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Author: Matthew Sigler

No Stranger Thing Than Baptism

Have you ever seen a baptism and wondered what in the world you were actually looking at? Matthew Sigler shares the truth behind one of the strange things you see at church.

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Soundtrack for Eastertide

The Easter season (Eastertide) lasts for fifty days. We still have forty-six more days to go. There are still scars to be touched, fish to be caught, breakfast to be eaten, and an ascension to behold. Two of our contributors share their Eastertide soundtracks. We hope you’ll enjoy these songs during the journey!

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A Hymn for Christmas Eve

What is your tradition for Christmas that helps you draw near to the birth of our Savior? Matt Sigler shares a hymn that has come to hold special meaning for him at Christmas.

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Matt Sigler ~ Let Us Join Our Friends Above: Reclaiming a Robust Vision of the Communion of Saints in Worship

“From very early on Christians buried their dead near their places of worship. Where others placed their dead outside of cities and avoided such sites, Christians often celebrated the anniversaries of the death of their martyrs with the Lord’s Supper. Oftentimes this celebration was held at the place where the martyr was buried. Soon, many churches included the bones of the martyrs within the church building. Since death was not the final word about our bodily existence, it didn’t need to be something fearful. Christians understood that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord and there was no place where the Lord was more present than in the community gathered for worship. The understanding was that in Christ all are one.”

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