christian theology to operate have been subject to sustained challenge, first by natural philosophy and more recently by natural science” (McGrath 1993, 95). Most Fundamentalists appear to hold to the view of six literal twenty-four-hour days of creation. Closely aligned with the literal view is the young earth theory. Divergent views are often associated with either liberal views of Scripture, which deny inerrancy, or with atheistic, Darwinian evolution.
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