Why do Catholics become Protestant?

National Catholic Reporter has just posted a fascinating article looking at research by the Pew Research Center on why people leave the Catholic Church. This particular article focuses on those who leave Catholicism to enter a mainline Protestant or Evangelical Church. The research suggests that the common reasons believed by those who are ideologically liberal — or conservative — are not all that important. What is important? A sense of being spiritually nurtured.Read the article: The Hidden E … [Read more...]

Concerning the Heart and the Skeleton of the Body of Christ

Following last week's post Bhakti Jesus, I've been pondering the relationship between devotionalism and contemplation. In Centering Prayer, Narcissism and Relativism I considered the dangers of a contemplative practice cut off from a devotional framework. For example, engaging in a centering prayer practice without relying on discursive practices like the Daily Office, or even lectio divina, places the seeker at risk of getting lost in a kind of spiritual funhouse where one's own "experiences" … [Read more...]

Monk Habits for Everyday People

Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants By Dennis Okholm Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanOkay, so this book has a lame title. But the point of the book is neatly encapsulated in its subtitle: here is an introduction to the spirituality of St. Benedictine, written by a Presbyterian theologian who has a background in both Pentecostalism and the Baptist community. In other words, this isn't some sort of Anglican "we're just like … [Read more...]

Salvation and Sacrifice

Last night Fran and Rhiannon and I enjoyed the hospitality of three house church communities gathered for an intra-church conference this weekend in Lithia Springs. After a potluck dinner one of the church groups performed skits based on the wisdom of the letter to the Colossians. Much wonderful singing and heartfelt prayer and praise rounded out what was a delightful evening.As an active practicing Catholic, my spiritual life is oriented toward monasticism and sacramentalism rather than … [Read more...]


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