Why do some Christians have Priests?

When you hear "priest," you're likely to think of Catholicism. Actually, not only the Catholic Church but all other ancient Christian communions regard their ordained ministers as priests. This includes the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, and the Assyrian Church of the East. Still, most Christians in the West are not familiar with these traditions:… Continue reading Why do some Christians have Priests?

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How to live as a Gay Christian

...while adhering to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church and other traditional Christians. While there are many ways of approaching the question of vocation, this post has in mind the human need for relationship. Because sexual relationships outside of marriage are forbidden by Catholic teaching, and gay people will largely not enter (opposite-sex/Catholic) marriage,… Continue reading How to live as a Gay Christian

Fellow Westerners, Meet the Eastern Churches

Here in the American South, we tend to think of Christianity in terms of its Western expressions, especially the various Protestant traditions. Add to that the conservative Evangelicals, college-hip non-denominational churches, and prosperity megachurches --- and you can see why we've been conditioned to think of Christianity in particularly American ways. Well, this is Western… Continue reading Fellow Westerners, Meet the Eastern Churches

5 Takeaways from the Feast of Saints Peter & Paul

God uses weak human beings to be his representatives. I know it seems awfully ironic that even sinners can be "ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20). But God does not compete with his creatures; He transforms them. He allows them to participate in his own goodness. Christ, the great teacher, speaks through Paul. And Christ, the Good Shepherd, leads through Peter.