Category Archives: Practical Christianity

It’s Okay to “Go Through the Motions”

Several times in the past few weeks when I have asked students how they could have improved their performances of various playing assignments I have heard responses something like “Well, I could have put more emotion into it.” To be … Continue reading

Posted in Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Christian Worldview, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Pedagogy, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Worship

“Counterfeit Detection Training:” A Short Reflection on Colossians 1:15-20

I mentioned in my last post that this year I am sharing responsibility for an adult Sunday school class at Christ Presbyterian Church on the letter to the Colossians. Given that this is the focus of any focused theological study … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christ Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Christ's Person and Work, Christian Worldview, Colossians, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, Salvation, Theology, Truth

You’re Never Going to Know Everything (But You Still Should Try), Part Two

Last week I wrote discussing how I had come to terms with—and in fact really embraced—the idea that my knowledge of music, brass pedagogy, and basically everything about my profession should be always growing but will never reach completion. There … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Prayer, Reading and Study, Salvation, Theological Education, Theology, Truth

When Contextualization Diminishes Meaning (Or, Missing that Sweet and Awful Place)

Over the past several years I have carved out an interesting role in planning and executing the musical elements of corporate worship at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Having long ago determined that I would rather spend most Sunday services … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Worship

Fundamentals, Not Feelings: Part Two

For as long as we can remember my wife and I have had an occasional feeling of being “ecclesiastical misfits.” We often discuss a sense of differentness at church or parachurch gatherings, even among fellow believers with whom we are … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Church, Denominations, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, The Gideons International, Theology

The Christian and Sci-Fi

I’ve enjoyed taking the past few weeks off from blogging, but I am hoping to be back to writing on my weekly schedule for most of the summer, since I don’t have any large commitments that would preclude my doing … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Christian Worldview, Doctor Who, Practical Christianity, Science Fiction, Society, Star Trek, Tablet Computers, The Future, Theology

“The Sabbath was Made for Man….”

Today I had the happy privilege of attending worship at Christ Presbyterian Church with my family. We enjoyed an engaging Sunday School hour, good singing, prayers, and a fine sermon. The rest of the day was spent playing games together, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Sabbath, Christian Worldview, Church, Confessionalism, D.A. Carson, Doctrine, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Society, The Gideons International, Theology, Worship