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The Road Once Travelled by Mark Gilbert

The Road Once Travelled
By Mark Gilbert with Cecily Paterson

I grew up Catholic. My parents had me baptised in a Roman Catholic Church when I was a baby. The priest tried to baptise me as “John” because Joel wasn’t Christian enough. I attended a Catholic primary school, where I also served as an altar boy at the church attached to the school. Putting on a robe, carrying a candle, and helping the priest do communion was preferable to sitting through the service. Even back in those days I was easily bored.

By the time I was 15 I was preparing myself to walk away from the Roman Catholic Church. My experience of the church didn’t match with my experience of the world. I began to feel that Jesus was a fictional story and that the church existed as a quaint little throwback that stood in the way of me discovering the truth behind the universe. I started to explore new age beliefs. Until one day, when I was 17, a friend introduced me to the Jesus of the Bible. Not long after this, I welcomed Jesus as my saviour and joined a Protestant church.

I share my story with you because the book I’m reviewing is on a subject that is close to me. The Road Once Travelled┬áby Mark Gilbert (with Cecily Paterson) is written for people within the Roman Catholic Church who are feeling disillusioned. The aim is to address their concerns and point to the real Jesus of the Bible as the answer to their problems. This is the kind of book that is theoretically aimed right at 17-year-old Joel. So in reviewing The Road Once Travelled, both 31-year-old Joel and 17-year-old Joel will weigh in with their views.

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Webcomics Monday: Christian Arguments and PVP

Scott Kurtz writes one of the most popular webcomics out there: PVP. Normally it’s a sitcom style comic centred around the offices of a computer game magazine. But occasionally Kurtz steps outside the normal confines of the comic and comments on things going on in either the video game industry or the comic book industry. Let’s just say Kurtz is not afraid of controversy.

Today’s entry for Webcomics Monday addresses an issue going on in the comic book industry at the moment. What’s of interest to us is that the comic is set during the Roman Catholic attacks on Galileo.

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How To End World Hunger

vatican-citySarah Silverman is an American comedian with an interesting suggestion on how to solve world hunger. Sell the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church have a lot of property and possessions that would be worth a fair bit of money. Is this a valid suggestion?

What is the Church’s responsibility in managing resources and looking after the poor? There are a lot of things Christians could be spending money on. And in some regards it’s easy to say sell up everything and give it away. That’s what Jesus would have done, isn’t it?

But what about spending money on property so that there’s a building where you can go hear about God? What about printing and distributing Bibles so that people can read what God has to say to them?

How do you decide where you spend your money? How do you balance the tension between social concern and investing in the gospel?

Vatican Says No To Dan Brown

Dan Brown - Angels and DemonsWhat? The Roman Catholic Church has denied Ron Howard access to their properties? They don’t want the new movie Angels and Demons, written by Dan Brown, associated with their organisation? And they did this without even looking at the script?

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