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The Infant Church’s Continual Commitments – Christian Article

Christ’s disciples obeyed his command to remain in Jerusalem until he sent them the Holy Spirit and formed his spiritual body. Acts 2 records the amazing event that occurred on the Day of Pentecost—the Holy Spirit descended upon them, attested by visible and audible signs, forming the church and empowering them to accomplish the mission Christ had given them. Jesus had promised his disciples that he would sent the Holy Spirit for two purposes: First, he promised that he would…

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Bibles & Beer: Colorado Pastor Launches “Pub Church” – Christian Article

Ryan Martin | June 3rd, 2019 | When Jesus isn’t enough, oh the novelties you’ll use to draw a crowd to church! What’s the justification? The same old line: “We live in a changing culture and if the culture changes the church has to change as well,” Knutson says. Try to square that bit with Eph 5 and Tit 2 and 1 John 2. Christians shouldn’t be drinking beer at all, let alone serving it in church. Source: Bibles &…

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Are You Sure You Want To Play Russian Roulette With Your Child’s Values? – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | May 27th, 2019 | Sober, but important words for Christians to hear: Most Americans are not aware how morally and intellectually destructive American colleges — and, increasingly, high schools and even elementary schools — have become. So, they spend tens of thousands after-tax dollars to send their sons and daughters to college. But today, to send your child to college is to play Russian roulette with their values. There is a good chance your child will return…

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Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | May 26th, 2019 | Giving in to the constant pressure to satisfy the world’s hunger for bigger, flashier, and more impressive, we put on slick productions and programs, often at the expense of biblical faithfulness. Six-figure budget lines devoted to sound and lighting systems, in-church coffee shops, stage props and set designs—these things are foreign to the pages of Scripture. Source: Return to the Ordinary Means of Grace About Scott Aniol Scott Aniol is the founder and…

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Artistic Theologian Call for Papers – Christian Article

Scott Aniol | May 23rd, 2019 | Artistic Theologian, the peer-reviewed journal of which I am Editor-in-Chief, is accepting submissions of articles and book reviews for our eighth volume, scheduled to be released in April, 2020. Click here for more information. About Scott Aniol Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and…

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Reasons to be Careful with Language – Christian Article

Christopher Ames | May 18th, 2019 | This article shows that rhetorical drift is often conscious and calculated to change people’s behavior. People have long realized that using words in a certain way can sway people to do certain things not by persuasion but by manipulation. That’s why, for example, Nike tells you “JUST DO IT” rather than “OUR SHOES WILL ENHANCE YOUR ATHLETIC PROWESS.” Incidentally, that’s also why you hear about churches singing of God’s “reckless love” as though…

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Desiring God Blog denounces the “Open-But Cautious” view of charismatic gifts – Christian Article

Ryan Martin | January 17th, 2019 | Andrew Wilson, writing at the Desiring God blog (the parachurch ministry of John Piper), denounces the so-called “Open but Cautious” view of charismatic gifts as the view that’s least biblically indefensible (he’s probably right on that point): Open-But-Cautious Continuationism, however, is almost always neither one nor the other. It involves the strange affirmation that Paul told his converts to earnestly desire spiritual gifts, and that his instructions still apply today, but that we…

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Are Some Cultures ‘Better’ Than Others? : Founders Ministries – Christian Article

Ryan Martin | January 11th, 2019 | Alex Kochman at the Founders Blog observes: In respect to the value systems that form cultures, it is self-evident that some cultures as closer to biblical ideals than others. Some draw their strength from divine revelation; others do not. Some write laws recognizing freedom of conscience; others sever heads for sport. Moreover, the Great Commission actually requires us to recognize the inequality of gospel diffusion across various cultures, so that we can gauge…

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The Inadequate Guitar | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

Christopher Ames | January 9th, 2019 | Jonathan Aigner, with his usual crisp pungency, argues that the guitar is an inadequate instrument to support voices in public worship. I agree with him for the reasons he states, but also because one usually plays a guitar on different beats than one sings. Further, it is next to impossible to pick vocal parts out of guitar chords unless you know your part by heart already. Now, at the risk of being called…

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Homeschool in Less Time Each Day – Christian Article

Becky Aniol | January 9th, 2019 | Are you overwhelmed with your daily homeschool schedule? Do you feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? (About a dozen people have told me recently that they feel this way.) Here’s a mom who shared those feelings, and this is what she learned and what she did about it. The daily schedule for Form II {grades 4-6} looked so…simple. 8 subjects covered in 3 hours daily. Why was “school” taking us…

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