Theology

Recently I wrote about the possibility of praying across time. For example, you might pray for the salvation of a person who has already died. The theory is that, since God is outside of time, he is aware of your prayer in the eternal now and can intervene at any point in history, including when […]

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Have you ever felt a sudden compulsion to promise or vow something to God, even though it seemed irrational? If so, you’re not alone. Sudden, rash impulses are part of the human experience (due to original sin), and for some people, impulses of this kind are a frequent thing. Recently I received an email from […]

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In the Back to the Future movies, Doc Brown chides Marty McFly for not thinking fourth-dimensionally. He means that Marty—like most of us—is letting his options be limited too much by the here and now. Marty’s not taking into account the possibilities that open up if we’re not stuck in that one moment of time […]

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There’s a famous passage in Genesis that often comes up in discussions of salvation. It says Abraham “believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Protestant pastors frequently preach on this passage, and they frequently get it wrong. Really wrong. Here’s why . . .   Why It Comes Up This […]

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Calvinist theology places a great deal of emphasis on the concept of God’s elect. The term “elect” is taken from the Greek word eklektos, which means “chosen.” In Calvinist thought, the elect are those that have been chosen by God to be saved on the last day. The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God hath […]

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In 1517, Martin Luther drafted a document known as The 95 Theses, and its publication is used to date the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The recent 500th anniversary of that event focused a good bit of attention on the 95 Theses. Here are 8 things to know and share . . .   1) […]

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It’s no secret that, today, a lot of people disagree with the Church’s teaching on various points. That’s no surprise. The Church, like Christ, has always been “a sign that is spoken against” (Luke 2:34). What’s more surprising—and scandalous—is that in our age many professing Catholics reject Church teaching, even teachings regarded as infallible. The […]

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In recent years both Catholics and Protestants have been puzzled by occasional mentions in the press that the two groups would be jointly commemorating of the upcoming five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What on earth? Why would Catholics commemorate such an event? Let’s talk about that.   “And So, It Begins . . […]

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Charlie Gard is an eleven-month old baby in England. He has a rare genetic disorder known as mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. According to press accounts, Charlie is terminally ill at this point. His parents have raised more than $1 million to try an experimental treatment to help him, but hospital officials—backed by British and European […]

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I use the online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican web site all the time, so I decided to make an upgraded version of their index page (here). The improvements on this version include: The links now open pages in new tabs. I’ve added links to the Latin version, to […]

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