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RPCS on mission & parachurch (1830)
I. That as it is the first duty of a Christian church to promote the glory of God, by an efficient administration of word and ordinances among her own members, so next to this, and like to it in importance, is the duty of diffusing the blessing of religion among all nations.
IX. That as this Synod believes it to be more agreeable to the Scriptures, and the acknowledged laws of the house of Christ, that preachers should be sent out by /churches/, rather than by mixed and promiscuous assemblies; the supreme control and direction of the undertaking shall be permanently in this Synod, to which exclusively belongs, under Christ the Head, the legitimate government of the church
RPCS  mission  parachurch 
6 days ago
4 Reasons to Soak Yourself in the Psalms
Storming article

the current generation of Christians might be the least “Psalms-literate” generation ever. 

See also NT Wright quote
Psalms  ExclusivePsalmody  NTW 
11 days ago
How to Read John Owen: Part 3 - Meet the Puritans
4. Owen’s treatment of Hebrews highlights the glory and beauty of new covenant worship. This is a recurring theme throughout the work. For example, his comments on Hebrews 7:1 and 7:7 include a significant treatment of the role of ordained ministers in public worship and of benedictions.
benediction  hebrews  johnowen  preaching 
18 days ago
The best and worst books of 2016, chosen by some of our regular contributors
Michael Denton’s Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis (Discovery Institute Press, £16.80). A sequel to his 1985 book — Evolution: A Theory in Crisis — this takes us up to date with the dazzling developments of life sciences over the past 30 years. Denton is a sceptic about Darwin’s theory of evolution on purely scientific grounds. It is hard to see how anyone reading his book could not be persuaded. Palaeontology provides abundant evidence of evolution within species, but none of one species morphing into another. Denton is fascinatingly clear in his exposition of the science of genetics, and how it destroys the Darwinian position. A truly great book.
Evolution 
9 weeks ago
Mental health and relationships 'key to happiness' - BBC News
Report co-author Prof Richard Layard said the findings meant that the state needed to play a new role in its citizens' happiness - focusing on "wellbeing creation" rather than "wealth creation".
He added: "The evidence shows that the things that matter most for our happiness and for our misery are our social relationships and our mental and physical health.
"In the past, the state has successively taken on poverty, unemployment, education and physical health. But equally important now are domestic violence, alcoholism, depression and anxiety conditions, alienated youth, exam-mania and much else. These should become centre stage."
mentalillness  happiness  state 
11 weeks ago
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