Three Interesting Quotations from Chrysostom

As I have been reading through Chrysostom’s Homilies on Ephesians, I stumbled upon three very interesting quotations from his first sermon. Sola Fide? That you may not then, when you hear that He has chosen us, imagine that faith alone is sufficient, he proceeds to add life and conduct. To this end, says he, has He chosen us, and on this condition, that we should … Continue reading Three Interesting Quotations from Chrysostom

“How to be Christian” Called Me Out!

There is a very popular Roman Catholic apologist who runs a Youtube channel called “How to be Christian” (HTBC) which I so affectionately refer to as “How to be Papist.” HTBC made a video on justification in Romans 4 which I found contained very poor argumentation, so I made a response video. To my great surprise, HTBC saw it and commented with some questions. I … Continue reading “How to be Christian” Called Me Out!

Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Introduction It is not uncommon for Roman Catholic apologists to point to Acts 15 as to help vindicate the Papacy. For a couple examples, Dr. Robert Sungenis did so here and here. The general claim is that at the Jerusalem Council, Peter led as the supreme authority in order to definitively end a theological controversy. This then set a standard the Christian church would later … Continue reading Does Acts 15 Support the Papacy?

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: If It Walks Like a Duck… (pt. IV)

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: Christology (pt. III)

Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)

Introduction I have always considered the doctrine of “the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist” to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions. This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas (although he is only representing the Roman Catholic view of Transubstantiation). All … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation: On Augustine (pt. II)

Chrysostom on the Written Word

John Chrysostom (347-407) is widely considered to be one of the greatest preachers of the Christian church. His homilies that have been passed down to us are a rich treasure. Although his tongue was sharper than his mind, his theological insights no doubt carry much weight. His opening homily on the book of Matthew is particularly interesting. He begins the sermon series on Matthew with … Continue reading Chrysostom on the Written Word

Aquinas on Transubstantiation (pt. I)

I have always considered what is referred to as “the real presence of Christ” in the elements of the Lord’s Supper to be riddled with problems both logical and biblical in all of its expressions (Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism). This series is dedicated to exploring those concerns by interacting with one of the most brilliant minds to defend the doctrine, Thomas Aquinas. All of … Continue reading Aquinas on Transubstantiation (pt. I)

Ignatius on Venerating the Saints

Better yet, coax the wild beasts, so that they may become my tomb and leave nothing of my body behind, lest I become a burden to anyone one I have fallen asleep. Then I will truly be a disciple of Christ, when the world will no longer see my body. (Ignatius to the Romans, 4:2) Ignatius wrote a series of “goodbye letters” to many churches … Continue reading Ignatius on Venerating the Saints

Jesus, Calvin, and Holidays

Jesus and Tradition Jesus’ condemnation of Pharisaical traditions seems to supply a sufficient blow to the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW). Now when the Pharisees gathered to [Jesus], with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their … Continue reading Jesus, Calvin, and Holidays