Your Christmas Video Card from Taylor Marshall

I don’t have your physical address so instead, I’m sending you a Christmas Video “Card” that we made for you. It has some goofy and embarrassing Marshall moments in it along with short interviews about Christmas:

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As you prepare for this holy feast day of Christ’s Nativity in Bethlehem, the team at the New Saint Thomas Institute, the Taylor Marshall Show, and my own family prays for you, and we hope that you feel the presence of Jesus in heart and home on December 25! Merry Christmas!

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PS: In 2014, the Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute, through our OxCart charity help support Little Flower orphanage in China, and we provided over 3,000 meals to the hungry. Every month at no extra to cost to Members, a portion of your monthly tuition goes toward these acts of mercy and kindness. Next year, we hope to triple our support of orphans and provide over 10,000 meals for the world’s hungry. Faith without works is dead. Theology must have charity! Thank you to all the Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute for making this possible in 2014. Here’s to more theology and more charity in 2015.

Was Christ was Born on December 25? Here’s how to answer objections

Merry Christmas. Here’s a free book about Christ being born on December 25:

Secular magazines and “experts” on the History Channel love to gloat over Christians every December and “prove” how Christ was not born on December 25. Recently, the same “Christ wasn’t born on Dec 25″ argument was taken up by Bill O’Reilly in his book Killing Jesus.

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In order to offer a biblical and historical argument for Christ’s birth on December 25, I’m offering all my readers a Christmas gift. It’s a free ebook copy of my book God’s Birthday: Why Christ was born on Dec 25 and why it Matters. 

You can download the entire (short) book for free by clicking here. Here’s what you’ll get:

  1. How to answer the 3 most common objections against a December 25 Birthday
  2. A Biblical Argument from Luke’s Gospel locating Christ’s birth in late December
  3. An analysis of Church Fathers who defended the birth of Christ on December 25
  4. An explanation of how the Jewish historian Josephus got the dates wrong
  5. How and why Christ was born on Dec 25 in the year 1BC

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My new book on Saint George hit #1 Bestseller on Amazon.com!

Speaking of books and Christmas:

My new Christmas novel hit #1 Bestseller on amazon.com in two genres (Young Adult Religious Historical Fiction; and Action).

Sword and Serpent

This novel Sword and Serpent about Saint George and Saint Nicholas is selling great and getting awesome reviews.

The first 3,000 copies are special edition printed versions with a bonus chapter about Saint Nicholas and a map! You can still order one and get it before Christmas! If you’d like to read sample chapters, read reviews, or get your own limited edition copy, please click here.

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How to Deal with Depression at Christmas (plus 5 Cheerful Christmas Movies)

Christmas is not a Merry season for everyone. Some people experience sadness or depression at Christmas as they reflect upon lost spouses, family members, friends, and opportunities.

Here’s a reflection on my own struggle during Christmas in year’s past and how I worked through it:

Please click here to watch this video on Overcoming Depression at Christmas:

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Question: Have you struggled with the Christmas blues or depression at Christmas before? Please share your story. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

And here are my five fun Christmas videos to get you in a cheerful mood:

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Top 5 Christmas Movies

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5 Common Mistakes Catholics Make When Defending the Catholic Church

Are you making these 5 mistakes when you defend Catholic teaching or the Catholic Church?

In this video I retell how I as a Protestant once (aggressively and rudely) challenged the Catholic philosopher Dr. Peter Kreeft in person and how Dr. Kreeft’s calm and researched replies demonstrated the BEST in Catholic apologetics and technique. Wouldn’t you know it – I’m Catholic now! I’ll also explain the 5 common mistakes that you might make and how to avoid them:

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How to Make a Catholic Theology Resolution for 2015

  • Did you know that 75% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions within the first 2 weeks!
  • Even worse, 90% of people have given up by February!

Whether it’s losing weight or spending more time with your family, you need a detailed plan and some accountability! I want to challenge you this year, even before Christmas starts, to make 2015 the breakthrough year where you got really serious about your Catholic faith so that you could share it with friends, family, and co-workers with confidence!

At the New Saint Thomas Institute, we have a brand-spanking new online theology course for 2015 called the Certificate in Catholic Apologetics! It will allow you to discover the richness of Catholicism and keep you on track for the entire year!

Not only do we have amazing bonuses lined up for this 2015 Launch, we also have not one but two online Certificate Programs:

  1. Certificate in Catholic Theology
  2. Certificate in Catholic Apologetics

If you sign up now you’ll get both Certificate tracks at no extra cost.

Here’s what you get:

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8 Benefits You’ll Receive with the New Saint Thomas Institute:

Benefit #1: A New Seven Module Series on Catholic Apologetics. The New Saint Thomas Institute is in its second year of providing theological education to Catholics, and we’ve decided to offer a months-long series on how to defend the faith against many of the most common scenarios Catholics find themselves in. It’s a response to the request to be more confident when challenged in our faith and to defend the hope that is inside us. The Modules will be:

  • Introduction to Catholic Apologetics
  • How to Answer Protestant Objections
  • How do Defend the Moral Teachings of the Catholic Church with confidence
  • How to Answer Objections against Christianity from Islam/Judaism
  • How to Answer New Age, Wicca, and Cults
  • How to Answer Dissenting Catholics
  • How to Answer Atheism and Secularism
  • You will also receive the previous year’s 50+ Catholic video lessons on Christology, Mariology, Sacramental Theology, Eucharistic Theology, Virtue, Catholic Salvation, etc.

That and we’re offering bonus content and free books throughout the year to enhance your education and budding apologists and theologians.

Benefit #2: Ridiculously Low Tuition. We have kept our tuition very low. In order to kick off the new Certificate in Catholic Apologetics for 2015, we will lower the Premium tuition rate to only 37/month. Tuition at conservative Catholic colleges is about $2,100 to take ONE theology course. Compare that to us. As a Premium Member, you’ll lock in your tuition rate at $37 per month for as long as you want! That’s less than six (6) Pumpkin Spice Lattes per month! Our general tuition will go back to $60 per month so please don’t miss this opportunity. And we have 100% money back guarantee!

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Benefit #3: Earn a one-year Certificate of Mastery in Theology and/or Apologetics. The Institute will offer a continuing education program. Premium Members will be able to work toward a one-year Certificate of Mastery in either Theology or Apologetics, or for this special launch: both Certificates if you wish.

Benefit #4: More access. Thanks to you sharing blog posts on Facebook and with friends, this blog at taylormarshall.com has grown from a few hundred people to nearly 18,000 daily subscribers and 150,785 followers. One reason for the New Saint Thomas Institute is that I can now go deeper with people who are ready and willing to do so. I realize that not everyone reading the blog wants to dig down deep on St Paul or St Augustine or St Thomas Aquinas. The Charter Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute will become our inner community of people who passionately desire to do just that. I hope to share my upcoming book transcripts and other projects to the Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute. It’s more personal.

Benefit #5: Join our Theology Forum. This is where I hope to meet new up-and-comers in the New Evangelization. I desire to have a working relationship with believers who are writing books, creating apostolic projects, and pioneering the new technology for greater glory of God and His Church. This is a place of dreaming big and creative collaboration for Christ. Or you can just ask a lot of questions and get answers.

Benefit #6: Get a Full Refund. I am convinced that you’ll love it. You’ll get a full refund if you don’t absolutely LOVE it in your first 21 days. You have nothing to lose. Enroll as a Member. If you don’t like it, give up your spot in the Institute and you’ll get a full refund no questions asked.

Benefit #7: You’re Feeding the Poor and Caring for Orphans! The New Saint Thomas Institute is not just about “books smarts” and learning theology. True religion includes study and helping those that lack their daily needs. A portion of your tuition every month goes to feeding over 1,000 people per month, and helps support an orphanage in China for abandoned babies and children. It’s theology + almsgiving!

Benefit #8: AND DON’T FORGET: We are the Mighty Mighty Muskoxen! We love Christ, Our Lady, the Saints, the Church, and the Holy Father. We also have fun. The ancient Jews would place honey in the mouth of their children before they taught them God’s law. The lesson here was that God’s word is sweet. The New Saint Thomas Institute also thinks that learning should be sweet.

We have a goof-ball school mascot named Tommy the Muskox and many more fun things going on inside. It’s not just learning, it’s a vibrant community of faith and joy. To prove it, we have t-shirts and coffee mugs!

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How to Register

We are opening registration of Premium Members to the first 700 people at newsaintthomas.com. Currently we have waiting list of 196 people waiting to join NSTI. So if you are interested in joining NSTI and getting both Certificates and the reduced tuition and the bonuses and free books, then please head over to newsaintthomas.com and enroll.

Here is how registration will work. The Institute will make registration available to groups in this order ON DECEMBER 15 2014:

  1. 6AM CENTRAL TIME: Email subscribers who have joined our waiting list for NSTI Certificate program.
  2. 10AM CENTRAL TIME: The rest of the email subscribers (currently 17,674 people) and then the general public.

I really look forward to greeting you on the inside of the Institute! I’ll have a welcome video waiting for you and I’ll be hanging in the Member Forum in order to say hello as you come in. I want everyone to go to the Forum and share where they are from and why they joined the Institute so that we can all get to know each other. (We’ll do a NSTI t-shirt giveaway this week in order to celebrate the launch of the new Certificate!)

to Jesus through Mary,

Taylor Marshall

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*All currently enrolled Charter and Premium Members of NSTI will receive the Certificate in Catholic Apologetics track at no extra cost. Thanks for being Members in 2014 yall!

PS: You can give NSTI membership as a gift to another person for Christmas!

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Top 5 Christmas Movies

Do you get into heated debates around Christmas over which movies should be considered “classic” Christmas movies, and you’re pretty sure you know which one is best?

Watch the video below as I give my top 5 Christmas movies of all time that every family can watch this Christmas:

NSTI Taylor Marshall Top 5 Christmas Movies

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Take Me to Church Lyrics and Meaning – A Christian Analysis and Critique

If you have a radio in your car, you have probably heard the popular song “Take Me to Church” by Irish recording artist Hozier. For those who don’t listen to the radio or care about pop music, all you need to know is that this song was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammy’s.

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Recording Artist Hozier

The song is hauntingly beautiful with subtle verses and a soulful chorus. Admittedly, when I first heard it, I thought, “Wow, this is a powerful song. It’s almost hymn-like.” It’s Elton John mixed with an old Southern Spiritual from the American Civil War.

But then I started listening to the lyrics…

“Take Me to Church” by Hozier could only have been written by an Irishmen with Catholic roots. When he sings of “Church,” it is a “sacrifice” at a “shrine” with a “ritual” and includes “I’ll tell you my sins.”

However, Hozier’s religion is not Protestant or Evangelical Christianity. This is Irish Catholicism with a blasphemous twist…

Take Me to Church Lyrics Analyzed

Regrettably, the lyrics to “Take Me to Church” are pretty blasphemous. Here’s my theological analysis with my commentary in the red:

[Verse 1]
My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner (So this is the cue. The God throughout the song is a girlfriend.)
If the Heavens ever did speak (“If the Heavens ever” = revealed religion is cast into doubt)
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
“We were born sick”, you heard them say it (“they” [Catholics] teach original sin)
My church offers no absolutes (So unlike Catholicism, there are no moral absolutes – only relativism)
She tells me “worship in the bedroom” (the liturgy is sex. It’s the place of union between him and the “god”/girlfriend)
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it (acknowledges original sin – but he loves it)
Command me to be well (a reference to Christ commanding people to be well in the Gospels)

[Pre-Chorus]
Amen, Amen, Amen

[Chorus] (x2)
Take me to church (remember, “Church” here is sexual reference in this song)
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife (confession reference)
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life (he hands over his life to her the “god”)

[Verse 2]
If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side (the god/girlfriend is also a goddess)
She demands a sacrifice (here’s where the song gets “Eucharistic” with reference to sacrificial meal and hunger…)
Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable? (reference to the Christ Child “in the stable”)
We’ve a lot of starving faithful
That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus] (x2)

[Bridge]
No masters or kings when the ritual begins (egalitarian ritual – sex)
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin (hey, at least he knows it’s sin – he’s Irish!)
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene (a reference perhaps to leaving earth into the “heavenly bliss” of sexual embrace)
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean (he ends with a reference the sexual completion as a kind of baptism or absolution)

Amen, Amen, Amen

Take Me to Church Meaning

What’s amazing about his song is that it’s about as offensive as anything produced by Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, or Slayer - yet hardly anyone recognizes it!

It takes rich Catholic sacramental language but re-signifies the imagery as a sexual encounter. And that’s the so-called “genius” of this song.

The music industry is now much smarter than it was in the days of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Slayer. Your daughter is not likely to love Marilyn Manson and erect an idol to Satan in her bedroom. Your son will not likely consecrate his baby to Lucifer and baptize him in goat’s blood.

Overt Satanism is out of style. However, young people are likely to exchange their Christian faith for sexual license. The stats show that young people will likely exchange the sacramental life and liturgy for the liturgy of sexual experimentation.

And that’s exactly why this song has become an American anthem. The devil doesn’t needs a league of heavy metal Satanists. He’d almost prefer to have people mocking the Christian sacraments and ritual.

If God isn’t real – “If the Heavens ever did speak” – then the only goods to be enjoyed in this life are the pleasures of food and sex. That’s all there is left for humans to experience transcendence. Hozier gets it and he sings for us a catchy hymn.

In an interview with New York Magazine in March 2014, the artist Hozier stated:

‘Take Me to Church’ is essentially about sex, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek attack at organizations that would… undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation — that it is sinful, or that it offends God…

But it’s not an attack on faith… it’s an assertion of self, reclaiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile.

So there you have it from Hozier himself.

Conclusion

I know it’s a catchy song. There’s a part of me that likes it. But seriously, this is probably one of the most sacramental songs every popularized – and it sacramentalizes the wrong values.

That’s my two cents.

Godspeed,

Taylor

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#058: The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra

Get a free copy of my book God’s Birthday by clicking here.

My goal this week is to share some secret information and the theology embedded in my Amazon Bestselling novel Sword and Serpent.

Click to Listen: #058: The Secret Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent

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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
057 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 11/19/2014
Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/22/2014
054 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saint 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

Become An Expert Catholic Apologist With NSTI This Year

Do you feel confident talking to non-Catholics about the faith? Are you worried you might not know what to say, or you don’t know enough about the faith to take on tough questions regarding what we believe as Catholics? Or are you an expert at defending only one area of the Church’s teaching but not so great with the others?

The New Saint Thomas Institute is offering an Apologetics Certificate in 2015 with videos that will equip you to become an expert Catholic apologist.

Watch the video below to learn more about what I’ll cover in our premium video series that will equip Catholics to defend the faith with confidence and competence:

Apologetic syllabus

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Starting Dec. 15th, NSTI will open spring enrollment for our Apologetics Certificate video series, as well as all previous content from 2013-2014 in our Theology Certificate. The videos will cover techniques on defending against:

  • Protestants
  • Judaism/Islam
  • New Age and Cults
  • Dissenting and Lapsed Catholics
  • Atheism/Secularism

As well as a video series on the moral teachings of the church (abortion, same-sex marriage, drugs, etc.) and a module on what apologetics is and how to adopt the habits of a good apologist.  You can download and view the entire syllabus here.

You don’t have to wait until Dec. 15th to get on the list though. Go to the New Saint Thomas Institute website today to get on the waiting list, and I’ll remind you when the launch begins!

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Video: Did St Thomas Aquinas Deny the Immaculate Conception? Plus A Big NSTI Announcement for 2015

Did Saint Thomas Aquinas deny the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

In the theological video below I’ll share how Thomas Aquinas changed his position over time on the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception:

Saint Thomas Immaculate Conception Video

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Earn an Online Certificate in Catholic Apologetics!

Have you been at a loss over how to defend Catholic teaching when people ask you why you believe and follow certain moral principles? Do you have trouble offering counter-arguments in conversations with non-Catholics?

In 2015, the New Saint Thomas Institute (NSTI) will offer the online Certificate in Catholic Apologetics video series to help prepare Catholics to be advanced, knowledgable and charitable apologists. The syllabus for the certificate’s videos and the 7 modules can be download syllabus here.

  1. Spring enrollment for the New Saint Thomas Institute begins next week (Dec. 15th). Space is limited.
  2. You can reserve your spot on the NSTI enrollment waiting list by clicking here.
  3. To show our appreciate, currently enrolled NSTI Premium Members will have access to this new Certificate in Catholic Apologetics automatically!
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