Dear New Catholic Converts: Don’t Give Up Just Yet!

The decision to become a Catholic, as an Evangelical Christian, is an earth-shattering decision to make.It's a paradigm shift---requiring a complete re-orientation of standards, values, and worldview.Douglas Beaumont, a theologian and convert himself, describes the experience of converting to Catholicism more akin to moving from Atheism to Christianity than to moving from one denomination to another.It's not as simple as taking your ball to play on another court, it's trading in your … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Discern to God’s Will (And Also How Not To)

 The whole thing---the will of God thing---is tricky.As a teenager, in Evangelical circles, it was worn like something of a badge of honour: A young adult tromping off in this or that direction---following this or that fancy---would declare it to be the unequivocal "Will of God" and entertain no detractors.It was a Trump Card---in every sense of the word.But how we discerned such an important thing---what God wanted from us---what such a convoluted, serpentine … [Read more...]

How an Evangelical Learned to Love the Saints

I didn't know about the saints until my thirties but I came by my ignorance honestly.As an Evangelical we didn't talk about the saints. If we did, it was to condemn those idol-worshiping Catholics who named and adorned their places of worship with statues of these long dead heretics.Who prayed to mere men and women in the place of Christ.Who worshiped the dead.(We were rather crude in our assessment.)Now, as a Catholic, I find myself enamored with the holy men and women who … [Read more...]

Shouldn’t Christian Unity Be More Important Than We Make It?

When Jesus prayed, in the Gospel of John, for all future Christians he prayed, "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you."  (John 17:21a)This kind of closeness---this kind of unity---is difficult to imagine.God, as we understand Him, is triune: Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit existing in one and the same Being. One beautiful old hymn reminds us, "The Godhead, three-in-one."This is a closeness we cannot yet fathom.And this is the … [Read more...]

Creflo Dollar Made Me a Catholic

 The prosperity Gospel movement is bizarre given that Jesus was unequivocal about wealth but, like the secular spirituality of many popular American celebrities, the movement soldiers on.While it might be a stretch to say that someone like Creflo Dollar made me a Catholic it would be accurate to say that the possibility of theological interpretations like Dollar's are, in large part, what's driven me in my search for deeper truth.A search which has landed me on the doorstep of … [Read more...]

Is the Church Just an Invisible Collection of Believers?

As an Evangelical Christian I understood the "Body of Christ" or "the Church" (capital C) to be an invisible collection of believers.The idea was beautiful, really, because it meant that somehow all Christians across the whole world no matter how important or obscure were connected by Christ into one universal Church.But this isn't how it was understood by Early Christians and when I found that out I was a little alarmed, disappointed, and completely unprepared for what came next. … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How I Lived Without Coffee

Somewhere in those early days of university I made a definitive choice not to drink coffee.It wasn't hard; anytime I even caught a whiff of the stuff it turned my stomach.It smelled disgusting.I had no interest.But I set my sights against it regardless.While many of my friends were pulling all-nighters and buoying themselves through their early morning classes with caffeine I was groggily drinking my orange juice or plain old water. Even when my good friend James introduced m … [Read more...]

What I Wish I’d Known About Catholics (And Why I Became One Once I Did)

I'm a Catholic, but I didn't begin as one.I began my faith journey at the age of fifteen when, with the help of a good friend, I decided to become a Christian; an Evangelical Protestant, although I didn't know the particular brand name at the time. And I meant well. I found a local Pentecostal church populated by a group of devout young Christian who welcomed me unequivocally. We were a motley crew. I fit right in.Then in university, at a time when so many Christians lose their faith and … [Read more...]

The Evangelical Church is Broken (A Love Letter)

I once watched a debate on biblical authority between a Catholic priest and an Evangelical pastor.It was going as well as a debate could go until the very end when the pastor wheeled a large suitcase onto the stage. He began, slowly, to unpack the contents of the suitcase onto his podium: four enormous tomes."This," he declared dramatically, "Is everything you need to know to be a Catholic."He paused for effect before continuing, "And this is all you need to know to be a Protestant!" … [Read more...]

Dear Catholics: Unsolicited Advice from an Evangelical Convert

I am a recovering Evangelical.At the age of fifteen I had a coming-of-age epiphany, realized that the world extended beyond my doorstep, and became a Christian.I "grew up" in the Evangelical stream of things because those are the sort of people I knew, they helped me get saved, and fifteen years later through a combination of serendipity, reading and reading and reading, and resisting the Holy Spirit for only as long as humanly possible I became a Roman Catholic.It was a good choice, … [Read more...]