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The Sabbath and Worship Music

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In his article “Protestants and Marian Devotion: What About Mary?” Methodist scholar Jason Byassee writes: “ ‘To say ‘Holy Mary, full of grace, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our deaths’ seem to express an extrascriptural accretion. But perhaps asking Mary for her prayers is not in itself un-Protestant. To do so may even guard christologi- cal dogma and defend against patriarchy. Who knows? Mary might just be key to the future of ecumenism after all.”

In the light of these recent developments, it is imperative to test biblically the Catholic and Protestant popular beliefs about the devotion and worship of Mary. This is the objective of the chapter on “Mariolatry” that I am researching and writing. By God’s grave I hope to complete this chapter by the end of next week.

Financing the Printing of Popular Beliefs: Are they Biblical?

In my previous newsletters I told you that some fellow believers have promised to raise funds for the printing a large quantity of the new book Popular Beliefs: Are they Biblical? The idea is to offer the book to churches and individual members FREE OF CHARGE.

This means that if sufficient funds are received to cover the edit- ing and printing costs of the book, we will offered it for only the cost of shipping and handling, that is, about $2.00 to 3.00 a copy, instead of the regular price of $25.00 for a book of this size. If the funds received cover only part of the printing costs, then the price will be adjusted ac- cordingly.

So far we have received several contributions, but we are still a long way from reaching the goal of $200,000.00 to cover the cost of printing 100,000 copies. If you feel impressed to contribute to this project, feel free to contact me. I will tell you where to send your contribution, so that you can receive a tax deductible receipt.

Sharing the Good News of the Sabbath with Words and Songs

This past week I have spent considerable time in locating and hiring a professional recording crew to record Cristina Piccardi’s Sacred Concert that was presented at Andrews University Pioneer Memorial

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