Category Archives: Salvation

Why I am a Christian

While this blog is dedicated primarily to my teaching and performing work as a brass player, over the nearly four years of writing here I have enjoyed occasionally writing about my views on various aspects and implications of the Christian … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Assurance, Bible, Christian Worldview, Doctrine, Fatherhood of God, Francis Schaeffer, Practical Christianity, Salvation, The Future, Theology, Truth

Stop Looking for a Perfect Church!

My maternal grandfather died in 2009 at the age of 90. I wrote a bit about him here several years ago. In my mind he was and is a supreme example of what a Christian man should be: hardworking, gentle, … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Presbyterianism, Salvation, Theology, Worship

Finding Strength in Weakness: A Comparison Between Brass Playing and the Christian Life

  Weakness is your friend. Strength is your enemy. Blow air, don’t ‘support’ it. –Arnold Jacobs (1915-1998) Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm … Continue reading

Posted in Arnold Jacobs, Assurance, Music and Theology, Pedagogy, Practical Christianity, Salvation, Teaching Low Brass

The “KAT” of Faith

For my first post following a nearly two-month hiatus I am going to briefly visit an idea which was first brought to my attention several years ago when taking systematic theology classes online from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and of … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance, Bible, Christian Worldview, Practical Christianity, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Salvation, Theology, Uncategorized

Fatherhood as Metaphor?

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, Adoption as Christians, Bible, Doctrine, Fatherhood of God, Redemption, Salvation, Theology

The Grass Is Not Always Greener (But It Is Still Pretty Nice)

The Presbyterian Church in America, of which the church my family attends and serves is a part, is an interesting denomination. Confessionally and historically its roots are in the old Southern Presbyterian tradition, which in turn derives from English and … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Confessionalism, Covenant Theology, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Predestination, Presbyterianism, Salvation, Theology

On Choosing a Church Home, Part Two

After publishing Part One of this short series back in September, I had hoped to take up the topic again in October. The brother of our Lord warned his readers to always consider their plans to be tentative at best, … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Christian Sabbath, Confessionalism, Doctrine, Evangelism, Lord's Day, Practical Christianity, Predestination, Presbyterianism, Providence, Redemption, Salvation, Theology, Worship