Bible Study

Last month I gave a talk in Ann Arbor entitled “The Foundations of our Faith: Scripture, Tradition & Magisterium.” (Watch the video below.) As I love to do, I tied the Old and New Testaments together and showed the continuity that lays the foundation for who and what we are as Catholics today. 

But my second purpose was to show how I do my research these days. I have given away about 1/2 of my books because I rarely use my 20,000 volume library any more because I have Logos’ Verbum Catholic and Bible Software. The future of Bible and Catholic study is here. There is nothing like Verbum.

The talk was video-taped and you can see me (kind of dark to the right) but you can easily see the screen where my friend and Verbum associate demonstrated how powerful it is and how it puts whole libraries at your fingertips.

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So, Why is Abraham the Father of our Faith?

by Steve Ray on May 19, 2014

To purchase Steve Ray’s Talk “Abraham: Father of Faith & Works” on CD or MP3 visit SteveRaysStore.com.

Well for starters, let’s see how he DID or DIDN’T respond to God when called to leave his homeland and go to a place that God would show him. Let’s put ourselves in his sandals and see what WE would have done.

(This is a section from the Catholic Scripture Studies guide I wrote on Genesis.)

Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.’” (Genesis 12:1-3).

That is all that Abram had to go on. We are not aware of other conversations or proofs that God may have given to Abram—just pack up and go to  — well, he didn’t know where to!

So, put yourself in Abram’s sandals:

In Our Image AbrahamSm.jpg“Where Lord; where do you want me to go?” you ask. God says, “I already told you—to a land that I will show you.” “But Lord,” you answer, “I have a house and cars, a job and a family here.” “I’ve noticed,” replies God, “sell everything you can’t transport to another land, and pack the rest. Then I will tell you where to go.” “Where is this land you want us to to?” “I haven’t told you yet,” God says, “ just get packing.” “But God, if I quit my job here, will I have work in this new place?” “Don’t worry” answers God.

Under your breath you mutter, “Don’t worry?” Then you turn back to the Voice and say “What about a house and everything else we will need? What about a mortgage and an employment contract?” Patiently God responds, “I haven’t promised you any of that right now,” says God, “just trust me; I will bless you.” You turn away and mutter again, “Trust him?” before turning back to the Voice, “What do you mean trust you? What do you mean that will bless me? I have family here and no sons to care for me in my old age. I am already seventy-five years old—I’m past retirement and you say ‘Trust me?’” “Yes,” says God, “trust me to bless you!” “Hey God, where did you say we are going again?” I didn’t say, but I will show you.”

You are still thinking about all this and ask, “Should I leave my other gods here, all the idols we have worshiped for generations?” Now God mutters under his breath, “Who does he think I am?” Then with a bit of exasperation God exclaims, “Of course you should get rid of the idols; from now on I will be your God.” “But,” you answer, “I don’t even know your name.” “My name is not important right now, just do as I tell you” says God. You hesitate for a few minutes, scratching your head, then you ask “Are you sure I can trust you? And where did you say we are going again?”

Journey.jpgThat’s how most of us would have responded to God—part of the reason we are not the “father of the faith.” Abraham was no fool. He wasn’t gullible or easily pushed around (his actions displayed throughout his life prove that). He was not stupid, but neither was he set in his ways and stubborn. He was a bright man who was smart enough and decisive enough to perceive the truth. He put his life, his family, his possessions and his whole future in the hands of God—and God would not let him down.

“So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions which they had gathered, and the persons that they had gotten in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan,” (Genesis 12:4-5).

“And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. . . . By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go” (Hebrews 11:6, 8).

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A New Way to Study

May 14, 2014

Do you have an tablet or smartphone and wonder how you can use it to learn more about your Catholic faith and the Bible? Let me show you how!! In Ann Arbor Michigan, at 1:00 pm on May 31, I’m giving a free talk at St. Francis of Assisi parish called Foundations of our Faith. [...]

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The Bible out of Context

May 3, 2014

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and [...]

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The Technology of Scripture Study: The Middle Ages (and a hilarious video at the end)

March 16, 2014

I am an ecclesiastical historian by training and a Bible software guy by trade. Which, I think, puts me in the unique position to write about the history of the intersection of technology and Scripture study in a series of posts. Written by my friend Andrew Jones PhD: We might start with a description of [...]

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Join the Lenten Journey Free on Your Smartphone or iPad

February 28, 2014

The Sisters of St Paul have agreed to team up with Verbum Catholic Software to help people study the Gospel readings this Lent. They are hosting a Verbum Lenten Journey, and folks who sign up get a free book and the daily readings and commentary from Lenten Grace: Daily Gospel Reflections delivered straight to their inbox all through Lent.  This [...]

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Immaculate Conception? Look What Verbum Can Do!

December 9, 2013

This is so impressive I just had to give folks an opportunity to see this. There is a reason that thousands of Catholics are buying Verbum. What would Sts. Augustine and Aquinas think?! This is a short video that gives shows you how you can study the Immaculate Conception or any other topic in minutes [...]

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Questions for “Bible Christians” that they can’t answer

October 26, 2013

http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer. I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response. DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not [...]

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Download Jesus Free

May 11, 2013

Truth & Life just created a sticker encouraging people to “Download Jesus!” It is a easy way for people to get the FREE Truth & Life Bible app. (Endorsed by the Vatican). Click on the image below or scan the QR Reader.

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Will the Sisters Continue to Compete on the American Bible Challenge?

April 11, 2013

UPDATE: They won on Thursday! Bravo! They are on a winning roll – even knocking out a group of Protestant ministers! Bravo Sisters! Tune in once again to watch the Dominican Sisters of Mary compete for a second time on the Game Show Network’s (GSN). THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Thursday, [...]

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Using Computers and Smartphones to Do Apologetics: Scripture, Tradition & Answers at Your Fingertips

April 7, 2013

Every Catholic needs to learn apologetics. This does not mean we apologize for being Catholics :-). The word apologetics comes from 1 Peter 3:15 where our first Pope tells us we should be ready to explain and defend the TRUTH of our faith. The Greek word used by Peter is apologia. All of us are [...]

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Dominican Sisters Witness through Bible Game Show Appearance

March 17, 2013

By Hillary Senour Team Sisters of Mary with Jeff Foxworthy on The American Bible Challenge. Courtesy Grace Hill Media. Santa Monica, Calif., Mar 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three religious sisters are participating in a unique evangelization effort by competing on a Bible trivia game show in hopes of supporting their community. “This [...]

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

March 10, 2013

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own [...]

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Entering the Desert of Lent – but with Joy and the Word of God

February 13, 2013

Forty days in the wilderness; forty days of Lent. We are now embarking on the adventure we’ve called Lent since the early centuries of the Church. It may not be fun, but if our spirit is right it can be exciting and rewarding. We may even loose a few pounds.  Jesus left the opulence and [...]

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Last Minute Gift; No Wait for Shipping

December 20, 2012

  Give your Priest, Pastor or book-loving friend a gift that will bear fruit long after Christmas is over. Logos is the Catholic Bible study software that I have used  since the I wrote my first book in 1990′s.  Logos offers the most powerful study software available with more digital books than any other. Now that they [...]

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