Archive for the ‘The White Horse North’ Category

Reformation Day 2014

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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This is what the church should celebrate today!

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Sound Doctrine

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

I saw this image on the net and it needs sharing. It certainly expresses our desire to humbly seek and share the Truth of Scripture.

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Session 1 – Prologama

Monday, June 14th, 2010

We begin with an examination of our pre-suppositions, the lay of the land so to speak. These are some of the terms and concepts that we will need going forward.

– examine the basic terms (eg. theology, doctrine)
– what is theology
– what types of theology are there and why
– the justification for studying theology

Christian Beliefs – no reading required
Bible Doctrine – pages 1-32

Audio/Video – sorry none in place yet.

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Basic Theology @ TWN

Monday, June 14th, 2010

We are offering our first most formal seminar/course this Summer.

Basic Christian Doctrine aka Systematic Theology 101

A foundation examination of the doctrines defining essential Christianity, Orthodoxy and heterodoxy. The course is mainly aimed at Christian believers. The teaching is Reformed in theological flavour.

We will spend about one session on each doctrines, covering the material over 12-14 weeks.

Each session will be instructor lead with associated discussion. Additional optional discussion may be available locally on Friday evenings as part of our regular Colossisns 3:16 gatherings.

Text: Bible Doctrine by Dr. Wayne Grudem (ISBN 0310222338)
Optional substutute: Christian Beliefs by Dr. Wayne Grudem (ISBN 0310255996)

Since the sessions are is Wednesday evenings and a couple of people can not fit that in their schedules, we will be experimenting with recording the lecture portion in audio or possibly video for posting here. This would allow anyone who would find it profitable to ‘attend’.

It is an experiment. Our intent is to encourage and strengthen fellow believers and to glorify our Lord.

If you are a believer in Ottawa, Canada, and wish to attend, please email us.

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Seeker Friendly People – Beware!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Anyone who has read this site, or more especially my ThoughtPaths site know my option of the seeker friendly, emergent church.

Last Summer (2009) I came across this clip by Rev. Al Martin. It was big hit at the White Horse North.

Enjoy and take heed…

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What’s in a name?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

As those meeting to study, read psalms and Scriptures, and sing met we thought back to the original White Horse Inn. We often felt that the spirit, though not the danger of that time, was reminiscent in the present gatherings. The group has become affectionately and unofficially referred to as The White Horse North.

The groups and their activities have no affiliation with any one church body. This is deliberate, so that believers seeking to learn the great Reformed truths and to bring glory to our Lord in the way of the Reformation may participate irrespective of their church affiliation. There is also no connection to any other organization of similar name.

What we have is just a work of simply and humble obedience to His command that our function be to gather to the praise and glory of His name.

The Future:

Where this leads, only our Lord knows. Our only goal is to draw closer to and glorify Him.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Always Reforming (even in Ottawa)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

In Ottawa, Canada, a group of believers from various churches began meeting in the spirit of the post reformation White Horse Inn and the Berean spirit of Acts 17:11. We came together with great excitement and conviction, to learn, praise and bring glory to our sovereign Lord. We gathered to the study of Scripture, various forms of Reformed theology and to encouraging one another as in Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God”.

The original group began as a small number of Christian friends who felt called to increase their depth of conviction and understanding of Scripture and its doctrine. They gathered to study Systematic Theology over an extended period (which continues).

Growing in praise of His glory

As word spread to various acquaintances of the original group’s ongoing work, a larger study group expressed an interest in participating. A study the Canons of Dordt in a devotional framework began, and continues.

Both groups decided to start each session by singing a hymn or psalm. This resulted in great joy and developed into a love of singing the Psalms from the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1850.

Subsequently there arose a desire to gather separately to simply praise the Lord in hymns, psalms, prayer and testimony. This would also allow a more open invitational framework than the ongoing studies, which take a class or seminar format. This yielded the Colossians 3:16 Gathering, meeting weekly and informally to simply sing, pray and exalt our Lord.

Lastly, there has been increasing interesting in a Basic Systematics Group, to study Reformed theology at a somewhat more beginner level, but still with a devotional intent. This is still in the discussion phase, as facility space becomes more at a premium.

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A Psalm in Your Heart

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Remembering that believers are to keep the Word in their hearts (Deut 30:13, Ps 119:11, and others) implies that it has been written there. To write it there effectively, rendering it available for recall by the Spirit when need be, requires effort on our part – consistent effort. That effort is greatly facilitated if the means involves rejoicing in the Word, particularly corporately.

In the past I had read of, and heart from some Reformed Presbyterian acquaintances, about the singing of the psalms in their services, usually in place of hymns or contemporary worship songs. In most of these cases it also involved singing without instrumental accompaniment.

I have to admit that I was not taken with the idea, as I dearly love singing the old hymns with traditional accompaniment. I also quite enjoy many (but not all) of the more contemporary worship songs. More significantly, I could not imagine singing most of the Psalms as written in our translations. This was especially true of the more literal translations that I feel are most accurate. It simply wouldn’t work.

Then about 6 months ago, on a Reformed blog that I follow, one of the fellows was extolling the virtues of singing the Psalms using the Scottish Psalter of 1850. He listed numerous reasons, but the overwhelming impression that grabbed my attention was two fold : great biblical theology and great devotional character.

As we as believers yearn to draw close to the Lord, His Word is the most direct and clearly biblical route. He has recorded His thoughts in readable form in the Word. When we think those thoughts while reading it, we are thinking God’s very thoughts in the form that He provided them for us, and in the form that He intended. Therefor, when we sing the Psalms we are raising our voices in His very thoughts. What a wonderful prospect!

As for the mode of singing, I do not personally see any problem in instrumentation, with the clear provision that the accompaniment not overshadow the singing and that there be not even the hint of a transition from worship toward performance (a huge problem in the contemporary church IMO). With that in mind, accompaniment which allows God’s people to sing together more easily and enjoyably, especially the more musically challenged, is a wonderful boon.

Now to the words of the Psalms. Those that put the Psalms into metrical format (either Scottish or Geneva Psalters) realized that the original words were metered to fit Hebrew. That simply does work in English. Further, we have many traditional hymns tunes that are well know and loved, from which to form a musical base. The metrical arrangement to fit the English language and existing tune structure were the key which I was missing when I dismissed the singing of the Psalms. The blog articles and examples which I read opened my eyes to this possibility.

At the same time, we (the group meeting at The White Horse North) felt a great desire to gather to simply worship, rather than for more formal study or lessons. The singing of the Psalter, for the reasons cited above related to the Lord’s thoughts, seemed perfect. And perfect it is!

We have developed a great loved for singing the Lord’s thoughts from the Psalms, and find a definite conviction and intensity flowing from it.

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From the Reformation

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

A snippet of Reformation History:

After the initial events of the Reformation (by about 1520), Lutheran materials began to find their way into England. At Cambridge, a circle of students and clergy began to meet at the White Horse Inn to discuss Luther’s ideas. They came together in great excitement, conviction and no small degree of danger. This group included such future leaders of the Protestant Reformation in England as William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, Hugh Latimer, Thomas Cranmer, Robert Barnes, Thomas Bilney, and Mathew Parker – many of whom were martyred for their faith.

Today, in the US, a number of Reformed leaders (notably Michael Horton) have a web site and syndicated broadcast ministry for Reformed theology. It is called the White Horse Inn.

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