Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Up to my Butt in the Muddy Jordan!

by Steve Ray on June 20, 2017

Today we finished up our filming in Jordan and tomorrow we drive across the border into Israel. Here is a 57 second clip of me in the muddy Jordan River.


Last Day of Filming in Jordan

by Steve Ray on June 20, 2017

IMG_4546We finished up our filming in Jordan today. We finished our last six scenes at the Jordan River. I had to get in up to my thighs. It’s the muddiest river you ever saw :-)

Yesterday the sun are so hot and bright we had to discontinue at 2:00 PM because the cameras just could not function.  So we had to finish up at the Jordan River this morning before the sun got too high in the sky.

Tomorrow we drive north and cross from Jordan into Israel at the Sheikh Hussein Crossing. Will spend the night in Nazareth and begin our filming in the northern part of Israel on Thursday.


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Do Catholics Worship Mary?

by Steve Ray on June 20, 2017

In response to the show I did with Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio:

I thought it would be a good time to respond to an e-mail I received a while ago. It was a questions from a friend wrote to ask me for my take on Mary. He was corresponding with someone that said Catholics worship Mary and got this practice from pagans who had worshiped Artemis in Ephesus. He asked what I thought. Here is my response:

EinKeremMotherSm.jpgDear Friend: Catholics are often accused of “worshiping” Mary, the Saints, icons, statues and the like. Your friend mentions several example which he assumes, based on his Protestant tradition, his lack of familiarity with the ancient Christian traditions and customs, and his Protest-ant reading of the Bible, that these actions are inherently acts of worship and therefore idolatry.

“Bowing before a statue must certainly be worship,” says the Evangelical who has not only abandoned the idea of images (only of a certain kind, as we shall see later) and is very inconsistent in his own practice, but has never taken the time to understand Catholic and liturgical Christianity.

Have the vocal opponents of statues, icons and the like ever asked the little old lady in her babushka if she is actually worshiping the statue in front of which she kneels? Does this holy, and wrinkled woman in Poland believe she is worshiping the icon of the Black Madonna? Does the Mexican mother surrounded by her kneeling children consider her veneration of our Lady of Guadalupe the same as her worship of God? Of course not. It would only take a few such questions, should the wondering Protestant care to learn the truth–that these common folks would be shocked at such a thought of worshipping Mary in the place of God.

To read the whole letter, click here.