Essays on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics

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In this latest installment for the week of Reformation Day (October 31), what follows are links to a few articles of mine in which I discuss the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics.“Evangelical Catholicism and Being an Ambassador for Christ.”  The Catholic Thing (1 March 2013) “Evangelicals, Catholics, and the Ecumenism of Conviction.” The Catholic Thing (23 November 2012) “The Perils of Intra-Christian Apologetics.” The Catholic Thing (1 October 2010) ”Evangelical Catholic … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Lou Reed

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Lou Reed, founding member of The Velvet Underground, has died. Although I did not always agree with Reed's politics or views on religion, I was deeply moved by his art. As my friend, Rod Dreher, notes, "He was a broken man — he wrote and sang about very dark things, including drug addiction and prostitution — but out of that brokenness came beauty, at times, and even grace." Other than Bob Dylan, Reed was about the only performer that I would have liked to have met.What follows are videos of … [Read more...]

Five doctrinal issues that divide Catholics and Protestants

Yours truly in St. Peter's Square holding a copy of his book, Return to Rome

In my second installment for the week of Reformation Day are links to five articles I published over at The Catholic Thing. Each deals with a doctrinalissue over which Catholics and Protestants disagree:Justification: “Was Aquinas a Proto-Protestant?” The Catholic Thing (09 December 2010) Sola Scriptura: “Revelation, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium.” The Catholic Thing (16 September 2011) The Eucharist: “Transubstantiation: From Stumbling Block to Cornerstone.” The Catholic … [Read more...]

The week of Reformation Day: “Reformation Day and Schism”

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Today begins the week that includes, October 31, the day that Protestants have traditionally called "Reformation Day." For it is the day that in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg. We are now only 4 years away from the 500th anniversary of those earth-shaking events that transformed the trajectory of Western Christianity. During this week I will be posting links to several articles in commemoration of Reformation Day. These articles either deal … [Read more...]

Caution! Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” is historically flawed

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Read the review of the book over at The Catholic Thing. The reviewer is David G. Bonagura, Jr., who teaches theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York. Several years ago I penned a piece on O'Reilly and his theological acumen. Entitled, "Don't Know Much About Theology," you can read it here. … [Read more...]

“Don’t call it a pullback; we’ve been here for years.” Why I love Russell Moore; he appropriates LL Cool J

You can read it here on National Review Online. As for LL Cool J, here's what I'm talking about. … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan’s amazing live version of Mr. Tambourine Man from 1995

When my brother, Jim, and I saw Dylan in Vegas on May 13, 1995, he sang it just this way during that live performance. … [Read more...]

Redskins, Racial Slurs, and Social Justice

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That's the title of my latest installment over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: During halftime of an NFL game broadcasted on NBC on October 13, sportscaster, Bob Costas, opined that the ownership of the Washington Redskins should change its name.  Following the lead of President Obama, who said that he would change the team’s name if he were the owner, Costas argued that “Redskins” is “an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent.”Team owner, Dan Snyder, reactin … [Read more...]

A question I didn’t think anyone was asking: Where did all these Calvinists come from?

Read all about it at The Gospel Coalition. BTW, I think it's a great question! … [Read more...]

Great cover of Bob Dylan’s pro-Israel song, “Neighborhood Bully.”

The band is called "Daniel Israel and Blood on the Tracks." The lyrics to the song follow: Neighborhood Bully (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan)Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bullyThe neighborhood bully just lives to survive He’s criticized and condemned for being alive He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to … [Read more...]


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