The Mystery of Christ’s Life

The Apostles were witnesses to the ministry of Jesus.  Not a lot is known about Jesus’ early life aside from the narratives of his birth and during his adolescence in the temple.  It’s important to note, Jesus’ public ministry may have started at his baptism by John the Baptist...

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Creed

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains “faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God who reveals himself. It involves an assent of the intellect and will to the self-revelation God has made through his deeds and words (CCC, 176). In the New Testament, the Letter...

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Creation

We build on the Creed and the faith it professes when we consider creation.  We must consider everything around us including the mathematics in the grand design.  There are some who will argue that creation itself is self-evolving and that there is no need for the hand of God. ...

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Introduction to the Faith and Creed of the Catholics

The mystery of the triune is the underlying Catholic doctrine on salvation and grace.  The Bishops of the Church over the ages have worked to provide unification and clarification on the relationship of the Holy Trinity.  God the Father, the Word and the Paraclete existed as three Persons in...

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Is Jesus Just A mighty, lesser god?

It’s been quite some time since I was visited by Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, but a few weeks ago a missionary from the JWs came to my door and has come back every week since, except this past Friday. He gives me his literature and insisted I watch a...

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Is God Bragging On You?

Job 1:6-8 “6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the...

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Pentecost

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the Church.  Pentecost, as we read in the Gospel of John 20:19-23, is when the disciples received the third part of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. Many other Christian denominations question the need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, believing that there is no...

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A More Excellent Way

“1 Corinthians 12:31 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” Paul left a cliffhanger right in the middle of his first letter to the Corinthians. Although he didn’t divide his letter into chapters, the early fathers who assembled the text...

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The Gifts of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:8-10 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10  To another the working...

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The Joy of Music

I recently began thinking about music and the church. In my early twenties, I shifted from the Lutheran Church to a Baptist Church. More on that another time, perhaps. But what is germane to this topic is the music. Granted, the Lutheran Church I attended was relatively small, but...

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