Entries by Cale Clarke

Why Jesus Was Baptized

  Note: Here’s my January piece for Catholic Answers Magazine. Hope you enjoy it!  Monday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord marked the official end of the Christmas season. It’s also an annual occasion for many to ask, “Why was Jesus baptized?” After all, he is the sinless, divine Son of God, and the […]

The Immaculate Conception: Mary as the New Temple

Today, December 8, marks the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. And it’s certainly a doctrine misunderstood by many. The Immaculate Conception is not the Virginal Conception of Jesus. Nor does it have anything to do with this, sports fans. Here’s the actual definition, from Blessed Pope Pius IX, the beloved “Pio Nono”: We […]

The Feast Day For The Rest of Us

Happy All Saints Day, everyone! This feast was instituted to commemorate all the blessed in Heaven who don’t have their own particular feast day in the universal Church – after all, there are only 365 days in the year, and we’ve got a lot of saints! Now, everyone in Heaven is a saint, but we […]

Lessons From Big-City Jesus

Here’s my latest piece for Catholic Answers Magazine. Hope you enjoy this look at the big city next door to little Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown – and how it may have influenced him. My favorite basketball player growing up was the legendary Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics. The media (and Larry himself) liked to play […]

Quoting Jesus: Was It Live, or Was It Memorex?

Note: This is my latest article for Catholic Answers Magazine. Hope you enjoy it! An Eyebrow-Raising Comment Perhaps you’ll recall back in February when the head of the Jesuit order, Fr. Arturo Sosa, cast doubt on the trustworthiness of the Gospels (in particular, Jesus’ teaching on divorce): There would have to be a lot of […]

Is Jesus a “Second Moses”?

Note: this is my latest article for Catholic Answers Magazine (online). You can read it at the CAMO site here.   As part of my graduate studies in New Testament, I had the opportunity to study in Israel and to work for two summers at an archaeological dig in Jerusalem. During my academic studies in […]

Discoveries that Shed Light on Jesus and His World

Check out this interview I did with Catholic Answers Live about Jesus, the Bible, and archaeology. There’s so much to cover here, and I feel like we only scratched the surface. This stuff is important, because it helps us authenticate the New Testament’s portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, and fleshes out our understanding of the […]

Quick Q and A on the Trinity

Q. This past Sunday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Why is this doctrine so important? A. There are many reasons, but most prominent among them is this: it’s who God is. God is a Trinity of Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is actually God’s “name”. […]

Pentecost Primer

Q. This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Could you explain its background? A. When Pentecost arrives each year in the liturgical calendar, most Christians immediately think of the dramatic gift of the Holy Spirit poured out on the Church, Peter’s impassioned preaching, and the mass conversion occasioned by this event, as recorded in Acts 2. Many […]

The Importance of the Old Testament

It’s so very important for Christians to study the Old Testament. When learning the Scriptures, many people want to “skip to the good part” in their view. They want to go right to the end of the book, the New Testament, the part of the Bible that speaks directly of Jesus. This view is shortsighted […]