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Easy Like Sunday Morning? The Role of Music in Sunday Morning Worship Services

In a recent chat with a young Baptist pastor about the use of choruses in Sunday morning church services, I had complained about the fact that choruses do not show anything other than words projected on a screen (making it impossible to sing them properly the first few times one sees them, and makes picking out the bass part impossible.)  Generally, I find the new choruses pretty shallow theologically, and I am put...

The Loss of the Cross

Last Sunday morning I had the opportunity to attend our former home church in northern Illinois.  While it’s not the church I grew up in, it is the one where I was married and where I was baptized, and where I spent a significant portion of my early adulthood.  Some family members are still among the congregation.  It is always an interesting experience to return to your home; one of the things I...

Atheism: The Triumph of Faulty Reasoning

The March 20, 2012 issue of USA Today carried a story called: “Atheists Planning to Rally for Reason Over Religion.”  Cathy Lynn Grossman reported in the story that “Atheists, humanists, and free thinkers are descending on the hallowed civic ground of the National Mall this Saturday for a Reason Rally.”  She went on to point out that the group planned to “strut their strength as a...

Separation of Church and State

Here are excerpts from the Preambles of the constitutions of each of our 50 United States: Alabama 1901, Preamble We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.. Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the...

Which Political Party is More “Evil?”: A Facebook Exchange

NATHAN: “The Republican party is statistically more evil (that is, more likely to place in power a corrupt world corporate government of some sort).” RICKI: Nathan you may be right about the Repubs.  I’ve heard other say things simular that they operate from a platform of fear and hate I just have no time for neither party. WILLIAM: The modern Democrat Party has attacked Christianity and God more...

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