How St Andrew Ended Up as the Patron Saint of Scotland

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Today, Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent country. Since St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint and the Scottish flag is the Cross of St Andrew, I figured I’d have a peak at exactly how an Apostle who was born in Galilee and died in Greece ended up as the patron saint of the country that gave us bagpipes, haggis, and Susan Boyle. St Andrew the Apostle St Andrew the Apostle was the brother of St Peter and the… …Continue Reading

The Filioque isn’t the Only Latin Addition to the Creed

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One of the more controversial issues between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches is the filioque. To put it as briefly as I can, filioque means “and the Son” and explains how the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. This phrase/word was added to the Nicene Creed in the Latin West sometime between the 6th and 11th Centuries (depending on how you define “adding”). The original Greek text does not say it and the Orthodox Churches don’t recognise the… …Continue Reading

What It Means To Have Mary as My Mother

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I didn’t know I needed Her until suddenly I did. Until suddenly, I needed Her desperately. I had always been told that a woman has a great dignity before God but I had nowhere to look to see this. If God so loves woman, where could I find her? Where is woman as God meant her to be? In Christ, I saw both perfect human and perfect male… but where was she?  Too often I had heard that Adam and… …Continue Reading

How I Fixed the Protestant Reformation on Paint

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No big deal you guys but… I just fixed the Protestant Reformation. According to Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, John Calvin and all the major Protestant Reformers, the big issue of the Protestant Reformation is faith and works. The Reformers said that we are not justified by works, rather we are justified by faith alone. “If it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” (Romans 11:6) Except the Catholic Church… …Continue Reading

SURVEY: Young Christian Men on the “Man-Crisis” & What Young Christian Women Can Do

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There is an issue close to my heart which I don’t talk about much. It’s young men in the Church today. While I’m deeply thankful for all that has been done over the past fifty years or so to affirm the dignity of women, I am ashamed and concerned at the way men, particularly young men, are treated both in society and within the Church. The world seems determined to denigrate masculinity. Sadly, the Church hasn’t done much to remedy this. In On… …Continue Reading