The New Catacombs — Teaching 3rd Millennium Christians To Transform Their Culture with God’s Love the Way the 1st Millennium Christians Did
The New Catacombs are a series of multi-week courses for Churches or other Christian groups which are all directed towards training Christians to become confident and spiritually mature and powerful Christians, in our human brokenness humbly relying on God’s Grace ministered through both the Bible and the Sacraments (as in the Undivided Early Church) to empower us to develop a living, vibrant and active prayer life which cannot help but transform our own lives and those around us, so that, enflamed with the Love of God, we can have a knowledgeable and effective Christian witness in service of the transformation of our society for love of Jesus Christ.
Lecture Series/Courses In Development:
Pray! Use the Power God Gave YOU to Change the World Through Prayer!
Adventures in Prayer for Spiritual Empowerment
Christian Spirituality and Maturity Overview
Revolutionizing your Bible Reading for Spiritual Empowerment (Covenant Family Theology)
Human Rights and Freedoms: Christianity’s Great Gifts to Western Civilization (for part of source text: go to http://protecthumanrightsandfreedoms.ourchur.ch for The Education Necessary to Preserve Democracy Now Under Attack)
As professor of a course on the Early Church Fathers I always reminded my students that in the First Millennium, average Christians humbly living their faith utterly transformed the brutal ancient pagan world around them with the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ — and we absolutely can do it again!
Update — after starting to deliver some of the lectures from the course Human Rights and Freedoms: Christianity’s Great Gifts to Western Civilization in late 2015, it became apparent in the face of rapidly accelerating “Creeping Totalitarianism” increasingly assaulting religious freedom in the West, especially in the jurisdiction in which I live (which suffered 4 major assaults on human life, religious freedom, and democracy itself in 2015 alone), that to protect religious freedom for the long term a much wider and much more urgent program of education on this topic is needed if democracy is to survive at all. Thus, in preparation for a new “flagship ministry” focus to deal with the increasing threats, in 2016 all of The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth’s resources were first channeled into getting the treatise The Education Necessary to Preserve Democracy Now Under Attack (on which the course is based) “conceptually finished,” and then condensing that important content into The Pledge of Allegiance to Democracy (and the Antidote to Any Degree of ‘Creeping Totalitarianism’), which is 1/5 the length of the treatise even with all its several supplements (including The New Abolitionist Manifesto of Solidarity, which includes “The Winning Long-Term Strategy for ‘The Culture of Life’ to Win the ‘Cultural War’ with ‘The Culture of Death,’ to Save Humanity Forever from ‘Creeping Totalitarianism.’ ”).
By July 2016 I formally founded Human Rights and Freedoms Forever! as a non-profit educational organization to teach Westerners where their human rights and democratic freedoms come from, so that they can last because we stop disintegrating their utterly Christian and “Pro-Life” foundations in our ignorance. The website http://protecthumanrightsandfreedoms.ourchur.ch , which The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth had started a year before in July 2015 as a way of spreading “the gift of truth” in defense of human rights and democracy, then became the official website of Human Rights and Freedoms Forever!, which, because of the urgent need to protect democracy and religious freedom before we lose more ground to the accelerating “Creeping Totalitarianism” no longer moving at a ‘creeping’ pace in some jurisdictions, is now the “flagship ministry” of the Donum Veritatis – The Gift of Truth Ministries, the main arm of which has been The Institute for Promoting the Gift of Truth.