My apologies for two blog posts in the same day, but I wanted to share this article by Matthew Tuininga on traditionalism and Reformed worship. It’s not at all unrelated to our discussions about the URC Psalter Hymnal. I intentionally present his post without comment–it’s simply another perspective for you to consider.
When I was a boy, my father, a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), consistently taught my siblings and me always to ask why we do what we do in church. Never accept as a reason for doing something that “this is the way we’ve always done it.” To be Reformed was not to be traditional or conservative. It was to be biblical. To be sure, we were taught that our Reformed Confessions like the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dort are faithful expositions of Scripture. But we were never told we could not question those confessions, or probe whether or not they were truly biblical. We were allowed to argue, to debate, and to claim the confessions not on the basis of the authority of our parents or our church, but because we were convinced that they were biblical.
In contrast to my father…
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