A unique cross, popular today among Presbyterians, was used by the monastic community founded by Columba at Iona. It’s a Latin cross with a ring around the intersection of the two arms, which is called a Celtic cross.
An expression of praise often found in the Psalms is still used today by many believers. Though most Christians can’t define precisely what it means, when they say or sing “hallelujah” they believe they are worshiping the Lord.
The church calendar begins with the Season of Advent. The word means “coming” and refers to both the first and second advents of Jesus.
Present-day Israel and Jordan make up most of the ancient land of Canaan, where the majority of the events of the Bible took place.
Oliver Cromwell (1599–1688) was the leader of the forces of Parliament and Protestantism against Charles I of England. The “Ironsides,” his psalm-singing regiments, were never defeated.
And did I have in mind a way these religion related paragraphs fit together? Not really! I was just attempting to illustrate what all too many church sermons and services are like. Though they certainly sound spiritual, they go in a dozen different directions. Little wonder that after a while lots of people stop paying attention to what’s happening.
Check your sermons out carefully to see if they are characterized this way. If not … well, “hallelujah”!
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