God-Thoughts

Is Salvation Free?

Is Salvation Free?

Is salvation free? This was completely unimaginable to the first century AD world. It is in this backdrop that the apostle Paul wrote his letters. He preaches the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the fruit of salvation and a new life for believers. Salvation and the new life in Christ can be confusing […]

General Epistles BIS 104

Learning to Love Those You Serve

John opens his first epistle by defending and establishing the understanding of the humanity of Christ. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life…” (1 John 1:1). John is making the […]

Why We Keep Singing Together: Examining Our Approach

How do we navigate a universal function of the corporate body that our culture is slowly viewing with lessening fervor? Is singing in a church setting meaningful anymore? Is it a valuable part of who we are or simply a part of service?

Why We Keep Singing Together: Building Each Other Up

My local church’s worship team is really tremendous. Vocals, drums, guitars, piano—all very talented. Yet they just can’t quite measure up to my favorite worship band and they rarely play any of the songs on my faves list. Don’t get me wrong, I like our pastor (oh, wait, I am the pastor) but he just […]

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Why We Keep Singing Together: The Heart of Worship

Matt Redman penned these powerful opening words to the song, The Heart of Worship, in the late 1990s. These lyrics reflect what our attitude should be regarding worshiping together today: When the music fadesAll is stripped awayAnd I simply comeLonging just to bringSomething that’s of worthThat will bless your heartI’ll bring you more than a […]

Why We Keep Singing Together: A Timeless Act of Worship

Why do we keep singing together? To provide a clear answer we must explore two fundamental aspects of worship: why we sing and why we assemble. Robert Webber states that “The first act of worship is to assemble the people. This is no mere human act lacking in theological significance.  Rather, it is an act […]

Why We Keep Singing Together: A Collective Response of Love to God

When I was in elementary school, I attended church with a friend quite often. I now know that she attended a Pentecostal church, totally flamboyant and outwardly charismatic! To me, a child around the age of 10 or so, this church was both fascinatingly addictive and terrifying all at the same time. They danced in […]

Why We Keep Singing Together: An Artios Roundtable Discussion

  For anyone who grew up participating in church communities, the act of singing is almost synonymous with worship. It’s what every congregation, regardless of denomination, location, language, or culture has in common. We all sing songs of adoration and submission to our God. In fact, its been this way throughout history. But how often […]

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John: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 4

Background and Scope The purpose of this series is to explore a supposed rift in how Jesus is depicted in the Gospels. As many scholars have noted, John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed some have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. To put it simply, “If […]

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Luke: High Christology of the Gospels – Part 3

Background and Scope This is part of a series exploring how Jesus is depicted in the Gospels. Many scholars have noted that John’s Gospel proclaims a majestically high Christology. Indeed some have seen in John a Christology that finds no parallel in the other Gospels. To put it simply, “If Jesus was as He is […]