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Use Your Hymnal as a Pastoral Care Resource

Every meeting between a pastor and a congregant to offer spiritual comfort, encouragement or support is pastoral care at its most basic and central. However, pastoral care also encompasses all... read more >

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Psalms Encourage Family Faith Formation

When all ages interact together with the Psalms, they develop a common language for life together with God. The power of the Psalms is that they can provide language children... read more >

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Where Religion, Theology, Art and Culture Intersect

When newly married poet Christian Wiman contracted a rare, incurable blood cancer at the age of 39, he discovered a need to find a form for his previously unorganized faith.... read more >

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The Sacred Steel Guitar in African-American Pentecostal Music

The pedal steel guitar, also called the "sacred steel," has its gospel roots in the African-American tradition that developed in Pentecostal churches of the early 20th century. Robert Randolph is considered... read more >

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Emerging Trends: Using Video and Arts to Enhance Worship

Like a pipe organ, a worship screen can be used to add to the worship service. And like an organ, it needs a trained, technically proficient operator so that it... read more >

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Unique internship brings local musicians to church

Even multicultural and economically diverse congregations tend to sing gospel songs, hymns and contemporary Christian music based in (or adapted to) Western European structures and harmonies. Such music, while comfortably... read more >

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Worship ideas and inspiration on YouTube

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, committed to the study and renewal of Christian worship in the Trinitarian tradition, has launched a YouTube channel. “Worship Renewal” contains more than 200 videos... read more >

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Bringing faiths together through music

More than a century ago, missionaries discovered that singing biblical psalms set to indigenous melodies produced mass conversions among the persecuted Punjabis of what is now Pakistan. The Rev. Eric... read more >

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is More Than a Christmas Oratorio

According to music historian Calvin Stapert, Handel’s great oratorio is both the result of a series of remarkable and unlikely events, and the most effective evangelism tool of Christianity, second... read more >

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Music ministry thrives at St. Olaf College

For 100 years, St. Olaf College in Minnesota has put on a Christmas concert that has become known and loved around the world. It involves about one-third of the school’s... read more >

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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