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Mother Kirk: Essays on Church Life

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Modern evangelicals have gained money, power, and influence, and it has been like giving whiskey to a two-year-old. The need of the hour is theological, not political. The arena is the pulpit and the table, not the legislative chamber. Before we are equipped to proclaim His lordship to the inhabitants of all the earth, we must live as though we believed it in the Church.

Mother Kirk presents a very practical and pastoral guide to many of the countless issues that arise in ...

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Overview

Modern evangelicals have gained money, power, and influence, and it has been like giving whiskey to a two-year-old. The need of the hour is theological, not political. The arena is the pulpit and the table, not the legislative chamber. Before we are equipped to proclaim His lordship to the inhabitants of all the earth, we must live as though we believed it in the Church.

Mother Kirk presents a very practical and pastoral guide to many of the countless issues that arise in conservative Christian churches. The essays span subjects ranging from the nature of legalism and church authority to worship music, debt, youth ministry, and pastoral character.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885767721
  • Publisher: Canon Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 13
Introduction 15
A Manifesto on What Matters
I What is the Church? 23
The True and Ancient Church
II. Reformational Identity 35
What are Reformed Evangelicals?
III. Receive the Word 51
A Church Bible
Tradition and the Word
The Final Word
IV. Thunder the Word 67
Foundations of Authority
Just One Word
A Culture's Prow
Smooth Words
Preconditions for Reformation
Festina Lente
Priorities and Peace
A Farewell to Calvinism
A Deeper Right
Legalism: Hatred of God's Law
V. Observing the Sacraments 93
Sacramental Thinking
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism and Culture
The Amount of Water
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Bread and Wine
Preparing for the Supper
Weekly Communion
VI. The Lord's Day 111
Sabbath Rest
The Sabbath as Gospel Rest
But What About?
VII. The Worship Service 121
The Regulative Principle
Cultural Impact of Worship
Just One Channel and No Remote
Worship Music and Propriety
Right Pretty
Solempne
Anthems of Conquest
Why Not All Psalms?
Principles for Music (Roy Atwood and Eddie Gray)
Public Prayer
A Defense of Liturgy
The Corporate Amen
VIII. The Government of the Church 155
Authority and Membership
Household Polity
Biblical Church Discipline
Denomination Blues
With a Small p
Church Officers
Doctrinal Qualifications
The Doctrinal Work of Elders
The Intercessory Work of Elders
The Pastoral Work of Elders
The Role of the Diaconate
IX. The Minister's Character 185
The Qualified Man
Marriage Qualifications
The Pastor's Kids
Honorific Titles
Honest Subscription
Ministers in Skirts
Hollow Men
Books and Men
A Call to the Ministry
Ministerial Training
X. The Life of the Church 217
A Multitude of Counselors
Youth Ministry
The Parish
Building the Kirk
Facilities and Debt
The Tithe
Grateful Consumers
Pastoring Masculinity
Men's Forum
Women's Ministry
Involvement in Politics
Moving Beyond Pro-Life (with Doug Jones)
Marriage Licences
XI. Outreach 249
Reformed Missions and Evangelism
The Beauty of Apologetics
Twice the Children of Hell
A Literature Ministry
Epilogue 267
Appendix Questions for Elders and Their Wives 271
Scripture index 279
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