Tag Archives: Carl Trueman

A Psalm Singer’s Sigh

Singing the psalms can make you sigh for a number of reasons. The psalms actually encourage us to do so at times. “O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you” (Ps. 38:9). On a humorous note (pun intended), hitting or hearing off-notes in the sanctuary as a congregation struggles to sing them acapella can create some sighing. Another reason for sighing is when I hear well-meaning brothers, zealous for singing David’s songs, try to convert others to their cause with bad manners, jabby comments, and red faces.

And one other reason I sigh – and the point of this particular article – is when men feel inclined to disparage exclusive psalm singing. For I have sighed a time or two as of late in seeing articles such as Lane Keister’s “An Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody.”

After all, it’s not like those singing psalms in the worship of God should present much of a danger. Praise choruses rule the day. Most people these days who walk into a sanctuary expect something more akin to a rock band up front rather than a lone precentor with a pitch pipe. We are few in number. Our congregations are typically […]

The Monster We Created: Councils, Brand Names, and Celebrities

In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, conjures up a way to give life to the nonliving. His ambition leads him to an unorthodox science experiment that breeds a grotesque creature for whom he will claim no responsibility. In the course of time his monster becomes all his grief and ruin. With his lofty ambitions shattered by despondency, Victor determines that his only destiny is to “pursue and destroy the being to whom I gave existence.” But it’s too late. The monster couldn’t be contained.

I’m not a literary critic and, to be honest, I’m only superficially familiar with Frankenstein. But among its several themes the story line stands as a warning against overreach and creating what was not meant to be created. While Shelley’s novel is the Romantic movement’s pushback against the Industrial Revolution, perhaps there’s a small prophetic voice to remind the church how quickly ambitions can spiral out of control and result in misshapen monsters that actually prove to be destructive to the noble aspirations with which we began. I say that because, as it appears to me, this is exactly the kind of monster the broader evangelical movement has created. In the laboratories of […]

Browse Worthy: Trinitarianism and Complementarianism (Part 3)

As has been noted by this first list of articles then another post, a fascinating and important debate has been taking place about the doctrine of the Trinity in seeking to find support for complementarianism. The need for the church to be clear regarding the Godhead as revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit cannot be overemphasized (as this post also reminded us).

Some further posts are shared below that help crystallize the issues. There is a world of difference between saying that the eternally generated Son submitted to the Father before the incarnation (resulting in God having more than one will) and saying that in their eternal counsel the Son as man would submit to the Father (the belief that Christ has both a divine and human will). I hope and pray that the truth of who God is and how He has chosen to reveal himself will triumph over desires to support in an unwarranted manner a lesser teaching of Scripture or, worse yet, to protect reputations. For there is no dishonor in being corrected and accepting it.

Sitting at Douglas Kelly’s Feet: Subordination and the Current Debate | Daniel F. Wells (June 26, 2016)
Heresy and Humility — Lessons from a Current Controversy | Al […]

Browse Worthy: Trinitarianism and Complementarianism

A fascinating debate is taking place on the blogosphere regarding the Trinity. Initiated by a defense of the complementarian view (that men and women have differing yet complementary roles in the home and church) that used the eternal relationship between the Father and the Son, the discussion has turned into a interesting dialogue with men like Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware on the one side and Liam Gollagher and Carl Trueman on the other.

I bring this to your attention and link to these posts not because of a morbid curiosity to see brothers debating or an enjoyment in wrangling over words. Rather, I do so because getting the Trinity right is foundational to Christianity. Also, this discussion serves as an example of how we must be careful in seeking to support one doctrinal position that we do not stretch other tenets to a breaking point.

Below I simply list the columns with the author and dates so you can follow the flow of the discussion. The first three posts set some historical context, as this matter has been under discussion for some time and these works are referred to in some of the current posts. If other links become available, I may add to […]

Can Women Teach Sunday School–A Fruitless or Fruitful Question?

Occasionally I have a mild interest in the intramural disagreements floating around the blogosphere. Okay, let me be a little more accurate. I usually keep one eye on the latest cyber-wranglings but hesitate to say much publicly lest I add to the ridiculous amount of ignorance being promoted. Too often they produce more heat than light, and become an exercise in futility, wounded egos, and endless tit-for-tat counterpoints. Ah, the sweet taste of fruitlessness! But once in a great while I’m surprised!

My latest surprise has been watching the unfolding of an interesting and charitable back-and-forth that began as a discussion point on whether or not women can teach men in Sunday school–can, of course, being used here in the permissive sense. Before any eye rolling begins, the difference is among those who heartily affirm the Bible’s restriction of the office of elder to men. Nevertheless, it doesn’t appear there is a consensus on this point. Here’s a quick roundup–:

On an episode of Mortification of Spin hosted by Carl Trueman, Aimee Byrd, and Todd Pruitt, the hosts were clarifying their complementarian views and a difference arose as to who may teach an adult Sunday school class. Todd strongly opposed women teaching […]

3GT Episode 4: Grenades + Women = ?

Our latest episode of the 3GT podcast is up!  You can go here to download or listen below.  Here’s a humorous description of what it contains written by one of us that’s not me:

With bazooka and machine gun in hand, Austin defends longer podcast lengths. From there it is only natural (um, sure) to talk more about The Sermon on the Mount, specifically whether or not it serves as a model for preaching. Lastly, we dive into the current theological scuffle between John Piper, Carl Trueman and Doug Wilson regarding the boundaries of complementarianism.



Browse Worthy: Is the Tide Turning on Planned Parenthood?

When the first of the videos exposing Planned Parenthood came out, I stated that the mainstream media was not giving this issue much notice.  I now gladly recant of that opinion.  As the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) continues to unveil other videos, each one more telling of the awful practices of the abortion industry than the previous one, the major networks are now having to cover it.

We need to use this opportunity to continue to press the wickedness of murdering the unborn deeper into the consciences of our fellow citizens.  Doing so will not be easy, for too many care more for an accidentally killed lion than a wrongly butchered baby.  Yet we need to be informed by watching videos such as these below, praying for God to awaken consciences, and being prepared to speak to others.  As we do, let us remember to do so humbly as Rosaria Butterfield reminds us in this post.


The second CMP video showing a Planned Parenthood executive discussing pricing:

Fox News report on the third video:

The third CMP video showing workers inside a Planned Parenthood clinic negotiating prices:

Brit Hume’s commentary on Fox News was piercing:

I conclude with George Stephanopoulos’ interview of Planned Parenthood’s […]

Browse Worthy: Planned Parenthood

Though being mainly ignored by the mainstream media, the video capturing a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling body parts of aborted babies is all over social media.  What makes this sickening tape all the more so is that the woman, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, with the ironic title of Senior Director for Medical Services, causally boasts of this practice while enjoying a fine meal and glass of wine.

Below is the video in case you missed it, along with commentary from some of the prophetic voices of our day. These hard facts and truths are shared with you in the spirit of Ephesians 5:11.

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Al Mohler: “A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation


Philip Holmes: Five Ways We Fight for Children

Russell Moore: Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling

Carl Trueman: Congratulating Planned Parenthood

Douglas Wilson: Ghouls

Browse Worthy: Worship

In addition to Jared’s post encouraging us to see if our spiritual clothing is appropriate for worship, there have been several other recent articles on the subject of worship that are quite helpful.

Last week Carl Trueman shared one of the most popular articles he has written – one that even years later people correspond with him over – when he offered Reflections on “What Can Miserable Christians Sing?”  In one sense, it is surprising an article with that name would be so popular.  Yet Dr. Trueman strikes a deep, resonant chord with thoughts such as these:

True, there are Christian poets and even the occasional hymn writer who have captured the dark complexities of life; but there are none to compare with authors of the Psalter who set forth the riches and depths of human experience and existence with perfect poetic pitch. The church which makes the psalms part of her regular diet provides her people with the resources for truly living in this vale of tears, just as the church which does not do so has perversely denied her people a true treasure in pursuit of what?   Relevance?

Be sure to also read the original article here.  And while I am at it (like […]

Church History for Breakfast

Church history is the last thing some people want to think about on any given day. But, you might actually be thinking about church history a whole lot more than you realize at the breakfast table first thing in the morning. My students seem to find history more palatable when they see that they are already familiar with it. So, let’s check out your breakfast menu; it might just whet your appetite for more history.