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The Regulative Principle

“False worship in Israel always began with compromising the form of worship (violating the second commandment) and culminated in idolatry (violating the first commandment).

It may be easier for us to detect such novelties in other traditions, but Protestants have developed this “itchy for novelty” in their own way. Did God prescribe altar calls, sinner’s prayers…that often replace the public reading and preaching of Scripture, public prayers, the sacraments, and congregational singing of the Word?….

So nothing can be done in public worship that is not commanded in Scripture, either directly or by good and necessary inference drawn from Scripture. It is a solemn assembly of the Lord, gathered in joy but also “in reverence and awe.” It is not our gathering. It is  not a meeting of friends, relatives, coworkers, or any other natural associations. It is convened by the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit, as the site where he promises to bless his people and to add to the church.”

Horton, Michael. For Calvinism (Zondervan, 2011), 138-40.


Preparing for the Sabbath

I have been blessed with the arguments for Sabbath-keeping from Ryan M. McGraw’s article, “Five Reasons why the Sabbath is Designed for Worship.” (Puritan Reformed Journal, July 2009)

A summary:

1. The Situation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Sabbath was designed for worship.

2. God “sanctified” the Sabbath. He “hallowed” or set it apart for the purposes of worship.

3. The Commandement’s position among the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments address our relation to God with respect to worship, the fourth commandment puts emphasis on this.

4. Character of the Commands to keep the Sabbath. The duties related to the Sabbath observance are duties related to worship.

5. Connection of the Sabbath to the hope of heaven. It is a type of heaven, a place solely conusmed with the worship of God.

Puritan Reformed Journal

Volume 1 Number 2, July 2009 Issue

Table of Contents

Bright Shadows: Preaching Christ from the Old Testament (2)—David Murray

Heart-Reading: Recovering a Spiritual Approach to the Bible—Gerald Bilkes

Significance of Suffering in the Study of First Peter—Brian Najapfour

Love of the Brethren in 1 John and Church History—Michael A.G. Haykin

Cur Deus Homo? A Closer Look at the Atonement Theories of Peter Abelard and Bernard of Clairvaux—Jonathon Beeke

Calvin on the Promises of God—Pieter DeVries

Omnipotent Sweetness? Puritanism versus Socinianism—Joel M. Heflin

“To Walk According to the Gospel”: The Origin and History of The Marrow of Modern Divinity—William Van Doodewaard

The Reformed Dogmatics of G.H. Kersten Compared with His Older Contemporaries, Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck—Pieter Rouwendal

Calvin as an Experiential Preacher—Joel R. Beeke

Blessedness in the Piety of William Perkins: Objective Reality or Subjective Experience?—Stephen Yuille

The Biblical-Experimental Foundations of Jonathan Edwards’s Theology of Religious Experience, 1720–1723—Karin Spiecker Stetina

According to the Custom of the Ancient Church? Examining the Roots of John Calvin’s Liturgy—Daniel R. Hyde

John Calvin and Missions—Derek Thomas

Five Reasons why the Sabbath is Designed for Worship—Ryan M. McGraw

Can We Hope for a Neocalvinist-Neopuritan Dialogue?—Ray Pennings

Because Men Love Darkness: Culture’s Dangerous Infatuation with Halloween—David J. Bissett

Interview with Joel Beeke about Reformed Churches and Seminaries

Theology of the Old Testament—Pieter DeVries

Continuity or Discontinuity in Evangelical History—Sharon James

Jay E. Adams, Keeping the Sabbath Today?—Ryan M. McGraw

The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism—Randall J. Pederson

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World—Allen R. Mickle, Jr.

Wendy Horger Alsup, Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in our Daily Lives—Tracy Mickle

Josh Moody, The God-Centered Life: Insights from Jonathan Edwards for Today—Allen R. Mickle, Jr.

M. X. Lesser, Reading Jonathan Edwards: An Annotated Bibliography in Three Parts, 1729–2005—Randall J. Pederson

George Marsden, A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards—Randall J. Pederson

HT: Rev. Daniel R. Hyde,

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Reforming the Man of God

Manila Conference 2009


Speaker: Dr. Joel Beeke

For details visit the website: reformingman

Scottish Reformed Conference

20 Years of Proclaiming the Truth


Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

Rev. Eric Alexander


Redeemer Seminary

Welcome and Congratulations!

rssealxInaugural Convocation of Redeemer Seminary

All are invited to the inaugural convocation of Redeemer Seminary
on Monday, February 16, 7:30 pm,
in the Park Cities Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.

The speaker will be Dr. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, and author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.

“Why Reformed?”

Nathan Pitchford states five reasons why there is a resurgence among the youth:

1. Dissatisfaction with the theology and religious environment of our parents.

2. Desire for a rootedness and connectedness with the historic faith.

3. The resurgence of Puritan literature.

4. John Piper.

5. The internet (and Monergism in particular).

HT: reformationtheology

“I love historic Reformed Worship”

“Back to the Basics of Reformed Worship” by John Payne (Grace Presbyterian Church)

Reformed Chameleons?

I love historic Reformed worship. It is assiduously biblical in form and substance, intentionally Trinitarian in nature and scope, and, at its best, is warm, joyful, and reverent. There is, however, a disconcerting and, might I add, wrongheaded trend among many self-identified Reformed and confessional Christians in our day. My guess is that many readers of Ref21 have observed it. It is the bold trajectory away from the simple, God-centered, ordinary-means-of-grace-driven approach to public worship (which has characterized the Reformed Church for centuries) to one that is more broadly evangelical and, in some cases, unreservedly pragmatic. More troubling still is the growing number of ordained ministers within theologically conservative, Reformed and confessional denominations who have avowed to promote and defend Reformed doctrine and yet do not seem to connect the dots between the essential tenets of Reformed dogma and the nature of public worship on the Lord’s Day.

Read more at Reformation21.