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5 Years a Catholic

Feb 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In one of my last semesters at Reformed Theological Seminary I took a virtual class on pastoral ministry in order to pick up some remaining elective credits. The course encouraged students to be in dialogue with each other through an online blog/portal where we could discuss and debate theological and pastoral issues. At this point […]



Beer and Barron

Apr 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Reformed Christians have a special relationship with beer. I discovered this my junior year in college after spending my first two years at LSU exploring nearly every other Christian faith tradition on campus.  The combination of rich fellowship, deep theological discussion, and high quality beer, while sitting outside on a Louisiana front porch on a humid […]



All Saints Day

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Today, November 1st, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of all Saints. The roots of this feast are found as far back as the time of the Emperor Constantine when the Catholic faith first became legal in the Roman Empire. The legalization of the faith ended the threat of Roman persecution and allowed for the […]



The Largest Body of Professing Christians in America

Oct 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The Largest Body of Professing Christians in America In August I wrote a short post titled Why Evangelicals are Getting High. The goal of the post was to argue that a solid Reformed upbringing does not decrease the chances of conversion to Catholicism. Unintentionally, the post generated significant discussion about the trends within Christianity in […]



Why Evangelicals Are Getting High – A Response to Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Aug 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A few weeks ago Rebecca VanDoodewaard posted an article on the website “The Christian Pundit” entitled “Young Evangelicals are Getting High.” Rebecca is a co-contributor on the website with her husband William VanDoodewaard who is an associate Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



Twitter, World Youth Day, and Indulgences

Jul 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The following post is not intended to offer an academic or theological defense of purgatory or the practice of granting indulgences as Called to Communion has already discussed these doctrines and practices at great length. For readers interested in a thorough treatment of indulgences, purgatory, and pilgrimages, see Bryan Cross’ article from January of 2011. […]



Studies On the Early Papacy – A Must Read for Church History Geeks

Jan 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For many Reformed believers, the authority of the papacy throughout Church history offers the most salient and visible reminder of separation. Whereas many of the theological issues separating Catholic and Reformed Christians concern different understandings of similar doctrines, the question of the papacy can only be answered with a bold rejection or acceptance. The rejection […]



Is converting to Rome Cool?

Jul 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

In light of the recent conversions and announcements of impending conversions of Reformed pastors and seminarians to the Catholic Church, some Reformed blog authors have suggested that these folks are merely doing what is now the trendy and “cool” thing by converting.



Taylor Marshall on the Journey Home

Jul 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

   Dr. Taylor Marshall, Dean and Professor of Philosophy at Fisher More College, will be on EWTN’s The Journey Home program Monday night, July 2nd, at 8:00 EST.  Taylor holds an M.A.R from Westminster Seminary and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Dallas.  Although Taylor has already been on The Journey Home, this new […]



Fragments of the Cross

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

At the end of November, for the first Sunday of Advent, our family made a short pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Five or six minutes into Mass my 13 month old boy decided he could have no more of it and committed himself to a […]