Rome 2: St. Peters Basilica, Martyrdom and Bones of St. Paul

October 29, 2018

We started today with Mass at St. Peter’s in the Hungarian Chapel. It was nice and quiet and private, down in the Crypt with the tombs of all the popes. You can hear/see Fr. Cole’s excellent homily here. Then we followed the footprints of Saint Paul to the place where he was martyred and I […]

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Arrival in Rome

October 29, 2018

Most of our group returned back to the United States today but smaller contingency of us continued on to Rome. We boarded the Aegean Airline flight from Athens for the two hour flight. We started the day with Mass of San Stefano Rotondo. Fr. Cole’s homily here. Lunch (wow, back in Italy with the best […]

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What Does the Word Catholic Mean? A History of the Word “Catholic”

October 29, 2018

As a Protestant, I went to an Evangelical church that changed an important and historical word in the  Apostles Creed. Instead of the “holy, catholic Church,” we were the “holy, Christian church.” At the time, I thought nothing of it. There was certainly no evil intent, just a loathing of the Catholic Church and a […]

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The Sign of the Cross: It’s History, Meaning and Biblical Basis

October 28, 2018

SIGN OF THE CROSS By Steve Ray The Sign of the Cross is a ritual gesture by which we confess two important mysteries: the Trinity and the centrality of the Cross. It is the most common and visible means by which we confess our faith. The Sign of the Cross is made by touching the […]

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Thessaloniki to Philippi

October 27, 2018

We drove just under two hours to Philippi from our very nice hotel in Thessaloniki. We have two sites to visit today which are both related to St. Paul. The first is Philippi where we will tour of the ancit site and see the prison where Paul and Silas were chained (Acts 16). Will also […]

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Slaughter & Kill – or – Love & Peace? Islam’s Koran is Clear

October 27, 2018

Here are clear statements of the Koran itself. Is this really a religion of peace or is it rather a political agenda of conquering and ruling? Those who think Islam is primarily a religion are deluding themselves. Islam is a political agenda to conquer the world and rule it in the name of Allah. It […]

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Crap, Castration & Two Creations – Colorful New Testament Wording

October 27, 2018

Since we are in Philippi Greece today, I thought I would post this colorful blog :-) We miss a lot when reading the English Bible. We’re at a great disadvantage. The early Christians read the writings of the apostles in the original language – they understood the words and expressions must better than we do. […]

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Busy Day from Athens to Thessaloniki

October 26, 2018

We disembark the ship at 7:00 AM gathered our luggage and boarded the bus for downtown Athens. Everyone had 3 to 4 hours of free time to enjoy the restaurants and shops and ambience of this ancient city. We boarded our plane and headed on the short flight to Thessaloniki after which we boarded our […]

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Were the Bereans “Bible Alone”?

October 26, 2018

Since we are in Thessaloniki today, just a few miles from Berea (which I have visited a number of times), I thought I’d share my argument which turns the PROTEST-ant idea of “Sola Scriptura” on its head. You know, many Protestants appeal to the Bereans as proof of their false doctrine. Regarding the Bereans, it just ain’t […]

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Islands of Crete & Santorini; free time on the ship

October 25, 2018

Today we landed in Heraklion in Crete, Greece’s largest island. According to Greek mythology it was the birthplace  of Zeus, the head of the gods. But for us, the most important thing is that St. Paul was on this island at least twice and established the church here. He later left Titus on Crete to […]

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Islam “Religion of Peace” only in America

October 25, 2018

Whole article here For my talk on “Islam, What Every Infidel Should Know” on my web store here.

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St. Paul and the Cretans

October 25, 2018

Today we are touring the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea. St. Paul was here at least twice that we know of. He did not have a very flattering impression of the Cretans. This is what he wrote to Titus.

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Cruise Day 5: Rhodes and Steve’s Talk on St. Paul

October 24, 2018

Rhodes is a biblical site mentioned in Acts 21:1 where St. Paul stopped on his 3rd Missionary Journey. Private Mass at Santa Maria Catholic Church in Ialysos, Rhodes and you can hear the homily here. I was able to make the arduous climb all of the way to the top of the acropolis with about […]

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Why Fundamentalist Protestants are Wrong on Dispensationalism

October 24, 2018

Why Fundamentalist Protestants are Wrong on Dispensationalism and the OT Law  By Steve Ray Dear Jerry: I haven’t heard from you in quite some time and I was thinking that it’s my turn to take you out to lunch since you paid the bill at Zingerman’s last time. Things are going very well for us and I […]

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Cruise Day 4: Ephesus & Island of Patmos

October 23, 2018

Today is one of my favorite days of the cruise along with Corinth which we visited two days ago. Today we visit Ephesus where Paul lived for two years and where the 4th Ecumenical Council took place. We start our time in Ephesus by going to Mary’s House on the side of the mountain. She […]

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St. Paul Walks Passed the Brothal

October 23, 2018

Every time I visit Ephesus I show my tour group my favorite things in this ancient city. We are here today with 80 pilgrims. We filmed here for our Paul and Mary DVDs and have brought groups here on numerous occasions. One of my favorite things to show people in Ephesus is the Billboard for […]

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