Category Archives : Roman Catholicism (Rayburn)


Penance

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 […]


Mary

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 […]


The Papacy

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 […]


The Mass, Pt. 1

Mark 14:17-26 This morning we begin to consider the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper or what they call “the Mass.” I have been preaching sermons that are somewhat longer than my norm during this series because the subjects being considered are so vast and because I did not want to say […]


The Mass, Pt. 2

John 6:43-59 We are picking up this morning where we left off last Lord’s Day morning. In last Sunday’s introduction to our consideration of the Roman Catholic doctrine and practice of the Mass, we said that if only Christians would hold fast to certain fundamental perspectives and emphases of Holy Scripture we could not go […]