Tag: Christianity

The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel

Most of us Christians do not have the resources or time to complete a pilgrimage dedicated to exploring our historical faith, visiting holy places close and far, interviewing experts on both our theology and the historical accuracy of the bible.  A majority of us have the luxury of being raised in the faith which provides a solid foundation for belief, hopefully re-enforced by lived … Read More The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel

October 31, 1517:  Martin Luther and The Day That Changed the World by Martin E. Marty

Five Hundred Years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to a Chapel Door in Wittenberg, Germany.  The Catholic Church and Lutheran church have Reconciled a battle that ignited the reformation, divided the Catholic Church including the 30 years war between Protestants and Catholics (1618-48), and contributed to fractures within the Catholic Church and a splintering of the Christian faith into many denominations.   … Read More October 31, 1517:  Martin Luther and The Day That Changed the World by Martin E. Marty

Zealot THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Rena Aslan

Two thousand plus years and Jesus the man (revolutionary, rebel, bandit) and Jesus “The Son of Man” (The Jesus Christ of Christian believers, the son of God, sent to save mankind from eternal damnation, died on the cross for our sins than and now) live in a historical reality much as we do today.  Aslan delves into the historical Jesus Christ and the context … Read More Zealot THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Rena Aslan

Advent Adventure

“We interrupt this broadcast to report unprecedented dramatic events.  World leaders have closed communication with the press and have unexpectedly cancelled events.  The White House, Bellevue Place, Kirribilli House, Elysee Palace, Zongnaihai, Buckingham Palace, the Kremlin, and the Vatican have been confirmed by our News Agencies to have shuttered their doors and key staff retreated to interior corridors of powers.” An unprecedented notification like … Read More Advent Adventure

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

“The moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment is when you embrace it all and say:  Look, I don’t understand a “%#$%!#!*^%” thing at all – Hallelujah!  That’s the only moment we live here fully as human beings.”[i]  Leonard Cohen Leonard traveled the world and had good instincts regarding political turmoil, civil unrest, government chaos, … Read More Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

In search of a Saint (or 10,000 Holy Warriors)

Why not have 10,000 Holy Warriors at your side? Author James Martin, SJ remarked “Sometimes I think that the one reason we begin praying to a saint is that the saint has already been praying for us.”[i]   What a remarkable idea.  Perhaps we do not have to find a saint but let the saint find us praying?  Nonetheless, Martin had developed an affinity for … Read More In search of a Saint (or 10,000 Holy Warriors)

The Day After – A Dark Night

November 9, 2016:   I visited the Kennedy Center today for a family activity where check in was at the Hall of Nations and the seats of power were within eyesight.  This is no small reality check given the dramatic upset that transpired yesterday in US presidential politics.  The view in DC felt dark. That the winning candidate has given license to the worst … Read More The Day After – A Dark Night

Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope: Book Review

I wrestled with God and Won! Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan D. Chittister, is an excellent spiritual journey for all believers that have difficulties with life’s struggles and God’s appearance of indifference.  Twenty-four distinct chapters referencing the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God throughout the dark night until dawn and the author’s own life experiences are utilized to examine “A … Read More Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope: Book Review

Mortal Sin

Catholics have 69.5 million members, are the largest religious body in the United States, and comprise 22% of the population as of 2015.  What this means is 1 in 5 Americans believe abortion is morally wrong and a women who get an abortion are automatically ex-communicated from the church.  Abortion is considered the highest form of sin – called Mortal Sin.  Canon 1398 of … Read More Mortal Sin

Abortion and Politics

The Conservative Christian (Republican) 10 point inquiry:   I am interested in “Pro-Life” single ticket voters that are for criminalizing abortion. This single issue item is perhaps the one thread that staunch Evangelical Christians and Catholics raise when other policies or the candidates themselves become untenable or unsupportable. The rationale is “I have to support the lesser of two evils solely on the abortion … Read More Abortion and Politics

Imposters

Donald Trump Divides God’s Voters? An opinion piece in the NY Times had this catchy title.[i]  I had a visceral reaction of disgust to this piece as I did the night before watching the GOP political debate (notably absent Trump).  I felt as if I was waking up to a news story of a church sacristy being robbed of its vestments and sacred vessels … Read More Imposters

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