Tag Archives: roman catholic church

Parallels Between Calvinism and Islam

I’ve been reflecting recently on the deep influence Islam had on the Renaissance. Much of the West’s recovery of classical texts, it’s numbering system, and a significant portion of what became the scientific method flowed into the Renaissance from Islamic sources and influences. And as I reflected on those influences, it struck me that medieval […]

Posted in Faith | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Mary 22 – Dormition of the Theotokos

This feast, celebrated on August 15 following a fourteen day fast, is the last Great Feast of the Orthodox liturgical year. I find it interesting and fitting that their liturgical calendar begins and ends with a feast of Mary. Dormition means ‘falling asleep’ using the Christian term from the New Testament for death. The term […]

Posted in Mary | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rebaptized?

Last week @writingjoy tweeted the following question. Theology ? of day: What is baptism? If U R baptized very young & decades later awaken to genuine faith, should U B re-baptized? In response to a question, she followed it up with the following explanation of genuine faith. I mean more than acknowledging facts, actually loving […]

Posted in Faith, Personal | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Praying with the Church 6 – Prayer Books: A Preface

These are reflections on Scot McKnight‘s book, Praying with the Church, that I wrote and shared with a small circles of friends in 2006. I’ve decided to publish them here only lightly edited. Since they are four years old, they don’t necessarily reflect exactly what I would say today, but they do accurately capture my […]

Posted in Praying with the Church | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Original Sin 17 – Blocked Transmission

In addition to the issue of Christ’s nature that I discussed yesterday, which I perceive as the central problem, the idea that all mankind naturally inherits guilt in a “sinful nature” but that Jesus didn’t tends to raise another question. How is it that Jesus did not inherit our nature of inherited guilt when he […]

Posted in Original Sin | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

For the Life of the World 24

The series now moves to section 3 of the fifth chapter of For the Life of the World. Here is the link to Deacon Michael Hyatt’s  second podcast on chapter five. For the Life of the World: Part Twelve We now can return to the sacrament of matrimony. We can now understand that its true […]

Posted in For the Life of the World | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Response

Baptists, Eucharist, and History 1 – The Reformers

I decided that in order to explore this topic, I needed to spend a little bit of time to establish and define the history and shape of the modern Baptist view of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper. That will provide a reference point for comparison as we then step back into the first millenium. In […]

Posted in Church History, Eucharist | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Responses

The Didache 14 – No Schisms

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Do not long for division, but rather bring those who contend to peace. Judge righteously, and do not respect persons in reproving for transgressions. You shall not be undecided whether or not it shall be. Division here, of course, means schism. […]

Posted in Didache | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not the Fast I’ve Chosen – Part 3

I ended my first post in the series with the confession that I might never have chosen truly to fast. The reasons are many and complex and I’m not sure I even have them all worked out. It is true, however, that I am a product of our present American culture. And by and large, […]

Posted in Celiac, Fasting | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment