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Every week, in churches all over the world, Christians confess belief in “the catholic church.” Some Christians do so by reciting the Apostles’ Creed which confesses belief in “the holy catholic church,” and others use the Nicene Creed which uses the phrase “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.” So for many, if not most, Christians, faith in a “catholic” church is a central part of their beliefs.

But what does the term “catholic” church mean? The simple truth for most Christians is that the “Catholic Church” they confess each week probably does not mean what they think it means.

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Fundamentalist at my door: Are you saved? Me: (Smiling broadly) That’s a very interesting question. I guess I would have to answer: Yes, I am ALREADY saved, as the Bible says in Romans 8:24 and Ephesians 2:5-8. But, I would also have to say that I am BEING saved as it says in 1 Corinthians […]

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One of the problems I have always had is that I tend to believe what I believe. I take what I believe seriously. This is one of the reasons why I left the Reformed Tradition. (This is in no way an attempt to bad-mouth the Reformed Tradition, only to explain a point of view that […]

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Jesus said to pray for your enemies, so you better start praying for yourself! When you start talking torture, when you withhold justice, when you withhold food for the hungry, drink to the thirsty, money for the poor, medicine and medical care to the sick, when you hate, when you spend billions on a jet […]

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The Sacrifice required of us by God is no longer the blood of bulls and rams, for Christ, our Passover Sacrifice, has been slain by us — and has become the saving Sacrifice for us. The Sacrifice required of us by God is food for the hungry, money for the poor, medical care for the […]

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A lot will be written and posted about Atonement this week, so let me add my two cents and explain what the Church originally taught before language of ransoms, substitution, and other legalistic and punitive ideas started becoming popular. The Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ IS the atonement for sin. Sin is not the […]

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If the Sacraments are the Marks of Christ given to the Church, instituted by Christ to give grace, then Jesus Christ Himself is the Sacrament of God given to humanity. All that can be said about the Sacraments can be said about Jesus Christ. He points to the source of grace. He effects grace and […]