November 23, 2021

Watch my response video on YouTube. In his video, Did Augustine Affirm Sola Scriptura and the subsequent follow-up Response to Critics: Augustine on Scripture Dr. Gavin Ortlund invites feedback on his thesis that Augustine affirms the Protestant tenant of Sola Scriptura. I want to be the first to admit that I’m not particularly suited to respond. I’m not a qualified patristic scholar and certainly no match for Dr. Ortlund’s credentials. I have a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science… Read more

November 17, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by my good friend, YouTuber Austin Suggs from the wildly popular Gospel Simplicity channel to talk about why he isn’t Catholic – after a year of asking questions about the Catholic faith. Austin stumbled into a world of digging deeply into questions of the ancient Christian faiths. From his experience of going to a Catholic Bible study, and then a Catholic Mass, he began to ask questions about Catholicism (and later,… Read more

November 10, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by author, and professor of Catholic history, and popular guest on this program Steve Weidenkopf. We talk about Steve’s latest book Light from Darkness and discuss times when the Catholic Church was in complete turmoil, morally bankrupt, failing, and near collapse – and how each and every time it came back from the brink, stronger than before! We talk about this and what lessons we, Catholics living today, can take from… Read more

November 3, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined once again by renown patristics scholar Mike Aquilina to talk about how the Early Church – the very first Christians following the apostles – evangelized, how they spread the Christian faith. Through this conversation we dig into the early Christian sources like no one else can, expertly guided by Mike Aquilina, an author, podcaster, and popular guest on this show, we look into some incredible sources to undercover exactly how and… Read more

October 27, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m re-joined by Father Blake Britton, the author of the fantastic new book Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church. Fr. Blake was a guest on this show exactly 100 episodes ago when we discussed Vatican II and what would, eventually, become this fantastic book. A book which has been sent, we learn, to every single bishop in the USA –… Read more

October 20, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by author, podcaster, and Catholic convert Tsh Oxenreider to unpack her incredible journey into the Catholic Church. Tsh and her husband Kyle met as missionary church planters, served and travelled with their family around the world, and eventually landed in the Anglican Church where they found the beauty and truth they were looking for in their Protestant Christianity. But, it wasn’t enough. Questions of, “Says who?” and “By whose authority?” kept… Read more

October 13, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Matthew J. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and the author of the incredible Paul’s “Works of the Law” in the Perspective of Second Century Reception. Dr. Thomas joins us to look at the two perspectives on “Works of the Law” and what Paul may have meant – was he condemning all works meant to earn God’s favour, or was there… Read more

October 6, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Denis McNamara, associate professor and Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College to talk about Pope Francis’s Motu Proprio on the celebration of the Mass, Traditionis Custodes  and how we can make the Mass great again. We dig into how to. understand the parallel forms of the Mass: the Extraordinary (Latin Mass) and Ordinary Forms, what the Popes intended when allowing (and then restricting) the… Read more

September 29, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by missionary, church planter, and organizational leadership expert Dr. MaryJo Burchard to talk about her incredible journey into Catholicism. It’s a wild one and really the title of this episode – and these show notes – just can’t do justice to what brought her into the Catholic Church and her insights, but we’ll try anyway! MaryJo was a pastor’s kid, a fervent missionary, and the wife of a church-planting charismatic pastor… Read more

September 22, 2021

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Catholic author and columnist Eve Tushnet to talk about her writing, her journey into Catholicism, and navigating her the faith as a gay Catholic. Eve’s insights – living and writing from the heart of the Catholic Church about some deeply personal, and challenging, issues – are flecked with her trademark humour and self-deprecation and provide some incredible places to begin to understand the Church’s teaching, the role and place of… Read more

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