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A Time to Weep

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us “to everything there is a season” and the current season we are in is Lent. But most of the conversations I’ve had about Lent miss the underlying meaning of this season and focus only on what’s been given up. While Lent does incorporate the practice of giving up,...
April 14th, 2014 | Catholics, Church | Read More

“And When You Fast:” Thoughts on Food in Preparation for Great Lent

‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are helpful. ‘All things are lawful for me,’ but I will not be enslaved by anything. – 1 Corinthians 6:12 As we approach Great Lent every year, a common question pops up in online articles, during coffee hours after Sunday...
March 3rd, 2014 | Catholics, Church, Evangelicals, Food, Religion | Read More

Mixing and Matching: Do It for Your Own Good, Not for Mine

Christianity does not exist apart from being expressed in specific people at specific times. There is no version of Christianity so “above” culture that it can be pulled down and plugged into a new setting without adapters. With that, mixing and matching Christian teachings and traditions is very...
August 20th, 2013 | Catholics, Church, Other, Protestant, Religion | Read More

How to Read a Miracle by a Pope when You Aren’t Catholic

You may have heard: the Vatican has confirmed a second miracle by the intercession of Pope John Paul II. Details pending, the news release assures us that the investigation into the miracle has proven that the healing was permanent, instant, and not explained by science. While we are used to the idea...
June 20th, 2013 | Catholics | Read More

Tradition and Theology: Why I Love the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

I love the Wesleyan Quadrilateral because it is honest. Citing the four main sources of a Christian’s theology—Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience—it describes reality and lays a foundation for Christian leaders to prescribe how Christians should do theology. The Quadrilateral is true...
April 23rd, 2013 | Catholics, Protestant, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

In Defense Of The Pope

I am a Protestant.  Not only a Protestant, but an evangelical.  And not only an evangelical, but a Calvinist.  In short, I have no love for the Papacy.  I do not believe that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ, nor is he in any meaningful sense the successor of the Apostle Peter.  When it comes to...
March 15th, 2013 | Apologetics, Catholics, Church, Culture, Evangelicals, Philosophy, Politics, Protestant, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

The Story of Civilization: A One Stop Shop for Western History

In 2012, I started working my way through The Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. It’s an eleven-tome series on the history of Western civilization, going from Eastern influences on the West in volume one and Greek civilization to Napoleon in volumes two through eleven. I got through...
February 26th, 2013 | Catholics, Church, Culture, Heritage & History, History, Protestant | Read More

On Evangelicals Practicing Lent

The Gospel Coalition argued this week that Lent is primarily about Jesus, and so can (and perhaps even should) be practiced by those of us who aren’t in denominations that currently practice it (Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Anglican churches, if my counting is accurate). Personally, I stand in...
February 15th, 2013 | Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestant, Religion | Read More

Scholarship, Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, and the Use of Doubt

Before beginning, yes, that is an Oxford comma in the title. While some have done away with it, I find it still has merit. So sue me. Today, a friend of mine brought this article to my attention. The title told me that I would likely disagree with the article. While I land decidedly not Roman Catholic...
August 16th, 2011 | Catholics, Evangelicals, Featured, Religion | Read More

On the proper care and feeding of a church secretary

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I am a burnt out former church secretary. The Stuff Christians Like blog had a post on the church secretary, the most powerful person in the church some time ago.  It’s eerily accurate, but I laughed especially hard when I read this in the comments section: When the...
January 19th, 2011 | Apologetics, Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestant, Religion, The Gospel | Read More
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