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Did Jesus mean baptism when he said “born by water and the Spirit?”

3-11-2014 · “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” Jesus’ words in John 3 are up this Sunday. I cringe a bit at…


Sanctity of Life Prayer Offered in Sioux Falls

1-22-2014 · Here’s the prayer I am offering tonight as part of Sioux Falls’ Sanctity of Life witness on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  The event is organized by The Alpha…


Night Thoughts Away from Home during Christmas Season

12-19-2013 · I share readily in the town’s festive mood, smiling at perfect strangers and wishing them all “Merry Christmas.” What is it about Christmas that brings out the best in friends and strangers alike?


Science, reason, space aliens and Laodiceans

12-17-2013 · Rod Dreher shares and analyzes a map of religious participation by U.S. counties. Not a lot of new info.  The Coasts…


A (Formerly Anglo-)Catholic on the Anglican Flaw

12-5-2013 · One blogger to whom I have long linked at my own site is Fr. John Hunwicke, formerly the rector of St. Thomas’ in Oxford, and now incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady…


Step Away From the Encyclical, and Nobody Gets Hurt

11-15-2013 · A profoundly disturbing report comes from First Things today, in which it is suggested that Pope Francis is preparing to step in deep and completely avoidable doo-doo: A recent image of Pope…


Evangelical and Roman Catholic Apologists Debate Sola Scriptura

11-1-2013 · One of the more irritating aspects of discussing theology on a blog or some other social media venue is the fact that many of the most eager despisers of your theological position (whatever it is)…


One final 31 October thought

10-31-2013 · 31 October is the day we remember the tradition of demanding treats with menaces. ... That’s right - the 95 Theses were in response to Tetzel’s heresy.


Will the Pope Hold Catholic Universities Accountable?

10-28-2013 · The news has been abuzz about the Pope defrocking the bishop who has been living large at the expense of the people in Germany.  Patheos puts it this way:  The Holy Father has…


Justice Scalia on the Devil: “He just got wilier”

10-7-2013 · There is a very readable and wide-ranging interview with Justice Antonin Scalia at New York Magazine this week. On display from the very start is his quick wit, as in this exchange: Had you…


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