"It is the duty of the clergy to accommodate their discourses to the times, to preach against such sins as are most prevalent, and recommend such virtues as are most wanted.
For example, if exorbitant ambition and venality are predominant, ought they not to warn their hearers against those vices?
If public spirit is much wanted, should they not inculcate this great virtue?
If the rights and duties of Christian magistrates and subjects are disputed, should they not explain them, show their nature, ends, limitations, and restrictions, how muchsoever it may move the gall of Massachusetts?"
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
That's not my usual surplice (which looks more like this one). But it was hot, so I wasn't going for the more opaque heavy linen (which my long-suffering wife made for me).
This is a pic of my eldest son on his first day as an acolyte. I should threaten to make an alliterative blog for him...
And just for kicks, here's a recent pic of the rest of the family.
Yes, that's seersucker. You can take a boy out of the South, but you can't take the south out of the boy. The Heat Will Rise Again!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This tradition of mixing good theology with good music continues in a variety of genres. Michael Card is one of my favorite composers for modern Christian music. Keith Getty makes some incredible songs for congregational singing. Vicar's son, Stuart Townend, is also an excellent composer and worship leader, as well as practical/musical theologian. Let's get past the worship wars of style and move back to Christ-honoring content!
*Concessions can be made for inclusive language regarding humanity without having to muck up the rest of the song.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Click here for Groothius' list.
Meanwhile, if you don't mind being a crusty old fundamentalist, check out the action at Classical Presbyterian.