Category Archives: Catholic Bible Study

Why I Miss Preaching: A Catholic Convert’s Confession

I spent 10 years in the pulpit as a Southern Baptist minister, and I loved every minute of it. Whether it was youth, young adults, small or large congregation, I loved standing before them as a preacher and catechist.

Why?

Because each time I did, I stood there not to increase my fame or wealth or power, but to guide others. I was a poor beggar myself, coming back with joy to share with others the food I had been given. It was a great honor to stand in that classroom or auditorium and beg others to taste and see how great is the power of God for our lives.

I miss having that audience. I miss the travel. I miss meeting new faces. But that was then. Sometimes when I am feeling sorry for myself I long for those days. It was so much fun, none but other ministry converts could probably appreciate the feeling.

But things are different now, right?

Yes and no.

I still have the opportunity to teach and speak as a catechist and public speaker. However, those opportunities are less frequent than when I did it full-time. Still, I get a real thrill getting to speak to others and share the beauty of our faith. Most especially, I love getting men worked up about being men, chosen by God and given a purpose. I love challenging them to get off their butts and invest themselves in the sacramental life.

I am still a beggar, coming with joy to tell others about the food I have found. This time, I have found the living bread, which gives us life and unites us with one another and our Maker. Christ is the Eucharist, His body, blood, soul, and divinity. Apart from the life giving Eucharist we are missing so much. The sacraments, most especially Eucharist and Reconcilliation have changed my life. I will never be the same.

So, yes. I miss being a preacher, but I do not regret my choice to become Catholic. In this Church, founded by Christ and built upon the Apostles and their successors, I have new life. In the sacraments I have all I need to sustain and strengthen me in my relationship to Christ and my fellow man. I cannot imagine my life apart from Christ and His Church, one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

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Know Your Faith: Study

It’s amazing how little we sometimes know our faith. It’s even more amazing to consider how selective we tend to be in the practice and teaching of our beliefs. I believe the cause is poor catechesis. However, we have been given a great tool to aid us, the Catechism.

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Fight Like Your Life Depends on It!

Ephesians 4:22-24

22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,  23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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Catholic Men, Read Your Bible Daily

It is second nature to me to read my Bible regularly, but as I connect with Catholic men around this country I do seem to run into several guys who aren’t big Bible readers.  That has to change, guys. Read the rest of this entry

Starting a Small Church Community

Several of you asked about starting a small group. It actually is not that difficult to do. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry

Defend Against the Leg Ride…Spiritually

My favorite wrestler to watch this year has been Chris Perry of Oklahoma State. There is no better leg rider in the NCAA. The kid is strong and great on his feet, but it is when he gets control that he really goes to work, riding his opponents and basically wearing them down while he looks to create nearfalls and pins. It doesn’t hurt that he is nephew to my favorite wrestler and coach, John Smith.

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Picking a Bible

What Bible translation do you use for your daily Scripture reading?

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Tactical Catholic Question: Sacred Scripture

Let’s foster some discussion. This time the topic is Sacred Scripture. Read the rest of this entry