Born to be Alive: Everything in Common

For the entire work and an interactive table of contents, click here. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything …

The Lesson from "Island Freemasonry" That Bishop Broadbent Needs to Learn

The Deputy Bishop of London vents on his low opinion of the island of Jersey: The Deputy Bishop of London has claimed Jersey was "in the grip of freemasonry" and that there was a "conspiracy of silence" on the island. The Right Reverend Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, also said there was not much nice …

Another Palm Beach Landmark Bites the Dust

In this case, Testa's Restaurant: The Testa family received permission from the Architectural Commission on Wednesday to demolish the restaurant, gas station, Via Testa retail shops and other buildings on its 1.3-acre property along Royal Poinciana Way and Sunset Avenue. As is commonly the case in Palm Beach, the road to this point has been …

One More Time: My Thoughts on Greg Griffith's Conversion to Catholicism

It seems that pieces on "Tiber swimming" have become my stock in trade.  Recently I did one on the conversion of Swedish Charismatic pastor Ulf Ekman to the Roman Catholic Church.  I must admit, however, that I was blindsided by the piece simply entitled "Waypoints" by the proprietor of the Anglican blogosphere's premier conservative site, Stand …

The Endless Need for Moral Certainty

Hasn't gone away: But in fact, as people have turned away from the religious framework, they have not jettisoned that interior certitude, that feeling of absolute confidence that used to be associated only with religious doctrine and belief. When people stop believing in God, they quickly find surrogate beliefs, construct surrogate values, and embrace a …

The Reasons Christ is Really Present in the Eucharist

It's always amazing that the "fundamental" Protestants pass over this, but they do.  From Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, 3 q.75 a.1: The presence of Christ's true body and blood in this sacrament cannot be detected by sense, nor understanding, but by faith alone, which rests upon Divine authority. Hence, on Luke 22:19: "This is My body which shall be delivered up for you," Cyril says: …

Everyone Knew the Charismatics Were Nuts

Well, almost everyone: God hasn’t stopped frustrating expectations. Who in 1900 expected that there would be 150 million Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America? Sure, charismatic prophets predicted it, but everyone knew they were mad. In 1900, there were 9 million Christians in Africa. Now it’s pushing half a billion, and many are members of AICs—African …

Born to be Alive: The People Respond

For the entire work and an interactive table of contents, click here. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your …

It's Important to Know a Competitor When You See One

And the Roman Catholic Church in the UK hasn't quite figured that out about the EU: Bishop Noel is of the view that the European Union "is a noble and historic project". "It is vital," he says, "that we participate in the European elections to ensure the EU and its institutions continue to evolve democratically …

The Imaginary Land of American Foreign Policy

The world's largest democracy has swept Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power, and they're trying to figure out what he's going to do to change India: The new composition of parliament is significant, as are a number of other factoids about this election. The BJP has returned at least 279 seats in the …

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