Archive for June 2012

The Dual Profile of the Church

Jun 28th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Recently, I wrote about the Bible and the Catholic Church. I was motivated in order to address two matters that those considering the Catholic Church as the Church established by Christ might have: 1. that the Church encourages the faithful to read and reflect on the Bible; and 2. that the Church, because of the […]

The Catholic and Protestant Authority Paradigms Compared

Jun 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

This is a guest post by Ray Stamper. Ray lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Amanda and five children. After an early conversion to Christ, Ray began pursuing Old Testament studies at Oral Roberts University. However, being unprepared to cope with the skeptical philosophical bias latent in much of the “higher critical” literature in […]

Some Thoughts Concerning Michael Horton’s Three Recent Articles on Protestants Becoming Catholic

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

Michael Horton is the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation, a co-host of the White Horse Inn, and the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Recently he posted three articles responding to the phenomenon of Protestants, and especially Reformed Protestants, coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. In “Did […]

Podcast Ep. 17 – Jason & Cindy Stewart Recount Their Conversion

Jun 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Podcast

In this episode, Tom Riello, a former PCA pastor, interviews Jason Stewart, a former pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and his wife Cindy on the topic of their conversion to the Catholic faith in 2011. Jason earned his Master of Divinity from Mid-America Reformed Seminary (Dyer, IN) in 2005, and subsequently served for five […]

Book Review: Divine Love Made Flesh by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Jun 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke began his episcopacy as bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1995. As part of his leadership of his flock, then Bishop Burke consecrated his diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In 2003 he was then named Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri. Like he had done in his pastoral leadership of […]

Sola Scriptura or Non Habemus Papam? A Further Response to Michael Horton

Jun 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“…and so you see, the concept of nothingness employed by these modern physicists is not ‘nothing,’ but is something. Thus the arguments of Hawking and the like do not refute the arguments for why God is necessary for creation. They still have not answered the question of why there is something rather than nothing because […]

Did Trent Teach that Christ’s Merits Are Not Sufficient for Salvation?

Jun 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Reformed theologian Michael Horton recently claimed that “Trent said in no uncertain terms that Christ’s merits are not sufficient for salvation.” Whether or not that claim sounds suspicious to you, and it did to me, remember one of the cardinal rules in ecumenical inquiry: Don’t get your Catholic theology from Protestant hearsay–and vice versa. Go […]

Corpus Christi Procession

Jun 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi. In Catholic Churches all over the world, after or before mass, the Holy Eucharist was carried in solemn procession throughout the nave of the church and in many cases throughout the local neighborhood. The Feast of Corpus Christi is a special time where Catholics throughout the world share […]

The Gift of Salvation

Jun 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Despite my objections to some of Dr. Leithart’s recently expressed opinions about the Catholic Church vis-a-vis his own Reformed catholicity, I regularly visit his website for the purpose of gathering in the little jewels of wisdom scattered along his literary shore. I found a particularly striking gem this morning, which called to mind something that […]

What’s So Great About Catholicism? A Brief Response to James White, et al

Jun 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries has responded to Joshua Lim’s story as featured on Called to Communion. One thing that immediately impressed me is how much ground White covers in this one podcast: He moves from CTC, to same-sex marriage, to exegesis of the Koran, in the space of ninety minutes. Being an […]