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In this easy to read 48 page booklet, you'll find one-minute explanations about what Catholics believe and why.

Using faith, reason and a healthy dose of Scripture, this book helps to answer common objections to Catholic teaching from non-Catholics and Catholics alike.



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Date de parution 03 janvier 2011
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781456600389
Langue English

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A Minute in the Church
60 second teachings on common objections to the Catholic faith
Gus Lloyd
Published for the Internet by eBookIt.com
Cover art by Nick France
All Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Bible
ISBN: 978-1-4566-0038-9
Gus Lloyd
P.O. Box 340983
Tampa, FL 33629-0983
© 2010 Gus Lloyd
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the author. The only exception is by a reviewer, who may quote short excerpts in a review.
Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone
who asks for a reason for your hope.
1 Peter 3:15
Apologetics – the branch of theology concerned with the defense and rational justification of Christianity (in our case, Catholicism)
We live in a sound bite society. Our attention spans have gotten shorter and shorter with the glut of information and input that is available to us today. This isn’t a new phenomenon. But it does seem as though it is progressively getting worse. It started with radio, then television, then cable. Then along came the game changer: the Internet.
Since the dawn of the Internet, new media have come along that have only exacerbated the problem. Facebook, Twitter and smart phones, texting and IM’ing are, I believe, contributing to the dumbing down of society. If you can’t tell me what I need to know in a minute, then go away.
Don’t get me wrong…I get it. I am as guilty as the next person of this. The pace of life has become so hectic, who has time to read extended explanations of things? I just want to know what I need to know in as short a period of time as possible. That’s the reason for this book.
Almost 20 years ago, I started my career in Catholic radio. After many years in secular radio, I never dreamed that God would call me into this fledgling ministry. But, oh, what a sense of humor our God has! In radio, you have to learn how to be succinct. In writing and producing ad copy, you need to get the message across in a very short period of time. Often that period is just 60 seconds.
Many years ago, I began writing short Catholic apologetics spots for Spirit FM, the Catholic radio station where I hosted the morning show in Tampa, FL. Initially these spots, called A Minute in the Church, ran around two minutes. But my program director at the time insisted that I boil them down to the industry norm for spots, 60 seconds. While I was reticent at first, I now realize that this was a very good thing.
Now, when you’re listening to a commercial, 60 seconds can seem like an eternity. Just listen to Mr. Screaming Car Guy. (Which I have been in the past, by the way. More of God’s sense of humor.) But when you’re trying to impart the truths of the Catholic faith, 60 seconds might just as well be a nanosecond. I mean, how do you explain teachings and doctrines that have been unwrapped over the course of centuries in just a minute? Hopefully, I have been able to do this in some small measure.
I must state from the outset that these teachings are nowhere near exhaustive. In fact, all of them leave much to be desired. But it is my hope that this is exactly what these will engender: desire. A desire on your part to go deeper into the Scriptures and the teachings of Holy Mother Church. There are so many resources available these days to help you grow in your knowledge of the faith. My prayer is that you will use them.
Many of these short teachings are filled with Scripture references. While it is vitally important that we know Scripture, I don’t think that it is imperative that we be able to spout chapter and verse. In the beginning stages, I believe that it is enough to know what Scripture says, and not necessarily where it says it. So, as you read these and become more familiar with them, get to know the story of each teaching. Some of them are chock full of facts and quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Others read more like a story or parable. The Scripture quotes and chapters and verses will come to you in time.
Lastly, I have found through my many years of engaging in Catholic apologetics that you can never argue someone into the Church. Believe me, I’ve tried. We must be willing to defend our faith with humility, and with the courage to always stand up for the truth. It sometimes seems that these two things can be at odds with one another, but that needn’t be the case.
I pray that you will find these teachings useful in helping you to explain and defend the Catholic faith. Learn with an open heart and an open mind, with the goal of sharing your heart and the truth. God will take it from there.
Gus Lloyd
October 2010
Assurance of Salvation I
Can a person lose or forfeit their salvation? After all, didn’t Jesus say in John 10:28 “No one can take my sheep out of my hand” ? Well let’s remember a couple of things. First, as humans, we all have free will. We can choose to accept or reject Jesus each and every day. God does not force Himself on anyone. Second, salvation comes through faith in Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift…” then continues by citing 1 Timothy 1:18-19, “Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith”
The Church teaches that our eternal destiny is determined by the state of our soul at the time of our death. Therefore, it is imperative that we renew and nurture our faith in Christ Jesus each and every day with ongoing conversion. The New Testament refers often to the need for perseverance in our faith. The Church takes seriously the words of our Savior in Matthew 24:13, “But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”
For further study:
CCC 162
1 Timothy 1:18-19
Matthew 24:13
Assurance of Salvation II
When someone becomes a Christian, is their ticket to heaven automatically punched, period, end of story? Or does that “ticket” come with any stipulations? Let’s look at the Biblical evidence.
In Matthew 7:21, Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” St. Paul warns against over-confidence in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “…whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.” And in 1 Corinthians 9:27 St. Paul talks about himself, saying, “…for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” Certainly not the words of a man who knows that his ticket is punched.
The Catholic Church has always taught that salvation requires perseverance in faith. The Catechism says, “…nor will anyone obtain eternal life ‘ but he who endures to the end .’” Her teachings echo the words of St. Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:12, “…if we persevere, we shall also reign with Him. But if we deny Him, He will deny us.”
For further study:
CCC 161
Matthew 7:21
1 Corinthians 10:12
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Matthew 24:13
2 Timothy 2:12
The Bible
Where does the Bible come from? That might sound like a strange question. The Catholic Church has always taught that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. But remember, in the years immediately following the Resurrection of our Lord, there was no New Testament...only the Church.
In the first few centuries of Christianity, there were literally hundreds of letters and books circulating among churches. So how do we know that the 27 books in the New Testament are divinely inspired and supposed to be in the Bible? Late in the 4th Century A.D., Catholic bishops met in council at both Carthage and Hippo, and with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, decided on what books belonged in the New Testament. It is the Holy Catholic Church that was given the authority by Christ to determine the canon of Scripture.
St. Augustine said, "I would not believe in the Gospels were it not for the authority of the Catholic Church.

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