David Smith on 12/13/2018

For Instruction, Doctrine, and Morals: Interpretation, Truth and Holiness

by David SmithTo interpret is to identify the meaning or significance that the thing has which we interpret. Humans interpret. We do not choose to interpret; interpretation is unavoidable. But we do choose how we interpret and thereby what our interpretation will be. Furthermore, interpreting is a p

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Dan Doriani on 12/12/2018

The Gospel & Joy to the World

by Dan Doriani One December, a week or two before Christmas, the worship leader announced the hymn "Joy to the World" and a woman nearby groaned, "Oh no, not 'Joy to the World' again." I understand her point; she wanted a new Christmas song, but still, how can we grow tired of joy to the world.

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Simonetta Carr on 12/11/2018

Erdmann Neumeister and His Pious Orthodoxy

by Simonetta CarrErdmann Neumeister (1671-1756) hated Pietism but his music was full of vigorous piety and lively devotion. The difference was in the premises. He (as Luther had done before him) sang about a triune God who works in history and draws us to him through the objective, external Word and

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Jeffrey Waddington on 12/10/2018

For Instruction, Doctrine, and Morals: Not the God of the Dead

by Jeffrey WaddingtonFor a decade the Westminster Assembly of divines (i.e., theologians) met at Westminster Abbey in London (1643-1653) to produce a Scriptural doctrinal standard and church government. During that time the well-known Confession of Faith was drawn up to explicate the system of doctr

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