After a rousing thirty minutes of worship music, I settled into my seat to listen to the sermon. It was Trinity Sunday and this week we’d be taking a break from our Ship Series—you know, friendship, discipleship, worship—to talk about the Holy Trinity. God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (We were a medium-sized, fiercely Pentecostal, community church.) The sermon began by talking about how hard it is to conceive of a triune God—a God that is three-in-one. It’s a concept… Read more

One of the most beautiful things about being Catholic is that no matter how long one is Catholic there is always more to learn about the faith. There are always deeper depths to plumb. One of these depths that I’ve recently found myself exploring is the Church’s Liturgy. The rite and ritual. The how and the why we do things a certain way.  And, while I’ve always known that the Church’s ancient traditions run deep, I’ve been absolutely awestruck at just how deep and… Read more

As a younger Evangelical I once went door to door conducting a so-called research survey. It was our Outreach Pastor’s idea, and it was ostensibly to support his Master’s Thesis. And, by “Master’s Thesis” I mean he was attending an unaccredited Pentecostal Bible college called “Master’s College” and had to write a thesis. It was—how do you say—a bit of a crapshoot. But, there we were, conducting our survey. I am, by nature, an introvert and so knocking on a… Read more

Hello, reader. And welcome. Let’s, right off the bat, talk about the crazy things that have to bring the two of us—you and me—together today. First, some crazy person maybe an aunt, an uncle, a deranged sibling, or a complete stranger has invited you to a Catholic Mass. How weird. You know, Catholics aren’t that great at sharing our faith (we’re getting better, I swear!) so the fact that you’ve been invited to Mass is already one decisive step in the… Read more

As a result of my writing, I end up getting a lot of e-mails and comments from people on all different kinds of journeys. Some are from people journeying into faith; some are from people journeying out of faith. Some e-mails and comments are from people who feel hoodwinked by a faith they grew up with and can no longer believe in. I get all sorts. Recently, I was in a discussion with someone decidedly on their way out of a… Read more

As an Evangelical convert to Catholicism I’ve been deeply interesting in the growing movement within the Evangelical church back towards the ancient liturgies of the church. It is a longing, an urgency, which I felt strongly. It contributed a great deal to my decision to become Catholic. The idea that worship is not something we need to reinvent; that worship isn’t something which we tailor to suit ourselves. That worship isn’t just singing but something which God clearly laid out for us… Read more

Lately I’ve been taking my cues for evangelization from philosophers. Maybe I need to get out more. But, in all seriousness, its been philosophers who have taught me some of the greatest lessons on evangelization that I’ve ever learned—and it’s really changed how I think about sharing the faith. So, I thought I would share what I’ve learned. And maybe it’ll change how you think about it, too. (more…) Read more

I don’t really believe in coincidence so when I recently came across the same obscure prayer, twice, in a matter of days I knew it had to have been for a reason. So I stopped in my tracks. The prayer is called the Litany of Humility and if you think that someone calling themselves the “Cordial Catholic” isn’t in dire need of humbling then you’re most definitely wrong. “Cordial Catholic” is a moniker I’m still trying to grow in to—and not… Read more

Earlier in March I had the opportunity to fly down to The Coming Home Network International offices to film an episode of The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. The show itself was instrumental in my own conversion to Catholicism. I can vividly remember the first episode I watched with Scott Hahn—and the incredible realization that becoming Catholic was something that Protestants actually did. I wasn’t the only one. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders; maybe I wasn’t crazy… Read more

At the end of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, the Priest does the dishes. Sometimes a fellow priest who is present and concelebrating can do them, or sometimes it’s the deacon. But someone does the dishes. I’m of a generation, I think it’s safe to say, that’s returning to many of the traditions of our faith. I’m not alone, and statistics bear this out. Disillusioned with a doctrinal liberal and laissez faire approach to non-denominational Christianity, many Christians are… Read more

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