Origen says treat opponents mildly: Church Fathers, Day 350

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Treat opponents mildlyAnswering the pagan Celsus, who wrote a tirade against the Christians, Origen admits that there are divisions among us. But Christians worthy of the name treat their opponents mildly, remembering how Christ said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.”Celsus goes on to say, “And they even say the most shameful things of one another; they would not make the least concession in the interests of harmony; for they utterly detest one another.”To reply: even in philosophy, as … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview: Brian Kennelly and Tan Homeschool

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PETE: Brian, what is your role with TAN books and their new homeschooling initiative?BRIAN KENNELLY:I’ve done a lot for TAN over the last two years, doing sales, writing, and editing, but in the last six months my primary focus has been to launch TAN Homeschool, serving as the Director for this new division of TAN Books.PETE: Can you tell readers a little about the new homeschooling endeavor by TAN Books' new division TAN Homeschool?BRIAN KENNELLY: TAN Books has been around for d … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 349: St. Ephrem the Syrian says learn persuasion from the Lord

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Learn persuasion from the LordSimon the Pharisee was not rebuked sternly when he misunderstood the Lord’s mission, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. Instead, the Lord used a parable to lead him gently to the truth.But why instead of a stern reproof did our Lord speak a parable of per­suasion to that Pharisee?He spoke the parable to him tenderly, so that he, though headstrong, might without realizing it be enticed to correct his perversities. For the waters that are frozen by the force of … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 348: St. Augustine advises us to pray for conversions

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Pray for conversionsIn his youth, St. Augustine fell into the Manichean heresy, and used his for­midable rhetorical skills to defend it. His Catholic mother begged a prominent bishop to talk her son out of it, but the bishop told her to wait and pray.Meanwhile, you, God, gave her another answer. My mother begged a priest of yours, a certain bishop brought up in your Church and well versed in your books, that he would have a talk with me. She wanted him to show me my errors, leading me … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 347: St. Dionysius of Alexandria says welcome the straying when they turn back

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Welcome the straying when they turn backIn the time of persecutions, some Christians thought those who abandoned the Church could never be forgiven. But Dionysius says that we should follow Christ’s example, welcoming the penitent with open arms.But now we’re doing the opposite. Christ, the Good Shepherd, goes out looking for one who strays, and calls him back when he runs away, and carefully takes him up on his shoulders when he finds him. On the other hand, we harshly reject someone w … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway – The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament

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This week publisher Tan Books' division Tan Homeschooling sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament pack (you can read my review here). This pack includes the Old Testament:  Text Book, Test Book, Audio Drama.  I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST 7/10 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter give … [Read more...]

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