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

May 12, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Father Gregory Merkley, a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. We talk about Father Greg’s spiritual journey, the blessing of the priesthood, and the incredible impact that the sacraments have had on his life. Father Gregory was baptized Catholic, fell into practical atheism, and was eventually led back into the Catholic Church where his faith was absolutely set on fire–and eventually called him into the… Read more

May 6, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by two guests from the National Center for Padre Pio in Barton, PA, USA. Nick Gibboni is the Executive Director of the Center and Vera Marie Calandra, Vice President, and daughter of the founders of the National Center. We discuss all things Padre Pio–my favourite saint–including his miraculous life, his incredible charisms and abilities, and the example that this holy saint has left behind for us Catholic Christians to emulate… Read more

April 29, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by author, evangelist, and pilgrimage guru Steve Ray to talk about the biblical roots of the papacy. Steve should know, as a convert to Catholicism himself he’s written two fantastic books on the subject. We discuss the Old Testament precedent for the pope, evidence from Scripture and history, and why we need a pope at all. It’s a great conversation to share with your friends! For more from Steve, check… Read more

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