Joachim and Anna – Redemption’s Turning Point

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In my own journey from Protestant fundamentalism to the Catholic Church the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was a stumbling block. I understood the doctrine–that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived in the natural way, but by direct action of God was preserved from the stain of original sin. I also understood the reasoning for [Read More...]

Pentecost – Wind, Fire and Witness

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Remembering that the New Testament is hidden in the old and the old is made manifest in the New, yesterday’s feast provides three powerful images from the past that converge at Pentecost: Wind, Fire and Witness. The mighty rushing wind connects back to the first day of creation where in the first verses of the [Read More...]

Revolution and Revelation

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A spirited conversation has been going on in the combox about the existence of God. I said here that God does not exist–and went on to say, at least he does not exist as we exist. He is, instead, the very ground of all existence. He does not exist so much as he IS existence. [Read More...]

Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

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I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, “Hi Mary!” When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, “Y’all say, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Hail’ just means ‘Hi’, so it’s my way of saying [Read More...]

Woman and Serpent Take 2

Immaculate Conception by Murillo

  Here is a chapter from my book Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate–with a former Bob Jones University classmate– David Gustafson [Read more...]

Inaccurate Deception?

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Here is the article from earlier this year which tells the story of how I came to accept the Immaculate Conception…It’s a personal testimony of an important part of my journey to the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church. I hope you enjoy reading it, and wish you a blessed feast day! [Read more...]


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