The Kingdom of God: Now or Later, What, and for Whom?

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When I say ‘kingdom of God’ I am referring to a tangible reality outlined in the Bible that is available to Christians once they profess faith in Christ — either in this life or the next. The results of the kingdom specifically in this life include — but are not limited to — the changes that come with being rejuvenated by the Spirit of Christ (ie, being ‘made new’), the ability to overcome sins that have a grip on our lives, the conversion of non-believers into followers of Jesus through no other means than the proclamation of the word of God, and the ability to pray bold prayers and have them answered in the here and now.

The kingdom of God is also experienced as a preview of a renewed society here on earth where our streets and land are healed through acts of justice and mercy. In short, the kingdom of God is hope on earth.

4 ways to avoid being a ‘Gospel infomercial’

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All too often sharing our faith as Christians — if we even do it all — becomes a script that we recite. We do our best to remember to list all the features of what Jesus did on The Cross, before attempting to close the deal of eternal life for just one easy payment of ‘accept Jesus into your heart’. We reduce […]

The Beatitudes, and the tension of today’s Christian

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Biblical justice seeks righteousness, often times at the expense of what we determine is fair in a democratic society governed by man. Only through God’s mercy are we justified and made righteous before Him. Contrarily, democratic justice seeks fairness, often times at the expense of the Biblical righteousness God commands of us. Only through man-made […]

Responding to my pro-abortion critics, and offering a better way

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I suppose I expected that offering alternatives to a specific Bangor area abortion provider would result in some flack. However, as I read the letters printed in the BDN in response to my online-only blog post ‘Things to consider before visiting a Bangor abortion clinic’ from May 4th, I could not help but think how they were actually making my point for me. The point of course being that clinics like the Mabel Wadsworth Center push abortion ahead of all other choices available to women.

The proof for this claim is in the words these 2 respondents.

Do Catholics believe other Christians are ‘saved’? And what about baptism?

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Since much of this series will depend on common ground I hope to find between Catholic and Protestant beliefs, I figured the best place to start is with the question of how The Catholic Church views the eternal security of professing Christians outside their church. If we can’t even accept each other as “brothers in Christ”, then it would be difficult for me to continue. Thankfully, I discovered a foundation to build upon when I looked to the Catechism of the Catholic Church to answer this question.

Exploring Catholicism: To what end?

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I have spent the last many months exploring Catholicism and Catholic Theology, and I plan to blog about my thoughts and findings in the months to come as I research further. But to what end? In fact, the interest I’ve taken has caused some people to ask if I plan to convert with my family to Catholicism. The answer to […]

SERIES OUTLINE – ‘Exploring Catholicism': Perspectives from an adult convert to evangelical Christianity

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As an adult convert to evangelical Christianity, I’ve been groomed with an anti-Catholic bias from the get-go. Furthermore, my agnostic childhood was filled with negative Catholic School stories from my mom. However, for a little over a year (as of this writing) — since right around the time of Pope Francis coming onto the scene — I have […]