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Notre Dame’s Crown of Thorns

Notre Dame’s Crown of Thorns

While the recent fire at Notre Dame is certainly sad news, the stories about Jesus’ actual crown of thorns being located there deserve at least some scrutiny. Many churches throughout history have claimed to be in possession of such “sacred relics” and very few ever...
Modern Man’s Problem

Modern Man’s Problem

A choice quote from C.S. Lewis’ essay, “God in the Dock” “The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock.  He is quite...
Questionnaire for Catholics

Questionnaire for Catholics

Did you enjoy mass last Sunday? Did you enjoy calling the priest “Father” even though Jesus told us not to use this title for church leaders (Matthew 23:8-9)? Did you enjoy all the extra-biblcal ceremonies of the mass even though Jesus warned about the danger of...
Phrase: A Gospel Issue

Phrase: A Gospel Issue

I have heard people use the phrase “gospel issue” many times and, like most evangelical clichés, I do not find it helpful. Having listened to its use on various occasions, the phrase seems to have two main purposes: (1) to stifle debate and (2) to sneak social issues...