The Immaculate Conception?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches not only the historic Christian doctrine of the virginal conception and birth of Jesus Christ, but also the “Immaculate Conception” of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Although born by the normal means of a sexual union of her parents, Mary was, according to Rome, miraculously preserved in her conception and birth from the stain of original sin. As a result, Mary lived a sinless life and was therefore qualified to be ark of the new covenant, the holy vessel of the Incarnation, just as the ark of the old covenant had been the holy vessel of the tablets of the old covenant. The presupposition behind this argument seems to be that God the Son required a holy dwelling place, free from all sin, for the time of his gestation in the womb, and Mary is the one human being in history uniquely qualified for this role. Continue reading

Blog Update

Sorry for the blog inactivity this week. I have found it to be more difficult to keep up with my original goal of three posts per week than I thought it would be, so I have decided I need to revise my goal in an attempt to keep content on here more consistently. My plan will be to post something (normally) twice a week: the “Drawing from the Well” piece plus one other post about whatever I may be thinking about that week.

However, I have come to realize in the last few weeks that my normal Monday schedule is not conducive to blog writing. That’s not a problem if I can do all the writing before Monday, but that usually doesn’t work out either. So I’m going to move “Drawing from the Well” to Tuesdays, with my later week posts coming either on Thursdays or Fridays. So, if you like to check in here, you should find updated content on Tuesdays and either Thursdays or Fridays of each (normal) week. Thanks for reading.

A Blogging Break

I apologize for being somewhat sporadic with posts lately. It has been a busy season as we have been transitioning from one church building to another. I’m going to take a two-week hiatus from the blog in order to devote needed time to this transition. I’ll plan to post some new content during the week of October 9-14.

Until then, enjoy this video from Lutheran Satire about a Christian and a feminist almost agreeing on stuff:

Trump vs. Clinton: What Are Our Options?

With the presumptive presidential nominees of the two major political parties virtually determined at this point, Christians (and conservatives more broadly) are now faced with a dilemma: both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, have serious moral shortcomings, not only in their own lives but also in their political philosophies, that appear to render them both unfit for office. What are our options as voters in this situation? Basically, there are four: Continue reading

Drawing from the Well, 4/25/16

For an introduction to this series read this.

We continue this week working through the Apostles’ Creed line by line.

Memorization for this Week

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

Thoughts for Discussion with Children

What is the best thing you have ever built using Legos or blocks? What if I took away all of your Legos or blocks and left you with nothing? Do you think you could still build it? Have you ever created something out of nothing? Continue reading