We Want Christianity Without the Cross

07/09/2013 Comments (26)

If there were a Nazarene yearbook 2,000 years ago, Jesus would not have been voted most popular. Maybe "most likely to be tortured and crucified" but definitely not most popular.

He didn't seem to care all that much about being popular because he knew that if being popular is your goal you may very well achieve it but at what cost? As Jesus said, we cannot serve two masters.

When Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world," it freaked a number of his disciples out. In fact, it freaked them out enough that they bolted.

Now, as they abandoned him, Jesus...READ MORE

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We're Not Called To Win Arguments, We're Called to Love

06/29/2013 Comments (145)

The battles over gay marriage are intense. And bitter. One must only look at the comboxes of Catholic blogs and websites to understand that. I have taken part in bitter debates as well. I probably shouldn't even call them debates so much as exchanged accusations. Sometimes

I'll admit I sometimes opt for the witty verbal coup de grace rather than exhibiting grace.

A blogger, Lauren at The Loveliest Hour, wrote something about the Court's decision which gave me pause:

I believe that marriage is the fruit of natural love, a gift from God, of that familial bond between husband and wife with the ideal purpose of having children. Sounds archaic to you maybe, but that’s what I believe to...READ MORE

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"Dad, You Can't Throw Out God!"

06/24/2013 Comments (13)

I'm not a pack rat. But I have packrattish tendencies. I'll admit it, I have a hard time throwing things out. My wife is ruthless, especially with my stuff. Just because a shirt has a few holes she think it's time to throw it in the garbage. I think if you wear another shirt on top of it which has holes that don't match up you're still pretty good. She doesn't. I told you, she's ruthless.

The reason I bring this up is that right now we're faced with our yearly dilemma. School is out and the kids have essentially brought home the entire school with them. I've got kids in five different grades and every drawing, every essay, every art project comes home on the last day. I think they do...READ MORE

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Congressman Ob/Gyn Speaks About Fetal Pain, Media Titters Like Grade Schoolers

06/18/2013 Comments (10)

Just when I think our culture can't get any lower.

Representative Michael Burgess is an ob-gyn and a congressman. He has delivered thousands of babies. Recently, he spoke about babies' ability to feel pain in the womb due to an upcoming bill in the legislature. He mentions the fact that babies in the womb have been seen touching their own faces or genitals for what may be pleasure so it's logical to believe they can feel pain. It seems like worthy testimony but watch it and guess what the national conversation is.

 

Here's the headlines:

The Atlantic Wire writes: "GOP Congressman Wants to Ban Abortion to Save Masturbating Fetuses."

Slate Magazine reports: "Texas Congressman...READ MORE

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Making Fathers Isn't as Easy as Making Babies

06/15/2013 Comments (18)

Babies are born every day; thousands, in fact. If one can believe the internet about such things, 370,000 babies are born each day worldwide. It appears that making babies is easy. Sadly, making fathers seem much harder.


Perhaps we’ve forgotten how. It’s as if some alchemy passed from generation to generation for thousands of years has been lost and cannot be found. And the world aches for what it has misplaced.


I’ve noticed that on the sidelines of children’s games there aren’t as many fathers as there used to be. When I was a kid it was a joke among parents that one kid yelling “Dad” made dozens of heads turn. I don’t see as many heads turning anymore.


We, as a society all...READ MORE

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Pro-Aborts Respond With Hate to Congresswoman's Crisis Pregnancy News

06/04/2013 Comments (42)

Republican congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington announced in a Facebook post yesterday that her unborn baby has been diagnosed with a medical condition that is often fatal for the baby.

Herrera Beutler wrote that ultrasounds and follow-up tests sadly showed that her baby had a disease called Potter's Syndrome, which is identified by "abnormally low amniotic fluid caused by impaired kidney function which inhibits normal lung development."

Herrera Beutler said she and her husband are "praying for a miracle."

The news quickly became a national story and wonderfully thousands of people reached out to the expectant mother with words of support and prayers. Sadly, the request...READ MORE

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Bill Maher: The Pope's an Atheist and The Vatican Will Likely Poison Him

06/02/2013 Comments (30)

When children are desperate for attention they scream and cry, talk show hosts in need of attention make fun of Catholics. Actually "make fun" isn't the proper term. They hurl hate at Catholics with a smile on their face so they can accuse anyone who's offended of being humorless.

Television host Bill Maher has long lost the power to shock because he's so consistently misinformed and hateful about religious people. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take note of what is said by him and others like him. Sometimes when I write about anti-Catholic screeds from the media some see it as akin to reporting that the sun came up that morning. My thinking, however, is that someone might just take...READ MORE

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8 Most Hilarious and Unsettling Obama-as-Deity Metaphors

05/31/2013 Comments (40)

Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson said yesterday that Eric Holder was the Moses of this Administration. Hey, that's one of the most religious things to come out of a Georgetown professor's mouth in a long time so we should probably take what we can get.

But it did get me wondering, in that metaphor wouldn't Obama be God? Certainly by now, that shouldn't surprise anyone. The Obama-as-God metaphors have been rampant the past half decade. After all my years of religious study I'm sure of only two things. There is a God. And Obama ain't Him. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying some of the most egregious and just flat out hilarious attempted deifications of ts of  the...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.