The Rapture & Christ’s Return — “Hard Verses,” 1 Thes 4:16-17

November 7, 2015 | no responses

Is the Rapture going to happen? Will Catholics be “Left Behind”? Dr. Paul Thigpen, a member of The Coming Home Network, joins Marcus Grodi this week to discuss 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Paul was a pastor in a tradition that believed in the End Time scenario of the Rapture. Many read this passage to say that […]

Hard Verses: Your Questions and Comments

October 29, 2015 | no responses

Marcus Grodi and Jim Anderson talk more about what it means for scripture passages to be “hard verses” and how we are supposed to interpret them. They also address some of the questions and comments that you have sent. Next week Marcus will be talking to Paul Thigpen. They will be discussing Matthew 16:19 and […]

Hard Verses about Salvation 1 Timothy 4:10, Romans 11:17 – Special Guest Patrick Madrid

October 22, 2015 | one response

Member of the CHNetwork and prominant Catholic apologist, Patrick Madrid joins us to share a few of his own hard verses (Call no man father, and the sinlessness of Mary) as well as to discuss a couple particular verses in Timothy and Romans that can be “hard” for a variety of Christians regarding the nuances […]

Hard Verses: Violent Retribution and Anachronistic Customs in Scripture, Genesis 34 and 1 Corinthians 11

October 15, 2015 | one response

Marcus Grodi looks at a violent event in the Old Testament and an example of a now seemingly outmoded and largely abandoned custom regarding head coverings found in the New. What are we as Christians to make of such apparent anachronisms? Is the decision about whether and how to apply such scriptures a matter for […]

A New Deep in Scripture Season Launches: Hard Verses

October 8, 2015 | 2 responses

The Deep in Scripture Podcast is returning with a new series entitled “Hard Verses”!

To Bring about the Obedience of Faith, Romans 16:1-27

May 14, 2015 | no responses

How does Saint Paul, as apostle and missionary bishop, warn the Christians in Rome (where he has never visited) to only follow teachers who proclaim “the doctrine which you have been taught” and to avoid those “in opposition to” this apostolic tradition? This needs tender care because, though he knows personally faithful leaders in Rome, […]

Romans 15 & 16

May 6, 2015 | no responses

As St Paul closes his letter to the Christians at Rome, he first tells them of his desire to finally come an see them. However, he first has another task: to take the alms collected from several churches to help the struggling Christians in Jerusalem. In this we hear our call own call to comfort […]

Chain Reference Bible Study & Paul’s Reasons For Writing, Romans 15:14-33

April 29, 2015 | no responses

In this section, St Paul moves on from deeper theological and ethical teachings to discuss why he has written so boldly to the Roman Christians, why he has not visited them, but why now he plans to do so. In these verses, we hear allusions to the power of the mysteries, or the sacraments as […]

Being a faithful follower of Christ means being a faithful member of the Family of God, Romans 14:22-15:13

April 22, 2015 | no responses

Given the challenging call of Christ “to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” and St. Paul’s call for us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed, there can be a temptation to become self focused on our individual salvation. However, being a faithful follower of Christ has always meant […]

Good Example or Scandal, Romans 14

April 15, 2015 | no responses

Again, following St Paul’s instructions to transform our thinking (Rom 12:1,2), this requires examining our lifestyles down to most simple habits of eating and drinking. The truth is, in many ways our Christian Faith frees us up from the scrupulous and over-zealous legalism of many well-meaning religious people. Many build their faith upon life-constricting regulations […]

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