A Former Enemy of the Church Makes Room for Christ.

My wife, Heather, is currently obsessed with a song by Kutless called “This is Christmas.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20HoJZecNqM[/youtube] The lyrics suggest, as many Christian songs and clergy do around this time every year, that Christ is missing more and more from Christmas. Whatever you do, don’t tell St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi, a man […]

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The Pope. Antichrist or Legitimate Leader of Christ’s Church?

For years, I thought the pope was the antichrist. More accurately, I was told he was the antichrist and never actually looked into the matter myself. Looking back though, it’s funny that I even entertained the thought. After all, the papacy is an office–a title–held by many men for close to two thousand years. Isn’t […]

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Gregorian Chant: Does it Still Have a Place in the Modern Church?

In the recent shake-up of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) regarding the substitution of Latin from the liturgy, one is hard-pressed to find any old school Gregorian chanting in the Church today (outside of older, traditional churches). In an article written for Crisis magazine, Arlene Oost-Zinner and Jeffery Tucker wrote: “You can find recordings […]

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Confession: Replacing Christ with a Middleman?

No one likes a middleman. We constantly hear or see advertizements from merchants who “cut out the middleman” in order to save you money. Middlemen are also present within heavily bureaucratic systems (such as government) where one must cut through so much “red tape” that results seem impossible. For Protestant Christians, the Catholic practice of […]

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The Sanctity of Doubt: A Thank You to Christopher Hitchens

I was in the middle of writing a post about God and art when I discovered that Christopher Hitchens had died. The typing stopped and the reading began. Once upon a time, ol’ Hitch was my hero, along with the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. The irony? They still are. Seems strange, doesn’t […]

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