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The Old Rugged Cross

There is, in a church we've been attending, a fairly significant chunk of history in the pew, two versions of the denomination's Psalter Hymnal. Still, yesterday, when we sang "The Old Rugged Cross," a hymn that must rank among the most popular of the 20th century, the pastor had to import it into the bulletin because neither Psalter had it. Weird, I thought. I wonder why not?

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Preachers and Churches

The latest Christian Courier’s cover story is remarkable because it documents a phenomenon that’s truly denominational news—the significantly high divorce rate between preachers and congregations in the denomination I’ve always been a part of. "Fractured Flocks: A Leadership Crisis in the CRC" begins with this fact: pastor-church splits have increased over 500% in the CRC in the last ten years...

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Morning Thanks - Our Pastor

I don't believe I remember today's pastor ever raising his voice. He never pounded the Bible, even though it was forever in his hands as he preached, as if he were almost afraid of letting it go. He never shouted, never put a fist to the pulpit, never flailed those in front of him with anything more or less than love... 

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