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The Problem With "Worship"

The Problem With “Worship”

I'm hoping to start blogging more about worship and church music in the near future. Meanwhile, enjoy this from a while back. A while back on Internet Monk's website, there was a fascinating conversation on worship–you could do worse than to check it out–prefaced by this zinger: (The theological term for this, if I recall from my […]

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

Third in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Cornelius Elven (1791–1873) was a Baptist pastor in Suffolk, England, and a close friend of Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon described him as “a faithful servant of the Lord, and an intensely fervent and sincere preacher, filled […]

New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

New Creation #2: Bless Thou Jehovah (R. A. Torrey)

Second in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song R. A. Torrey was a 19th-century evangelist known for his commitment to the Word of God and the message of the Gospel. As a pastor, evangelist, teacher, author, and scholar, he has an enduring […]

Antidotes to Spiritual Abuse

Antidotes to Spiritual Abuse

Newly updated and expanded for Quivering Daughters. First published here September 26, 2009. Guilt, shame, and condemnation. Unspoken rules you have to live up to. Authoritarian leaders you can’t ever question. An exclusive “us-vs.-them” mentality. Subtle or not-so-subtle pressure to fit in. Barely veiled manipulation and peer pressure tactics. Fear of doing the wrong thing. Public […]

The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian

The Myth of the Lukewarm Christian

Another in my series of weekly posts for Quivering Daughters here’s this sermon I’ve heard a few dozen times. You’ve probably heard it too. It goes like this. Some Christians are really passionate and sold out for the Lord. They do great things. They live ri­ghteously. They don’t do anything that could be considered worldly. […]

Literally Noir

Literally Noir

The streets of the city are always dark, especially when it’s raining. And they just put a fresh coat of grime down 67th street. It got all over my office window. Not that you can see anything out my office window anyway. And if you could, you wouldn’t want to. I’ve seen it all, and […]

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

In Search of the Ideal Proverbs 31 Single Man

By Eric M. Pazdziora Once upon a time on Mother’s Day, the preacher at whatever church we were attending made this remark: “Proverbs 31 has been used, probably more than any other passage of Scripture, to beat women over the head.” One can certainly see his point.  How many times have we seen women struggling […]

"You Might Be a Sadducee If…"

“You Might Be a Sadducee If…”

[From my archives.] Ah, those good old Pharisees.  They’ve been dead and gone for centuries, yet we never tire of talking about the dangers of their beliefs.  I’ve lost count of the number of sermons I’ve heard, articles I’ve seen, and books I’ve read that in some way or another caution the Christians of modern […]