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Blog Archives: February 2017

The Day I Began to Follow Christ

February 23, 2017
Chris Castaldo
It started one morning. Upon reaching my office in Manhattan, the phone rang. It was my grandfather. In a serious tone, he spoke a brief message: “It’s your Dad; come home.” Somehow I knew not to ask questions. It turned out to be a severe heart attack. The waterline of anxiety quickly rose above my head. After days of sitting beside Dad’s hospital bed, I left my job at New York Telephone to manage the family business. It was a mid-size printing company with a dozen employees. With a deepening level of stress, Mom’s emotions crashed, and I ...

Push & Pull of Christian Faith

February 14, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Christian faith involves a push and pull. The former compels us to move away from an identity that is grounded in one’s self; the latter consists in the magnetic pull toward God’s beauty and grace. In what follows, we will consider examples of each, starting with the push that comes from our idolatry. Sixteenth century Reformer John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was convinced that the human mind is a veritable “factory of idols.” For this reason the church is semper reformanda—always reforming according to God’s Word. In the following quotation from ...

The Virgin Mary: A Conversation with Timothy George

February 02, 2017
Chris Castaldo
It was my privilege to join Julie Roys and Timothy George on Saturday to discuss the question of whether Protestants should give more attention to the Blessed Mother. Here is the audio recording, if you’re looking for something to pass through your earbuds when you’re exercising. Two takeaways. First, Protestants will find in Mary an inspiring example of faith. I personally marvel at the thought of a 13-15 year-old-girl about to give birth, leaving her kin to travel over 70 miles to Bethlehem. Keep in mind, unlike today, men of the first ...

Freedom from Your Anxiety

February 02, 2017
Chris Castaldo
A beloved relative is dying before your eyes; the syncopation of an EKG monitor punctuates each heartbeat. Bleep… Bleep… Bleep…. It’s not the sound of hospital equipment, however, that is dragging your soul into despair; it’s the conflicted thoughts and emotions swirling within. Beautiful memories from the past, tender and most lovely, stand in contrast to the cold, sterile confines of a deathbed. You seek to apply your faith in God’s providence, but the torrent of emotions rains down mercilessly upon you, causing you to feel hopeless....