March 25, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m just by theologian and author Dr. John Bergsma to talk about the incredible and ancient Dead Sea Scrolls and what amazing insights these documents provide us into our Catholic Christian faith. In these episode we dig deep into what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, what the community of Jewish believers that collected them were like, and how the way they lived and celebrated their faith has incredible implications for the beginning… Read more

March 25, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by two fantastic Catholic apologists to discuss their joint journey into the Catholic Church. Devin Rose is a Catholic convert, writer, speaker, and app developer. Dr. Douglas Beaumont is an apologist, speaker, and writer as well. Together, these two have written some of the best books in Catholic apologetics and, it turns out, they connected, became friends, and had some great discussions around Doug’s journey into the Catholic Church. In… Read more

March 25, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by writer, speaker, and convert Derek Rotty to take about Lectio Divina – the ancient way of reading the Bible. We also discuss Derek’s own conversion and the necessary process of daily conversion to Christ, his Church, and the Christian way of life. It’s a great conversation! For more from Derek visit his website. His book, A Life of Conversion: Meeting Christ in the Gospels is available from Amazon. Send your… Read more

March 6, 2020

“He had more statues than the Vatican,” Keith relates. “I thought maybe it was his grandmother’s house.” Keith Nester and Devin Schadt laugh as they relate the story of how they first met, a crucial, God-guided meeting, that would eventually led a Protestant pastor of twenty-two years into communion with the Catholic Church. At the time, Keith was a youth pastor, just starting out, and in need of a logo for his growing youth group. A few phone calls led… Read more

February 20, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Dr. Mike Licona to discuss so-called irreconcilable differences in the Gospels. Are there mistakes in the New Testament accounts of Jesus? What should Christians make of these problems? Dr. Licona, Associate Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, sits down with me to talk about some of the most pressing and current criticisms of the New Testament and the so-called problems with the Gospel writers narratives. It’s a fantastic and… Read more

February 8, 2020

It was a Sunday morning in Ordinary Time. I learned, a little while ago, that the there’s nothing ordinary about what the Catholic Church calls “Ordinary Time.” Technically, ordinary comes from “ordinal” which simply describes a sequence of things—like counting. In other words, what the Church calls Ordinary Time, the lengths of Sundays in between the high liturgical seasons like Easter and Christmas, is simply counted time. Nothing necessarily ordinary about it. And on this particular Sunday that was certainly the case. These days, our… Read more

February 5, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Archdiocese of Montreal to discuss the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Bishop Dowd made headlines when he helped to bring one particular priest offender to justice even accompanying one of the victims to the police station to submit his report. Bishop Dowd is a fantastic, graceful, and hopeful voice of leadership in the Church and our conversation is an incredible one. What a blessing… Read more

February 1, 2020

Theologian, philosopher, and evangelical convert to Catholicism Dr. Douglas Beaumont is one of the most insightful apologists working in the field today. As a writer and podcaster I read a lot, listen to a lot of lectures and talks, and speak to a lot of interesting people but, when speaking with Doug, I always come away with one or another sweeping new insights into how I understand my Catholic faith. Maybe because Dr. Beaumont talks about Catholicism like an evangelical;… Read more

January 29, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by apologist, speaker, and author Dr. Douglas Beaumont to discuss the topic of infant baptism. Why do Catholics baptize infants? Why do some Protestant denominations object to this practice? What is the biblical basis and what about tradition? In his trademark straight forward approach Dr. Beaumont walks us through what Catholics believe baptism does, how this is often misunderstood by non-Catholic Christians, and how the Bible doesn’t give us clear… Read more

January 22, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I’m joined by Paul McCusker, Catholic convert and the creative genius behind the popular Adventures in Odyssey and many of the other popular radio dramas in the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre series. In this second part of our two-part interview, Paul and I chat about his experiences since becoming Catholic. We talk about the conversion process, parish life, the differences between Catholicism and our Protestant upbringings, and the challenge of… Read more

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