Protestantism

They Know I’m Catholic, Right?

Photograph © by Andy Coan

I gave a talk one Sunday morning to the men’s club of a large Atlanta Methodist church at the request of an old friend. When he asked me to speak to this group months before the talk, I responded with a question which I would ask him repeatedly every time we got together: “They know I’m Catholic, right?” I engage […]

Whose Truth Will Set You Free?

“It’s a non-denominational Bible Study,” my friend’s wife said at the restaurant. “It’s not tied to one Church or another, so it’s really good for everyone,” she explained with a confidence that nobody would be offended. She was excited to tell us about this new program she was coordinating with other women from her neighborhood.  She explained they were of “all faith […]

From Scotland to Rome – A Story of Conversion

Saint Peter

It was 11:45 in the evening and I couldn’t sleep.  I was anxious about a phone conversation I overheard my wife having with her mother about Catholicism and my patience for this divisive topic had run out.  My mother-in-law was asking my wife how she would feel about not receiving the Eucharist at her sister’s upcoming Catholic wedding now that […]

From Scotland to Rome – A Story of Conversion

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

It was 11:45 in the evening and I couldn’t sleep.  I was anxious about a phone conversation I overheard my wife having with her mother about Catholicism and my patience for this divisive topic had run out.  My mother-in-law was asking my wife how she would feel about not receiving the Eucharist at her sister’s upcoming Catholic wedding now that […]

Broken Arrow and the Chalice of Dreams

“I’m sorry, this Church is Lutheran,” said the little lady who was busy organizing books in each pew, “there are only two Catholic Churches in Copenhagen and the nearest is 3 blocks away.” “Okay, thanks,” I responded, “I traveled in from the States and I was looking for Mass.  This looks so Catholic, sorry,” I uttered in the doorway assuming […]

Does Jesus Want Us “Out of the Church”?

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

I just read a news story praising a Nashville-based literary agency that represents “top progressive Christian authors.” It stated that many of the authors have been influenced by Phyllis Tickle, who penned, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why.  Such a book smacks of the differences between Protestants and Catholics. Whereas they talk about changing, Catholics talk about a “New […]

Pecan Pie Protestantism

My grandmother used to bake one pecan pie a year. Using her own pecans. From her own tree. Which she guarded with her very own rifle. She said she shot any crow that messed with her precious pecans and threatened that pie. Somebody might steal a scarecrow, so she figured she could do the job herself. Memommy was as tough […]

Fr. Barron on Protestantism and Authority

Well, just recently I finished a book I’d wanted to read for a long time. It’s Dr. Alister McGrath’s book called, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea. And it’s a very interestingly, very compellingly written history of the Protestant movement and also a study of some central Protestant ideas… Watch and listen to commentary on Protestantism and Authority Father Barron can be found […]