Battles and Blessings

On this weeks podcast I talk about the battles and blessings of 2009.

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10 thoughts on “Battles and Blessings

  1. Hey Phil,

    Thanks for the kind words. I am looking forward to a discussion on the Roman Catholic church. I have been working in a German Catholic community and love these people. Although I have major doctinal differences I appreciate their devotion. It is refreshing to interchange with a people who do not view God as a cash register.

    • Boyd,

      I’ve agreed to dialogue on it with Phil in whatever format works best, and you’re more than welcome to join in the discussion, as far as I’m concerned. If I can make one suggestion, however, I think it might be helpful if we approached theological and eclessiological issues one at a time. Because there are a lot of things about Catholicism which seem strange or wrong to outsiders (our views on the role of the Church, particularly as regards the papacy; the relationship between Scripture and Tradition; justification; Saints, particularly Our Lady; images in Church; the sacraments, etc.), conversations which start out positive sometimes get hostile when one party or another feels overwhelmed by the seemingly vast differences.

      I’ve given this a bit of thought, and I think that my personal choice as a starting point for an ecumenical discussion would be about sources of earthly Authority. That’s because it informs and influences the rest of what divides us. If I’m allowed to point to (a) how the early Church understood a certain concept [say, the distinction between bishops and elders/presbyters/priests], and/or (b) what the Church today has to say on the subject, that might well lead to a different answer than a bare reading of the Bible.

      In that vein, topics which might prove helpful: (1) “Sola Scriptura” v. “Scripture and Tradition”; (2) The Authority of the Church; (3) The Visibility of the Earthly Church; (4) The Deuterocanon/Apocrypha, or “How many books are there in the Bible?”

      That said, I’m fine with debating any of the other issues. However, since I don’t believe in Sola Scriptura, I don’t see a particular need to limit myself to the Protestant 66-book canon. In fact, if I’m going to answer honestly as to why Catholics believe certain doctrines, I’ll probably have to rely on something beyond simply Scripture.

  2. Phil,

    Brian Simmons and Roderick Edwards are strange men. You’ve exposed them thoroughly for all the world to see. Making people miserable is what they do best. They have to personally attack you as that is their only option left. Such a pity to exist only to cause pain and heartache to others.

  3. Phil,

    Roderick has often claimed his wife and daughters lives were threatened, using it as an excuse to avoid questions about where he worships. Doesn’t look like that stopped him from grabbing some public attention as he allowed himself to be interviewed by a TV station in Indiana. The name of his daughters school is also named. So much for worrying about his families safety.

  4. Roderick,

    Why do you attempt to comment where you are unwanted? Dude, you really need to get a grip.

    As for your complaint, you should have thought of that BEFORE you decided to shoot off your mouth to a TV station. Its freely available to anyone who has any type of desire to find information about you.

    For those of you who have been referred here please see the following links as to the character of Mr. Edwards;

    That should get you started……


  5. Well, Mark certainly makes a strong point. However, as a parent I would not want that link to continue to be posted here.

    I completely agree with the fact that Rod put himself out in the public light with doing that interview but is it possible to maybe take it down now?

    If someone wants to have filters or alerts in order to track their favorite people that is their business, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be posted out there for all of us. Just my opinion though…I do appreciate being able to express it here Phil. Blessings, w

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