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Why I Don't Believe In The Rapture

As I write this it is the third week of Advent, and during this time in the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar we remember not only the first coming of our Lord, but we also look forward to his second coming.  Consequently the readings for this time period are interesting; jumping back and forth between the story of the nativity and apocalyptic prophecies.  I still believe in the Second Coming of Christ of course as is required of Catholic faith.  And I believe in the Scriptures that say we shall all be caught up together the meet him in the air on that day.  That day is the Second Coming, also called the Parousia, the last day and Judgement Day.  It will be the end of human history as we know it.  There will be no second chances, no interval time to rethink things, that will just be "it."  I believe this can happen at any time, and I look forward to it, because when it does happen, I know that we will forever be with the Lord.  What I no longer believe in is th…

The Anglican Use Hook

Now any good fisherman will tell you to never try to set the hook on the first sign of a bite. Let the fish swim with it for a few seconds, then give the line a good pull. This will get the hook in nice and deep, thus reducing the fish's chance of getting away. I converted to Catholicism in the Spring of 2000.  In fact I was received into the Church, with my wife Penny, on the Easter Vigil of that year.  Penny and I came from nominal Protestant homes, and as young adults we were Evangelical Fundamentalists.  Between 1994 through 1998 I began informal training for the ministry.  My goal was to become pastor for Calvary Chapel, a nondenominational affiliation with strong Fundamentalist, Dispensational, and Charismatic leanings.  However, between 1996 and 1998 something went terribly wrong from an Evangelical perspective.  I began studying two things far more intensely than Evangelicals are supposed to do.  I started digging into the Jewish roots of the Christian faith and the his…

Catholic Economics

Good practising Catholics in America are often confused and perplexed as to why the popes sometimes sound so "socialist" in some of they're papal encyclicals that address economics. Often such Catholics simply dismiss these words of the Holy Father, basically because they don't fit the standard American worldview.

These papal encyclicals on economics are:
Rerum Novarum: On the Condition of Workers, Pope Leo XIII, 1891Quadragesimo Anno: On the Reconstruction of the Social Order, Pope Pius XI, 1931Mater et Magistra: Mother and Teacher, Pope John XIII, 1961Populorum Progressio: On the Development of People, Pope Paul VI, 1961Laborem Exercens: On Human Work, Pope John Paul II, 1981Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: On the Twentieth Anniversary of Populorum Progressio, Pope John Paul II, 1987Centesimus Annus: The Hundredth Anniversary of Rerum Novarum, Pope John Paul II, 1987Caritas in Veritatae: Charity in Truth, Pope Benedict XVI, 2009 The American worldview on economics is bla…

Converting Protestants - A Secret Method

I have a secret.  I know how to get more Protestants into the Catholic Church.  Would you like to know?  It's guaranteed to work with shocking effectiveness.  You'll get more Protestant converts to the Catholic Church than you know what to do with.  They'll come in small numbers at first, just a trickle really, but that will slowly grow into a torrent.  You won't know what to do with them all.  You'll probably have to build bigger parishes or add on to existing ones.  From these converts you will find the most faithful and passionate Catholics in your whole diocese.  You'll even get an increase in vocations, as Protestant ministers will convert too, many of whom will seek ordination to the priesthood under the terms of the Pastoral Provision that allows for married priests.  Did I peak your interest?  Well, sit down and read because I'm not just going to come out and tell you.  No.  Now that I have your attention, you'll have to read through my article.

Did Jesus Have A Wife?

(New York Times) - A historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School has identified a scrap of papyrus that she says was written in Coptic in the fourth century and contains a phrase never seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife ...’ ”

The faded papyrus fragment is smaller than a business card, with eight lines on one side, in black ink legible under a magnifying glass. Just below the line about Jesus having a wife, the papyrus includes a second provocative clause that purportedly says, “she will be able to be my disciple.”

The finding was made public in Rome on Tuesday at the International Congress of Coptic Studies by Karen L. King, a historian who has published several books about new Gospel discoveries and is the first woman to hold the nation’s oldest endowed chair, the Hollis professor of divinity...

read the full story A scrap of papyrus dating from the fourth century contains a very interesting inscription.  It contains the words "my wife&…