Daily Archives: 03/14/2008

Website & Blog Update

I’ve added a few items to the right side of the blog.
I’ve added a section called “Our Churches” and have placed photos of the Roman Catholic Church of the Crucifixion.
I’ve also added a section called “My Favorite Preachers”. Included are some Catholic Priests.
Nora and I watch ETWN (the Catholic cable channel) plus several other religious cable channels.
We’re both open and respectful of each other’s faith and enjoy attending each other’s churches. We don’t agree with each other on parts of our religions, but we are respectful of each other’s beliefs. We view the Lord’s Supper differently, but agree that it is one of the most important part of any religion. We disagree on some of the Catholic Sacraments (i.e. confession), the existance of purgatory, plus a few other items.
I’m sure all of the men listed either share or disagree with us and each other. God gave free will to all of us. I don’t ‘tow the line’ with everything the Southern Baptist faith believes (i.e. ‘graven images’). I feel the Baptist faith takes that commandment out of context. The Southern Baptist Convention is never going to change their policy on that and I’m not about to change my position either.
I’ve grown very fond of three Catholic Priests – Fr. John Corapi, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, and Fr. Mitch Pacwa. I watch their TV shows from beginning to end and am amazed at their knowledge. While I don’t agree with their stance on every issue, I am very pleased with their outstanding knowledge.
If I were to hear Fr. John Corapi speak on something other than the Catholic Catechism or Sacraments, I’d swear he was a Southern Baptist. He’s a hard nose – no nonsense kind of guy. Fr. Groeschel is a very soft spoken man. I enjoy his show very much. Fr. Mitch Pacwa is outstanding. This past week he’s gotten rather upset with both Democratic contenders with their stance on abortion and gay marriages and strongly spoke out about Obama misquoting the scriptures. I loved listening to him as he tore apart what Obama had to say.
Chuck Swindoll and Charles Stanley have been favorites of mine for many years. The same goes for John Hagee. Yes, I know he sometimes crosses the line in his comments. He’s passionate in his beliefs and even though he might go a bit overboard at times, I agree with nearly everything he says. My only problem with him is that he sometimes starts yelling.
J. Vernon McGee died several years ago; however, his ‘Thru the Bible’ radio show is a classic. I’ve downloaded several parts of it and enjoy listening to him explain things. I also have his commentary in printed form.
I’m also a fan of Jack Hayford. I find him to be a very gentle man and enjoy the way he gets his point across.

Bible Books Listing – Updated

With the recent addition of several books to my bible library, I’ve updated my online excel spreadsheet.
You can go here for the spreadsheet: http://www.rebnora.com/BibleBooks.xls
You must either have Microsoft Excel or the Excel viewer on your local computer to view the document.
I’ve recently added The Complete Sermons of Martin Luther (7 Volumes), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (4 Volumes), The Westminster Pulpit (5 Volumes) and Spurgeon’s Sermons (5 Volumes).
Can you believe that these 21 hardback books only cost $128, plus about $12 shipping? Even counting shipping the average cost per book was under $7.00.
You just can’t beat the prices at ChristianBook.com.
I’ve been wanting to get the Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, 4 Volumes by J.C. Ryle for some time, so it was nice to add to my collection.
That will probably be the last ‘commentary’ purchased for a little bit. Having the Preacher’s Outline and Study Bible (both in print and electronic form), plus having several other printed commentaries, and many more electronic commentaries within E-Sword, I pretty much have a wide gambit of commentaries.
If you notice, the other three collections that I purchased were sermons and writings by well known ministers. I wanted to get some of the sermons from the ‘classic’ preachers in history.
Certainly everyone has heard of Martin Luther.
Charles H. Spurgeon was one of the best known preachers of his time (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations.
The Westminster Pulpit sermons of G. Campbell Morgan (1863 – 1945). Ordained a minister of the Congregational Church in 1889, the young man became the leading preacher in England, holding several pastorates. Later he became widely known in the United States and Canada as a Bible conference speaker, lecturer, pastor and teacher before returning to England in 1935 to become the pastor of Westminster Congregational Church in London.

Religious Humor

One day Jesus was out for a walk, strolling near the walls surrounding heaven, when he heard an old man’s voice call from the other side.
“Hello? Hello?”
Jesus replied, “Who is it?”
“Just a poor, old carpenter searching for his son,” the old man replied.
Jesus’ heart leapt with joy and he called out, “Joseph?”
The voice answered back, “Pinocchio?”

Franciscan Monastery, Washington D.C. – Photo 22

Here is a photo taken on Saturday, December 29, 2007, when Nora and I visited the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. The series of 52 photos begin on February 22, 2008 and end on April 13, 2008.
This photo was taken outside of the Monastery, which is located at 1400 Quincy Street NE. Their website is http://www.myfranciscan.org.
This series of photos shows the Stations of the Cross on the outside of the Monastery.