Chalcedon Marches On

The Sanctuary Choir at First Methodist Church, Houston

You can’t always see what a ministry is doing; and sometimes what a minister of the gospel does will take years to show up on the radar.

In “Rushdoony’s Future Impact,” Mark Rushdoony predicts R.J. Rushdoony’s impact on the church and on the culture will only grow more telling–“because he addresses issues which the church has refused to address, but will be forced to at some point.”

Many readers of Rushdoony’s works show surprise when they learn the book was first published in the 1960s or 70s, yet seems still more applicable two decades into the 21st century (Rushdoony died in 2001). No one even had a keener insight into church and culture: you’d almost swear he had a crystal ball.

So Chalcedon’s mission includes keeping Rushdoony’s books in print–after all, some of these fields have yet to yield their fruit.

Reader Input Wanted: Can you think of any pressing issues which the church in America has ducked so far, but will some day have to be addressed?

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

Flatline waffy-daffy churches really don’t like this hymn at all–but the rest of us love it: Onward, Christian Soldiers, performed here by the students at Fountainview Academy. With a piano in the middle of the woods, no less.

By Request, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

Requested by Erlene–Onward, Christian Soldiers, sung by the Sanctuary Choir at the First Methodist Church, Houston.

Libs hate this hymn! They don’t want to hear that we’re at war. But war it is, and here’s what St. Paul had to say about it (Ephesians 6: 10-17).

Our warfare is ultimately not against flesh and blood, but forces of spiritual evil.

We wear as armor the truth, and righteousness, and the gospel of peace.

Our helmet is salvation, and our weapon is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.

With the shield of faith we extinguish the fiery darts of the wicked.

And we pray unceasingly.

This war is fought out in this fallen world every day and every night; and “go along to get along” is not the way to win it.

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ (Ernie Ford)

Self-styled “liberal Christians” don’t like this hymn and have been trying to weed it out of the liturgy. Well, they don’t like me, either.

Onward, Christians Soldiers–sung with gusto by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Wake up, O church!

Bonus Hymn: ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

This is the hymn that comes to my mind this afternoon. We are in an evil age and we need more Christian soldiers.

Our sword is the sword of the spirit, and the word of God; our shield, the shield of faith. We wear the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6: 10-18). And our ammunition is our prayers.

We have no king but Jesus Christ.

Onward, Christian Soldiers–performed by the students at Fountainview Academy.

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

Here’s a hymn to get us started on the day–Onward Christian Soldiers, performed by the students at Fountainview Activity.

Churches need more hymns like this.

By Request, ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

Phoebe requested this, and it’s much appreciated–Onward, Christian Soldiers, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy. Turn up the volume! The devil just positively hates this hymn! And so do all his little playmates here on earth.

‘Christ Shall Have Dominion’

Sometimes people object when I post this hymn. They would rather someone other than Christ had dominion. Whom that might be, they don’t say. But the right to it belongs to Jesus Christ alone.

Christ Shall Have Dominion, sung by the Grace Community Church in San Antonio, TX. The melody, probably more widely known as Onward, Christian Soldiers, was composed by Arthur Sullivan–of Gilbert and Sullivan fame–in 1871.


‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ …(and We’re Sick)

Some churches won’t play this hymn anymore, so we’ll play it here–Onward, Christian Soldiers, performed by the students at Fountainview Academy.

And last night some kind of affliction hit my wife like a ton of bricks, no sleep for either of us all night long, so please pray for Patty, that this illness leaves her as swiftly as it came: and for me, that I can get through the day. Now is when we wish our cats knew how to answer phones and cook dinner.

(She sounds terrible this morning, but I think if I can get her back to sleep, that will help a lot.)

‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’

This classic hymn has all but disappeared from cringe-friendly churches that seek this world’s approval. But the kids at Fountainview Academy still sing it–Onward, Christian Soldiers.