Christ Church Family Conference (2016)

Excited to announce that Pastor Jeff Meyers will be speaking at this year’s Christ Church Family Conference (Feb. 20-22) this year in Cary, NC!  He serves as the pastor of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) and is the author of The Lord’s Service, and Ecclesiastes Through New Eyes:  A Table in the Mist.  Join us!

Charles Baird’s “A Chapter on Liturgies”–Free!

I recently discovered that one of the classic texts on Presbyterian & Reformed liturgies is now available for free on Google Books!  Charles Baird’s A Chapter on Liturgies:  Historical Sketches was a ground-breaking work published in the late 1800s, when many people were ignorant of the rich liturgical history of the Reformed churches.  Baird’s project was so novel (given the anti-liturgical prejudices in the Reformed world at the time) that he published the first edition of the work anonymously.  It bore the unwieldy title of Eutaxia; Or the Presbyterian Liturgies: Historical Sketches, by A Minister of the Presbyterian Church (now republished by Forgotten Books in a facsimile format). Although the research is dated and must be compared with more recent scholarship, it is well worth perusing.  Unfortunately, much ignorance and prejudice about liturgy still prevails in Reformed churches.  Baird’s even-handed and honest history will help many churches grow and appreciate the liturgical resources in their own traditions.

 

New College, Franklin – Prospective Student Weekend

Prospective Student Weekend!  October 26-28

Each Fall at New College, we enjoy the privilege of hosting prospective students from all across the country. This a great time for juniors and seniors in high school to get to know the college, spend time with current students, and visit Franklin at a beautiful time of the year. This weekend corresponds with Franklin’s annual “Pumpkinfest.”

This year’s activities include a collegium seminar with Dr. George Grant, a bonfire with Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, sample classroom experiences, lunch, Q&A sessions, a walking tour of Franklin and other events. We encourage students and families to spend time in the community by staying for church on Sunday at Cornerstone Pres and/or Parish Pres and to experience a typical day of classes at the college on Monday. There are some limited spaces for prospective students to stay with current students and their host families.

For more information visit the New College website.

Stephen Marshall on Baptizing Babies

A few years ago I did some transcription work for the Westminster Assembly Project, and the sermon I put into digital form is finally on-line!  It’s called “A Sermon of the Baptizing of Infants,” by Stephen Marshall, one of the most noted preachers at the Westminster Assembly. 

It was fun to read something from the 1600s, and try to figure out the differences in spelling. For inftance, fometimes “f”s were used as “s”s. Very ftrange and fruftrating …

Bruce Benedict and the Liturgy Fellowship

I’m going to be sharing more material from my friend Bruce Benedict, Director of Worship and Community Life at Christ the King Presbyterian Church (PCA – Raleigh).  Bruce is on the forefront of the movement to bring ancient liturgical traditions into a contemporary setting.  Bruce blogs and shares his song-writing work at Cardiphonia, which has a bunch of great resources.  Bruce has also recently started a group effort called the Liturgy Fellowship:  “The Liturgy Fellowship is a site dedicated to listing resources for Worship Leaders, pastors, musicians and other Worship Artists.”

Some recent insightful posts from Bruce’s blog include:  “Liturgical Caffeine for Sunday Worship” and his reflections on the recent National Worship Leaders Conference.  A tantilizing excerpt:  “While the morning worship services were a bit more subdued, the evening services (not concerts according to the artists) were consistently hitting the 90-95 decibel mark.  Which according to most charts means hearing loss with sustained exposure.  The message I took home was that God is so powerful he will rock my ear drums to pieces in worship. Or possibly that in modern worship we are called to suffer bodily for Jesus.  The technology present in much of modern worship is part of the DNA of the sound and experience.  It really exists as a lesser member of the Trinity.  (Or could possibly be a replacement for one of the other members that rarely gets mentioned).”

Bruce attended the conference with Zac Hicks, wh0 also has a helpful overview of the conference.  Bruce and Zac collaborated on a eucharistic hymn, based on the Emmaus Road narrative.  The song is typologically rich, Biblically-grounded, and reflects Calvin’s theology of the Lord’s Supper.  It is also singable, which is a chief fault of many contemporary Christian songs.

2011 in review

This was kind of fun … I noticed that we recently hit the 100,000 mark for our number of visits.  I’m thankful that this project is filling a need, and hope we can continue to improve its content!

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.