Articles written by Rev. Steven R. Niccolls

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  • Diversity - one in Spirit?

    Rev. Steven R. Niccolls|Sep 28, 2023

    If you ever want to go down a deep rabbit hole, do a Google search for the question, “How many Christian denominations are there?” You will find pages of references for that question. Conservative estimates state there are over 200 denominations in the U.S. alone. If you expand the question to how many denominations are there world-wide, Gordon Conwell University and the Pew Research Center claim the number is 45,000 denominations. Again, a Google search will reveal conflicting numbers for that question. Division can be seen in my Presbyterian...

  • Honor the Sabbath

    Rev. Steven R. Niccolls|Jul 13, 2023

    The musical group Rascals Flats in their hit song Maybury laments that, "Sunday was a day of rest/ Now its one more day for progress. If you have not guessed by now, this column will deal with the topic of sabbath rest. The Fourth Commandment is, "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy" (Exodus 20:8). The Exodus version of the Ten Commandments takes up a total of 15 verses. As we examine the Fourth Commandment, we see that it takes up five of those verses. One-third of the verses dedicated...