Creflo Dollar Made Me a Catholic

  The prosperity Gospel movement is bizarre given that Jesus was unequivocal about wealth but, like the secular spirituality of many popular American celebrities, the movement soldiers on. While it might be a stretch to say that someone like Creflo Dollar made me a Catholic it would be accurate to say that the possibility of theological interpretations like Dollar’s are, in large part, what’s driven me in my search for deeper truth. A search which has landed me on the… Read more

Why Abstinence from Meat on Fridays Makes Sense

In a Church that celebrates the Rosary, changes its liturgical vestments for every season, and upholds a historic teaching of the Real Presence in the Communion celebration it’s not a stretch to call Catholicism a physical faith. That physicality, among other things, remains a serious draw for converts like myself—the tug of a faith which emphasises not just the head and the heart but the hands, too. So it makes sense, especially during the Lenten period, that Catholics are called to… Read more

I’m Giving Up Complaining for Lent (and I Already Hate It)

Every Lent, for the past several years, I’ve given up complaining. It’s liberating. And soul-making. And hard. Complaining is one of those things that just doesn’t seem very Christian. Complaint is the salve of the soul, said no saint ever. And although a fairly sufficient argument could be made that Job, one of the most famous characters in the Old Testament, was a voracious complainer he was, likewise, roundly rebuked. By the Almighty, nonetheless. No, complaining does no good. It solves no problems,… Read more

Is the Church Just an Invisible Collection of Believers?

As an Evangelical Christian I understood the “Body of Christ” or “the Church” (capital C) to be an invisible collection of believers. The idea was beautiful, really, because it meant that somehow all Christians across the whole world no matter how important or obscure were connected by Christ into one universal Church. But this isn’t how it was understood by Early Christians and when I found that out I was a little alarmed, disappointed, and completely unprepared for what came… Read more

I Don’t Know How I Lived Without Coffee

Somewhere in those early days of university I made a definitive choice not to drink coffee. It wasn’t hard; anytime I even caught a whiff of the stuff it turned my stomach. It smelled disgusting. I had no interest. But I set my sights against it regardless. While many of my friends were pulling all-nighters and buoying themselves through their early morning classes with caffeine I was groggily drinking my orange juice or plain old water. Even when my good friend James… Read more

So You Might Be a Heretic…

When Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church he was almost immediately rebuked by his Catholic interlocutors. It was St. Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, who wrote authoritatively in response to Luther’s anti-Church movement—a text which remains one of my favourite treaties on the Catholic faith. Calling Luther’s re-interpretations of ancient Catholic doctrines a “novelty” St. Francis took Luther to task for inventing new interpretations of old heresies. What Luther was doing, charged St. Francis,… Read more

What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I Became One Once I Did)

In the Catholic Church I’ve found an incredible, unimaginable home. It’s miles from anything I’d ever known before. Read more

The Evangelical Church is Broken (A Love Letter)

I once watched a debate on biblical authority between a Catholic priest and an Evangelical pastor. It was going as well as a debate could go until the very end when the pastor wheeled a large suitcase onto the stage. He began, slowly, to unpack the contents of the suitcase onto his podium: four enormous tomes. “This,” he declared dramatically, “Is everything you need to know to be a Catholic.” He paused for effect before continuing, “And this is all… Read more

If the Bible Is Infallible Then So Is the Church

A paradigm shift occurs when the number of compelling facts and figures from a competing world view other than your own forces you to concede your position—and adopt another. It happens like this. Facts and information enter your radar which you perhaps hadn’t considered before. They challenge your perspective, opinions, and ultimately, your view of the world. As more and more of these new arguments and ideas pile up the lens through which you’ve previously understood much of reality begins… Read more

The Reformation is Over So Why Aren’t You Catholic?

There’s a quotation buried near the end of a rather obscure book review by Protestant theologian Carl Trueman that I’ve hung on to for quite some time now. It’s a good one, and I’ll share it in a second. But I share it, only now, because I’ve just come across it again in the foreword to a book of Catholic conversion stories. The quote was proffered by Francis Beckwith a rather famous Catholic convert in his own right as the then President… Read more

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