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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 […]



The Law of Love

May 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The most contentious issue in the Western theological tradition has been the relationship of law and grace.  In the second century, Marcionites stressed grace so much that they completely rejected the Old Testament and what they took to be the God of “law.”  In the third and fourth centuries, the Roman priest Novatian and the […]



Who is a “Real” Christian?

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I grew up an evangelical Protestant and became Catholic only in 2003. In the Church of my youth, we had a troubling practice. We distinguished “real Christians” from Christians in name only. People who had gone to Church all of their life would come to our meetings and declare, “I’ve just now become a real […]



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 Eight, “Hearts burning for unity”

Jan 25th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace.” (Isaiah 52:7)



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Seven, “Hospitality for Prayer”

Jan 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“Keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.  As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter 4:7b-10, RSV The theme for day seven of […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Six, “Listen to this Dream”

Jan 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more. He said to them, “Hear this dream which I have dreamed: behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Five, “The Fellowship of the Apostles”

Jan 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35, RSV.)



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 […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Three, “The Witness of Fellowship”

Jan 20th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

When I first confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and God, my unbelieving sister’s strongest argument against the Christian faith was: how do you know what to believe about Jesus when so many Christians claim Jesus as God and yet believe such different things? This is a serious problem for evangelization.