The Sunday Reader: Vol. 1 | #44

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Which Translation of the Bible Should You Memorize

Rev. Spotts answers a common question and shares tips to further your memorization.

Does a religious community need its own building to flourish?

Dr. Brian Lee at Christ URC, D.C., shared this with me. It describes how and why many D.C. congregations now intentionally use unconventional spaces for worship, as well as reasons why this trend is both positive and negative for the community.

Why Four Distinct Gospels?

In this brief excerpt, John Calvin explains the purpose of having not one, but four accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry.

Video: When Did Christians Begin Advent Celebrations?

When in history did the celebration of Advent begin in Christian churches? This short explanation tells how Advent arose around Christmas in the 4th century, and how Advent in history is different than Advent today. Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

ABOUT — The Sunday Reader shares articles we've found particularly insightful, thought-provoking, or edifying this week. While not always representing the views of our Pastors and Elders, these selections offer a mix of viewpoints to broaden and frame your understanding of God, Scripture, ourselves, and the world we serve in Christ's name.

Rev. Michael Spotts

Pastor Michael has been involved in ministry for over ten years. Before his ordination at Phoenix URC, he participated in foreign missions (Australia, Russia). He holds an Assoc. in Biblical Studies (2004) and an M.Div (WSCAL, 2016). 

Prior to ministry, he owned a commercial photography business for ten years. He still enjoys shooting landscape photos.