Clement on musical styles

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application. This one is for my friend Tim Simmonds who likes to bang on about music and worship in the church. “Clement of Alexandria is the earliest Christian writer to discuss what kind of music is appropriate for Christian use. He directs that it should not be the kind associated with erotic dance music; the melodies should avoid chromatic intervals and should be austere.” There you have it…

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Bibliophilia (30.09.10)

Reviews Matt Hosier has read James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World a book he describes as, both ‘brilliant’ and ‘poor’! Jeremy has read Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart. According to Jeremy this is, ‘written with a passion for justice and a love of food – and if you care about either of those things, this is a book you should read.’ Gary McMurray has read Wayne Grudem’s Evangelical feminism: a new path to liberalism?. Gary thinks, ‘The breadth of arguments which are discussed and rejected…

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Blog Action Day: Water

Once a year there is a concerted effort by bloggers on one day to raise an issue above the line on the blogosphere. The theme is voted for and you get to write what you like on that theme. This year the theme is: water. Rich with symbolism for the Christian and essential to life this is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. So on the 15th October why not join in and put your blog to good use of raising the issue of water above the normal dross…

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Caesarius' advice on preaching

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application. Caesarius became Bishop of Arles in France in 502AD and he promptly used his sermons to address some of the superstitious behaviour that still existed. He was also concerned about the low quality of preaching in some of the churches so, “To raise the standard of preaching, he recommended that clergy should follow the Greek custom of reading sermons by acknowledged masters instead of producing their own…

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I link therefore I am (29.09.10)

Jeremy gives us 10 facts about food waste that are worth knowing Which he follows up with his critique of our current government’s green credentials so far (not too impressive) I’ve only been a parent two and a bit years but I appreciated this reflection from Challies Terry Virgo is excellent value on Ephesians as a fighting manual In this video James McDonald and Mark Driscoll debate with Mark Dever about multi-site. I’m more persuaded than I was but I’m still with Dever

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Was infant baptism the standard in the early church?

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application. Over the years I’ve had regular arguments with friends about infant baptism. Sooner or later we get round to debating it’s place in the early church so I was interested to read this comment as Chadwick begins his section on the great Augustine of Hippo (b 354 AD) who was converted to Christianity in 386 AD. “In his Confessions, written some thirteen tears later, he described his…

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I link therefore I am (28.09.10)

Where is the oil? It’s a good question and this cool infographic from mint gives some of the answer. Here’s a headline, the US produces 5 million barrels of oil a day. The third highest figure (after Saudia Arabia and Russia) but uses nearly 20 million barrels a day. More than the next 4 highest using countries combined! Here’s a good article from Foreign Policy magazine (HT: Jeremy) on the Millenium Development Goals Here’s a story about a new campaign from the Mothers Union tackling the commercialisation of children

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How John Chrysostom upset the rich

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application. John Chrysostom (Golden Voice) was one of the greatest preachers of the early church and who under severe pressure was made Bishop of Constantinople (c 398AD). There he initiated a whole series of reforms raising the moral standard of the clergy and knocking on the head some of the more dubious accounting practices of the priests. But it wasn’t just the clergy who were on the receiving…

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