I have been trying to learn (since it was pointed out to me in painful circumstances) that saying things about members of the congregation in a negative way as a form of ‘in joke’ is wrong. That lesson has been hard to apply because of the familiarity we have with each other as a church, …

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Nick Batzig offers encouragement and resources for churches to consider singing Psalms in public worship during 2018. From his post: Perhaps such a neglect has occurred on account of antiquated translations, difficult accompanying tunes or simply because of a lack of familiarity with the Old Testament people, places, events and symbols. Regardless, the church is …

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Various observations by the church through a calendar year may bring helpful themes to mind, but they should never eclipse the central theme that is constant reality. Nick Batzig writes about Lent, concluding: Wherever one falls on the spectrum of adherence to elements of the Liturgical Calendar, we must learn to live our Christian lives …

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There’s a difference between deserved and heartfelt appreciation for those who are deceased and the use of unhelpful sentimental phraseology about their eternal state. This is not about making judgments, it’s about leaving what is unknown unsaid. From Nick Batzig’s post at Reformation 21. …I’ve noticed something of a concerning trend over the past several …

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