Kenneth Berding

Should a Church Sing (American) Patriotic Songs During Its Worship Services?

By Kenneth Berding Jul. 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Ministry and Leadership, Missions

I was serving as a worship pastor in a church in one of New York City’s suburbs when the attacks of September 11, 2001 were launched. Soon after the attacks, a small contingent of vocal church members began to demand that we start to sing American patriotic songs during our worship services. That suggestion didn’t sit well with me so I began trying to work through some of the relevant theological and practical questions one by one. I wrote these questions and answers on September 29, 2001, only 18 days after the attack on the World Trade Towers in New York City. The following is by no means the final word on the question, but it might provide categories you can use to think through this subject for yourself ...

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A Different Kind of Love Song

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 28, 2016 7:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Missions, Spiritual Formation

Today is my 30th wedding anniversary. Thirty years ago I vowed faithfulness, friendship, and my entire future to Trudi Lynn Wilson. Apart from following Christ, it was the best decision I ever made. Trudi has shown more love, compassion, and grace than I could have ever hoped for, and far more than I deserve. She has willingly tramped all over the world with me, setting up home, family, and ministry in Portland, Berlin, two cities in Turkey, Los Angeles twice, Philadelphia, and New York. But this post isn’t a veiled attempt to get you to send notes of congratulation (though gifts are welcome). I decided today might be a good day to share a song I wrote for Trudi about five years into our marriage ...

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A Quote from Oswald Chambers in Sandie Weaver’s Office

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 21, 2016 9:00 a.m. Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Just inside the door of Sandie Weaver’s office in the lower level of Metzger Hall hangs a framed quotation from Oswald Chambers.  Sandie is the Senior Director of Financial Planning & Operations at Biola University, which means that she is on a mission to make sure Biola University carefully plans for its financial future and lives within the constraints of whatever funds God brings into the university.  I love walking into her office and immediately encountering this quote from Oswald Chambers.  Sandie has had these words hanging on the wall of her office for more than 30 years to remind her that she labors to do what she does—not merely because it is wise and necessary—but because God called her to do it ...

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Morbid Curiosity

By Kenneth Berding Jun. 7, 2016 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Ethics, Spiritual Formation

I’ll bet you’re curious to know what this post is about! Actually, I love curious people, and find those who lack curiosity to be a bit boring. Still, there are some things that are good to be curious about, and others that vie for our attention that are not edifying. Here are two things worthy of your curiosity, and three that are not ...

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J.C. Ryle on Christ as Divine and Human

By Kenneth Berding May. 12, 2016 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

In his classic book on sanctification, Holiness, J.C. Ryle includes a poignant paragraph on the divine and human natures of Christ.

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What Can We Learn About Parenting From Paul’s Comments About the Law?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Old Testament

Paul’s discussion of the Old Testament law in Romans and Galatians connects well with a practical life concern: How do we effectively parent our children? In particular, one question parents regularly face has to do with what part rules play in raising children. Since Paul actually uses the raising of children as an analogy to explain the role of the law (Galatians 3:24-26; 4:1-7; Romans 8:14-17), perhaps we should turn the analogy on its head and ask if there is anything we can learn about raising children from Paul’s teaching about the law ...

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An Insight about Praying “in Faith”

By Kenneth Berding Mar. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... When I was younger, I would try to get rid of doubts by closing my eyes (really really tightly) and concentrate (really really hard) on pushing out the doubtful thoughts. And when I (inevitably) started thinking about my doubts again, I’d simply try again (really try this time!) to expel those doubts. But you can’t push doubts out of your mind any easier than you can push other thoughts out of your mind by valiantly trying ...

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