Archive for February 2012

Ashes on Ash Wednesday

Feb 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Some Protestants suggest that Jesus’s words in Matthew 6:17 are an unconditional prohibition of the use of ashes in association with fasting (and presumably that their use at the beginning of Lent is therefore unwarranted): But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face. (Matthew 6:17) For them it seems pretty clear […]

To Dust Ye Shall Return

Feb 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. It is the beginning of Lent in the western Church, a 40-day season of penance. During this time, Christians traditionally show our sorrow for our sins by making a voluntary sacrifice, and possibly by taking up additional forms of self-discipline. These are, contra pop culture, to be done discretely, privately, without […]

The Canon Made Impossible: Ehrman, McDowell & an Unlikely Agreement

Feb 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The following is a guest post written by Brent Stubbs, re-presenting material originally appearing at his blog, Almost Not Catholic. Brent majored in theological-historical studies with a minor in law at Oral Roberts University. His studies emphasized pre-Nicene and late Protestant Church history. Under the Reformed tutelage of Dr. Daniel Thimell–professor, former pastor, author of […]

The Chair of St. Peter

Feb 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today we observe the Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter, as the 22nd of February falls on Ash Wednesday this liturgical year.  The Church has celebrated this occasion since at least the mid-4th century.  Called to Communion has given it attention in the past, including Bryan Cross’s detailed survey of references from the early centuries […]

David Anders on Catholic Answers: February 13, 2012

Feb 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Podcast

David Anders “Open Forum for Non-Catholics” David Anders on Catholic Answers, Monday, February 13, 2012.

Taking a Stand on the Scriptures Against the Traditions of Men

Feb 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Imagine this conversation ca. A.D. 49 – Malachi: “Have you heard news yet about the Council’s decision regarding Gentile circumcision?” Phineas: “I knew the apostles were meeting in Jerusalem last week to decide the question, but no, I haven’t heard anything. Everybody’s waiting to hear. Have you heard something?” Malachi: “Yes, I was there. I had […]

Making My Way to the Church Christ Founded

Feb 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Readers of Called To Communion will recognize the name Fred Noltie, since in July of last year he wrote a guest post for us titled “The Accidental Catholic.” Recently we invited Fred to join the CTC team, and we’re delighted that he has agreed. Fred was in the Presbyterian Church in America for twenty years, […]

An OPC Pastor Enters the Catholic Church

Feb 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Please welcome our first of two newly added authors at Called To Communion, Jason Stewart. Jason was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) before he and his wife Cindy entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in January of 2011. He earned his Master of Divinity from Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Dyer, […]