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Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs

November 1, 2008

Theology_Matters Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs The church inherited its first song book from God’s people in the Old Testament. Like Jesus and the disciples, early Christians used the Psalms in worship. Paul refers to the church’s practice when he commands the Ephesians: “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing...

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  • Practical Theology November 1, 2008

The Dual Purpose of Worship

September 1, 2019

Theology_Matters The Dual Purpose of Worship Music has always played a central role in the church's devotional life. In fact, musical worship is commanded in the New Testament. According to Ephesians 5:19, believers are to speak "to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit." This same verse also tells us to sing and make...

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  • Practical Theology September 1, 2019

God’s View of Marriage

September 1, 2013

Theology_Matters God’s View of Marriage The Song of Songs may be the least preached book of the Bible. Solomon’s sensual description of love between a shepherd and a shepherdess has puzzled the church for generations. Is Solomon talking about romance, sex, or spirituality? Some would say all three. Rulers of his day often married multiple...

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  • Practical Theology September 1, 2013

The Nature of Christ: The Heresy of Ariansim

June 1, 2006

Theology_Matters The Nature of Christ: The Heresy of Ariansim Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty! / Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty! / God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity This hymn by Reginald Heber is more than a celebration of the holiness of God; it’s also an affirmation of God’s...

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  • Practical Theology June 1, 2006

Attributes of God: Immutability

March 1, 2004

Theology_Matters Attributes of God: Immutability The words to the beloved hymn “Abide With Me” were written by Howard F. Lyte as he was dying of tuberculosis. In this song he declares: Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not,...

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  • Practical Theology March 1, 2004

Vicarious Substitutionary Atonement

October 1, 2018

Theology_Matters Vicarious Substitutionary Atonement Many critics of contemporary worship songs charge that they focus only on an emotional experience with Jesus, unlike an older generation of Christian hymns that seemed to talk about something else: the blood. But why would Christians sing about blood? The Bible says much about blood, especially...

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  • Practical Theology October 1, 2018

The Church: The Mission of The Church--Part II: Worship

August 1, 2005

Theology_Matters The Church: The Mission of The Church--Part II: Worship Theologian J. I. Packer has observed that believers often experience God’s presence most powerfully in corporate worship during the singing. The reason, he suggests, is because “when we sing to Him, we are looking hard in His direction.” All Christians would agree that...

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  • Practical Theology August 1, 2005

The Trajectory of Worship

December 1, 2010

Theology_Matters The Trajectory of Worship The book of Revelation includes several portraits of heavenly worship. One of the most striking is in Revelation 5:12–13, where John describes an innumerable multitude of angels and saints who surround the throne of God and sing praises to the Lamb of God. Their song is taken up by “every creature...

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  • Practical Theology December 1, 2010

Words Of Hope

January 1, 2015

Theology_Matters Words Of Hope Few statements in the Gospels are as chilling as Jesus’ cry from the cross recorded in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These words seem to be a cry of despair. But upon closer examination, the context reveals that they are actually an expression of hope. The fourth...

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  • Practical Theology January 1, 2015


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