- - Thursday, October 29, 2015

Today is the 302nd day of 2015. There are 63 days left in the year.

(1) When God Goes Away…, by Walter Russell Mead (The American Interest)

“People who think themselves too rational for religious belief end up believing in “astral forces”, ghosts and other phenomena. …It’s something very much worth remembering: a world without faith in God wouldn’t be a more rational or more humane place.”

(2) Is the Reformation Mostly Over?, by Jeremy Neill (Patheos)

“Today, as a committed Protestant I am happy to count numerous Catholic brothers and sisters among my friends, and I am looking forward to the day when we will be together around the Lord’s banquet table in heaven. Like Father Neuhaus, on that day I too will not be counting upon my knowledge of the correct doctrine of justification by faith.”

(3) The Monk Who Was Not Good Enough, by Nathan Busenitz (Masters Seminary)

“After a lifetime of guilt, after years of struggling to make himself righteous, after trying to please God on his own, and after a disappointing trip to Rome, Martin Luther finally came to understand the heart of the gospel message. He discovered justification by grace through faith in Christ; and in that moment, he was transformed.

(4) John Paul the Great’s Might Fortress, by Daniel Johnson (Wall Street Journal)

***One year ago next week I was in Krakow, Poland to celebrate the life and influence of Pope John Paul II. Here is a book review of a new biography by acclaimed PJP2 biographer George Weigel, focusing on the younger years PJP2 spent in the town of Krakow. I enjoyed the review and look forward to the book coming in the mail.

(5) The Bible and the Border (immigration issues), by Mark Coppenger (Bible Mesh)

“Of course, none of this specifies whether, when, where, and to what extent immigration is desirable or even obligatory. Rather, it suggests that being “Christlike” is not the same as saying anything goes.”

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