Call for Applications: Generations in Dialogue Cohort

An interesting opportunity for those involved in Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue: The Mullin Generations in Dialogue program is offered through the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California through the generous support of an Institute board member, Peter Mullin, who values mentoring.  The Generations in Dialogue (GID) program invites a widely-recognized senior CatholicContinue reading “Call for Applications: Generations in Dialogue Cohort”

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John Calvin on the Benefits of Baptism

A century after his death, William Poole excluded Calvin from his 1669 Synopsis Criticorum because supposedly Calvin was overly practical. Although in some ways Poole was off the mark with this critique, there is some truth in Calvin’s reputation as a pastor, primarily concerned with practical matters.  Calvin’s practical and pastoral concerns emerge in hisContinue reading “John Calvin on the Benefits of Baptism”

There is no Judeo-Christian Ethic…

In Kingdom Conspiracy Scot Mcknight makes an argument that the church in American has bought into the temptation of Constantinianism. This is especially evident in the form of civil religion that has emerged as Roman Catholics, Jews, Mormons, and Evangelicals  have become more and more involved in furthering a particular political agenda. Here is whatContinue reading “There is no Judeo-Christian Ethic…”

Roman Catholic Contextualization

It has been said that up until recently western missions has been a process of cultural domination – i.e. westernization. Although there is a ring of truth to this, we know that the Vatican sent out instructions to its missionaries, through the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, in 1659 instructing it missionaries notContinue reading “Roman Catholic Contextualization”

Spiritual Depression (Pt. 2)

Its pretty much guranteed – if you are a Christian you will experience “spiritual depression” at some point.  Much like other forms of depression, “spiritual depression” is marked by an absence of feeling. You don’t feel like pursuing God and you don’t feel like pursuing community. Most importantly, you don’t “feel” God’s presence. Instead youContinue reading “Spiritual Depression (Pt. 2)”

The Catholic Universalist

Pope Francis is a Universalist! At least that is what some people are going to want to say once they read the statements on atheism that he made during his homily at Wednesday Mass on 5/22/13. It has been reported that Francis made some incendiary comments on Wednesday that has infuriated many Catholics and hasContinue reading “The Catholic Universalist”

The Next Pope Will Be…

A few weeks ago Pope Benedict XVI resgined from his positions as the Cardinal of Rome. To a certain extent this makes sense (though its virtually unprecedented). Here are some reasons why that made sense: He is old: He is the fifth oldest person to have been elected pope. He is an academic at heart:Continue reading “The Next Pope Will Be…”

What Lent is Really About

Lent….its that Catholic thing where you punish yourself by not eating chocolate. I grew up in a mixed household, my Dad was Roman Catholic and my Mom grew up Presbyterian but eventually became a charismatic evangelical (notice I didn’t say pentecostal). Although my Dad was Roman Catholic, his Catholicism had very little effect upon theContinue reading “What Lent is Really About”