January 2013: “Getting to Know the Bible” — Dr. John Bergsma

January 2013 Show: “Getting to Know the Bible”

BergsmaJ-2013With special guest Dr. John Bergsma

St. Jerome once said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Through the centuries, the Church has echoed that sentiment, calling Catholics again and again to study the Scriptures. Answering that call, however, isn’t always easy. Join us and Franciscan University theology professor and author Dr. John Bergsma as we discusses how to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of Scripture study and what we find when we do break open the Bible in this episode all about getting to know the Bible.

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Dr. John Bergsma — A Temple of Stone is Inadequate

Dr. John Bergsma, Associate Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “Body Building and Temple Growing” on July 26, 2012, as a part of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Applied Biblical Studies Conference. This video is an excerpt from that talk.

Watch the full talk here: Body Building and Temple Growing: St. Paul’s Vision of the Church.

Servant of All: Reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes – who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34).

Gentleness in the Midst of Suffering: The Readings for the 25th Week of Ordinary Time

Looking over the readings for this week, I was reminded of a classic scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, when Han Solo and Luke Skywalker find themselves, after a long separation, suddenly reunited—but as prisoners of their common enemy, Jabba the Hutt:

Dr. Michael Barber — Keys, Pits, and Binding: Old Testament Imagery in Revelation

A clip from “Millennium: Unlocking the Book of Revelation” by Dr. Michael Barber, Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University, given at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in July 2010.

PODCAST: Download a podcast of the full talk here.

The Paradox of Discipleship: The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We have been getting a number of rousing challenges from Jesus in the past several weeks, as our Readings have followed the progress of his ministry, and Jesus repeatedly makes clear that following him is not going to be easy in any way.

Following the Messiah: Reflections on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. 

All Things Well: Reflections on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31).

Jesus the “Reverse Psychologist”?: Readings for the 23rd Week of Ordinary Time

“Reverse Psychology” describes the attempt to motivate individuals to action by telling them to do the opposite of what is actually desired.  The method is based on the assumption of the perversity of human nature.  Since we tend to do disobey whatever commands we receive, why not command what is wrong, and then our natural “disobedience” will result in good?

On Faith, Freedom, and the Fourth of July

For Independence Day, a short reading from one of our founding fathers, on what is necessary for successful governing of a republic.

Deliver Us from Evil: The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Today is the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, a very great feast day in the Church, and it doesn’t seem right to allow the occasion to pass without some comment.

Saints Peter and Paul represent, respectively, the leaders of the Church’s mission to the Jews and to the Gentiles (Gal 2:7). The Church celebrates their feasts on the same day, because the Church’s proclamation of the gospel is founded on their dual mission: “the gospel … is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (i.e. the Gentile)” (Rom 1:16).

Atheist Blogger Turns Catholic

One of the past week’s most interesting religious stories was the announcement by atheist blogger Leah Libresco that she was planning to enter the Catholic Church. One of the many reports can be read here

. The story is an interesting read. It seems that Libresco first became convinced of the reality of the moral order (or the natural law). If the moral order is really real, and not just part of our imagination, or a fluke of our evolutionary development, it does finally imply the existence of a God, because law (as in moral law) implies a lawgiver.

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