Category Archives: Worship

The Importance of the Collection

I believe that if we do something in Christian worship, we need to be doing it not because we think it might be a good idea or helpful, but because it is something that the bible teaches us to do. … Continue reading

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Should We Make Images of Jesus?

Should We Make Images of Jesus? The Relationship between the Second Commandment and Images of Christ The Following is a Brief listing of just some of the Reformed Evangelical witnesses that directly address the creation and use of pictures of … Continue reading

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Was Eric Liddell a Legalist?

Chariots of Fire is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies. It tells the story of two runners who competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. One of those runners was a man by the name of Eric Liddell, a man dubbed … Continue reading

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Samuel Miller’s Pastoral Theology

My own first contact with Samuel Miller, Old Princeton’s Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government, came many years ago when I read an essay that had a quote from his “Presbyterianism The Truly Primitive and Apostolical Constitution of the … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts For Worship

Many Christians report that, “they don’t get much out of worship” and that they find themselves listless, distracted, sleepy, bored, and unenthusiastic on Sunday morning. I am convinced, with the Puritans, that a major reason for this is a failure … Continue reading

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Clarifying Addendum to “5 Reasons It Might Be Time to Leave the PCA”

Most of the critiques I’ve seen to date of our session’s post entitled “5 Reasons It Might Be Time to Leave the PCA” seem to misunderstand our points in sections two and four, so I’d like to briefly deal with … Continue reading

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The Deceiver’s Top Ten Tips For Making Sure You and Your Family Have a Miserable And Fruitless Experience in Church this Sunday

If you’ve been a Christian for any period of time at all, you may have noticed that the more time you spend in church, the harder it is to fit in and feel comfortable with non-believers or to really enjoy … Continue reading

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Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday and Not Saturday?

Why do Christian churches meet and worship on Sunday? After all, doesn’t the fourth commandment clearly say “the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God?” So is Sunday worship just a Christian tradition? Did we not want … Continue reading

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What’s the Problem with our Singing?

While I love Old School Presbyterian worship, there is one part of it that seems to a be a problem wherever you go or whichever congregation you visit, and that’s our singing. We Reformed  Confessional types do a lot of … Continue reading

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On the Origins of Easter

I noted in a previous post that Samuel Miller, the first professor of ecclesiastical history and Church Government at Princeton, New Jersey had been asked by the Presbyterian Board of Publication to write a book on what Presbyterians believed. When … Continue reading

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WHY DO PRESBYTERIANS OBSERVE HOLY DAYS?

WHY DO PRESBYTERIANS OBSERVE HOLY DAYS? Dr. Samuel Miller, Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government at Princeton Seminary wrote confidently in 1835 “Presbyterians do not observe Holy Days.” 1 Yet some 164 years after the book in which Miller … Continue reading

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“What should the Church Teach Disciples to Observe?” (or why we don’t observe holy days in worship)

In looking over the posts here at BOSC, it occurred to me that we don’t much material explaining why Old School Presbyterians like myself don’t observe Holy Days like Christmas and Easter. In the following days, I’ll try to remedy … Continue reading

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Is a Virtual Church Really a Church?

For almost twenty years a cadre of brave, but largely unheeded, commentators such as David Wells and Udo Middelmann have been striving to alert Christians to the fact that church marketing gurus have fundamentally changed the pattern of evangelical churches. … Continue reading

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Vestments

The Elements of Public Worship Appendix: Vestments “Under the apostles there was great simplicity in administering the Lord’s Supper. Their immediate successors made some additions to the dignity of the ordinance, which are not to be disapproved. Afterwards came foolish … Continue reading

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Some Meals Can’t Be Eaten “take-out”

Sometimes people ask if might be possible to take the elements of the Lord’s Supper to those who were not in the worship service or to simply have the pastor do a small “Lord’s Supper” service with the sick and … Continue reading

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Occasional Elements of Worship: Religious Oaths, Vows, Solemn Fastings, and Thanksgivings Upon Special Occasions

The Elements of Public Worship Part VIII Occasional Elements of Worship: Religious Oaths, Vows, Solemn Fastings, and Thanksgivings Upon Special Occasions “Stated festival-days, commonly called holy-days, have no warrant in the Word of God; but a day may be set … Continue reading

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The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ, Pt. 2 of 2

The Elements of Public Worship Part VII The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ Pt. 2 of 2 “Q 169: How hath Christ appointed bread and wine to be given and received in the sacrament … Continue reading

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Great Article by Sean Lucas on the “Church Calendar”

Sean Lucas of Covenant Theological Seminary has posted an excellent article on his blog on the essential incompatibility of Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle with the practice of observing invented Holy Days in the worship of church. Lucas notes … Continue reading

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The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ, Pt. 1 of 2

                  The Elements of Public Worship Part VII The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ Pt. 1 of 2 Q92: What is a sacrament? A92: A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein, … Continue reading

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Public Confession of Our Faith

The Elements of Public Worship Part VI Public Confession of Our Faith “The first part of 1 Timothy 3:16 runs: “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion’ (R.S.V). The Apostle then proceeds to quote the hymn in … Continue reading

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The Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs with Grace in the Heart, Part 2 of 2

The Elements of Public Worship Part V The Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs with Grace in the Heart Part 2 of 2 “IT is the duty of Christians to praise God publickly, by singing of psalms together in … Continue reading

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The Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs with Grace in the Heart

The Elements of Public Worship Part V The Singing of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs with Grace in the Heart Part 1 of 2 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one … Continue reading

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The Attentive Hearing of the Word

The Elements of Public Worship – IV The Attentive Hearing of the Word   Q. 160: What is required of those that hear the word preached? A. 160: It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they … Continue reading

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The Preaching of the Word

The Elements of Public Worship – III The Sound Preaching of the Word “Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed, and … Continue reading

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How Did Presbyterian Worship Become Episcoterian?

It would be a grave misunderstanding of Old School Presbyterianism (OSP) to think that it is essentially a reaction against contemporary theological movements in the church, or simply a conservative theological position that maintains that when it comes to the … Continue reading

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On Episcoterianism and Why Old School Presbyterians Reject Liturgies

Introduction: I decided some time ago to publish an article examining the appearance of a form of worship that incorporated the liturgy, church year, and worship practices of the Anglican church into Presbyterianism. This blended form of worship that I … Continue reading

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The Collection

The Elements of Public Worship The Collection “What Ought To Be Done in Meetings for Worship. Although it is permitted all men to read the Holy Scriptures privately at home, and by instruction to edify one another in the true … Continue reading

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Who Should Do the Reading?

I received a private email this morning asking a follow-up question to the previous article on the reading of the scriptures in worship: “Who should be reading the scriptures in worship – “the minister” or “some other person” (PCA BCO … Continue reading

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The Reading of the Scriptures

  The Elements of Public Worship Part II – The Reading of the Scriptures “READING of the word in the congregation, being part of the public worship of God, (wherein we acknowledge our dependence upon him, and subjection to him) … Continue reading

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Prayer – Part 1

The Elements of Public Worship Part I – PRAYER “Offering prayer in public is an aspect of leading in worship that deserves focused attention. Because the Lord’s Day worship service is a public service, the prayers in these services are … Continue reading

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