Monthly Archives: December 2011

Through the Bible in a Year

The YouVersion Bible app on my iPhone is advertising "read through the Bible in a year" programs today. It encouraged me to suggest such a plan to my friends as well. So … For those at Rose Creek Village that … Continue reading

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Read Through the Bible in a Year (with Commentary)

We will begin our plan to read through the Bible in a year with Genesis chapters one through five. For the rest of this week: Tuesday, Jan. 3: chapters 6 to 11 Wednesday, Jan. 4: chapters 12 to 15 Thursday, … Continue reading

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Who Was the First Pope?

Today I was asked: When did the Roman Catholic church appear as it is today? Here’s my answer: When the Roman Catholic Church appeared “as it is today” depends on what is meant by “as it is today.” The first … Continue reading

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What’s the Best Denomination?

I got a question by email today that I think fits perfectly with what I’ve been discussing on this blog. The question reads like this: Another question that I have had is, after studying early church history what denomination or … Continue reading

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Early Christian Meetings

I was asked about early Christian meetings in an email, and I thought that more of you would be interested in what the meetings of the early church were like. Here’s where to find more on the early church meetings. … Continue reading

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There’s a Goal! Tearing Down Is for Building Up!

I’m realizing from a discussion I’m having with Restless Pilgrim that to many people I seem like I’m against a lot of things rather than for one thing. Here’s my goal: That Christians would walk together, full of mercy to … Continue reading

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The Local Church and the Magisterium

Yesterday, Restless Pilgrim suggested (correctly) that my answer left "intimate fellowships" as deciding the correct interpretation of Scripture. I wanted to elevate my response from a comment to a post. Note that the purpose of the Scriptures is to equip … Continue reading

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The Magisterium and the Protestant Reformation, Part 3

More responses to the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article, Teaching Authority and Living Magisterium. Definition of "magisterium" from yesterday’s post: The magisterium is the self-assigned and self-acknowledged “teaching authority” of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s a reference to whatever authority gets to … Continue reading

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The Magisterium and the Protestant Reformation, Part 2

More responses to the Catholic Encyclopedia’s article, Teaching Authority and Living Magisterium. Definition of "magisterium" from yesterday’s post: The magisterium is the self-assigned and self-acknowledged “teaching authority” of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s a reference to whatever authority gets to … Continue reading

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The Magisterium and the Protestant Reformation

I had never heard of the "magisterium"until I read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. He uses it to refer to the authorities of the church in his trilogy, which was written specifically as an attack on Christianity. (As usual, … Continue reading

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