Henry VIII – Marcus Grodi

January 18, 2017

In this 2006 lecture from the Deep in History conference, Marcus Grodi gives background on the lineage of Henry VIII, what Catholicism looked like in England leading up to his reign, and the events and personalities that led up to the split of the Church of England from the Catholic Church. ... more

From the Churches of Christ to the One Church

January 3, 2017

My two younger sisters and I were raised in Springfield, MO by parents who valued faith, family, and friendships, and who served the community. We attended Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night services in a large, active Churches of Christ congregation. Our social as well as religious life revolved around this church. ... more

Lori Martinez – Former Agnostic

November 2, 2016

Lori’s grandfather and great-grandfather were Brethren ministers, but her parents were vocally anti-religion.  Somehow, though, Lori always had a sense that God existed- it was Jesus she wasn’t so sure about.  Through a series of difficult situations and questions, she continued to pray and study, until one night, she had a dream that seemed to put together a lot of the questions she’d been struggling with.  She ended up joining RCIA, and while reading the Catechism, felt like suddenly the whole world started to make sense- including ... more

Joe Copeck – Former Lutheran Pastor

October 11, 2016

During his early childhood, Joe Copeck’s family were plugged into their Polish Catholic heritage, but over time, they drifted away from it.  After his time in the Navy, Joe entered seminary to become a Lutheran minister, but was bothered by questions of authority and unity in regard to Lutheranism.  Eventually, it was the reading of Scripture that brought him back to the Catholic Church- especially understanding how Scripture was interpreted and taught by the Church Fathers in the early days of Christianity.  A good episode for those who want ... more
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Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher: Martyrs of Conscience – Dr. Scott Hahn – Deep in History

September 8, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Dr. Scott Hahn discusses two great saints of the English Reformation: Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first,” and John Fisher, the only bishop in England who refused to acknowledge King Henry VIII’s unlawful divorce. Both received the crown of martyrdom for their commitment to conscience. In a day and age where so many, even religious leaders, are willing to compromise their principles in order to do what is considered expedient in the eyes of a society ... more

Headship and Submission, in the Family and in the Church – Ephesians 5:21-23 – Steve Wood

June 15, 2016

When Ephesians 5 pops up in the lectionary, every pastor knows what kind of fallout they need to be prepared for.  Does submission in a family relationship diminish the value of certain members?  What are the implications for the Church in regard to obedience to hierarchy?  Can someone who is given a Biblical mandate to lead and govern forfeit the legitimacy of their claim to authority through immoral or imprudent behavior?  Marcus Grodi and Steve Wood look at the meaning of authority and obedience in an age where rebellion and disobedience ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 6: Our Life in the Sacraments

May 12, 2015

Last week we looked at five of the seven sacraments of the Church.  This week I shall explain about the two great sacraments of ministry:  Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. ... more
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Freed from the bond of sin, who will we serve? — Romans 7:1-6

November 20, 2014

In today’s text, Romans 7:1-6, we see proof that the re-emphasis by Jesus of the original indissolubility of marriage has become the accepted norm of the Christian community. Paul assumes his Christian audience agrees that the marriage bond cannot be broken except by death. He then uses this assumption as an analogy of how our death in Christ has broken our bonds to sin. The question is, now that we are freed from the bond of sin, who will we serve? ... more
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You Have the Words of Eternal Life

June 25, 2013

I was born in 1950 and attended the Congregational Church in Massena, New York with my mom; my dad was a non-practicing Catholic. Going to church with my mom seemed to just be the “proper” thing to do and actual faith in God was never discussed at home. What was “discussed” was my dad’s drinking (a conversation which usually resulted in my parents fighting). This was not an environment to nurture “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7), ... more

Coming Home: A Multi-denominational Adventure

August 6, 2012

I was born third of four boys to a family in Wisconsin; though most of my life growing up and starting my own family was spent just over the border in Minnesota. My father’s grandfather had emigrated from Namur, Belgium just after the American Civil War and joined America’s largest Belgian-American community in Door County, Wisconsin. My mother’s side had been in the U.S. much longer, descending from Scots-Irish ancestors. My grandfather, who died when my father was just 17, had married outside the Catholic Faith in ... more
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Mike Carlton: Former Presbyterian

May 23, 2011

Growing up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, Mike Carlton had a good foundation in the faith of his Scottish Presbyterian family. Through worship and youth clubs, retreats and fellowship, Mike carried this faith into his years at Miami University in Ohio.  Many of his friends over the years were Catholic, as was the girl whom he started dating in college.  And so began a dual faith life well into their eventual marriage and living first in Cincinnati and then moving to Atlanta, GA.  With the birth of their second ... more
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St. Paul on Marriage & Celibacy, 1 Corinthians 7

January 13, 2010

Marcus welcomes Scripture scholar Travis Lawmaster, who left the Catholic Faith for Pentecostalism, to discuss marriage and the family. A special edition of Deep in Scripture‘s “Verse(s) I never saw…” series. ... more