Ian, as a little boy, developed a love for the Scriptures and had read the entire Bible by the time he was eight years old. Sadly, at this point he became an agnostic because he felt that God, Jesus and the Gospel were too good to be true. By the time he was fourteen he was […]
St. Paul quotes Joel that all who call upon the Lord will be saved. Did the Old Testament prophet Joel mean everyone or just the Jews? Building upon other OT prophesies, St. Paul emphasizes that for a person to call upon the Lord, that person must first believe the gospel, and for them to believe […]
Robin was brought in a Jewish home. Her father said that they were “convenient Jews” rather than orthodox, reformed or conservative. Still Robin always talked to God. Sadly, she had to hide her faith because religion was not accepted in her social group. After high school she was active in a dance troop. One day […]
Continuing our study of Romans, we’re right in the middle of the section in which Saint Paul addresses the question: “Why haven’t all the Jews responded to the Gospel of Christ?” They were the chosen people, but yet the majority of the Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah. Why? In this first half […]
Gary was brought up in a traditional Polish Catholic home. He attended Catholic school and attended weekly Mass. He had a very basic relationship with God. He would pray when he wanted God’s help. Sadly, outside of church faith was not a part of his life. Continually seeking the Lord’s peace, he still continued to […]
A few key points for today’s discussion: 1) This is Paul’s Theodicy—i.e. his justification of the ways of God. 2) His purpose is to explain the ways of God in allowing the Gentiles to share in the Jews’ privileges of the Covenant. 3) The text never says that God predestines people to damnation. Send us […]
Joshua was raised Episcopalian. The family faithfully attended Sunday school and liturgy every week. Sadly, church was more of an apostrophe of the week than a major factor of the family’s life. As he grew older, Joshua drifted further away from faith into classical liberalism. By high school he was Episcopal in name only. After many […]
Grateful for the gifts of faith in Christ, Baptism, and a love for the Bible which he received as a Methodist and later a Lutheran, Jim Anderson discusses some of the influences of his decision to join the Catholic Church.
As a scholar of ancient and Middle Eastern history, culture, and religion, Fr. Mitch Pacwa examines the phenomenon of Sacred Scripture and the ramifications of the translation and interpretation of the scriptures out of their proper context.