Thy Throne, O God

Sometimes a translation difference can have massive implications for our theology.  Take Hebrews 1:8 for example.  Today we are going to examine how this verse should be translated, and why.  The way that we translate the original Greek text of Hebrews 1:8 greatly influences what we teach concerning the divine nature of Jesus Christ.  Compare…

There Is No Such Thing As A Music Minister

I admit the title of this post might be a little shocking.  I can hear the murmuring now: "What do you mean there is no such thing as a music minister?? I'm a music minister!  Don't you think worship is important??  Don't you think worship leaders are important??  How can you possibly say there is no…

The Meaning of Ministry

A few days ago I was having a Bible study with some of my friends from church.  As we were going through the lesson, an interesting conversation started about the unique role of ministering/preaching in the church---and about how it is different from the role of music/worship, or any other aspect of serving in the…

Six Essential Doctrines

In a Facebook forum that I belong to, one of the members asked this question: since all Christian doctrines are important, which ones are essential for our theology and preaching? Below is my list of six essential doctrines of the Christian Faith. 1) salvation by grace alone through faith alone, via the atoning work of…

Worship: Rational, Emotional, Volitional

The title is a mouth-full, I know.  But several days ago the Lord began to deal with me about some foundational principles of worship, and these three words were the best descriptions I could think of.  If we can understand these three components, it will revolutionize our worship. As someone who has been raised in…