Bible Study

I’ve waited 20 years for this. I have the fantastic Verbum Catholic and Bible Software. They are doing it right! It is thoroughly Catholic — to my great joy. It continues to grow in resources and power. It is on my computer 24 hours a day!

But now the icing is on the cake! They have recently released Verbum 6 with Bible atlases, Catholic Scripture commentaries, Church documents, timelines, Factbooks, lectionary and much more.

But what I am thrilled with is the searchable Catechism. No longer a big cumbersome book on my lap or desk. It is fully searchable, linked to all the references AND is on my laptop, desktop, iPad and iPhone — all linked, synced and fast and very cool!

www.Verbum.com/SteveRay  -   Promo Code STEVERAY for a 15% discount!

The Catechism is a spectacular hub for studying the Catholic Faith. The Catechism contains roughly 4,800 references to the Bible and other writings. The Logos edition links 95% of these to their sources, and these sources are themselves linked to other texts. The Catechism becomes a gateway into the Faith.

Hover the cursor over a footnote, Bible reference, quote from a Father or Council of the Church and a pop up window temporarily appears with the full quote.

It is linked to the councils, to Scripture, to the whole 38-volume set of the Church Fathers — and that is just scratching the surface.

Check out this short video to see what power and speed and information is at your fingertips — even on a plane, in a car, under a tree, or in a class. You’ve gotta get this program if you love the Bible and the Catholic Faith.

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See other demo videos on their website. This will make a great gift for spouse, seminarian, friend, priest, studentor Yourself!

Click this for a short 2-minute video to show the POWER of Logos!

 From a friend: “Hello there Steve This is Bill from Saginaw. How are you, I thoroughly enjoyed your book Crossing The Tiber which I have given to several of my Baptists friend who are now talking civilly with me about my faith.

“With your book and the referral to Verbum I have learned an awful lot. Every time I log into Verbum I say a prayer you and your family. I do this out of gratitude for you introducing me to this wonderful Catholic resource. Thank you again Steve this really has made a difference in my journey.”

By the way, all my books and Bible studies are now on Verbum! Visit www.Verbum.com/SteveRay. Use the Promo Code SteveRay for the 15% discount.

Steve’s 1 hour demonstration and explanation of the software:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Bible Christians”
(a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises:

1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone;
2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own pope;
3. The Bible is perspicuous (i.e., easy to understand) and it can be interpreted and understood by anyone.
4. An individual can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves.

Catholics have a different set of premises that direct their study of the Bible.

1. The authority of the Apostles and the Church preceded the Bible and the Sacred Tradition of the Church is an equally infallible authority (2 Thes 2:15; CCC 80-83). The Bible is part of the Apostolic Tradition.
2. The authoritative interpretation of the Bible is the prerogative of the Catholic Church (1 Tim 3:15; Mt 18:17; CCC 85-88).
3. The Bible is not always easy to understand (2 Pet 3:15-16) and needs to understood within its historical and contextual framework and interpreted within the community to which it belongs.
4. Individuals can/should read the Bible and interpret the Bible for themselves—but within the framework of the Church’s authoritative teaching and not based on their own “private interpretation” (2 Pet 1:20-21).

These basic differences place the Catholic and Protestant worlds apart even though they are opening the pages of the same book and accepting it as an authoritative revelation from God. The Catholic position is biblical, and has been espoused from the first days of the Church. The Protestant position is unbiblical (assumed from their newly devised tradition) and is of recent origin. The Catholic is in full continuity with historical Christianity; Protestants are in discontinuity.

For the best Catholic Bible software, visit www.Logos.com/steveray

My article “Bible Study: Playground or Minefield? Why We Need the Church”

My article: “How to Start a Parish Bible Study”

“Questions for ‘Bible Christians’”

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I have provided two short 6 minute video clips of me (Steve Ray) and Liz Lev as we talked to my group in the Ancient Rome Forum today. 

First, Liz spoke about the clash of empires: the Roman Empire and the Kingdom of God. The key line is this: Rome had just claimed that the Emperors had become gods – man could now become god. At the same time Paul and Peter come to Rome and say, “Wrong, God has become man! which set up the whole cultural clash that continues today.

Second, I gave a short talk about how Americans are at a great disadvantage when it comes to reading the Bible because we are no longer in its biblical and cultural context. I explained how coming to these biblical lands helps up immerse ourselves in the biblical culture to help the Bible come alive.

Enjoy! (We treat our pilgrims to the best of everything: not just hotels, food and accommodations, but also biblical Catholic teaching, holy sites, prayer and spiritual adventures)

For upcoming pilgrimages, check out our site at www.FootprintsOfGod.com: To Rome including Mother Teresa’s Canonization, Israel including Part 2 – Digging Deeper, Lourdes & Fatima, Poland for the Year of Mercy, Biblical Turkey, St. Paul Cruises, Guadalupe, Germany to Study Luther and the Reformation, Shrines of France and more. Contact Suzanne at 800-727-1999, ex 121.

LIZ LEV ON THE CULTURAL CLASH BETWEEN THE FIRST CHRISTIANS AND ANCIENT ROME

STEVE EXPLAINING HOW TO UNDERSTAND ST. PAUL BY UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVED

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Reading the Bible

May 28, 2015

A Little Poem about Bible Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that [...]

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

May 21, 2015

When I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth. There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. We virtually cut them out of the Bible in the sense that we ignored or reasoned [...]

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“Ecumenical” Bible Studies

April 14, 2015

Without a teaching authority or the tradition of the historic Church, this cartoon shows what many Bible studies are really like. I remember Bible Studies that started out with “What does this passage mean to you?”  To keep from arguing or fighting, many just avoid difficult passages. There are many studies that exclude Catholic ideas [...]

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Meet St. Paul as he Writes to the Romans; A Brief Study to Make it Easy

April 12, 2015

I love St. Paul and love to write about him and his epistles. I also enjoyed traveling through six countries filming his life story and theology. St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans is often seen as impossible to understand except by theologians — and most skip right over this masterpiece. With hopes that you will [...]

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Great New Didache Bible from Ignatius Press

January 24, 2015

The Didache Bible Is Here, By Dr. Jeff Mirus This Bible uses the Second Edition of the Catholic Edition of the Revised Standard Version, widely regarded as the best translation available today. This means it was last revised according to the principles promulgated in Liturgiam Authenticam in 2001. The printing is well done—clean, clear and easy to [...]

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Biblical Measurements and Units

January 5, 2015

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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The Cross & the Crucifix: Letter to a Fundamentalist

December 21, 2014

The Cross & the Crucifix (From a letter Steve wrote to a Evangelical Protestant who asked about the Catholic Crucifix) Dear Evangelical Friend: You display a bare cross in your home; we display the cross and the crucifix. What is the difference and why? The cross is an upright post with a crossbeam in the [...]

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Catholic Church: “Don’t Read the Bible!”

November 8, 2014

We often hear that the Catholic Church has forbidden the reading of the Bible! Have you heard this? Yeah, me too! But, this is another one of those big myths which has worked its way into the popular dialog but one that has not been proved from Church teaching and documents. There are two good [...]

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Questions for “Bible Christians” that they can’t answer

October 1, 2014

http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer. I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response. DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not [...]

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Summer Picks – Books Steve Uses on Verbum Software

July 28, 2014

When Verbum asked me what books I would recommend for summer reading, it was easy to come up with some great titles. I use Verbum every day, and there are certain books I use over and over again. The books are all interconnected, so while you could sit and read any of the books I picked (they’re [...]

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A Talk with 2 Purposes: Teach Foundations of our Faith & Demonstrate Verbum Catholic Software

June 23, 2014

Last month I gave a talk in Ann Arbor entitled “The Foundations of our Faith: Scripture, Tradition & Magisterium.” (Watch the video below.) As I love to do, I tied the Old and New Testaments together and showed the continuity that lays the foundation for who and what we are as Catholics today.  But my [...]

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So, Why is Abraham the Father of our Faith?

May 19, 2014

To purchase Steve Ray’s Talk “Abraham: Father of Faith & Works” on CD or MP3 visit SteveRaysStore.com. Well for starters, let’s see how he DID or DIDN’T respond to God when called to leave his homeland and go to a place that God would show him. Let’s put ourselves in his sandals and see what WE [...]

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Why Use Logos Catholic Bible Software? Why Indeed!

May 16, 2014

Check out this 2 minute video. If you love the Bible, want to know it better, want power to dig deep and understand, check out the video. And now it is also loaded with Catholic documents, commentaries, the Catechism, Trent, Vatican I, Vatican II, the Church Fathers, Papal Encyclicals, the Lectionary and much more. Wow! [...]

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