Some links I liked today

Tim Challies writes on the eagerness and anticipation that comes with attending conferences but wonders why it is absent on ordinary Sundays. It also feeds into the feeling that the people that really matter in the church are those who get to speak at big conferences. 

Tullian Tchividjian presents the down side of accountability groups. They were all the rage once, but this is a serious warning.

Michael J Kruger challenges (a few weeks ago ) the apparent arrogance of urban church planting. 

Finally, it is great to see that news of our own Presbyterian conference in London next month has got across the Pond. If you didn’t know about it, and you have a secret desire to understand more about we strange presbyterians, then check it out. Maybe even put it in your diary.

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Some links I liked today

The Enemy of Faith

A quote from “Reformed Worship” by Terry Johnson (P&R, 2010), p.16.

Not only does the Bible emphasize the importance of worship, but the Reformed and Presbyterian heritage does as well. Many modern historians of the Reformation period have allowed the dominant personality of Luther and his struggle to faith to overshadow the heart of he Swiss and Calvinistic Reformation. For Luther and the Lutherans the focus was justification. “How may a man be just before God?” was their primary question. But for Zwingli, Calvin and the “Reformed” stream, the focus was not justification, as important as they agreed it was. Their focus was worship. “How is God to be worshipped?” they asked. For Lutherans the enemy of faith was works. For the Reformed, the enemy of faith was idolatry.

The Enemy of Faith