Your analysis of essay in NY Times Magazine ('This Is a Religious War') hits the mark. This essay and your critique speak volumes. We must understand the times. Thank you for illuminating this deadly serious matter. -- T.O., NY
All I Really Need to Know About Worship …I Don’t Learn from the Regulative Principle (Part V)
Will it never end?—Yet another special edition of Messiah’s Mandate
First Letter, 2000
Greetings in our Messiah. When I was recently instructed to take the Nassau Expressway to get my Rebeccah to a certification course, I thought, “Where is the Nassau Expressway? It sounds familiar but I just can’t place it.”
All I Really Need to Know About Worship…I Don’t Learn from the Regulative Principle (Part IV)
‘fraid so— Another special edition of Messiah’s Mandate
Fourth Letter, 1999
Greetings in our Messiah. As Paul McCartney once pleaded, Try to see it my way. These articles against the Regulative Principle of Worship—if it is not commanded, it is forbidden—are written by one who had been taught the RPW, who had tried to believe the RPW and who had sought to defend it. But the testimony of the whole Bible is stubborn and would not yield. Its evidence made it quite clear that the RPW—however salutary, however convenient, however helpful—is simply not Scriptural. It is a tradition of men. I have been seeking to demonstrate why I have been overtaken by that conviction, seeking in such a way as to retain what is best from the tradition. I am no enemy of RPW worship. But where there is a claim to Biblical authority that rests on a series of faults, it’s best to let those who build their homes along that line know that their domiciles are vulnerable to earthquakes
All I Really Need to Know About Worship…I Don’t Learn from the Regulative Principle (Part II)
yes indeedy— Another special edition of Messiah’s Mandate
Second Letter, 1999
Greetings in our Messiah. We have been arguing that the Regulative Principle of Worship— if it is not commanded, it is forbidden— is not the principle given by God to regulate worship in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Important as it is for us to worship Scripturally, we ought to recognize that in the advocacy of the RPW we are confronted with something which extends beyond worship alone. As we have seen, we have here a matter inextricably bound up with the way we approach and handle the Bible. In this it is not unlike the issue of baptism.
All I Really Need to Know About Worship ... I Don’t Learn from the Regulative Principle (Part 1)
that’s right– Another special edition of Messiah’s Mandate
First Letter, 1999
Greetings in our Messiah. In surveying just how one the Old and New Testaments are, we haven’t ignored the fact that there are differences in the administration of the covenant. When we insist that the fundamental difference has to do with the inpouring of the Gentiles on an equal footing with the Jews, we are not suggesting that this new Gentile presence in the covenant is the only difference. We do suggest, however, that the other differences may be traced to, or are related to, that one.
Greetings in our Messiah. Christian author Larry Woiwode often writes and reminds us of “the importance of place.” An internal magnet tugging me back toward Brooklyn, which kicked into furious operation as Jeannie drove me to the airport to begin my journey to Korea, confirmed the truth of Larry’s observations. We are not just here floating on the earth’s surface: we develop relationships, varied and profound, with the land, with our land, and with the people of our land. Though one might say that Cain got off easy, he was not just whining when he described the curse visited upon him—being driven from the ground to be a restless wanderer—as more than he could bear (Genesis 4:11-13). A man understands himself in no small part by where he’s from and where he’s found. I was leaving home for three short weeks yet I felt I had to steel myself for the journey. Am I really that weak? Yes, I am. I don’t like green eggs and ham and I don’t like leaving home and my beloved ones.