Just In Case You Missed It – April 11-22, 2017

  1. The Beauty of Spiritual Struggle” by Trevin Wax (The Gospel Coalition).  The best things take hard work and time, as this author says about sanctification.
  2. 10 Ugly Numbers Describing Pornography Use in 2017” by Tim Challies. https://www.challies.com/articles/10-ugly-and-updated-numbers-about-pornography-use
  3. The Greek Orthodox ‘Answer Man’” by Nick Batzig (Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals).  A surprising defection from orthodox Christianity. Sad!
  4. Ten Questions for Pastors and Polemics” by Kevin DeYoung (The Gospel Coalition).
  5. Giving People a Chance to Grow” by Jordan Standridge (Cripplegate).  Spiritual growth happens at different rates for different people. When we minister to others, we must be patient.
  6. What We Gained When We Lost the Hymnal” by Tim Challies.



  1. I read both articles by Tim Challies on Hymnals and choruses. I was not really impressed with his handling of the subject. My personal feelings is that the change was brought about to make the church music more appealing to the lost or immature believers. In other words today to many churches are more concern with being hip or up to date with what the world likes in music. I just wonder when we read scripture in the Old Testament that if they to at some point decided to make there music more appealing to the outside world. What about the saints of old before many of us today came along with our updated music. I wonder how many Parents and grand parents would see the music style today as an improvement or just plain old compromise?
    Many Preach the bible is to be our standard and guide yet when it comes to some subject in the church, like music. What the Bible has to say has no voice.
    I do not believe Music in the Old testament worship had Instruments that were so loud you could hardly hear the words that were being sung. And isn’t the words the important part of a song, not how loud or good the instrument are?
    I go back to my comment above. I believe the change in music style is because the church wants to be accepted by the world. Many church base there growth by how many they can get to come if the update there music. Then instead of Preaching we al the sudden are now having talks on relative issue of our day.
    What more disturbing is that even in churches that claim to be Reformed and are strictly Solo Scripture are also moving more away from the Preaching of the Word and gone to just teaching. There is a difference in the 2. Both are needed. But today preaching is not the hip way to get people in the church so we have tossed it aside and gone to just teaching, It seems to be easier to digest than Old fashion Bible Preaching.


    1. George, I don’t think your concerns about church music becoming too influenced by the world are wrong; I agree with you. And yes, preaching AND teaching often suffer as a result of music that does not complement or serve the preaching and teaching of the Word.

      I think it is important to keep in mind that “new” is not “bad.” Every hymn we have ever sung was at one time was “new” and many of them were resisted by some in the church because they didn’t sound like the previous music they sung. In fact, many tunes of hymns were borrowed from secular music.

      In John 4, Jesus gave us a 2-fold criteria for worshipping Him – in spirit and in truth. In other words, our music should be accurate and not a departure from the Word of truth and with genuine pathos or meaning when we sing it.


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