Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Best Things in Church are Free

The Free Church of Scotland is living up to its name by making available several FREE downloads of congregational singing from the Scottish Psalter. You can find them here. Notice particularly the way that men lead the congregation with their voices and the strength of their praise. It is simply glorious. Guess what the Rossell boys will be learning in family worship this year. [The text is from the old Scottish Metrical Psalter, as well as from a newer Psalter I'm having trouble finding - keep an eye out for updates.]

For Adam was First Formed...

Masculine worship does not exclude women in the same way that feminine worship excludes men. Women flourish when men take spritual responsibility. Men wither or stay away when women lead in the church. So the church is not a men's club - men, women, children, and babies gather before the Lord together. Masculine worship is not worship for men; it is worship in which men fulfill their responsibilities to others. As a result of masculine leadership, women and children are free to contribute to worship rightly. But they do so because men have taken responsibility. In a Scriptural worship service, both masculine and feminine elements will be present, but the masculine will be dominant, in a position of leadership. When the feminine element leads or dominates, the result is that those who are masculine are encouraged to stay away.
-Douglas Wilson, Future Men [Picture of Gen. Jackson just for effect]

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Feminism in the Pews

Most of the people in our churches are feminists and most of the people in our churches are in same-sex marriages right now, they just don't realize it. Because you have people who have marriages in which you do not have male headship; you do not have male protection; and you do not have provision for wives. This isn't a theoretical issue, this is a gospel issue. It's why the Apostle Paul says that a man who does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel.

Russell Moore, Vice President of Southern Seminary

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sanctify them by Your Truth...

"For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand."

—C.S. Lewis