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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Catholics are a Sacramental people. This is true regardless of the particular Catholic tradition. Eastern Orthodox, Old Catholics, Anglican Catholics, and Roman Catholics each center their faith and liturgies around the Seven Sacraments of the Church. The lives of those who fill the pews also marked by the Sacraments. The significant moments from birth to […]
Theology for me has to be practical. I am not saying that this is how it must be for everyone. I am merely saying that this is how it must be for me. So often, Theology exists in the realm of the “Why?” but for me, Theology exists in the province of the “How?” In […]