Category Archives: Reading and Study

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

Introducing H.R. Rookmaaker (1922-1977)

In the four years that I have been writing this blog I have regularly referred to the works of Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) as being formative not only for the cultivation of my own identity and worldview as (at least I … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Christian Education, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine of Vocation, Francis Schaeffer, H.R. Rookmaaker, Higher Education, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Reading and Study, Society, Theology, Truth

Statism and Libertarianism Both Fail…and for the Same Reason

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Economics, Education, History, News and Commentary, Political Systems, Politics, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, The Future, Theology

Distraction: A Problem for Musicians, A Problem for Christians, and Probably a Problem for Everyone Else, Too

While I use most weeks’ posts to write about some aspect of brass playing, teaching, or musicianship, at the end of each month I turn to writing regarding my avocational interest in Christian theology. Given the exponentially greater traffic that … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Music and Theology, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Prayer, Reading and Study, Teaching Low Brass

Should I Have Been a Pastor?

Regular readers of this blog have by now figured out that I harbor more than a passing interest in the study of theology. Although I first professed Christ as a young child and have always been an active church member, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Career Choices, Pastoral Ministry, Providence, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Reading and Study, Theological Education, Theology

Retractions

One unhappy yet universal trait of our race is that human beings are fallible. The Christian accepts this as axiomatic to his worldview; only God is perfect and man even in his pre-Fall state was not. After the introduction of … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Daily Routine, Micah Everett, Music, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Reading and Study, Teaching Low Brass

Book Review: Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner

In the minds of Christians who appreciate art music, whether as performers or simply as listeners, perhaps no figure so fully epitomizes what it means to be a “Christian composer” or a “Christian musician” as does Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). … Continue reading

Posted in Doctrine of Vocation, Johann Sebastian Bach, Music, Music and Theology, Practical Christianity, Reading and Study, Theology