August 10, 2020

Bryan Cross Interview (Part 4): What Should Protestants Know About Vatican II?

My continuing interview with Bryan Cross now covers something very important: the Second Vatican Council and its implications for Protestant-Catholic relations. 9. What should every Protestant know about Vatican II? The Second Vatican Council took place from 1963-1965, and was the twenty-first ecumenical council, following the First Vatican Council in 1869-70. Vatican II produced sixteen […]

Bryan Cross Interview (Part 3): Anglicans, Evangelicals, Convert Apologetics and Books

5. What is your assessment of Pope Benedict’s opening the doors of the church to disaffected Anglicans? Will this speed up the path into the priesthood for men in the Anglican ministry? For a number of years now, thousands of Anglicans have been asking the Holy See to allow them to enter into full communion […]

Bryan Cross Interview (Part 2): Unity, Reformation and Tensions in Catholicism

My interview with Bryan Cross continues with questions about how Protestants hear talk of unity, tensions in the Catholic Church and how Protestants and Catholics should view the Reformation. 2. Does Christian Unity mean “Protestants becoming Roman Catholics?” In the Creed we refer to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Those are the four […]

Catholic Philosopher and Blogger Bryan Cross: The IM Interview (Part 1)

REMINDER: Commenters should remember that the future interview segments will cover many topics. A few days ago I asked Catholic blogger and philosopher Bryan Cross to do an interview here at IM on the subject of Christian Unity. Bryan blogs at Principium Unitatis. Bryan is a prolific writer and was gracious to do the interview. […]

Why Electing Palin or Huckabee Makes More Sense To You Than Reforming Your Church

Imagine, for a moment, that I came to your typically conservative evangelical church and asked to visit with your young people, high school through young married couples. I want to ask them some questions. -What do you think of the President? -What is your position on abortion? -What do you believe about the legalization of […]

Rev Eric Dudley, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tallahassee, Florida: The Nuts and Bolts of Anglican Liturgy

We’ve been talking the Evangelical/Protestant liturgy recently, so why not something to give us some background in an evangelical Anglican liturgy. I’ve been watching with great interest- OK, with undiluted envy- the growth of one of the new Anglican congregations in the southeast, St.Peter’s Anglican in Tallahassee, Florida. If you aren’t getting their podcasts, you […]

Riffs: 10:01:09: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

PLEASE keep this discussion on topic. No Baptist bashing. First, read Matt Schmucker’s short piece regarding his advice on “special needs” church members. (Note to commenters: be respectful of Matt, please. If you disagree, do so graciously.) In 1983 I was finishing seminary and serving as youth minister at a church near the seminary and […]

Thoughts on 10 a.m. Eucharist: Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island, SC

I discovered last night that the large church I’d passed several times this week here on Sullivan’s Island was an Episcopal church with a 10 a.m. Wednesday Eucharist service. After checking the church’s web site, I noticed that one of the contributors at Mockingbird, John Zahl, was a pastoral associate at Holy Cross. IM readers […]

On The Older Teaching The Younger: From Commenter Becky

Time to blog will be short or non-existent today, but this comment from “Becky” in the “8 a.m. Mass” discussion is the best post of the day anyway. Thank you Becky, for framing what it means to be human in a beautiful and helpful way. She starts out quoting two of us, then hits the […]

Is a Passion for the Church the Same as a Passion for the Kingdom?

From Ray Ortlund at Christ Is Deeper Still: “My passion isn’t to build up my church. My passion is for God’s Kingdom.” Ever heard someone say that? I have. It sounds large-hearted, but it’s wrong. It can even be destructive. Suppose I said, “My passion isn’t to build up my marriage. My passion is for […]