But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 21:50

Throwback Thursday: Swooning St. Catherine of Siena!

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Today’s “Throwback Thursday” post was originally published on July 27, 2015 and has been slightly revised.

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Catherine of Siena, Italy (1347-1380) is one of Roman Catholicism’s most highly revered and venerated saints. In 1970, she was proclaimed a “Doctor of the...

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Catholicism’s teaching on baptism is an irreconcilable dichotomy. On the one hand, the Catholic church insists that people MUST be baptized for them to even be considered for salvation. On the other hand, it has made concessions to religious liberalism and now grants that non-baptized members...

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It’s been over one week since the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and I thought I would follow-up with a few observations and questions:

  • The media coverage of the fire and the aftermath were intense. Note Dame is one of the most famous symbols and tourist...

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In his book, “The Catholic Verses” (2004), Catholic apologist, Dave Armstrong, presented 95 Bible verses or passages (in an attempt to match Martin Luther’s 95 theses, although 104 passages were actually presented) that he alleged supported Catholicism’s salvation system of...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 21:30

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 4/20/19

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Catholics are forbidden to eat meat on Lenten Fridays under threat of mortal sin and eternal damnation, however there are exceptions to the rule. Many of you have read my post about the papal dispensation allowing Venezuelans to...

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These days, many Catholics and Protestants are eager to gloss over theological differences, forget about Reformation “squabbles,” and embrace in ecumenical “unity.” But the “gospel” that Catholics believe in; salvation by sacramental grace and merit, is...

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For today’s “Throwback Thursday” installment, we’re going to revisit a slightly re-edited post that was first published back on August 1, 2015. The subject material is timely since we’re entering into the busiest months of the real estate buying/selling season.

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Monday, 15 April 2019 23:13

Joel Osteen: The “Smiling Preacher”?

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Salvation With A Smile: Joel Osteen, Lakewood Church, & American Christianity By Phillip Luke Sinitiere New York University Press, 2015, 305 pages

I’m interested in Joel Osteen only because he epitomizes the compromise and betrayal of the Gospel within much of American...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 05:43

Notre Dame in Paris catches fire

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I’m sure most everyone has already seen the news reports about Notre Dame (Our Lady) cathedral in Paris, France catching fire today.

Notre Dame cathedral was completed in 1260 and is probably the second most famous Roman Catholic church in the world, next to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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Today, we will complete our eight-month-long series responding to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five* (actually one-hundred and four) Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 20:13

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 4/13/19

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Too close for comfort: Headlines of sexual abuse by predatory Catholic religious are rather abstract for most of us, but this recent headline hit close to home for me. Brother Salvatore Ferro (photo...

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My homemade advertisement above is satirical, but there’s some truth mixed in.

Here’s an observation from one of the older brothers in the pews:

Hipster, mega-church pastors and worship team leaders are trying SO HARD to be culturally “relevant” and cutting-edge cool that...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 22:18

The “Veil of Veronica” Sham

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In Roman Catholic churches, there is a series of fourteen images hanging on the walls, either as paintings or wood relief carvings, usually spaced apart between the church’s windows. These “stations of the cross” allegedly depict scenes from the “passion” of Jesus;...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 21:22

Sitting in a parked car pining for the Jesus wafer?

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In Gregg Allison’s excellent book, “Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment” (2014), the evangelical theologian examines Roman Catholicism’s two major theological constructs: the nature-grace interconnection which posits the bestowal of grace through...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 23:35

Christian’s Guide to Roman Catholicism

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Christian’s Guide to Roman Catholicism By Bill Jackson Colonial Baptist Press, 1988, 264 pages

The first Bible-preaching church my wife and I attended after we accepted Christ in 1983 had an information table in the lobby stocked with Gospel tracts and complimentary copies of “Our Daily...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five* (there are actually one-hundred and four) Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 20:55

Welcome to the Weekend Roundup! - News Views - 4/6/19

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The bogus “scala sancta” or “holy stairs” in Rome (above photo), which are alleged to be the stairs Jesus climbed to receive his death sentence from Pilate and were then allegedly transported to Rome in the...

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Bible Christians who have some interest in church history have heard of the Catholic church’s infamous Council of Trent (1545-63). The Protestant Reformation began in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Saxony and...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 22:17

Bad bosses

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Note: Because I happen to have quite a few drafts in the queue, there won’t be a “Throwback Thursday” post today or next week.

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Did you ever have a bad boss? Since I started working at Kodak in 1976, I’ve had A LOT of supervisors. How many? The other day, I sat down, put on my...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 22:03

Irish-Catholic Fervor and the 1993 Brink’s Heist

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Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink’s Heist By Gary Craig ForeEdge, 2017, 280 pages

Way back in January 1993, a Brink’s armored truck depot in my hometown of Rochester, New York was robbed of $7.4 million dollars, making it the...

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Today, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five* (actually one-hundred and four) Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound”...

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For our first Throwback Thursday installment, we’re going to take a look back at this post that was originally published July 19, 2015, with a few minor revisions.

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Many canonized Catholic saints of the past are admired and venerated for their “asceticism” (definition: a lifestyle...

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I’m very excited to pass along some information on the upcoming Former Catholics for Christ Conference scheduled for the weekend of May 17, 18, and 19 in Springfield, Illinois. The event will be hosted by Southern View Chapel at the address below:

Southern View Chapel 4500 S 2nd St. Springfield...

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Monday, 25 March 2019 20:52

Brokeback Vatican

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In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy By Frédéric Martel Bloomsbury, 2019, 555 pages

I didn’t realize that many Catholic clerics were homosexual until I began attending a Catholic high school that was administered by the Irish Christian Brothers and became...

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imageToday, we will continue with our response to Dave Armstrong and his book, “The Catholic Verses,” in which the Catholic apologist presents ninety-five (actually one-hundred and four) Bible verses or passages that allegedly validate Catholicism and are claimed to “confound”...

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