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On Saturday, February 8, the Franciscan University Rugby Team and Prince of Peace Household helped the St. Paul Center settle into our new digs. Our new headquarters—immediately adjacent to Franciscan University—gives us both the room we need now and the room we need to grow. We also finally have our own media room, which will allow us to do more podcasts, videos, and Catholic radio. [READ MORE]

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Is Peter the Rock? (Part 3: Some Reasons I Think He Is)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 09.08.10

As I explained in the last post in this series, Gundry has made the case that Jesus’ use of petros / petra was intended to highlight the fact that Peter was not the foundation but that the church would be built upon Jesus’ own words.

While this reading may at first seem possible, a number of observations, in my opinion, render such an approach highly implausible. In sum, I would suggest that while...  [Continue Reading]

Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 3)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 09.02.10

“The fascination of mystery is so strong that almost all religious and social organizations that exercise or have exercised an inspiring and lasting influence on mankind have wrapped themselves up in the obscurity of mystery, and have even gloried in the mysteries which they were aware of, although they disdained Christianity because of its mysteries. Their mysteries, products of human invention,...  [Continue Reading]

Is Peter the Rock? (Part 2: Gundry's Take)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 08.31.10

In his detailed commentary on Matthew, Robert Gundry makes the argument that Jesus was purposeful in using different words in his declaration to Peter—“you are petros, and on this petra I will build my church” (Matt 16:18).

Gundry is representative of many Protestant commentators. His view: the rock the Church is built upon is decidedly not Peter, but something else. In Gundry’s view, the petra,...  [Continue Reading]

Is Peter the Rock? (Part 1)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 08.30.10

Heads-up. Let’s get ready to rumble! Over the next coming days I’m going to spend some time here looking at one of the most debated passages in all of the Gospels. So, here we go. . .
In Matthew 16:13–20 we read the famous confession of faith by Peter at Caesarea Philippi. In response to his statement affirming him as the “Son of the Living God,” Jesus tells Peter: “I tell you, you are Peter [Greek:...  [Continue Reading]

Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 2)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 08.17.10

“Far from repudiating Christianity or regarding it with suspicious eyes because of its mysteries, we ought to recognize its divine grandeur in these very mysteries. So essential to Christianity are its mysteries that in its character of truth revealed by the Son of God and the Holy Spirit it would stand convicted of intrinsic contradiction if it brought forward no mysteries. Its Author would carry...  [Continue Reading]


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