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Special thanks to all our friends and attendees for making our first annual St. Paul Center Gala dinner such a success. The dinner took place on the first feast of Saint John Paul II, welcomed benefactors from nine different states, including one priest who drove more than 1,100 miles to be with us.
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The Prodigal Son, New Life & Sacramental Imagery

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 09.14.10

“You’re Dead to Me”

Jesus begins by telling the story of a man who had two sons. The parable begins with the younger brother going to the father and asking for his inheritance.

Of course, an inheritance is usually bestowed upon offspring after the death of the one bequeathing it. Essentially, then, by demanding his inheritance while his father is still alive the younger brother basically says, “Dad,...  [Continue Reading]

For Future Reference

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.09.10

If you’ve ever traveled in conservative evangelical or fundamentalist circles, you know the Scofield Reference Bible. It’s a hefty tome, and influential. And one could argue that this annotated edition of the Scriptures, first published in 1909, created modern fundamentalism. Its editor, C.I. Scofield, made his own theological opinions seem like the plain sense of the Scripture text. In reality, his...  [Continue Reading]

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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]


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