Tag: Conversion

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If you have the yearning to read ANYTHING but COVID-19 stuff, this may be for you. The following is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints This is the story about the unlikely conversion of three of my favorite people; my mother, my father and my Uncle Tony. First, […]

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Practical Differences Between the Orthodox and Evangelicals

 

First Orthodox Cathedral built in Georgia in 1,000 years.

I am a Baptist and a missionary that was on the field for 14 years and I worked primarily in Georgia but other Orthodox countries as well. My experience with culturally Orthodox and faithful Orthodox believers are from these countries in descending order of interaction, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, and America. I was inspired by this post from @heavywater on the conversion of the Bible Answers man to Orthodoxy. What I wanted to do here is to lay out the practical differences I found between not just the teaching of Orthodoxy and Evangelicals generally but how the teaching is put to work in the real world. I am a Baptist and I would be a Reformed Baptist, on the question of salvation, to lay down a theological marker.

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Pope Francis has concluded a short, two-day, Apostolic Journey to Morocco. I didn’t pay much attention to his trip until I read this tweet: This is an interesting thing to say to priests in what is a Mission territory, where Catholics amount to less than 30,000 people in a country of 36 million #PopeinMorocco https://t.co/9H1o3lqCnY […]

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Some people might say I’m either incredibly foolish or extremely brave in bringing up this topic. But I discuss politics all the time—why not religion? I’m curious, however, about the Christian generosity towards Jews and Israel, especially after a conversation I had recently with a Christian friend. Now let me tell you a little about my friend, […]

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I am a protestant Christian and have been a missionary 15 years. I have read in my time as a Christian 25+ books by Atheists or their fellow travelers attacking the Christianity or sometimes just disproving it with a sad sigh and asking us all to become more rational. I thought of it as my […]

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  This is a draft from some  muckety-mucks at the Unitarian Universalist Association to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Basically, Unitarian-Universalists ordain by congregation, but the UUA can confer (or deny, or in theory withdraw) “fellowship;” essentially a stamp of approval that allows church-based ministers to apply for open pulpits anywhere in the country.  Preview Open

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The Worm Ouroboros: Leftist Eating Habits

 

The title for this post is stolen from a novel of the same name by E.R. Eddison wherein the Lords of Goblinland, Impland, Witchland and Pixyland war with one another in unceasing plots and, like many Norse and Icelandic inspired mythologies, tend to rinse, lather and then repeat endlessly. It’s a great read if you can stomach the sometimes awkward writing style and thick language.

In any case, my post isn’t actually about that novel. The image of the worm eating its own tail is an old one, and one that in most cases references the endless and cyclical nature of time. There is nothing new under the sun, so to speak. The image in my mind recently has been of a creature devouring itself and complaining and moaning about how much each bite hurts.

A friend of mine (my Best friend too), with whom I have run a business for the last five years, and for whom I now serve on that business’s board of directors called me a few weeks ago to say hello. That, and a few other things. Among the first words he said to me were:

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Here are the bare facts of what the press in India is calling the “Kerala Love Jihad Case”: …Akhila Ashokan, a 24-year-old [Hindu] woman…converted to Islam in 2012 while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery in Salem, Kerala…. Preview Open

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I am a convert to the Catholic Church. According to Austin Ivereigh, papal biographer sycophant, I am a problem. And it’s not just him. The “sage” of the National Catholic catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters is also in a huff complaining that he is so tired of converts saying the Pope is not Catholic. Now, […]

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Item: three months ago, my teen son announced he was converting to Catholicism. (We’re Lutheran.) We let him attend Sunday mass once and the issue seems to have died down. Item: one of my favorite podcasts is the Sci-Fi Christian. Co-host Ben De Bono is an Evangelical convert to Catholicism. Ben’s recent defense of the […]

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I have been working my way through a book called THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, which was written by Larry Alex Taunton.  It has so far been a good read, which gives well-researched background information on what possibly made Hitchens the man, the anti-theist, and the public intellectual that he became. The interesting thing is […]

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It’s generally accepted among Christians I know that Judaism is today a faith not limited to bloodlines. But in the Torah (Old Testament) Jews seem to be clearly described as descendants of Abraham competing with various other tribal peoples. Even at the time of Jesus, enmity between Jews and Samaritans — who were circumcised and adhered […]

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Luke, Chapter 5:  While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him […]

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I was not going to be allowed to be a Protestant, but it does not follow from that what I would be allowed to be. I did not know. Once the Reformation is dispatched, what is left? Catholicism. Orthodoxy. A few other versions of Christianity such as the Copts. I chose to try to understand […]

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In the west, Catholicism is the least liked religion, even by some Catholics. Some call it a cult. Some believe it to be hellish. That certainly was not my experience, but I was not immune to the popular culture. When I left Kamiah, and returned to the Twin Cities, I was separated from that formative […]

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Owed to James of England Christianity has a two-fold attitude towards man. On one hand it regards man as sinful and fallen, calling man to humility and obedience. On the other hand Christianity extraordinarily exalts man in that it regards man as made in the image and likeness of God, recognizes in man a spiritual […]

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Split-Religion Marriages and Conversions

 

When I was a young teenager, my dad got pulled into the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults when a neighbor asked my dad to sponsor him through the process of conversion. The man’s wife was Catholic, so he was considering the Church’s beliefs with charitable patience. My father has participated in RCIA ever since, in varying capacities.

These days, one of his favorite TV programs is The Journey Home in which host Marcus Grodi interviews converts to Catholicism about their conversion experiences. Baptists, Lutherans, Mormons, Jews, housewives, lawyers, scientists, preachers — The show is fascinating because of the endless variety of origin stories, which provide insights and nuances which cradle Catholics like myself often have never considered.