Category Archives: Ecclesiology

Why Take Your Chances?

It is rare these days, at least in my experience, to meet a non-Catholic Christian who believes that doctrinal differences actually make a hill-of-beans worth of difference in whether a person ultimately makes it to Heaven.  Rather, in modern American … Continue reading

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I Never Prayed that Everyone Would Be a Baptist

For readers who don’t know, January 18 through 25 was the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Recognizing this, at Mass last Sunday, we sang the following hymn of prayer to Our Lord: At that first Eucharist before You died, O … Continue reading

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His Holy Bride

I had the most amazing exchange last night with our son, Charlie, that I just had to share.  Charlie is 12, and he’s a great guy.  Years ago, as Nikki has mentioned, he fell in love with the Saints, and … Continue reading

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My Name Is Jason, and I’m A Recovering “Church Growth” Addict

It sounds like such a good idea–sitting down and developing strategies for how best to “grow” your church.  After all, how could it be bad to want your church to be as big as possible?  Isn’t that just part and … Continue reading

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I’m Proud To Be an American, But I’m Prouder To Be a Catholic

I think it’s fair to say that one of the defining characteristics of “conservative” evangelical Protestants in the United States is a strong sense of patriotism.[1]  And, as an evangelical myself for so long, I certainly shared this trait.  Over … Continue reading

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Your Own Personal Jesus

There were more than a few things that I found somewhat unnerving as I began to immerse myself in Catholic practice and culture.  One of them was hearing Catholics refer to Jesus as “Our Lord”. It is perhaps a terrible … Continue reading

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Jason’s Questions: #2 Why Is It So Hard to Pick a Church?

Up until I was drawing nearer to the Catholic Church, the question of how I should “pick” which local congregation to attend was always a difficult and unsettling one for me.  I was raised broadly “evangelical.”[1]  When I was born, … Continue reading

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