Archives for April 2014

Bible study

There is no such thing as a truly non-denominational or inter-denominational Bible study, despite claims to the contrary. It simply is not possible. At most, interpretation would have to be severely restricted to a least common denominator and even so, remain open to interpretation. I see this all the time between Christian communities. Words are said, everyone nods agreement, but if you scratch below the surface you quickly find understanding differs.

Elsewhere: Richard Dawkins, an evangelist?

Richard Dawkins, the brilliant evolutionary biologist and loud, arrogant atheist, may be an unwitting Christian evangelist. Some have reported being moved toward Christ, not away from Him, after reading Dawkins’ arguments. This is fascinating. Not all atheists are like Dawkins and many find him distasteful. For those of the new atheist bent however, he is […]

Parish life: fish fry

During the penitential season of Lent, Fridays are a day of abstinence from meat. One popular substitute is fish, thus is born the quintessential Catholic practice of the parish fish fry. Many parishes come together for this delicious meal, often preceded by Stations of the Cross for those who can get there early enough. Non-Catholics […]


O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, […]

Good Friday

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him […]

Introducing: parish life

Parish Life as a new Convert Journal photo essay meme on, well…   parish life! Here I will feature images of 1 event or aspect of everyday activities in my Catholic parish. My hope is that through this series, non-Catholics might get a small taste of the typical things we Catholics enjoy together at church. […]

7 Quick Takes Friday (set #135)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is ready and calling you. Continuing my focus on confession with 4 videos: contrition / confession / satisfaction, why we confess to a priest, sacraments 101 / penance and the scriptural basis. Another look at the possibility of Hell – very remote or potentially common? Fr. […]