What Do Young Americans Think of Jesus–And How Can We Change Their Minds?

PRAYING HANDS (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer.  Wikimedia Commons.  This photo is in the public domain.

Well, Easter has passed.  We remember with gratitude that Jesus lived, died on the Cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead.But what does that really mean?  Unfortunately, for too many American Christians, it doesn't mean as much as one might hope. A new research report by the Barna Research Group demonstrates that "Americans’ dedication to Jesus is, in most cases, a mile wide and an inch deep.”David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, discusses the findings in their phone and … [Read more...]

The Catholic Luther? Wait… What?

I was web surfing recently when I ran across a discussion of the "Catholic Luther."  I remember reading that Martin Luther had a deep devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, and that he had a statue of Mary near his burial site in the Castle Church in Wittenberg.  But wasn't he really an opponent of Catholicism?My friend Dave Armstrong has written a book on the topic, and today I've invited Dave to share his insights into Luther's Catholic beliefs, drawn from the reformer's own wr … [Read more...]

Godspeed, Karl Keating! Catholic Answers Has a New President

I'm not sure when I first heard Karl Keating on the radio--maybe the late 1980s?  the early 1990s?  I know that in the mid-'90s, I was in the audience when Keating, the host of America's noted Catholic apologetics show, Catholic Answers, appeared in the Detroit area in debate with anti-Catholic preacher Dave Hunt.  Al Kresta was the moderator; and Keating won hands-down, in my estimation.I remember Karl telling one story from the early days of his ministry:  how he'd come out of Mass one day … [Read more...]