July 12, 2023

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by my good friend, Catholic convert, historian, and author Rod Bennett to talk about how someone looking for a new church – especially our Evangelical friends – should go about it. Rod, a fellow convert, has some incredible perspectives on this question and talks about church unity (and shares some incredible statistics), what the ancient church looked like (and agreed upon), and the perils of finding a “biblical” church when you’re... Read more

June 28, 2023

In this episode,  I’m joined by Casey and Erin Phillips from the Bapticatholic Podcast to talk about their journeys out of their fervent Baptist roots into full communion with the Catholic Church. Strongly evangelical from the beginning of their journeys, Casey and Erin explain exactly what drew them to Catholicism – and it’s an amazing story! From miraculous experiences of beauty to asking the tough questions to converting in spite of being in the incredible minority of Catholics in their... Read more

June 21, 2023

In this episode,  I’m joined by Leeanne Thomas to talk about her amazing and seemingly unlikely journey into the Catholic Church. Raised in a small Mennonite town in Northern Canada Leeanne journeyed through Charismatic Christianity, into a deep love for theology and the liturgy, and finally onto a pathway to ordination into the Anglican priesthood before deciding that she ultimately had to become Catholic. Leeanne’s journey is fascinating as she discovers her love for liturgical living while working on a... Read more

June 14, 2023

In this episode,  I’m joined by Renzo and Monica Ortega, podcasters, ministry leaders, authors and the couple behind the apostolate Two Become Family. We’re breaking down exactly what the Catholic Church believes and teaches about marriage, family, and sexuality – and it’s an amazing conversation. We tackle Natural Family Planning, contraception, the Catholic vision of marriage (and the sanctification of spouses), and much, much more. And I couldn’t ask for a better couple to have this conversation with than Renzo... Read more

June 7, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by Olivia Spears, mother, educator, and curriculum creator behind the incredible Into the Deep catechetical series to talk about raising authentic Catholic kids. This conversation, especially for new Catholic families just starting out, new converts, and those looking at the Catholic Church wondering where their family fits in, is filled with incredible insights, ideas, and advice from a seasoned Catholic parent. Olivia is a blast, so wise, and shares some incredible knowledge about how those... Read more

May 31, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by the wonderful Karen Edmisten, author, Mom, and surprised Catholic convert, Karen joins me this week to tell her amazing story from atheism into the Catholic Church. Raised without any religion at all Karen was surprised when she began to ask questions about the meaning of life – to encounter people who caused her to ask these kinds of questions by the way they lived – and ended up becoming Christian. To her surprise, she... Read more

May 24, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by author, educator, and Catholic convert Lorelei Savaryn to talk about her incredible journey out of Evangelical Christianity into the Catholic Church. A passionate Evangelical, Lorelei and her husband began questioning the foundations of their faith when they encountered questions of “Once Saved, Always Saved,” the example of the Early Church, and the beauty of the liturgy. These questions, and more, tugged at Lorelei’s conscience and eventually moved her to declare that either Christ founded... Read more

May 17, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by Father Daniel-Maria Klimek, T.O.R. to talk about Mary. Father Klimek has a fantastic new book all about this subject and we dig in deeply. From topics like Mary’s role as the New Ark of the Covenant, her power of the demonic realm, her prayers on our behalf, and exactly how and why we can – and should – grow more deeply in love with the Mother of Jesus, all in this fantastic episode. If... Read more

May 10, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by Casey Chalk, a Catholic convert/revert and author of The Obscurity of Scripture, to talk about one of the great big problems with the bedrock of Protestantism and the interpretation of Scripture. We’re talking about the Protestant doctrine of the clarity of Scripture – the perspicuity of Scripture – or the idea that the Bible is so clear that any Christian can understand it for themselves. This idea, which Chalk argues is foundational to Protestant... Read more

May 3, 2023

In this episode, I’m joined by my good friend Keith Nester and his wife Estelle to talk about their Catholic journey. Keith and Estelle met as Keith was beginning his work as a Protestant pastor; work that would take up 22 years of life his. Estelle, raised Catholic but not practising, was happy to follow Keith into Evangelical Christianity, to get married, raise kids, and live and serve as a pastor’s wife. So, what was it like when Keith began... Read more

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