Take Courage

When I lived in England there was a brewery that boosted a brand of beer called “Courage” They had a striking ad campaign that featured a pint of their beer with the simple slogan “Take Courage”. The same might be said of a new website launched by the Courage apostolate. For those who are not in the know, Courage International is an apostolate of the Catholic Church which offers support to persons experiencing same sex attraction. It was founded in 1980 by… Read more

Who Were the Wise Men?

Here is this week’s video about the Mystery of the Magi Read more

The Dictator Pope? Kwitcherbellyakin.

A new book called The Dictator Pope is making a splash. I’m reminded of a handmade sign my mom had in the kitchen that just said, “Kwitcherbellakin” The Dictator Pope? I have to give full marks for a sensational headline. Dan Hitchens’ and editor at London’s Catholic Herald gives the book some airtime here. Apparently the book rehearses all the same grumbles we have heard already: the Pope fires people with no discussion, there is a climate of fear in… Read more

New Magi Video

Check my latest short video about The Mystery of the Magi   Read more

Praise for Mystery of the Magi

“I just finished reading Fr Longenecker’s book and I must say I am extremely impressed. He puts forward a very good case not only in support of his position that the Magi are to be regarded as historical figures but also as to where they might actually have been from and who they might have been (hint: not the Christmas card kings coming in on a flying visit from Persia!). He covers the complex archaeological, historical, and scriptural evidence thoroughly… Read more

Merry Christmas Its a Gay Nativity!

Here’s a puzzle for you. It seems that this year’s Christmas shocker is the gay nativity scene. Two Josephs and a baby Jesus. I guess it is the gay activist’s idea of a joke. Its a pretty lame joke if you ask me, and not just because I’m an outraged, old white Christian guy, but because, well, its just not a very good joke. It the sort of nudge, nudge, giggle, giggle sort of joke seventh grade boys make on… Read more

Matt Lauer and the Boundaries of Marriage

NBC broadcaster Matt Lauer is the latest celebrity to come unstuck by the New Puritanism. His downfall should make everyone ask a few more probing questions. One of the is on the nature of consensual sexual relations. The generally accepted idea is that as long as two adults consent anything goes. But one of the victims of Matt Lauer said her sexual hookup with Lauer was consensual, but because he was in such a powerful position she felt obliged to… Read more

The Archeological Evidence for Jesus of the Gospels

This article by Kristin Romey at National Geographic summarizes the amazing archeological discoveries over recent years that confirm the general historical background of the gospels. It highlights the discovery of Nazareth, Peter’s House in Capernaum, the “Jesus Boat” found in the mud at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, the excavations at the Galilean village of Magdala and other important finds. You can go into more detail by reading my friend Robert Hutchinson’s book Searching for Jesus. In connects… Read more

Who Should Harry Marry?

The big news this week is the engagement of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. Nobody likes to rain on the parade, but one or two people have had the temerity to point out that the bride to be has already been (ahem) a bride. The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (the leader of Catholics in England and Wales) has tweeted his official congratulations to the royal couple, sidestepping the matter that the bride is a divorcee, but like Pope Francis—who is… Read more

Black Friday and the Threat of Materialism

Scenes of hungry angry shoppers fighting over big screen TVs are likely to show up today as Black Friday hits us once again. Its easy to see the greed and blame our materialistic culture without seeing the deeper threat. Every argument is a theological argument, and the vulgarity and futility of Black Friday reveals a philosophical-theological crisis at the heart of our culture. Its called “Materialism”. Its easy enough to see the consumerism of Black Friday and say this is… Read more

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