May 1, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Ken Hensley, a former baptist pastor and an adjunct professor of biblical studies, about the idea of Sola Scriptura – the “Bible alone” approach to Christianity. Is the Bible what Jesus left us to help guide us in our Christian faith? Can we each read and interpret the Bible correctly for ourselves? Did the authors of the New Testament even intend their letters to be used this way? It’s… Read more

April 24, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk to Dr. Douglas Beaumont, author of Evangelical Exodus, about how and why evangelicals become Catholic. We touch on the idea of paradigm shifts, proof-texting from the Church Fathers, and Flat Earth Theory. It’s a great episode, and I really hope you enjoy it. For more from Dr. Beaumont visit his website, where you can also buy his book. I highly recommend it. We also talk about Rome Sweet Home by… Read more

April 19, 2019

One of the things you might hear a lot about this Easter is why Jesus had to die on a cross. You may hear that he had to take on all of our sins and receive our punishments; that Jesus became despicable, disgraceful in the eyes of God the Father; and that, at the last hour, the Father abandoned him on the cross to die. But this is not what the Catholic Church believes. The Criminal Justice Theory of the… Read more

April 17, 2019

  It’s a common story we read this time of year: Easter has its origins in the worship of pagan gods, it’s time and date was set, intentionally, to coincide or to repurpose ancient pagan festivals of fertility, sex, and reproduction. But, do these persistent, perennial myths have any basis in reality? Spoiler alert: no—not really, and it’s time we set the record straight. Easter is Based on the Pagan Celebration of Spring First, on the dating of Easter, there’s absolutely… Read more

April 17, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast we talk about the six persistent myths about Easter. Is the origin of Easter pagan? Does the name come from a Mesopotamian  or Anglo-Saxon goddess of fertility? Are Easter eggs a symbol of spring and fertility? And, more seriously, what about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? Can the history of this narrative be trusted? Some of the resources I used to help prepare for this show: Jimmy Akin on Easter… Read more

April 10, 2019

I know a non-denominational church that goes all out at Easter. That is to say, their otherwise rich pastoral teaching and simple worship music goes all out the window. It’s replaced with what the church elders think would be more palatable for the unchurched masses—that would be more seeker sensitive. It happens every year. Our churches, on an Easter Sunday, are filled up with churchgoers who only appear every Easter Sunday or at Christmastime. And we try in vain to accommodate. We Catholics,… Read more

April 10, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast we talk about the Church. Did Jesus intend the Church to be an invisible collection of believers? Is this what the very first Christians believed about themselves? Is this how the whole of the Christian Church understood itself to be for the first 1,500 years of church history? Spoiler alert: the answer is, no. Instead, I argue, the Church always thought of itself as visible, singular, and united in a hierarchical structure… Read more

April 4, 2019

Dear friends, I didn’t set out to create a podcast this week. It kind of just happened. A friend and I have been working to get a podcast together for over a year now. Last week, we recorded our first episode and I spent the following few days editing, mixing, and putting it all together. It was fun, and I couldn’t believe how much I’d enjoyed the process. There was something so intimate about sitting behind a microphone and just… Read more

April 1, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  As a non-denominational Protestant I knew nothing about the Catholic doctrine of the “Real Presence.” It was simply never on my radar. I understood, since my… Read more

March 25, 2019

Our three-year old son watched me in wide-eyed terror as I stood in front of the kitchen sink. We were talking about our plans for that afternoon while his younger sister napped upstairs. I was washing dishes. He was finishing lunch. As we spoke, I absentmindedly dried my coffee thermos with a tea towel, gesticulating madly with my hands as my wife tells me that I do, and that’s when the look crossed his face. Pure terror. I stopped in… Read more

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