7 Quick Takes Friday (set #106)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is complete and ready for you. Alex Jones recalls his entry into the Catholic Church. The “cosmological argument” for the existence of God. Jim Gaffigan, a comedian and a Catholic. The latest Outside da Box video. When arguing is necessary. How they build the Tesla model “S”.

— 1 —

New Evangelists Monthly

Issue #8, August 2013, of New Evangelists Monthly is complete! Scores of faithful Catholic bloggers have contributed their very best pieces from July. This month brought these great topics: dating, first Friday, spiritual flaws, cape-less heroes, breaking chains, church and state, TOB, 50M names, lustful vice, at 14, Christmas time, sexual determination, a courtship, being the donkey, NT church, on memory, delusional, Austin, God’s will, Kingship, OCD, a journey, sharing truth, missionaries, on Francis, the Saint’s sister, Fr. Augustine Tolton, a book review, no doubt, anger, discipleship, families, mirrors, no substitute, fiat marriage, a retreat, prayer books, cohabitation, clay jar, womanhood, Fr. Amin Abbott RIP, the Samaritan, reversals, street preachers, modesty, making memories, shall receive, humble heart, entrusted, anorexia, the Mass, veiling, NFP, earning readers, idolatry, catechesis, Fr. Pfleger, a cartoon, gifts, never ready, no to iPad, infinite Goodness, curiosity, fertility, marriage, a monastery, schedule, homage, neighbor, Abba, Matchmaker, Immortal / Invisible, treasures, purpose and Brandon.

This monthly “meta-magazine” showcases faithful Catholicism from theology to family life and “everything in between.” Enjoy it now at NewEvangelists.org.

Read Now

— 2 —

Pentecostal’s, like those in many Christian communities, are seekers of truth. They are often hostile to Catholicism. Rev. Alex Jones, the charismatic/evangelical minister of Maranatha Christian Church in Detroit, recklessly failed to heed the advice of John Henry Newman (himself a convert, Cardinal and now Saint: “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.“). Rev. Jones thought it would be good for his congregation to study the Church Fathers, which would no doubt strengthen and reinforce their Pentecostal beliefs. After 4 years of study, this is what happened:

Rev. Jones is now Rev. Mr. Alex Jones. I covered Deacon Jones story in an earlier QT (here), but this documentary outtake is newly available (thanks to Matthew Archbold for spotting it).

— 3 —

Do you know someone who doesn’t believe in God? Perhaps someone demanding scientific proof? This video is the best presentation of the “cosmological argument” that I have seen:

— 4 —

The Washington Post tries to understand Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan in their recent piece. CBS also just ran this interview:

— 5 —

Teenagers, excuses, sins and lapsed faith are in this latest Outside da Box video. More than that — there are Saints, miraculous medals and prayers too.

— 6 —

By our baptisms and confirmations, we are all priests, prophets and kings. We are each called to evangelize and we do NOT do that by keeping to ourselves and being “tolerant” of lies leading our neighbors to damnation. I wrote about this a while back in Always be nice!.

Sometimes (although not always), it is necessary to charitably argue. Matt Fradd explains:

Preach the gospel at all times — if necessary, use words.

Something St. Francis of Assisi never said.

— 7 —

The Tesla Model S is an award winning, but expensive ($70,000 to $110,000) all-electric car. This is how they are made:

Spotted by my friend Tom C.

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!


  1. #4: Jim Gaffigan was one of those recurring characters on TV shows for forever so it’s strange seeing him like this.

  2. really interesting videos! I watched some now and plan on finishing them later. thanks for the links!

  3. Oh yes… Jim Gaffigan was on “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” a few weeks ago. You can either get the episode off of iTunes or listen to it on the website.

Share Your Thoughts