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 …

A Steel Man of Catholic and Protestant Positions on Mother Mary

For centuries, Catholics and Protestants have taken varying positions on the Mother Mary’s role, her perpetual virginity, her sinless nature, and her assumption into heaven. Many Catholics revere Mother Mary as a perpetual and blessed virgin who was immaculately conceived and assumed in spirit and body into heaven. Some Protestants believe she lived a more …

What Does the Bible Say about Mother Mary’s Perpetual Virginity?

Isaiah foretold the virgin birth:[1] “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Immanuel means God is with us. He further foretold the birth of Jesus:[2] “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on …

So The Last Will Be First, And The First Will Be Last: Women in the Gospels

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last” – Matthew 20:16. According to first-century Jewish historian Josephus, women in ancient Jewish societies were considered inferior in all matters (c.f., Green, McKnight & Marshall, 1992). They lacked rights, lacked an education, and played a small role in society aside from child-bearing. Josephus …

Something about Mary: The Miracles of Our Lady

More than any Christian faiths, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox believers revere Mother Mary, praying to her with rosaries and honoring her Immaculate Conception, which refers to her conception free from sin. The intention of this blog is to present several examples of miracles that Catholics have attributed to Mother Mary: Our Lady of the …

A Pastor’s #Christmas Sermon: And the Meek Shall Inherit the World

  There was once a very wealthy old man who lived in a mansion, which was adorned with all sorts of expensive items. Exquisite pictures and paintings lined the walls, fine furniture filled the rooms, and fancy decorations were placed all about. The wealthy man had but one son and the son joined the military. …