Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Who are these guys? That was the question the teenage Daniel R. Hyde posed to his father when he first encountered Reformed believers. With their unique beliefs and practices, these Christians didn t fit any of the categories in his mind. 

Not so many years later, Hyde is now Rev. Daniel R. Hyde, a pastor of a Reformed church. Recognizing that many are on the outside looking in, just as he once was, he wrote Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims to explain what Reformed churches believe and why they structure their life and worship as they do. 

In layman s terms, Rev. Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those beliefs are put into practice. The result is a roadmap for those encountering the Reformed world for the first time and a primer for those who want to know more about their Reformed heritage.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

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Barnabas reminds us in this book that pastor's kids are sinful, fallen humans just like everyone else. They didn't inherit some special DNA that grants them automatic sanctification right out of the womb. He also reminds us that pastors themselves are sinful, and that the families of those in ministries share many of the same struggles, conflicts and dynamics that all of our families have. The difference? They live in a giant fishbowl. Everyone in church knows them. In the case of Barnabas in particular, the fame of his father reaches far outside of Bethlehem Baptist Church, outside of the Twin Cities, outside of the United States even. His dad is very well known, and Barnabas is not only in a fishbowl, his family is on display in the aquarium.

About Those Praise Songs...

If you take a step back and begin to look at the lyrics to your Sunday anthems, some of them are really awful. Some seem to be a thoughtless smattering of phrases with no single direction; some contain seriously flawed doctrine; some are plain annoying.
Doctrine. If it conflicts with the Bible, why is it a worship song?
Oversimplicity. We’re humans, but we’re not all four years old.
Redundancy. I guess some writers believe it requires 16 reps for it to really sink in.
Lyrics. If it sounds like nonsense, it actually is nonsense.
Structure. Writing a song is like building a house. It needs something to hold it up, besides a big ugly pole in the middle that everyone notices.
Who? Is this song about God? Myself? The church? My wife?
Annoying. The “Call Me Maybe” syndrome is applicable to church material as well. Sometimes, you just don’t want to hear it again. Ever.
(Borrowed from Trapword.com)

{Note from Corky Velveeta: An easy way to remember these points is to use the acronym "OLD WARS" since this seems to be an on going battle for songs with substance. Eddie has lost some of his hair from pulling it out during songs that repeat a phrase sixteen times or more.}

National Twilight Zone Month

Saturday, August 30, 2014

An Important Message from the CEO of Calvinistic Cartoons

This September first I will turn 65 years of age. That means, at best, I will have only seventy five years left to churn out Calvinistic Cartoons. During my vacation I have been working on my autobiography. One thousand six hundred and eighty seven pages and I haven't even mentioned anything about myself yet. So I'm scrapping the bio and will begin on another project. I'll let you know more later.
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