Should Christian Churches Observe the Church Calendar?

"The Reformed tradition, because of its application of the regulative principle of worship, opposed the celebration of any other day than the Sabbath as a required assembly for church members. The regulative principle teaches succinctly that the church, corporately conceived, may require only what finds clear and explicit warrant in God's Word. The church calendar, … Continue reading Should Christian Churches Observe the Church Calendar?

What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? (Part Two)

This post and the previous one seek to answer the question: "What does it mean to be Reformed?" These posts are intended for those who might not know what it means to be Reformed, for those who disagree with Reformed theology but nevertheless want to learn more, and for professing Reformed Christians who want to … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? (Part Two)

Why We Don’t Need ‘Dead Images of Wood and Stone’ in Worship

“Let those who would discharge aright the ministry of the gospel learn, not merely to speak and declaim, but to penetrate into the consciences of men, to make them see Christ crucified, and feel the shedding of his blood. When the Church has painters such as these, she no longer needs the dead images of … Continue reading Why We Don’t Need ‘Dead Images of Wood and Stone’ in Worship

What Kind of Images Are Allowed in Worship?

“Because the sacrament [of the Lord’s Supper] is the Word of God made visible, and because worship must be practiced ‘according to Scripture,’ other means of visually representing the gospel were eliminated as without biblical warrant, unnecessary distractions, and probably idolatrous. The Word is made visible only through the ordained means of the bread and … Continue reading What Kind of Images Are Allowed in Worship?