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We pray. Christians pray to the triune G-d. This post is one in a series on Christian prayer, and how we learn to pray from the Lord’s Prayer. Today we come to the “petition” where we ask our Heavenly Father for stuff. We cannot help but be self-centered in wanting stuff, but as we learn […]

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After a three-week delay, I am continuing my series on Christian prayer. Christians pray to G-d, and we learn how to pray from the Bible and from fellow Christians. Sometimes we even borrow from non-Christian sources. Our chief source is generally the Lord’s Prayer, because that is where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray. Here […]

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Do you like the dark? Is it pleasantly spooky? Do you find all sorts of activities – swimming, hiking, skiing – more adventurous by night? (Cross-country skiing is wayyyy more affordable than downhill, but less thrilling – a nighttime cross-country jaunt reintroduces some of the thrill, if only because you can’t see so well where […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. In this week’s lesson we consider what it means to pray for G-d’s Kingdom to come. G-d’s kingdom is everything. He made the universe and everything in it. He made us and we belong to Him. So, why do we […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. Here is the Lord’s Prayer, from Matthew, Chapter 6: 9 Pray then like this: More

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This is part two of my series on the teachings of orthodox Christians regarding prayer. We commonly teach about prayer by using the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. It is found in the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew Chapter 6: More

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Christians pray. The Bible teaches us to pray, and prayer is discussed in many passages in the Bible. As a continuation of my exploration of the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, I want to take a look at Christian teachings on prayer. My intent is to find how far we go together in agreement as Christian […]

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This is to summarize my series of posts on the Ten Commandments. The point of this exercise was to begin an exploration of the boundaries of orthodox Christianity. So far we have established that all Christians who consider themselves “orthodox” are in agreement about teachings on the Ten Commandments. That is a lot of agreement. […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Christians, this is to continue my exploration of orthodoxy, continuing with teachings derived from the Ten Commandments. From Exodus, chapter 20, we have this Commandment: 15 “You shall not steal. More

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Christians, let us continue to explore the boundaries of orthodoxy. Today’s topic is sexual immorality. Exodus 20: 14 “You shall not commit adultery. More

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IMG_20160810_171303Mike usually fell asleep during my sermons, and that was okay. It was about twenty years ago; I was serving as interim pastor at a small church. I knew Mike, a police officer, worked a graveyard shift Saturday night, and yet he managed to be in the Sunday morning worship service. I tended to preach too long at the time, and Mike may be the only person who really benefited from the long sermons — he got an extended nap time. Mike came to mind recently, when I had the opportunity to meet with Kate Braestrup, a chaplain with the Maine Warden Service and a best selling author.

For the last 25 years, she’s had a connection with law enforcement. Her first husband was a Maine State Trooper who was killed in an on-duty auto accident. Her daughter currently serves in law enforcement. Needless to say, she’s invested in the subject.

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My fellow Catholics, I have a conundrum for you. There is plenty to applaud in this pop article on eucharistic adoration. But how many Christians wonder as I do about the meaning of their time with “the real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist?  More

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Well, he was a little more charitable than that. During an interview with ABC News, Pope Francis had this to say.  More

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The last two Sundays, I have attended mass here in Birmingham. The first Sunday, I went to check out the Lebanese church, since I knew some of my relatives would give me a hard time if I didn’t. The church was beautiful! While it’s not my first time going to a Maronite mass, the combination of […]

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There has been a lively discussion going in regarding The Divisiveness of Church Music and I discovered the thread before it blew up and felt unable to throw my two cents in. I have a lot of thoughts on this, greater than the 250 word limit my Coolidge account affords me. So I wanted to touch on that […]

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shutterstock_96110261For the past few decades, churches have lamented the exodus of young people. Their answer has been uniform: Make the service more like a rock concert through praise music, and the young people will flock to church in their skinny jeans and hipster vests. Nowadays, it’s more common to find special music consisting of electric guitars, drums, and lighting effects than traditional choirs and organs. But has turning church into a dressed-up version of Bonnaroo really helped bring the coveted Millennials back to church?

I am vehemently against praise music, though I thoroughly recognize that this is a matter of personal preference. The pervasiveness of praise music has made finding a church I like very difficult. It has made it difficult to attend church with friends, because I just stand there with my hands folded in front of me while everyone around me sways their hands in the air, singing with their eyes closed. The difference in worship style preference has even made dating difficult in some instances. Still, I was interested to see how many of my fellow Ricochet Millennial contemporaries have a similar bias towards traditional music. They may not be as militantly against contemporary worship as I am — I will turn and leave if I walk into a sanctuary and see it looking more like a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert than a church service — but they still seem on the whole to enjoy the traditional worship style.

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This is something of a sidebar to Vicryl Contessa’s post about modern church music. It is relevant to the post, but something of a long tangent, so I’m putting it out here instead. A church’s music often reflects the underlying health of the institution. When the congregation is singing, and especially when the congregation is singing […]

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