Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-Eight: St. John Chrysostom tell us to live a life worthy of our baptism

Live a life worthy of your baptism Can people tell that you’re a Christian? St. John Chrysostom says we should live lives that always remind people of what we believe—not to show off, but because our example should be leading others to Christ. I see many living after their baptism more carelessly than the uninitiated, with nothing special to distinguish them in their way of life. Thus neither in the market nor in the church can you tell quickly who is a believer and who is an un­believer, unl … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-Seven: St. Augustine reminds us that God’s mercy works through us

God’s mercy works through us Babies are born into the world helpless, completely dependent on the people who take care of them. St. Augustine, beginning the story of his own life, points out how God has ordered everything so that meeting the infant’s needs also meets the needs of the caretakers. What can I say, Lord my God, except that I don’t know how I came into this—well, should I call it a dying life, or a living death? But I have heard from my parents, from whose material you formed me—f … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Verbum Basics 6 Resource Library


This week Verbum sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of their Basics 6 resource library (you can read my review of Verbum here). 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 run 2 weeks ending 12AM EST Friday 12/19 with a winner being announced later that day. Feel free to enter any of the other giveaways running during this period as well. Good Luck! Click here to s … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-Six: St. Clement says don’t blame God for what bad people do

Don’t blame God for what bad people do God gave us free will, and we often misuse it. When Christians are persecuted, says St. Clement of Alexandria, it’s not God who makes it happen: every judge who condemns them has a free will and is using it wrongly. But if God cares for you, they say, then why are you persecuted and put to death? Did God make that happen? No, we don’t suppose that the Lord wants disasters to happen to us, but that he foretold prophetically what would happen. He said we … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Verbum Foundation 6


If you have any desire to enter into deep study of scripture than look no further than the line of products offered by Verbum. Haven't heard of Verbum? Than this review is for you. Verbum is the Catholic version of Logos Bible Study software. They have recently released version 6 and to sum it up in one word this software is powerful.The core of the software begins with your library. This review will be based on the Verbum 6 Foundation library. When you first open Verbum you are greeted … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-Five: St. Augustine wants us to see the big picture

See the big picture In the natural world, things grow, die, and decay. Is God’s creation imperfect, then? No, says St. Augustine: every created thing has its place in God’s great plan, and even its decay serves the larger purpose. All natures that exist have a genus and species of their own, and a kind of internal harmony, and because of that they are certainly good. And when they are in the places assigned to them in the order of nature, they preserve the existence they have received. T … [Read more...]