Our Lady at Lourdes and the Immaculate Conception

Where did the Catholic doctrine of the immaculate conception originate? I once believed the immaculate conception refers to the conception of Jesus. Rather, it refers to Mother Mary’s conception without original sin. This doctrine has ancient roots in the 2nd century when Irenaeus and Justiin Martyr referred to Mary as the “new Eve.” The first …

The Rich Man, Lazarus, and C.S. Lewis’ Great Divorce

Though I’m well acquainted with both C.S. Lewis’ “Great Divorce” and Jesus’ “Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus,” I had never connected the two until today. This feat was achieved at my church. Luke 16:19-31 “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. …

Got Hope? A Martyr, a Miracle, and a Christian Conversion (from Eusebius)

In trying times, we all need a little dose of hope. Imagine living in ancient times when Christians really needed hope. They were slaughtered for the mere "sin" of being Christians by ancient and evil pagans. Imagine being one of those slaughtered Christians who stood up for Christ no matter the gory levels of abuse …

Undesigned Coincidences in the Feeding of the 5,000

Among the excellent testaments to the reliability of the Gospels are the undesigned coincidences they contain. Lydia McGrew, David Wood, Jonathan McLatchie, and others have identified numerous coincidences, which she has presented in her book, “Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts.” As McLatchie has pointed out, the gospel authors were …

Comedy of Errors: 1988 C14 Dating of the Shroud of Turin

“It’s a well-known fact that scientists can produce whatever result they want. If you believe that passionately in something, you can steer the results. My God, we’ve all been guilty of that.” – Physicist Harry Gove, who was involved in carbon dating the Shroud of Turin in 1988 On September 22, 1988, the New York …

NEW Scientific Evidence in Support of the Shroud of Turin’s Authenticity

If the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, we have the most important artifact in history, along with evidence of the highly gory and disturbing nature of Roman crucifixions. Perhaps this is why the Shroud of Turin is the most studied artifact in history and why so many scholars and …

Why Did Jesus’ Family Think He Had Gone Mad? Did They Not Know Who He Is?

"And the angel said to her,'“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold,, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his …

A Reconciliation of the 4 Empty Tomb Accounts in the Gospels

Some have claimed that Jesus' empty tomb accounts by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are contradictory and impossible to reconcile. Yet such claims are riddled with underlying assumptions that are not given in the text, such as the women visited the empty tomb only once or they traveled in a pack and never separated from …