Confessions Of A Mega Church Pastor

Author: Allen R. Hunt
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1937509214
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Confessions Of A Mega Church Pastor from the Author: Allen R. Hunt. Tens of thousands of American adults join the Catholic Church every year. Why? What is it that attracts them to Catholicism? In Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor, Allen Hunt unveils the treasures of Catholicism that many life-long Catholics are simply unaware of. At the same time he demonstrates the genius of Catholicism and encourages us to move beyond taking our faith for granted. With a personal touch that is profound and disarming, Hunt takes his readers on a journey that is sure to change the way we experience our faith. At a time when so many are disillusioned about where the Catholic Church is and where it is going, Allen Hunt brilliantly reminds us that personal holiness is the key to the bigger future God wants to leads us to both as individuals and together as a Church.

Return To Rome

Author: Francis J. Beckwith
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 1441203907
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Return To Rome from the Author: Francis J. Beckwith. What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. This provocative book details Beckwith's journey, focusing on his internal dialogue between the Protestant theology he embraced for most of his adult life and Catholicism. He seeks to explain what prompted his decision and offers theological reflection on whether one can be evangelical and Catholic, affirming his belief that one can be both. EXCERPT It's difficult to explain why one moves from one Christian tradition to another. It is like trying to give an account to your friends why you chose to pursue for marriage this woman rather than that one, though both may have a variety of qualities that you found attractive. It seems to me then that any account of my return to the Catholic church, however authentic and compelling it is to me, will appear inadequate to anyone who is absolutely convinced that I was wrong. Conversely, my story will confirm in the minds of many devout Catholics that the supernatural power of the grace I received at baptism and confirmation as a youngster were instrumental in drawing me back to the Mother Church. Given these considerations, I confess that there is an awkwardness in sharing my journey as a published book, knowing that many fellow Christians will scrutinize and examine my reasons in ways that appear to some uncharitable and to others too charitable.


Author: Gabriel Flynn
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199552878
Size: 60.98 MB
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Ressourcement from the Author: Gabriel Flynn. A historical and a theological analysis of the most important movement in twentieth-century Roman Catholic theology.

Faith Of Our Fathers

Author: Eamon Duffy
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826476654
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Faith Of Our Fathers from the Author: Eamon Duffy. Distinguished scholar addresses the key issues an intelligent person needs to tackle in making sense of being a Catholic today. >

The Dark Box

Author: John Cornwell
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847659543
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The Dark Box from the Author: John Cornwell. Would you tell your deepest secrets to a relative stranger? And if you did, would you feel vulnerable? Cleansed? Or perhaps even worse than you did before? Confession has always performed a complex role in society, always created mixed feelings in its practitioners. As an acknowledgement of sinfulness, it can provide immense psychological relief; but while aiming to replace remorse with innocence, its history has become inextricably intertwined with eroticism and shame. The Dark Box is an erudite and personal history; Cornwell draws on his own memories of Catholic boyhood, and weaves it with the story of confession from its origins in the early church to the current day, where its enduring psychological potency is evidenced by everything from the Vatican's 'confession app' to Oprah Winfrey's talk shows. Since the 16th century, seclusion of two individuals in the intimate 'dark box', often discussing sexual actions and thoughts, has eroticised the experience of confession. When, in 1905, Pius X made confession a weekly, rather than yearly ritual, the horrific cases of child abuse which have haunted the Catholic church in the twentieth century became possible. John Cornwell's impassioned treatise on the dangers of confession is now available in paperback.

What Is The Church

Author: Regis Martin
Publisher: Emmaus Road Publishing
ISBN: 1931018103
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What Is The Church from the Author: Regis Martin. What Is the Church? is Regis Martin’s delightful meditation on the beauty and the depth of the Catholic Church. Solidly orthodox and universal in its outlook, this is a work for anyone who wishes to understand more deeply what it means to be Catholic. In his 1998 encyclical Tertio Millennio Adveniente, Pope John Paul II asked catechists and theologians “to promote a deeper understanding of the ecclesiological doctrine of the Second Vatican Council as contained primarily in the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium” (no. 47). To respond to this call, Dr. Regis Martin wrote What Is the Church? in order to present a faithful ecclesiology in simple, accessible terms.

Waking Up Catholic

Author: Chad R. Torgerson
Publisher: Assisi Media
ISBN: 0989531902
Size: 42.99 MB
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Waking Up Catholic from the Author: Chad R. Torgerson. Are you new to Catholicism and become a recent "Catholic convert"? Did you grow up Catholic and return as a "Catholic revert"? Are you interested in "becoming Catholic" for the first time? If you want to learn more about basic Catholic beliefs, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic is the book for you. The depth of Catholic theology is one of its greatest beauties, but understanding it can be one of its greatest challenges. You have questions. Waking Up Catholic has answers. Learn about: How does Catholic Tradition fit in with Scripture? Why do we have a pope? Do Catholics "really" worship Mary? Why do Catholics pray to saints? Is Holy Communion just a symbol of Christ? What is the purpose of Confession? Do repetitious Catholic prayers really work? And more... Waking Up Catholic answers these questions, and more, from the perspective of someone who converted to Catholicism himself. Waking Up Catholic may be the first Catholic book you've ever read, but after you're done, it won't be the last.

Catholic Devotion In Victorian England

Author: Mary Heimann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198205975
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Catholic Devotion In Victorian England from the Author: Mary Heimann. This is the first full study of English Catholic spirituality in the modern period. Dr Heimann reassesses Roman Catholic piety as practised in Victorian England, stressing the importance of devotion in shaping the characteristics of the Catholic community. Prayers, devotions, catechisms, confraternities, and missionary work enabled traditional English Catholicism not only to survive, but to emerge as the most resilient Christian community in twentieth-century England. Heimann offers a controversial analysis of the influence of long-established recusant devotions and attitudes in the new context of the reestablishment of Roman Catholicism in England from the mid-nineteenth century. Challenging widely held assumptions that Irish influences, government legislation, or directives from Rome can account for English developments after 1850, Catholic Devotion in Victorian England offers important new insights into religion and culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Confessions Of A Traditional Catholic

Author: Matthew Arnold
Publisher: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681497840
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Confessions Of A Traditional Catholic from the Author: Matthew Arnold . What is Catholic Traditionalism? Under what historical and cultural circumstances has it appeared? Why do some devout, knowledgeable Catholics embrace the paradoxical position that remaining true to Tradition entails deserting the official, traditional structure of the Church? Most importantly, what steps can be taken to help restore unity in the Body of Christ? Matthew Arnold, a Catholic convert, answers these and other questions about Catholic Traditionalism. His moving first-hand account powerfully demonstrates how a faithful Catholic's legitimate desire for a reverently celebrated liturgy led him to tolerate the irregular situation of Holy Mass celebrated validly, but illicitly, outside the diocesan structure. His compelling testimony also explores how the licit celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, can have a positive impact on the life and the liturgy of the Church. Told in the context of Arnold's personal witness and spiritual journey, this book concisely documents the century-long movement to reform the liturgy. This candid, poignant, and often humorous book exposes the spiritual peril at the heart of radical Traditionalism while remaining compassionate toward the legitimate aspirations of Traditional Catholics.

Steps Of Grace

Author: Doug Gonzales
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 160844922X
Size: 12.56 MB
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Steps Of Grace from the Author: Doug Gonzales. Steps of Grace is the story of former Evangelical Protestant Pastor Doug Gonzales, whose faith journey led him from the most extreme and militant anti-Catholic views in American society today to becoming one of the Church's newest champions. Doug's conversion, like that of St. Paul, did not come from any desire on his part for something more than what he already believed was true. Instead, it was purely an initiative of divine grace. While Steps of Grace describes the theological and intellectual wrestling common to conversion stories, it does so in the most uncommon of ways. Besides witnessing to what are perhaps some of the most remarkable mystical experiences in a modern conversion story, Doug shares with the reader his own struggles, fears, pain, and loss. With brutal honesty, Steps of Grace is one of the most human and emotionally raw of conversion stories. Steps of Grace describes the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith with such clarity that those on their own journey of conversion will be led to ask the same question Doug did, "Why didn't I see it before?" Cradle Catholics may ask this same question as the story helps them to see and experience the wonder and beauty of their faith in a fresh way. More than anything else, Steps of Grace is about following and fulfilling our deepest of human longings-finding the Presence of God. This makes Steps of Grace perhaps less a conversion story and more a love story that illustrates how a person's love and need for the Presence of God led him to the last place he thought he would ever find it-the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This is not a walk in the park, but a walk of faith, led by grace, step-by-step. Doug Gonzales is a former Church of the Nazarene Pastor whose testimony of conversion to Catholicism has moved and challenged audiences across the world. A graduate of The Divinity School at Duke University, Doug spent nearly ten years as an Evangelical pastor and prison chaplain until his miraculous and amazing conversion to the Roman Catholic Church. Besides being a guest twice on EWTN's The Journey Home show, Doug has traveled the U.S., Canada, and Latin America sharing his conversion story to large conferences, seminarians, parishes, and even small prayer groups captivating audiences about the wonder and grace he has found in the Catholic faith. Doug's story continues to impact those who hear it in a way that few other modern conversion stories can do. Doug is also the proud father of three wonderful children.