Two Evangelical seminarian conversion stories.

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The one is of a Southern Baptist seminarian, who was received into the Church on the Feast of Pentecost. He presents his story anonymously here. The other is of Joshua Lim, who graduated this Spring with an MA in historical theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. (Warning: suppress the impulse to refer to the latter's conversion as "Limsanity." Thank you.) … [Read more...]

USU prof’s spiritual journey from Mormon scholar to Catholic convert

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This story, that recently appeared in the Salt Lake City Tribune, is about the spiritual journey of my friend, Richard Sherlock, a Utah State University professor of philosophy. Authored by Peggy Fletcher Stack, here's how it begins: Richard Sherlock is sitting in a majestic Roman cathedral and suddenly senses the Holy Spirit in a profoundly powerful way.It is a feeling, he reports, yet more than a feeling. An illumination. A hint of truth.This isn’t the first time the lifelong Mormon i … [Read more...]

Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other: Five Years After My Return to Catholicism

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In my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing--"Then I Confessed, I Can Do No Other"--I share some thoughts on my return to the Catholic Church, on the cusp of the five year anniversary. Here's how it begins: On April 29, 2007, five years ago this Sunday, I was publicly received into the Catholic Church at St. Joseph’s Parish in Bellmead, Texas. My wife, Frankie, stood beside me, as we both faced Fr. Timothy Vaverek, who presided over the brief ceremony between the homily and the recitation of t … [Read more...]

Celebrating Chuck Colson: “Like I Am.”

(HT: Greg Koukl)This was produced by the Acton Institute. … [Read more...]

Catholic and Non-Catholic Reviews of Journeys of Faith

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There are now several reviews of Journeys of Faith that have appeared on line, including ones penned by my friends Devin Rose (Catholic) and Carl Trueman (Protestant). Rose's is in four parts, with the first two now accessible online. Here is a list of the reviews, so far:Carl Trueman at Reformation 21 Devin Rose, part I (reviews the contribution of Eastern Orthodox convert Willsburth as well as his interaction with Professor Craig Blaising's response) Devin Rose, part 2 (reviews my … [Read more...]

Good News for Modern Man, Las Vegas Edition

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In Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 2012), here is how my contribution to the book begins: I was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant, several weeks after I was born on November 3, 1960. In January 1967, our family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where I received First Holy Communion (May 1968) and the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 1973).It was soon after my confirmation that I became intensely interested in the person and … [Read more...]

Catechesis, Conversion, and the Hope That is Within You

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That is the title of my latest piece over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:During Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass, in Catholic parishes throughout the world, many pilgrims will be received into the Church. Most will have gone through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), a six-month study of the Church’s teachings and practices. This year I have the privilege of being part of the RCIA team at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University, where as ma … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith, to be released on Tuesday, March 6

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Tomorrow, March 6, Zondervan (a subsidiary of Harper Collins Publishers) officially releases the book  Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism, edited by Robert L. Plummer (with a forward by my fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight). I am one of the four main contributors, presenting in my chapter an account of my return to Catholicism.My chapter is followed by a response by Gregg R. Allison of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I then in tu … [Read more...]

Another Beckwith-like Apostasy to Rome?: A misrepresentation of my reversion to Catholicism

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I recently came across this blog post at the site, Thoughts of Francis Turretin: "Another Beckwith-like Apostasy to Rome." The author writes: You may recall that some time ago, Francis Beckwith made waves by secretly rejoining the Roman communion, while continuing in his role as president of Evangelical Theological Society. Sadly, we can add to that another similar tale. Mr. Jason Stewart was an OPC pastor. According to a letter provided by his (now former) presbytery: Whereas the date Mr. … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith excerpts on HarperCollins website

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I just learned that you can now browse portions of Journeys of Faith, a book for which I am one of the four main contributors. It is accessible on the HarperCollins website. The book is edited by Robert L. Plummer (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and the forward is written by fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight (North Park University).  To browse the book, go here, or just click the picture of the cover. My contribution to the book--"A Journey to Catholicism"--begins as chapter 4. … [Read more...]


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