2011 Pilgrimages to Biblical Lands

The Holy Land In the introduction to his book, The Land and the Book, William Thomson wrote that the Holy Land “has had an all-pervading influence upon the costume and character of the Bible”.  Thus he traveled through the land with the following objective in mind: Let us, therefore, deal reverently with it; walk softly …

Pope’s Homily for Midnight Mass 2010

MIDNIGHT MASS SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Saint Peter’s Basilica Friday, 24 December 2010 Dear Brothers and Sisters! “You are my son, this day I have begotten you” – with this passage from Psalm 2 the Church begins the liturgy of this holy night. She knows that …

Pope issues new exhortation on the Bible in the Church

VATICAN CITY, 11 NOV 2010 (VIS) – At midday today in the Holy See Press Office, the presentation took place of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Verbum Domini” of Benedict XVI, on the Word of God in the life and mission of the Church. Today’s press conference was presented by Cardinal Marc Ouellet P.S.S., prefect of …

The purpose of the person and life of Jesus

Jesus was not about himself but about the Kingdom of God/Reign of God.  What is this Reign of God that was the meaning of the life of Jesus and for that matter the whole meaning of the Synoptics?  Some would say that this theme is the central one for the whole New Testament or Christian …

I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me

I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me Much of the centuries-old debate on “faith versus good works” is based on the writings of St. Paul, such as that found in Galatians: “We know that a person is justified not by the works of the …

On Marking Up Your Bible

Mortimer J. Adler, in his essay, How to Mark a Book, from the essayist, Harper and Row, 1985, contended that “marking up a book is not an act of mutilation but of love.” He said that “the marked book is usually the thought-through book” and added that “a great book, rich in ideas and beauty, …

New website and new content

We are proud to launch our new website. You will find many new resources here please look around. If you hold down shift (which causes your browser to ignore it’s disk cache) and reload the home page you will notice we have added a very nice bible quote Flash piece. If you want to continue …

Where have all the thirty something’s gone?

When my wife and I attend church we are always amazed at how few of our own peers are attending church. Look around you next time you are at church and you will notice there are very few 30 to 40 year olds around you. Then look again you’ll notice a even bigger group that …