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Recommending Mary: A Review of Marian Veneration by Francis Cardinal Arinze

Oct 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For Protestants interested in better understanding the subject of Mary and Marian devotion in Catholic faith and practice, there are many good books, including several that have been published within the last ten years.1 One of the most accessible — both in terms of clarity of writing, doctrinal precision, and breadth of subjective address — […]

Finding a Shared Colonial History: A Review of Kevin Starr’s Continental Ambitions

Jun 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In approaching American history, there is a tendency among Protestants and Catholics to view the social, political, and religious narrative of our country (and continent) through only the lens of one’s own faith community. In my own former Presbyterian church (PCA), I remember cookouts on the fourth of July during which a leaflet would be […]

Reading St. Paul Through the Book of Acts

Apr 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ecumenical Bible studies: they are often demonstrations of the best and worst of Christian dialogue. In their most beneficial form, they offer opportunities for members of various Christian traditions, be they Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, or various strands of Evangelicalism, to share their own rich understandings and applications of Biblical literature. Alternatively, they can devolve into […]

The Gospel Coalition and the Vividness Criterion

Mar 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Blog Posts

This is the first in an occasional series on how cognitive biases frequently — and often unknowingly — affect ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Catholics. 

Lies, Damned Lies, and Anti-Catholic History

Oct 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ten years ago I was an AP European History teacher at a school in rural central Virginia. At the time I was a very sincere Reformed Protestant, and although I wanted to maintain academic objectivity in the classroom, I was still quite eager to teach the unit on the Protestant Reformation. We began with the […]

Is “Politics a Good Thing” ?

Jul 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, I had the pleasure of taking an introductory politics course taught by the well-known commentator and political analyst Larry J. Sabato, who runs UVA’s Center for Politics. One of the most memorable moments in that course was when Dr. Sabato distributed small bumper stickers […]

Jack Mulder Jr. Answers “What Does it Mean to be Catholic?”

Jan 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A review of Dr. Jack Mulder Jr.’s 2015 book What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Four, “A priestly people called to proclaim the Gospel”

Jan 21st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Biblical text for 2016: Day Four: A priestly people called to proclaim the Gospel. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now […]

Fulton Sheen’s Biblical Account of the Catholic Church as Christ’s Mystical Body

Dec 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A review of Venerable Fulton Sheen’s recently re-published The Mystical Body of Christ as it relates to Protestant criticisms of the Church’s sacerdotal nature.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015: Day Five, “You have no bucket and the well is deep”

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will […]