Author: Ryan Burns

John Calvin Says No Ear Tickling in Church Music

There was a lot of different worship music being played in the office today. Of it all, I was particularly drawn to the stuff done by Red Mountain Music, whom I had never heard before. While I am more naturally inclined to a folksy sound, I was mostly taken away by the beauty and depth of their lyrics, most of which are old hymns. If you haven’t heard them before, I highly recommend you check them out. As the various songs and styles continued to be played throughout the day, I was reminded of a quote I read in...

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How to Save Money When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

The first thing I noticed when I hopped into my 2000 Honda Odyssey after it completed its 3,000+ mile cross-country trek on the back of a big-rig was that the check engine light was on. Nervous about the thought of potentially having to spend hundreds of dollar at mechanic after just moving to town, I decided to call around to a few shops to see how much it would cost to simply hook up my van to a computer and see what was wrong. I was shocked to find that the industry standard is about $100 for a diagnostic....

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Who Can Baptize?

I enjoy reading John Calvin on baptism. The other day I read something that has stuck in the back of my head, so I thought I’d share it and see what you think. Here is Calvin’s comments on who should administer the sacrament of baptism. It is here also pertinent to observe, that it is improper for private individuals to take upon themselves the administration of baptism; for it, as well as the dispensation of the Supper, is part of the ministerial office. For Christ did not give command to any men or women whatever to baptise, but to...

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John Owen Needed to Live Life

In reading Life of Owen, I came across a great section where Thomas points out the importance of actually living life. He says (emphasis mine), A wish has sometimes been expressed, that men who, like Owen, have contributed so largely to the enriching of our theological literature, could have been spared the endless avocations of public life, and allowed to devote themselves almost entirely to authorship. But the wisdom of this sentiment is very questionable. Experience seems to testify that a certain amount of contact with the business of practical life is necessary to the highest style of thought...

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John Knox WAS a Bouncer

I wrote yesterday about the fact that John Owen didn’t need a bouncer. After reading the post, a friend of mine mentioned that John Knox, the 16th century Scottish minister and Protestant reformer, was a bouncer. After some googling, I discovered that he did, in fact, spend some time serving as a bodyguard for George Wishart, an itinerant preacher. I did a quick search in my Logos library and found the following: Knox’s commitment to a Protestant position was more certainly established from December 1545, when he accompanied the itinerant preacher George Wishart on his brief tour around Leith...

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