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    Book Review: Beyond Smells & Bells by Mark Galli

    Beyond Smells & Bells by Mark Galli is a wonderful entry-level book on Christian liturgy.  It paints an exciting picture of the hidden treasures afforded us by the various liturgical traditions.  Galli’s knowledge of and excitement for liturgy, coupled with his easy-to-read style, make this a “must read” for all those interested in exploring the liturgical elements of the western church.

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    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part II

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   At the time of the Protestant Reformation, there was much disagreement regarding the nature of and, therefore, the number of sacraments.  For the sake of brevity, I will focus on the conclusions and definitions that emerged from the English Reformation.  Article XXV (“Of the Sacraments”) of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion states that “Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm…

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    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part I

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   The Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ceremonial rites (or sacraments) for his followers to observe.  Baptism was given as a one-time rite of initiation into the New Covenant community and the Lord’s Supper as a regular rite of remembrance (Packer, 1993, 209).  These were gifts from the Lord, given as signs and seals of their covenant relationship with God, and as means of grace until his second coming (Packer, 1993, 209-210).  Originally part of the same initiation process, baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been inextricably linked from the earliest days of the church.