Is an extra-Biblical prophet less inspired than a prophet whose writings have entered the canon? Does the voice of an extra-Biblical prophet speak with less authority and certainty than that of a Biblical writer?
Your baptismal class will contain children whose parents have done their work and those whose parents have not. Is there a way to prepare those who are ready for baptism, while permitting the unready to grow awhile?
The current Church Hymnal was published forty years ago, in 1941. In June, 1980, the editor asked, "Do We Need a New Hymnal?" Several readers responded——almost all answering in the affirmative. The following reactions set forth the reasons two readers feel a new hymnal is needed and what we can do meanwhile to use the present one to better advantage.
For years I carefully maintained a well-polished veneer to hide "unministeriike flaws" from my congregation. Then a spontaneous moment of personal sharing from the pulpit started me down a totally new path.