Orwell on the Weather

Reading the Sioux City Journal online has become annoying of late. The home page has been transformed into a flood/weather update page. But the release from the dam went up to maximum output a week ago, so flood headlines have become about as compelling as yesterday's weather. (Today's breaking news: Acts of Kindness!!!!!!!) I therefore …

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About That Deer I Shot …

In writing a previous essay about flooding on the Musselshell River, I said that I shot my first deer on the Musselshell. Since the essay was about the flooding and not about hunting deer, I didn't check that sentence for historical accuracy. But after I thought about it I realized that my first deer had …

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A Clarification on the Use of Instruments in Church

I had a conversation related to the previous post entitled, The Instruments of Prayer, and a completely different facet of the question of using instruments in worship was raised. The previous essay dealt with the theological/liturgical question of instruments. In contrast to the rather gentle world of liturgics, music "discussions" are often played out in …

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The Instruments of Prayer

Various groups of Christians claim that instruments are not appropriate in worship, that the human voice alone and unaccompanied is the proper instrument of prayer. I first ran into this when worshipping with the Reformed Presbyterians, who base this belief on the twofold argument involving the Regulative Principle (only that which is "instituted" or "appointed" …

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