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July 16, 2013 · 1:53 pm

Who Should Go to a Priest’s Funeral?

Published in Opposing Views on 7/12/13

The funeral for a deceased priest is both a regular funeral of a Christian who has died and an event of significance within a community of faith. The priest’s former role in the community will encourage particular people to be in attendance at the funeral, while attendance remains open for anyone who desires to pay final respects.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/should-priests-funeral-9296.html

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The Philosophy & Approach to Evangelism

Published at Opposing Views on 7/10/13

Across the Christian spectrum, churches approach evangelism from different perspectives. A church may have a philosophy behind its approach to evangelism rooted within the traditions of their faith. Alternatively, a church may have an approach rooted within more practical matters. Because of these extremes, evangelism can take on different forms.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/philosophy-approach-evangelism-9264.html

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Sources of Christian Morality

Published on Opposing Views on 7/2/13

Focusing on any one Christian source to determine what is right or wrong often does not clearly resolve a particular moral dilemma. Instead, Christians can address different situations more effectively when they derive their morality from a variety of sources, such as the Bible, the Holy Spirit, church doctrine, and local authority.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/sources-christian-morality-9158.html

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What Are the Core Differences in Religion of Catholics, Lutherans & Presbyterians?

Published on Opposing Views on 7/1/13

While there are numerous things in common between Catholics, Lutherans and Presbyterians, significant differences exist at their core. These differences are evident in how they organize themselves as well as in what they believe. Regardless of whether these are historic or more contemporary differences, the ways their cores are distinct affect modern-day practice.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/core-differences-religion-catholics-lutherans-presbyterians-9142.html

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What Is the Meaning of the Funeral Recessional Hymn?

Published on Opposing Views on 6/11/13

Funerals serve both an emotional or pastoral as well as a theological purpose. The manifestations of these purposes vary somewhat from person to person as well as from denomination to denomination. However, within these variations, the final hymn of the funeral service that many refer to as the recessional hymn does take on a common meaning.

Read more at http://people.opposingviews.com/meaning-funeral-recessional-hymn-8649.html

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Learning Through The Twelve Days of Christmas

Published on YourTango on 12/24/12

Kids and the twelve days of Christmas – turn stress to learning what’s behind Christmas traditions.

In society, Christmas begins earlier and earlier.  In fact, it often starts before Advent even begins.  In religious tradition, it actually starts on Christmas day and continues to be observed for twelve days until Epiphany (January 6th).  This is also a time when children are often off from school which can lead to added stress in families.  Here are twelve video clips that you can watch with your children during this time.  As you do, you and your child(ren) will explore different aspects of the Christian meaning behind different Christian traditions.  You may simply use the viewing as an activity to do each day or you may chose to do something together in response to what you have heard.  However, you use these twelve steps, may they help you have peace in your family during this time.

Hopefully, this journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas has deepened your relationship with your children, your individual faiths and allowed you to have some fun together.  In so doing, may you find wholeness and peace in your lives.

Read more at: http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/learning-through-twelve-days-christmas-expert

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4 Relationship Attributes to Develop: Lessons from Advent

Published at YourTango on 12/24/12

Advent traditionally involves 4 small words that can also enhance your relationship.

Advent is the season Christians observe leading up to Christmas.  During this season, Christians traditionally focus on hope, peace, joy and love.  These very same themes can also be important things to focus on in our relationships in order to enhance our relationship whether it is at the beginning early stage or is more mature.  This focus can occur during Advent or can be something that is worked on by a couple at any time.  For each of these ideas, here is two lessons you can take from Advent to understand the deeper sense these words can play and an exercise you can do with your partner to enhance your relationship:

Read more at: http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/4-relationship-attributes-develop-lessons-adventexpert

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Gimmel – 3 Ways to Take the Pot – Lessons From Hanukkah

Published on YourTango on 12/15/12

Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration that can teach us much about improving our lives.

Hanukkah (or Chanukah or one of many other spellings) is a Jewish festival that comes around the time of Christmas.  Many people know it for the progressive lighting of the candles on its nine branched menorah, for latkes or potato pancakes, for gift giving, for singing and for dreidels. From a religious standpoint, there are many holidays that are more important in Judaism, but culturally many more people have heard of it than more significant Jewish holidays.  Each of us can learn lessons from Hanukkah about winning in life.  Here are three things we can learn from this festival:

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/gimmel-3-ways-take-pot-lessons-hanukkah

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Light In Our Lives: 5 Lessons from Diwali

Published on YourTango on 11/13/12

The Diwali Festival of Lights shines into our lives with ideas for better living and relationships

Diwali is an unusual religious celebration in that it is a festival for Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and some Buddhists.  Each of these religions has their own particular take on the festival.  This holiday is characterized as the festival of lights.  The light is to welcome and guide the richness and wealth into their lives for the new time that will come.  The light is also part of closing out old books, including traits such as anger, hate and jealosy. So what can we learn from Diwali?

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/light-our-lives-5-lessons-diwali-expert

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