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A Retreat for Priests


Beginning with evening prayer on Friday, November 7, 2014, and ending the next day priests from across the country are invited to join the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Franciscan University of Steubenville for a special day of prayer, fellowship, and study focused on “The Joy of the Gospel.”
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Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.01.11

Following up from part 1. Am I missing any major piece of the puzzle here that wouldn’t require a lot of explanation?

  1. Jesus’ Davidic Exorcistic and Healing Powers. Jesus’ exorcisms and healings seem especially tied to his role as the Davidide. The blind healed by him address him specifically as “son of David” (cf. Matt 9:27; 20:31). Likewise, accounts of his exorcisms are linked with his role as the...  [Continue Reading]

What is the Biblical Form of Church Government?

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.25.11

During my years of training to become a Calvinist pastor, the issue of church polity was quite a live one.  Calvinists themselves do not agree on what is the “biblical model” for church government.  Presbyterian, Reformed, and Congregational denominations share a Calvinist doctrinal heritage but different governing structures.  There was more or less a consensus that the New Testament was unclear...  [Continue Reading]

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St. Polycarp, bishop and martyr (c. 155)

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.23.11

Today is the memorial of St. Polycarp of Smyrna who was martyred in 155AD.  In this interview, Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important early witness to the faith of the Apostles.Audio File

The Petrine Principal

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.22.11

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

The New Testament bears ample testimony to the ancient faith of the Roman Christians. Rome marks the final destination of the Acts of the Apostles. Rome was the postal address of the first of St. Paul’s canonical letters.

And the ancient Romans treasured their heritage. They knew, with unerring Christian instinct, what the African Tertullian would say so eloquently...  [Continue Reading]

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Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 02.22.11

I am currently working up an article on the imagery of the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” in Matthew 16:18. As part of the article I’m discussing the Davidic Christology of Matthew. I’m trying to be as thorough as possible. I’m going to post the first five illustrations here and then follow-up with five more.

  1. “The Son of David” (Matt 1:1). Matthew begins his Gospel by connecting Jesus’ role as...  [Continue Reading]


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