Dave Armstrong

Two biblical Christmas poems

This is now the fourth straight year that I have shared my Christmas poems in this newspaper. I wrote the first below in 2013: one of my six about specific people in Scripture. The second, which dates from 2001, is highly structured, like a mini-catechism. I hope they are edifying to you. Blessed Advent and…

The scriptural basis for the priesthood

Our Protestant friends (particularly evangelicals) sometimes claim that all Christians are priests, and that there is no special class set apart from others in the Church. The priesthood as we know it today is not a strong motif in the New Testament. But this can be explained in terms of development of doctrine: some things…

Bible only: A fictional dialogue

Observant Catholics accept the Bible and also Church authority and apostolic tradition (all harmonious with each other), whereas Protestants choose traditions on the basis of their rule of faith, called sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”), in which the Bible is believed to be the only infallible authority. This is quite problematic, as I think is shown…