Tag Archive: Bible

The spirituality of love

  Love. We all need it, want it, search for it. We feel it and think about it, dramatize and sing about it. It makes us happy, and it makes us sad. But… Continue reading

No news is good news

Remember when we had three TV networks and only print newspapers? A mere handful of sources from which to get our news fix…our daily diet of data on the goings-on in our community,… Continue reading

Oh, the contrasts

So if you look at all these verses taken together, Jake, what we see, I think, is the necessity for both faith and works. Jake is the man with a question. Karl Keating,… Continue reading

Give me the bad news first

Works matter. No doubt about it. And any evangelical worth his or her salt (Matthew 5:13) will tell you that. Are we saved by faith alone? Absolutely. And any Catholic who honestly wrestles… Continue reading

These eye-opening verses cannot be ignored

Okay, Catholic friend, I have another question for you. If, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches, the Reformers’ cry of sola fide is dead wrong, how do you understand all the verses in… Continue reading

How firm a foundation

They have a saying in the excavation business, “What goes up must first go down.” I have a corollary saying: “And if what goes down is shoddy and weak, what goes up will… Continue reading

Truth is an elephant

I’m busy this week preparing for a family reunion we host every year, so I’m rerunning a post that has gotten a lot of views because many search for the very popular parable… Continue reading

Dirty birds and a divine bath. Or, the presumptuousness of Purgatory

Anyone who knows me well knows I am not a bird lover. I am not even a bird liker. Birds are rude and crude…making nests in my house, using my lawn and outdoor… Continue reading

Diving for sins

I’m talking about Purgatory again…just to give you a heads-up right at the top in case the torturous flames aren’t of concern or interest to you. Some may wonder why I am spending… Continue reading

Puzzles and Purgatory

When I was younger I had a recurring dream, or more specifically a recurring element in my dreams, which was so ethereally thrilling that upon waking I would almost despair that it was… Continue reading

Sola Scriptura or a three-legged stool?

Common sense suggests that some sort of oral tradition was always needed to accompany the Written Law. The Catholic Church’s assumption of supreme authority in Christendom relies heavily on her contention that Christendom… Continue reading

The Easter challenge

In my last post I addressed the matter of apparent contradictions between the different Gospel accounts and how familiarity with ancient literary devices can resolve them. Today I’m going to apply that all-important… Continue reading

You need to know this before you read the Bible

In my just concluded Barriers series, I addressed, tackled, took on and hopefully (at least for some) took down some of the primary obstacles to embracing the Christian worldview. But there’s one very… Continue reading

The scandalous cross

It’s like wearing a tiny electric chair on a chain. That’s how a pastor at our church once described the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ. He was talking about how something… Continue reading

What are we to make of this Jesus fellow?

It is a question with an ancient history that continues to have contemporary significance. What we believe about this individual whose life made an incalculable impact on the world, in a very real… Continue reading