1 John 5:1-13 A few years ago now, one of you invited me to dinner at your home and gave me an assignment. Also at the meal would be a University Professor who was contemplating conversion to Roman Catholicism. He was an evangelical, an earnest Christian, a Lutheran since his conversion. Having been born and […]
Left Ephesus after the troubles had died down.
The three winter months when sea travel ceased. During this time, most of which was spent at Corinth, he wrote Romans. In other words, he took a different rout…
Matthew 16:13-20 In our consideration of the contemporary challenge of Roman Catholicism we have come to the Roman Catholic doctrine and institution of the Papacy, the office of the Pope. Let no one mistake the tremendous claim that is made for this office in Roman Catholic theology and practice. It may be that many American […]
By now we are used to this as the usual pattern of events upon Paul’s entrance into a new city. Paul’s boldness and persuasiveness produced converts and that produced a strong reaction from the Jews.
The lecture ha…
Luke 1:26-38 “No talk of Catholic [practice] can advance very far without coming upon the topic of the Virgin Mary. And there is no topic, not the papacy, not the Mass itself, that arouses greater consternation, not to say scandal, among non-Catholics.” So writes former Protestant evangelical and now Roman Catholic, Thomas Howard. [On Being […]
There is a question about the translation of the men’s reply. In earliest edition of the NIV that statement is rendered, “No, we have not even heard that the Holy Spirit has been given.” In printings after 1974 the NI…
John 20:19-23 I chose this particular text to introduce a discussion of the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance and the practice of penance in Catholic spiritual life because of the reference to it in this anecdote told by, John Haas, a Roman Catholic theology professor. The man sitting next to me on the plane was […]
Corinth, with Ephesus, was the most important city Paul visited on his missionary tours (at least those covered in Acts), so it is not surprising that he spent a substantial period of time in each, a year and a half i…