July 3, 2017

The Catholic Church looks like the church described in the Bible. The church that Jesus prayed for in his High Priestly Prayer; the church written about by the apostles—like when Paul wrote that we are one church and celebrate one Eucharist. Read more

May 15, 2017

Following a tradition which has existed since the beginning of the Church, Catholics agree that Jesus is miraculously present in the elements of Communion. Read more

May 8, 2017

The decision to become a Catholic, as an Evangelical Christian, is an earth-shattering decision to make. It’s a paradigm shift—requiring a complete re-orientation of standards, values, and worldview. Douglas Beaumont, a theologian and convert himself, describes the experience of converting to Catholicism more akin to moving from Atheism to Christianity than to moving from one denomination to another. It’s not as simple as taking your ball to play on another court, it’s trading in your ball for a pair of skates…. Read more

May 2, 2017

The biblical accounts of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene and to the Apostle Thomas is endlessly fascinating to compare. When Mary Magdalene, overwhelmed with joy at seeing Christ risen from the dead, exclaims, “Teacher!” She is told, “Do not cling to me but go, instead, and tell the others what you’ve seen.” She is, it seems, reproofed for her joy. When the Apostle Thomas, however, isn’t among the other apostles when Christ first appears he claims that he won’t believe until he… Read more

April 20, 2017

I tore a hole in my brand new coat. My brand new coat. We are by no means poor but we are thrifty and conservative with our spending so a new coat, which I haven’t had in years, was a source of some excitement for me. I loved the feeling—the thrill—of something new to wear; I was happy. And it happened in a flash. Our son, a fussy nearly-two-year-old, was throwing a bit of a tantrum when I wouldn’t let him… Read more

April 13, 2017

  The whole thing—the will of God thing—is tricky. As a teenager, in Evangelical circles, it was worn like something of a badge of honour: A young adult tromping off in this or that direction—following this or that fancy—would declare it to be the unequivocal “Will of God” and entertain no detractors. It was a Trump Card—in every sense of the word. But how we discerned such an important thing—what God wanted from us—what such a convoluted, serpentine process. (The… Read more

April 7, 2017

  I’m not going to write an apologetic for why confession makes sense. I’ve written that before. Suffice to say, if you believe, as I do, that the Catholic Church exists in a long line of successors right back to the very first apostles appointed by Christ, then confession makes sense. “Whoever’s sins you forgive are forgiven,” Christ told his hand-picked apostles. The Catholic Church carries on that sacred tradition, two-thousand years later. That a priest can “forgive” my sins… Read more

March 30, 2017

Early in his pontificate, Pope Francis likened the Catholic Church to a field hospital. Rather than a stuffy religious organization, the Holy Father urged us to view the Church as a kind of guerrilla movement—tending to the sick and wounded on the battlefield. Frankly, this sounds an awful lot like the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed. I have a feeling Pope Francis is on to something. A wise, non-Catholic friend of mine, once remarked that if the Church truly is like… Read more

March 28, 2017

I didn’t know about the saints until my thirties but I came by my ignorance honestly. As an Evangelical we didn’t talk about the saints. If we did, it was to condemn those idol-worshiping Catholics who named and adorned their places of worship with statues of these long dead heretics. Who prayed to mere men and women in the place of Christ. Who worshiped the dead. (We were rather crude in our assessment.) Now, as a Catholic, I find myself enamored… Read more

March 15, 2017

When Jesus prayed, in the Gospel of John, for all future Christians he prayed, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”  (John 17:21a) This kind of closeness—this kind of unity—is difficult to imagine. God, as we understand Him, is triune: Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit existing in one and the same Being. One beautiful old hymn reminds us, “The Godhead, three-in-one.” This is a closeness… Read more

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