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It Makes Perfect

It Makes Perfect

While teaching a freshman music class in ear training, somehow I wandered into this observation.  My students seemed to like it. Sometimes I fancy myself quotable, so here you go:

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

Unsystematic Theology: How Much Should Christians Tip?

How much should a Christian tip? That might seem like kind of a wacky question, though I’ve been asked it before. If you read much theology, you’ll cover topics like Incarnation and Ineffability and Predestination and Hypostasis. Lessons in Tipping don’t come up often except, well, in the real world. The question is on everyone’s […]

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

(Originally published in 2010 as a guest post on “The Cult Next Door.“) Legalism. It’s one of those nasty words that everybody points to as an example of religion gone wrong. Everybody knows that you shouldn’t be a legalist. Everybody knows that legalism is unbiblical. Everybody would be affronted if you called them a legalist. […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Communication from Alien Vessel: “People of Earth, inform us of the true meaning of this custom you call ‘Christmas.’” Message Received from Earth: “Well, [static] Jesus was born in a manger, and [lots of static] so we stuff their stockings [static] give them toy animals [static] like monkeys, [static] in nativity scenes [static] from Santa […]

A Very Music Theory Christmas

A Very Music Theory Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything…. … and, if you’re looking for something to play on it, how about a brand new CD from Thornfield, or a slightly older CD from me? (Note: May not actually be playable on a Philco Port-O-Sound Cart. Check with your local […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

New Creation #7: Give To Our God Immortal Praise

Seventh in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song This is another text by Isaac Watts, whom we’ve heard from before when we looked at “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed.” Watts is known as “the Father of English Hymnody,” but in this case, he’s […]

Reader Question (kind of): Did My Sins Kill Jesus?

Reader Question (kind of): Did My Sins Kill Jesus?

(Well, OK, it’s not actually a reader question at all, since I have no idea whether the person who asked it has ever even seen this site. But my blog doesn’t have a category for “question I randomly saw somewhere and wanted to answer.” Speaking of which, if any of you real readers of this […]

How Does Jesus Love You?

How Does Jesus Love You?

In May 2010, Hillary McFarland invited me to write a guest post for her lovely website Quivering Daughters, which offered healing for victims of Spiritual Abuse within the so-called “Biblical Patriarchy” movement. Not knowing at the time that this would turn into an unlikely recurring ministry for me over the next two years, I decided to get a […]