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SUNDAY IS COMING! A New Kind of Church!

by Steve Ray on April 17, 2015

Aren’t we all tired of old liturgies from the first centuries? Shouldn’t we update our church services? The time has come to compete with Hollywood and the new generation!

Announcing!  Here is the NEW model of church — for the new generation who’s tired of the same old, same old, same old….

This Sunday, join the NEW form of worship. Join an Evangelical mega-church near you!

Oh, and don’t forget to put a double shot in your cappachino when you arrive Sunday morning. You will need the extra boost to get in the groove! Help the Spirit, you know. And yes, we do have cup holders for our theatre-styled seats.

Welcome! We love, love, love you and — thanks for choosing our church!! It’s much more entertaining here than where you USED to go!

This is a bit of irony that pokes a bit of fun at the contemporary “worship scene” in many churches today. But the last video is simple and straightforward — the liturgy of the early Church, the Church of saints and martyrs.

If that is not enough, look a bit deeper and see how you can get your own mega-church! Bring them in!

Compared to Sunday morning in 155 AD! The following was written by St. Justin Martyr to explain to the Emperor what happened every Sunday in EVERY church in the Roman Empire. It is one of the passages that made me a Catholic and made Janet and I fall in love with the Catholic Church and the Mass. We are in continuity with historical Christianity and and members of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. And this is where We ARE going on Sunday!

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I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to share it with everyone!

Hi Steve,

Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. When he asked, “Are you sure you are saved?”, I thought to myself, “What would Steve say?”

After thinking for a second, I smiled and told him, “Absolutely–I’m saved the bible way!”  When he asked what I meant by my (your) response, the ensuing answer led to an hour-long conversation with me doing my best to give rock-solid (no pun intended) answers to each of his skeptical questions. I even raised some points for which he had no “packaged” answers.

This was the first time since my conversion to the Church that I’ve really engaged in apologetics and defended the faith adequately. What made it more interesting is that this guy is a fallen-away Catholic and an MD who has started a small church of his own (At one point I even suggested that he was, in a sense, a self-appointed pope!).

After we shook hands, I walked away and overheard him telling others on his mission team, “Wow, that was a very intellectual argument!” It turned out to be the highlight of my weekend.  I am so grateful for all the work that you and other notable converts have done, through your books, CDs and videos,  to get me to this point.

Safe travels, Darrell

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“Ecumenical” Bible Studies

by Steve Ray on April 14, 2015

EcumenicalBibleStudyWithout 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 and comments and the reason Catholics are invited is with the hope of converting them.

What matters is this – what did author intend in the context of his own time and how has the Church understood it for 2,000 years!

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History of Middle East in 90 Seconds

April 13, 2015

Fascinating moving map. Click the image below to see biblical and modern history of the volatile Middle East.

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Steve Ray’s Conversion Story up on “Why I’m Catholic”

April 10, 2015

 This is a great website with conversion stories from every religious tradition imaginable to Catholic. The Why I’m Catholic website should be passed around to family and friends. It is very well done, beautifully laid out and full of great stories. Our story was posted this week. You can read it HERE.  

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First Days in Portugal

April 9, 2015

The first video is me on a hiking tour along the waterfront of Lisbon. I look at a lot of the people, places and things as I go through this beautiful city. I end up at the Monastery of St. Jerome. Built in the 1500s it is now under the control of the government and [...]

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How to Answer Someone who says “I am a Non-Denominational”

April 9, 2015

This was very clever. A friend posted it on my site. “When someone tells me they are non-denominational — I tell them I am pre-denominational.” For those who don’t get it:  pre-denomination means “before the Protestant Reformation (read: Rebellion).” The Protestants gave birth to the multiplying denominations. Before them there was the pre-denomination — the [...]

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“Hey, I Like Your Cross!”

April 8, 2015

That’s why I always where my San Damiano Cross. It is colorful and catches people’s eye. Even yesterday while traveling two people commented. My response is always, “Thanks, I wear it proudly as a Catholic!” Invariably an interesting discussion ensues. An atheist once asked why he should become Catholic. What fun! Yesterday two people at [...]

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Meaning of Sacred and Immaculate Hearts

April 5, 2015

A non-Christian friend found two paintings at an art show and asked me, “What in the world are these? They seem to have pagan elements. What do they have to do with Jesus and Mary?” Here is my explanation. If you readers have anything to add, please post it in the Comments below. Thanks. Thanks. [...]

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Two Cool Timelines for Holy Week

March 31, 2015

There are a lot of things that happened in Holy Week. Do you know what was done when?  Where Jesus was each day?  What the sequence of events were? These are great tools to accompany you through Holy Week and beyond. Print them out and put them on your refrigerator. Talk about it over dinner [...]

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Tears Singing Good Ole Baptist Hymns

February 10, 2015

The old Baptist hymns still stir me and bring tears to my eyes. They take me back to my childhood when the family would dress up, us kids in our little suits with cheesy ties and short-legged pants. Dad would always give us candy during the service and put his arm around us while tickling [...]

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My Friend from Istanbul becomes a Christian!

February 1, 2015

Okan and I have worked together for 15 years with filming projects, pilgrimages and more in Turkey. He was born and raised in Turkey which is 99.9% Muslim.  Over the years I kept telling Okan, “Some day you will be a Christian.” In November 2014 while in Turkey on our St. Paul Mediterranean Cruise, Okan [...]

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John the Baptist Ate Them…Steve Ate One too!

January 10, 2015

I was just on the radio and mentioned how I ate a grasshopper in the Holy Land, in honor of John the Baptist. Since we just returned from Israel I thought I would repost this blog entry in honor of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus on January 9 and my appearance on Relevant Radio 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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Two Great Jewish Movies

January 3, 2015

Since we are in Jerusalem, I thought I would share two of our favorite Jewish movies. Recently watched “Everything is Illuminated” again. It is funny and profound about a young man (Elijah Wood – Frodo in “Lord of the Rings”) who discovers his Jewish past after Nazi fascists occupied Ukraine. It is one of my [...]

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Fun Bible Riddles

December 27, 2014

What biblical saint died twice and was buried twice? Who was the first man that broke all Ten Commandments? What biblical character killed one quarter of the population? What prophet anointed two kings who lived simultaneously? Born once, die twice; born twice, die once. What does it mean? DON’T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS WITH THE [...]

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