Referring to the actual order of worship by various groups

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Is it appropriate to capitalize pronouns referring to Jesus Christ?

Somewhere along the line I picked up the habit of capitalizing He, His, Him, etc. when they are referring to Jesus Christ as a form of respect. Likewise I always capitalize Christ, which is the title ...
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What is the connection between Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Lent, etc?

Coming from a Protestant tradition, I grew up hearing about Lent but never having any practice associated with it. In the years since, I've gathered that there's some sort of connection between ...
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When did the Orthodox and Catholic Churches distinguish the manner in which the Sign of the Cross was to be made?

From a comment on What is the role of “Sign of the cross” gesture in Catholicism?, it was noted that Catholics make the Sign of the Cross by starting at the top, going to the left and then right, ...
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Is there a Christian basis for using garlic, crosses, and holy water against evil?

In popular culture, it is believed that holy objects, such as garlic, crosses, and holy water, can protect against evil, like vampires. Also, Caleb's response to this question inspired me to ask ...
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Is it generally acceptable to attend a bible study as a non Christian?

I am a bit curious about seeking out a bible study. There are several reasons for this: A friend of mine (in another country) says she finds such a study group enjoyable, and it seems to be a good ...
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How long has the church been observing Lent?

At what point in church history did the Lenten season become a significant part of the church year? Obviously Easter came first, but I don't see the biblical basis for 40 days of preparation for ...
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What is an LDS general conference?

Tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday, the Mormon church is holding a general conference, which happens twice a year, in place of regular church meetings. There's some basic stuff on their website about it, ...
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Could Hell be seen as a reward?

I live in a very atheistic land. People hate religion because the main religion in my province has abused the people. Thus sometimes when I speak to friends and coworkers I present Hell as follows. ...
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Is Christianity an experiential practice? [closed]

It has been stated to me that Christianity is "experiential" meaning it is experienced and not necessarily understood. Do I have that definition correct? Is this true?
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Is Christianity just a belief system, or is it also a system for organizing and governing society?

Works like "Mere Christianity" try and address common Christian beliefs and help recognize the diversity of belief systems within Christian sects. The question is whether this is what all of ...
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Holy Spirit vs Own option

When we are making decisions in church group, rather charismatic people will say things like I feel we should... which they sometimes connect to be input of holy guidance like the holy spirit. ...
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Extra activities in the church [closed]

After having spent the week working, what should I give greater priority on the weekend ( Saturday and Sunday)? getting involved in some extra activity in the church, in addition Sunday services, or ...
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Is baptism a form of exorcism, or is that just a Hollywood myth?

I never watched this film, but the synopsis alone is eerie. Read this article. She then runs to the safety of a church, knowing that baptism is a form of exorcism. Is this true? Can baptism be ...
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What are the biblical basis for membership in the church today? [closed]

When I am looking for a church to congregate, I have found that have different ideas about membership. Some churches require letter of transfer. Other churches need to see my behavior for a while. I ...
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Is Christianity functionally polytheistic? [closed]

In principle, Christianity is monotheistic. It posits that one god exists. However, as a result of the 300k+ christian sects, there exists more than one definition of the "Christian God". With the ...