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Response to the New Roman Catholic Church AD-Part 2

The Roman Catholic Church began an aggressive AD campaign a few weeks ago. The goal is two-fold.  First, they desire to get Catholics who are non-practicing to become active in their local parish.  Second, they desire to reach non-Catholics and convert them to the Roman Catholic faith.  As a stated in a previous post the AD is well-made and the website connected with the AD campaign is also very well made.

In the first post in the series our attention was focused on the claims of societal impact the AD touted.  We agreed that the Roman Catholic Church has been involved in many activities that have helped numerous people.  Our argument, though, was that this alone does not make the Roman Catholic Church worthy of support (read the rest here).  In this post I want to focus on the claim made by the AD that the Roman Catholic Church gave us the Bible.

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Prejudice we need in Bible Study

How you approach a book often times determines how you will understand and apply a book. You read different books in different ways. When I read the latest book on theology or the latest commentary I do so understanding they were written by men and although I might trust the author who wrote the book, there is a possibility that the person can err.  I do not view it as authoritative.  When I read the comics I’m reading for enjoyment and I have a certain set of pre-understandings before I begin to read.

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Presidential Politics: In search of a Savior

Let me admit from the forefront that I enjoy politics.  When I have control of the television I am either watching sports or surfing the various 24-hour news shows.  When I am driving talk radio is on my dial.  I try to be abreast of the major issues and candidates.  In fact, I have the reputation of being a guy who is contacted when someone has a question about a certain politician.

I say all that to make it clear that I am an informed voter (read here on why I think Christians should vote).  Being an informed voter means that I like to vet candidates.  I want to know their strong points and their weak points.  As a Christian I view this as being even more important because I know that righteousness exalts a nation.  Therefore, I want to pick a candidate who I think will best lead government to do the things for which God designed it.

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1 Peter 3:13-16-We are blessed when we Suffer Like Christ

When you read 1 Peter you have to read it with the backdrop of the suffering and persecution faced by the churches in the region Peter addresses.  This suffering, and the struggle it caused the church, was the impetus for the letter.  Peter wrote to a group of Christians who doubted whether they were true recipients of God’s grace. Thus, Peter has to deal with the issue of suffering in his work.

Peter, though, has a two-fold purpose.  He does not simply want to explain to the church how suffering does not mean they are outside of God’s grace, he also wants to show them the way they should conduct themselves while suffering.

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Worth Your Time: Kindle, Alabama, Evolution vs. Creation, and Tebow

Some Links Worth Your Time:

If you own a Kindle, or have the Kindle app, today there are special deals available.  You might want to browse the religious section at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=br_lf_m_1000765241_grlink_10/177-5194282-8530651?ie=UTF8&plgroup=10&docId=1000765241

Today many of you are excited about Alabama winning it all. I’m sure a large portion of the people I know find great joy in the victory.  I also know people who seem to find more joy in movies, clothing, and technology than Jesus.  How do you respond to those people?  John Piper has some advice at

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