Archive (08/2010)


Is Peter the Rock? (Part 2: Gundry's Take)

Posted on August 31, 2010

In his detailed commentary on Matthew, Robert Gundry makes the argument that Jesus was purposeful in using different words in his declaration to Peter—“you are petros, and on this petra I will build my church” (Matt 16:18).

Gundry is representative of many Protestant commentators. His view: the rock the Church is built upon is decidedly not Peter, but something else. In Gundry’s view, the petra, the “rock”, is the very...


Is Peter the Rock? (Part 1)

Posted on August 30, 2010

Heads-up. Let’s get ready to rumble! Over the next coming days I’m going to spend some time here looking at one of the most debated passages in all of the Gospels. So, here we go. . .
In Matthew 16:13–20 we read the famous confession of faith by Peter at Caesarea Philippi. In response to his statement affirming him as the “Son of the Living God,” Jesus tells Peter: “I tell you, you...


Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 2)

Posted on August 17, 2010

“Far from repudiating Christianity or regarding it with suspicious eyes because of its mysteries, we ought to recognize its divine grandeur in these very mysteries. So essential to Christianity are its mysteries that in its character of truth revealed by the Son of God and the Holy Spirit it would stand convicted of intrinsic contradiction if it brought forward no mysteries. Its Author would carry with Him a poor recommendation for His divinity if he taught us only...


Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 1)

Posted on August 16, 2010

One of my all-time favorite theologians is Matthias Joseph Scheeben (pronounced: “shay-ben”), an obscure German theologian who lived in the 19th century. I want to post up some of what he has said about the mysterious dimension of the Christian faith. Before I do that though, a little bio.


Biography


Eugene Druwé gives a short biography of Scheeben in the a preface to Scheeben’s two volume work on...


A Pilgrimage to Our Lady

Posted on August 02, 2010

The month of August is like a Marian pilgrimage to me. We trek halfway through the sunnier side of the month to reach Our Lady’s feast days, her glorious Assumption on August 15th and her Queenship a week later. Then we return home in the shadier half of the month, as the days get a little shorter and my part of the world heads toward autumn.

We should bring her flowers, you and I&mdash...