August 23, 2020

OK, cheeky title aside, good apologetics is never about winning an argument but rather about moving hearts and winning souls. In 1 Peter 3:15, the apostle writes, always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. Our apologetics, our explaining the faith, is about giving an account for our hope, not winning an argument but when it comes to issues that divide Christians, like the Eucharist,… Read more

August 3, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Jonathan Reimer, an Assistant Professor of History at Eastern University, to talk about how we can talk, intelligently, accurately, and cordially about the Reformation. Dr. Reimer has some incredible insights about the roots of the Reformation, the Catholic response, and how we can best dialogue, across the Protestant/Catholic divide, about this unfortunate and divisive moment in Church history. And, how we can begin to build bridges! This is… Read more

July 22, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by former Episcopal priest Andrew Petiprin to discuss his journey into full communion with the Catholic Church. We discuss issues of Anglo-Catholicism, authority, biblical interpretation, the value that non-Catholic Christians bring into the Catholic Church, and how the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be a powerful tool in helping non-Catholics understand the Church and its teachings. Andrew is gracious, clear, and thoughtful as he articulates what drew him, and… Read more

July 15, 2020

This week, I had the privilege of sitting down to talk to Dr. Douglas Beaumont about the recent spate of Evangelical de-conversions. In addition to many others before them, popular and often prominent Evangelical Christians like Jon Steingard from the band Hawk Nelson, YouTubers Rhett and Link, author Joshua Harris, and Hillsongs worship leader Marty Sampson have famously de-converted from Christianity and describe themselves as anything from agnostic to atheist. Dr. Beaumont is something of an expert on conversions—like me, he… Read more

July 10, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by theologian and author Dr. John Bergsma to talk about his incredible conversion to the Catholic faith. Raised in the Reformed church, Dr. Bergsma was steeped both in biblical studies and in the doctrines and beliefs of his particular denomination. In this discussion, Dr. Bergsma explains how he began to see the cracks form in his Reformed Protestant worldview once he began pastoring a church. When he tried to determine… Read more

July 1, 2020

This week, I had the privilege of sitting down with Matt Swaim and Keith Nester to discuss our experience with Sola Scriptura—the idea that the Christian faith can be understood by reading the Bible alone. Matt, Keith, and myself are all converts from Evangelical Christianity. Keith, a former pastor, worked in ministry for 22 years before becoming Catholic. All of us wrestled, in no small part, with the issue of Sola Scriptura and what we found, and what scores of… Read more

June 18, 2020

As an evangelical convert to Catholicism I think, and talk, a lot about pebbles in my shoe. I first heard the phrase from another Catholic convert: Peter Kreeft, the Boston College philosopher and famous convert from Protestant Christianity. For Kreeft, a pebble in the shoe was a small notion, an uncomfortable idea, that works its way into your shoe and kind of makes things, well, awkward. For me, the idea of purgatory was a pebble in my shoe almost since the beginning. I… Read more

June 17, 2020

When I became a Christian at the age of fifteen one of the first things I did was bum a ride, from my Mom, to that local Christian bookstore. Those were a thing back then. I needed to buy a Bible. I had no idea where to start. Half an hour later I walked out with an Extreme Teen Bible, New King James Version, in black bonded leather. I had no idea back then that was I was participating in was… Read more

May 28, 2020

This week on the podcast I was privileged to speak to Bishop Thomas Dowd of the Archdiocese of Montreal, Canada. It was an interview I’d been looking forward to on a topic that has prompted lots of listener feedback: Apostolic Succession. Apostolic Succession? It would’ve have even been in my vocabulary as a Evangelical but its importance to Catholicism, and historic Christianity, cannot be overstated. Maybe you’ve heard this before: the Early Church was made up of groups of Christians,… Read more

May 20, 2020

For those that don’t know the story of my conversion to the Catholic faith it centres, like many similar stories, around the issue of authority. This week I had the privilege of sitting down and talking to yet another convert who had a conversion experience similar to mine. Sonja Corbitt was a Southern Baptist, through and through. She loved her Scriptures—in fact, she led a popular Bible study group at the Baptist church where she and her husband served in… Read more

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