May 16, 2019

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to chat with Rod Bennett, author of The Apostasy That Wasn’t. Every Christian church that isn’t Catholic, said Rod in our hour-plus interview, has an apostasy theory. Every Christian church that isn’t Catholic has to have picked a time, in history, when the Church that Jesus founded went off the rails. Got lost. Was hopelessly corrupt. Strayed from the simple faith that Christ established and had to be inevitably rescued somewhere later down the… Read more

May 15, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk with author Rod Bennett on the idea of the “great apostasy.” Did the Church that Jesus founded fall away from the true faith he taught and into a “great apostasy”? Did the ancient Church become corrupt when it mixed with politics? Did pagan rituals creep in and distort the simple faith that Jesus began? Did the church lose its way, only to be “re-discovered” by the Protestant Reformers? Bennett argues that everyone… Read more

May 11, 2019

All complex moral discussion are, by their very nature, complex. The abortion debate is no exception. But understanding the premises from which each side is speaking is, I argue, fundamental to having a productive, meaningful, and empathetic discussion. The kind of discussion which is lately non-existent. Imagine you and I are talking about fruit. I am describing a fruit which is long and yellow. You are describing a fruit which is round and orange. It would help to know that what you… Read more

May 9, 2019

I was recently blessed to have a conversation with Dr. Randal Rauser on my podcast. Dr. Rauser, an evangelical theologian, philosopher, and apologist, is someone who I’ve admired from afar for his ability to effortlessly unpack and examine how we do evangelization. It was a pleasure to have a chance to talk to him and the insights he provided in our hour-long interview—no surprise here—were absolutely invaluable. If you haven’t listened to the podcast please be sure to check it… Read more

May 8, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk with Dr. Randal Rauser, evangelical theologian and apologist about how to dialogue with non-believers. Do we approach atheists differently than agnostics? What about the “nones” and the “dones” – those non-believers who either used to believe or have never been exposed to religion at all. Dr. Rauser is easily one of the most poignant and thoughtful apologists working on this topic and his insights in this episode are invaluable. For more from… Read more

May 2, 2019

I recently had a discussion with Dr. Douglas Beaumont, theologian, philosopher, and editor of Evangelical Exodus, a book which chronicles the faith journeys of more than a dozen evangelical seminary students becoming Catholic. The book is fantastic and the interview, chronicled on my podcast, did not disappoint and only underscored for me the importance of understanding not just why non-Catholic Christians become Catholic but the how as well. And it comes down to a paradigm shift. For nearly fifteen years, since my… Read more

May 1, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Ken Hensley, a former baptist pastor and an adjunct professor of biblical studies, about the idea of Sola Scriptura – the “Bible alone” approach to Christianity. Is the Bible what Jesus left us to help guide us in our Christian faith? Can we each read and interpret the Bible correctly for ourselves? Did the authors of the New Testament even intend their letters to be used this way? It’s… Read more

April 24, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Dr. Douglas Beaumont, author of Evangelical Exodus, about how and why evangelicals become Catholic. We touch on the idea of paradigm shifts, proof-texting from the Church Fathers, and Flat Earth Theory. It’s a great episode, and I really hope you enjoy it. For more from Dr. Beaumont visit his website, where you can also buy his book. I highly recommend it. We also talk about Rome Sweet Home by… Read more

April 19, 2019

One of the things you might hear a lot about this Easter is why Jesus had to die on a cross. You may hear that he had to take on all of our sins and receive our punishments; that Jesus became despicable, disgraceful in the eyes of God the Father; and that, at the last hour, the Father abandoned him on the cross to die. But this is not what the Catholic Church believes. The Criminal Justice Theory of the… Read more

April 17, 2019

  It’s a common story we read this time of year: Easter has its origins in the worship of pagan gods, it’s time and date was set, intentionally, to coincide or to repurpose ancient pagan festivals of fertility, sex, and reproduction. But, do these persistent, perennial myths have any basis in reality? Spoiler alert: no—not really, and it’s time we set the record straight. Easter is Based on the Pagan Celebration of Spring First, on the dating of Easter, there’s absolutely… Read more

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