December 2007

What Can Fit on the Head of Pin?

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2007

PinheadSm.jpgWe don't know how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but now we know how many words of God can be inscribed on one.
Scientists at Haifa's Technion institute in Israel have inscribed the entire Hebrew Bible, complete with vowels, on a silicon surface smaller than the head of a pin.
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“Virtual Tour of Mary’s Life”

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2007

BethStar sm.jpgJoin us on a Holy Land Pilgrimage in 2008!! Click here for a brochure for the Pilgrimage in April!!

To listen to Steve's radio show on Bethlehem, click here

To the right are pictures of the star marking the place where Jesus was born. It is under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Jesus was born in a cave and the church was built over the cave. Step into the Church here.BethChurch.jpg

 

 

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How do we know this is really the place of Jesus' birth? I explain that here. Want to take a virtual video tour? Then visit my Virtual Pilgrimage page and scroll down to the days we visit Bethlehem.

You may also enjoy reading Did the Wise Men Meet the Shepherds? and a story of the Nativity accounts.

MaryDVD.jpgBethlehem is also featured in our on-location adventure DVDs Mary, Mother of God and Jesus, the Word Became Flesh. Order one or both before Christmas and receive a free copy of Steve Ray's talk "Defending the Eucharist."

Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, Do Catholics Worship Mary?, Did Mary have other Children? Assumption & Queenship

For our pilgrimages to the Holy Land in February and April and November 2008, click here.

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A Pilgrim’s Christmas Letter

by Steve Ray on December 27, 2007

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Christmas Letter:

Nicely written, humorous and profound

Written by a Pilgrim to the Holy Land

Click here

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Was St. Athanasius a Proto-protestant?

December 27, 2007

St. Athanasius was the great Defender of the Faith in the 4th century. At great personal cost, he fought for the truth of the Trinity and the two natures of Christ — both human and divine. There are hints that St. Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria Egypt, might not have been a Baptist after all .  Join Sherlock [...]

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Tough Being Moses’ Friend

December 26, 2007

Found at http://christianforums.com/t3700574-whats-the-most-played-song-on-your-ipod.html&page=5

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Merry Christmas from the Ray Family!

December 25, 2007

  Merry Christmas!

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Ironic Twist to a Devastating Story

December 24, 2007

I am currently writing next year's Study Guide for Catholic Scripture Study – on Genesis. This section I wrote was so exciting and ironic I had to share it, especially since this is Christmas when God became Man. Here is a small section of what I wrote: But why didn't God prevent Adam and Eve from sinning? [...]

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Tony Blair Converts to the Catholic Church

December 22, 2007

The former Prime Minister of Great Britain and now Peace Envoy to the Middle East converted to the Catholic Church last night in Rome. You can read the whole story here. Now we hope that the grace of conversion will effect his views on abortion and other such troublesome matters. UPDATE 1/2/08: First Things commentary [...]

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The Double Standard of a Critic

December 22, 2007

Dave Armstrong has posted a blog entry (and a new one here) explaining how one anti-Catholic operates as he criticizes Catholics. Interesting read! Guys like this really ought to fix the real holes in his own bucket before trying to find perceived holes in someone else's (Matt 7:3-5). An earlier post by Dave on the same topic can be [...]

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Glendon Confirmed

December 21, 2007

Glendon Confirmed as U.S. Envoy to Holy See WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 21, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. Senate confirmed President George Bush's nomination of Mary Ann Glendon as the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. The Wednesday approval means that Glendon will succeed Francis Rooney, who has represented the United States before the Holy See since [...]

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Anglican Leader Questions Nativity Story

December 21, 2007

Anglican leader questions Nativity story  London, Dec. 21, 2007 (CWNews.com) – The Archbishop of Canterbury questioned the accuracy of the Nativity story in a BBC television interview. Dr. Rowan Williams, the worldwide leader of the Anglican communion, said that the story of the Magi in particular is vague at best, and the claim that the [...]

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Questions Answered on Catholic Answers Live

December 19, 2007

Questions Steve answered on Catholic Answers Live, Dec. 19. Options for listening to the show here. Here is the RealAudio link for easy access. What is the difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles? Since you've been there many times, tell me what the Upper Room in Jerusalem is like and what happened there. We are told [...]

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Happy Holidays???

December 18, 2007

Tonight I took my beautiful wife of 31 years out to dinner. As always, more that anything I love being alone with her and discussing a hundred important things together. (Most of my creativity takes place when I am alone with her.) But that is not what I am writing about, sorry! After our dinner [...]

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Christianity Today’s Top Ten for 2007 – Dr. Beckwith’s Return to the Catholic Church is #8

December 18, 2007

Christianity Today is the flagship magazine of Evanglicalism. I have been a subscriber for over 25 years. The editors have come up with the Top Ten Stories for 2007 which they describe this way: Top Ten Stories of 2007 The events, people, and debates of the past year that Christianity Today's editors believe have shaped, [...]

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Becoming Hinged: Russell Tisdale’s Story

December 15, 2007

Russell Tisdale was born into a Oneness Pentecostal family, then touched by the Assemblies of God. He also came close to Eastern Orthodoxy before becoming a Catholic. You can read his interesting story here — and after you do, leave a Reply at the end to welcome him home.

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What Famous Christmas Carol is This?

December 15, 2007

ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ It is a clever riddle, but see if you can figure it out.(Opps, sorry, I had a mistake in this riddle which is now fixed! – 12-16-07) The answer is in the Comments below; don't look until you give up!

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