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Built Upon The Rock

I remember being quite taken aback when I first encountered the claim made by the Catholic Church stating that, “The Church is catholic: she proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation.”1 What arrogance! How condescending to other Christians! The fullness of the faith?! The totality of the means…

Crawford Christmas Newsletter 2015

Well, we are running a bit late on the Christmas newsletter, but better late than never 馃檪 Since we don’t have everyone’s email, I figured it would be easiest to just post this to the blog and let everyone view it that way; it also saves on paper, ink, and postage! Enjoy a look back at聽our last year聽as we begin…

We Are Prodigals All

Recently, one of our close friends lost his father. This last Saturday we attended the funeral. Prior to his death, his dad had selected which readings he would like to have read at his funeral. Inexplicably, the gospel reading that he chose was the parable of the prodigal son found in Saint Luke’s Gospel. — 1 — This man had…

What is Heresy?!

her路e路sy /藞her蓹s膿/ Belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine. Okay…so what is orthodox? or路tho路dox /藞么rTH蓹藢d盲ks/聽Conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved. — 1 — Questions of聽orthodoxy and聽heresy began聽to really occupy my mind聽several years back as I was beginning to investigate the claims of the Catholic Church. Essentially, I began…

I Stand With Luther

Martin Luther, the Father of the Reformation, or perhaps more aptly, the father of the Protestant Revolt 馃檪 聽As someone who has quit my own personal protest and has indeed come into full communion with the Catholic Church; it may be surprising to hear that there are actually areas of commonality where I would wholeheartedly agree with Martin Luther. Those…

When Tolerance Simply Isn’t Enough

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision regarding same sex marriage, I had an interesting dialogue with a friend聽on Facebook the other day. The fact that she was on one side of the issue and I was on the other wasn’t a problem for me, but as our conversation progressed it quickly became clear that this was an issue…

The First “Rocky”

Often my Protestant friends will allege that when Christ declares, “I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.”1 – that He wasn’t really referring to Peter. They will talk at length about the difference between petra and petros in the Greek, and declare…

The Great Uncertainty – Problems with Individual Fallibility

Yesterday I listened to a two hour debate between Catholic author and apologist Devin Rose, and Nathaniel Taylor a graduate of Biola University, Westminster Theological Seminary, and a current philosophy student at Talbot School of Theology. I thoroughly聽enjoyed listening to their debate; hopefully Devin and Nate will excuse me for weighing in with a couple of my own thoughts 聽馃檪…

“Feel Good” Religion

Within each聽of us is a longing to know and experience God. A longing which if unrequited can often paradoxically push people farther away from the very thing which they desire, namely a relationship with God Himself. Many atheists and agnostics began their journeys as earnest seekers of divine truth, only to find themselves stranded on the rocky shores of unbelief…

The Lamb’s Supper Is Not A Buffet

When it comes to a buffet, what’s not to like?聽Self serve, all you can eat;聽just meandering聽down the buffet line and picking whatever strikes your fancy. Eat what you like, leave what you don’t, and above all – don’t stop until you’ve gorged yourself! If there’s a dining experience that’s more thoroughly all-American聽than a聽good old fashioned all you can eat buffet;…

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