Friday, February 3, 2006

Michigan Apologetics Conference

by Steve Ray on February 3, 2006

Steve Ray, Mark Shea, Roy Schoeman, Rod Bennett, Gary Michuta and others will be speaking in the Lansing Michigan area. This is an all day Catholic Apologetics Conference Saturday, March 18. For more information, click here for the location, topics, and schedule. Please pass this news to any friends you have in Michigan.

To get the background on this conference go to my blog of October 25, 2005. We visited Westphalia at the request of two priests. There was to be a discussion with a group of Baptists in the area. I think you will enjoy the story of the debate that took place.

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Happy Upcoming St. Valentine’s Day

by Steve Ray on February 3, 2006

Happy St. Valentine's Day

Last year Steve gave a talk entitled “Men, Marriage, Sex & Heaven” to a packed house of 350 married couples at World Marriage Day on February 14th. You could hear a pin drop and many couples said it transformed their marriages. You can now listen to this talk on audio CD. For more info, click here.

From the sponsor of the event: “We have been getting some awesome feedback from your talk. Comments such as:  He was down to earth.  Not preachy.  He was helpful.  He gave good practical tips.  He was humorous.  He was encouraging.  He was informative, especially for us women.  I wish I had heard this long ago!

“One man shared that he felt he was not romantic enough and he needed to work on that.  His wife agreed, but also felt that she understood more how "he" felt.  She never realized it before.“

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Do Catholics Worship Mary?

by Steve Ray on February 3, 2006

Mary, Saints, Worship & Salvation
by Steve Ray

Catholic are often accused of “worshipping” Mary, the Saints, icons, statues and the like. “Bowing before a statue must certainly be worship,” says the Evangelical who has rejected images (only of a certain kind, as we shall see later). It may be inconsistent with his own practice, but has never taken the time to understand Catholic and liturgical Christianity.

Have they ever asked the little old lady in her babushka if she is actually worshiping the statue in front of which she kneels? Does this holy and wrinkled woman in Poland believe she is worshiping the icon of the Black Madonna? Does the Mexican mother surrounded by her kneeling children consider her veneration of our Lady of Guadalupe the same as her worship of God? Of course not. It would only take a few such questions, should the wondering Protestant care to learn.

For the rest of the article “Mary, Saints, Worship and Salvation,” click here.
For Steve's other writings and articles, click
here.
For Steve's Interview on Mary with Cardinal Schonborn, click here.

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