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Kirk Ross, former Church of God – Abrahamic Faith

March 21, 2016

Kirk Ross speaks of growing up in northern Illinois in a faithful home in which his father, both grandfathers and his uncle were ministers in the Church of God – Abrahamic Faith tradition.  It was a theology based strictly on sola scriptura with a high regard for individual study and interpretation.  Kirk fit right in and approached his faith intellectually.  It was during his graduate studies in Austria, a country with a heavy concentration of Catholics, that he met a Catholic woman who would challenge his beliefs.  Their eventual marriage would ... more
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Fr. Pierre Ingram, former Baptist

March 7, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Fr. Pierre Ingram who shares his faith journey.  Growing up in Canada as the adopted son of a Canadian Baptist father and a French Catholic mother, Fr. Pierre experienced aspects of both traditions and cultures, but received most of his formation through Baptist Sunday School.  At age 8, however, with the sudden death of his father, Fr. Pierre began to be more involved in his mother’s Catholic Church.  From their involvement in a Catholic Charismatic prayer group, Fr. Pierre found himself being drawn into the Church.  At ... more
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Jeffrey Morrow, Jewish Atheist turned Catholic Christian

February 29, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Jewish convert and former Evangelical Protestant Jeffrey Morrow to discuss his journey from atheism into belief in God, Christianity, and ultimately, Catholicism. Jeffrey grew up not knowing that Christmas or Easter had anything to do with Jesus! Not only was he not familiar with Christianity, but he simply didn’t believe any God existed! Challenged by peers in college, he realized that Christianity is one of the most historically-defensible ideologies. He realized his atheism took more faith than belief in God. After coming to know Jesus Christ, ... more
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Hard Verses: Violent Retribution & Anachronistic Customs in Scripture, Genesis 34 and 1 Corinthians 11

October 15, 2015

How does the violence of the Old Testament “mesh” with the peaceful teachings of Jesus? Is it a sin for Christian women to attend church without a head covering? ... more
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Taking God out of My Pocket: A Journey from Methodism to Orthodoxy to Rome

July 20, 2015

St. Paul — perhaps the greatest convert of all — was nonetheless suspicious of converts. In his First Letter to Timothy 3:6, concerning one who aspires to the office of bishop, St. Paul says: “He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit.” So it may be a good thing that I am not a recent convert. I have had time to cool down, to reflect, and to mitigate, if not eliminate, the “puffiness” and “conceit” to which St. Paul refers. The main part of my conversion ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 7: The Bible is Catholic

May 19, 2015

Try explaining to our Fundamentalist brethren about almost any tenet of the Catholic Faith and you’re likely to hear in response, “Chapter and verse, please.”  In other words, of course, they want to know exactly where that teaching is found in the Bible because they adhere to what is spelled out and therefore only such teachings are retained by them. However, not every belief in Catholicism is to be found word-for-word in Sacred Scripture. ... more
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“To Bring about the Obedience of Faith,” Romans 16:1-27

May 14, 2015

Can something which is not forbidden in Scripture, later be declared forbidden by the Church? ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 1: The Role of the Bishop in the Church

April 7, 2015

For the past 38 years—since I received the Sacrament of Confirmation (or there abouts)—I am the only one in my family of origin who is still Roman Catholic. My parents ditched the faith in favor of the local Assembly of God where they have worshipped and held membership for umpteen years.  Prior to that they had made their home at a local non-denominational church and prior to that it was another Assembly of God church. My only sibling (older) was largely unchurched during her 23 years of marriage to H#2; ... more
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From “Private Judgment” to “Universal Consent”: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 2)

April 2, 2015

Remaining Catholic is as important as becoming Catholic. That’s why it’s so important to understand that conversion is not a one-time event in the life of a Catholic. In fact, every year the Church sets aside a six-week period where conversion is front and center. Lent is a time when every member of the Church is asked to acknowledge his or her need for deeper conversion. ... more
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Brandon Barker: Former Southern Baptist/Evangelical

March 16, 2015

Brandon grew up in Texas the son of two wonderful Christian parents and from his youth he loved Jesus Christ. When he was about 12 Brandon and his family began to attend a Southern Baptist congregation. Almost all of his friends were Christians of some stripe or another. He knew very few Catholics and believed that the Catholic Church was a cult. When he was 17, he felt was called to full-time Christian ministry. Though in college he faced new temptations and began to struggle with his faith, eventually he entered Dallas ... more
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April Bright: Former United Pentecostal

February 16, 2015

April was brought up in a faithful United Pentecostal home. When she was a little girl her mother taught her about God and prayer. From and early age April had a close relationship with Jesus. By the time she was eight she began to see problems in Scripture with the United Pentecostal’s denial of the Holy Trinity, even though, at that time, she hadn’t heard of the Trinity. By the time she was 12, she began to feel that there must be something more. Feeling she was just pretending ... more
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Papal Authority and the Early Church – Fr. Ray Ryland

February 3, 2015

Fr. Ray Ryland demonstrates that God’s Revelation necessitates authoritative interpretation. He investigates, through Scripture and Early Church documents, the continuous acceptance of the authority of the pope. ... more