“What Bible Commentary Should I Use?”

March 2, 2010

I get this question all the time. I have an answer. A commentary is a book that gives information about passages in the Bible. It follows the text chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse and gives definitions, explanations, background material, Church teaching and more on each passage of Scripture. Thanks to Kevin Lay of Scepter Publishers ( I have […]

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Favorite Books of 2009

December 27, 2009

Carl Olsen of Ignatius Press always asks authors for their favorite books of 2009. The lists he has compiled will be posted in a few days on  IgnatiusInsight. I offered my own unconventional list, as follows: Hello Carl: My list follows. Since I have been writing Scripture commentaries for and studying the lands of […]

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Recommended Book for Next Christmas …

December 23, 2009

… but get it now :-)  A friend named Cheri who joined us on our November pilgrimage to the Holy Land highly recommended this book. Her kids loved it — and so did she. Here is her recommendation: I just had to share this awesome book with you that a friend recommended and I have […]

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G.K. Chesterton Comments on Dan Brown

September 14, 2009

G.K. Chesterton is timeless so why can’t he speak from the grave about such as fool as Dan Brown (DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons)? Click here for Carl Olsen’s “exclusive interview”

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Seal of Confession on Trial

August 27, 2009

Click here for the interview with Fr. Mockiatis and his nightmare story of a taperecorder set up in his confessional without his knowledge to get the confession of an accused murderer. I had the privilege of meeting Fr. Mockiatis several years ago. A noble and faithful priest! For the book, click here.

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My book UPON THIS ROCK now an E-Book

July 17, 2009

I was happy to see that my book Upon this Rock: Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church is now being sold as an e-book through Ignatius Press. It is also sold at a big discount because it doesn’t have to be published with paper and ink. I think I […]

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Excellent Book on the Cinema & Movies

March 7, 2009

Stan Williams, my good friend and fellow convert to the Catholic Church, has written a great book on movies and the cinema. He is eminently qualified with his PhD in videography and movie-making and producing. If you are interested especially in the stories and morals being protrayed in film and how to watch wisely, then […]

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Two Good Movies

December 27, 2008

Nice to slow down a few days to relax and watch a couple of recommended movies with the Christmas lights blinking. Janet and I watched two movies this week that we would recommend. First, The Ultimate Gift in which a rich would-be heir — to billions of dollars — is taught many lessons about life, […]

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Why Are Catholic Bibles Bigger?

January 17, 2008

Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger! If you are wondering why we have seven books in our Bibles that the Protestants removed from their Bibles, then you need this book. If you have been asked the question and don’t know how to answer, then you really need this book. Gary Michuta is a top notch Catholic apologist […]

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Critics of My Books

December 14, 2007

I was made aware of two critical comments on my book Upon this Rock. I generally tend to defend my works if I have time. I have briefly addressed each for anyone interested. The comments were made by Michael Whelton in his book Popes and Patriarchs. He was an Anglican turned Catholic, who was then disallusioned by […]

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New Evangelical book on the Church Fathers

November 18, 2007

There is a new book published on the Church Fathers written by a self-professed “proud, dispensational, conservative, born-again fundie.” He is from Moody Bible Institute.  I ordered a copy of Getting to Know the Church Fathers by Bryan Litfin. Below is an excerpt from an interview he gave with Susan Wunderink for Christianity Today. Having […]

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Honored by these words from Rod Bennett

October 31, 2007

Rod Bennett is the author of the most excellent book on four of the Apostolic Fathers. It is entitled Four Witnesses: the Early Church in Her Own Words published by Ignatius Press. I highly recommend this book–we used it extensively for research on our project. Rod was a consultant on our documentary Apostolic Fathers, Handing […]

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“Defending Life” by new Catholic “Revert” Dr. Francis Beckwith

September 28, 2007

 Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, by Francis J. Beckwith  (Cambridge, 312 pp., $22.99)  Review by RYAN T. ANDERSON "Supreme Court Settles Abortion Issue”: So declared the New York Times the day after the Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. But as the past 34 years have shown, there is no question less settled in American public life […]

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“Price of all the divisions among Christians today is high. Too high.”

August 26, 2007

Here is an interesting review of a new book published by Smithsonian Institute — which is neither Catholic nor Protestant, Muslim nor Jewish. I just ordered a rush copy of the book. Enjoy this article as a preface to my upcoming response to the charge that all of us Catholic apologists are liars and deceivers who […]

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“Crossing the Tiber” Someone Pinches My Title . . .

August 15, 2007

. . . but I don't care. It promotes my book :-) and it is also a great article. This article discusses the many Protestants who are crossing the Tiber to join the Catholic Church. You can read the news report here.

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Jimmy Akin Comments on Harry Potter

July 22, 2007

With the new Harry Potter book out this weekend, Jimmy Akin has put up a timely blog entry about Harry — along with suggesting a good alternative. You can read Jimmy's comments here. Jimmy introduced us to the alternative entitled Starswarm.  By the way, I could never get into the Harry Potter books, but my wife […]

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