October 14, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. James Merrick, an Anglican academic and former priest to talk about his journey into the Catholic Church. We dig into topics of liturgy, authority, the Magisterium, and why Anglicans can find a home in the Catholic Church – in the fullness of faith. It’s a great conversation. For more from Dr. Merrick visit the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Emmaus Academic. He is also a regular… Read more

October 7, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Greg and Jennifer Willits veteran podcasters and the founders of The Rosary Army, a ministry dedicated to making, praying, and giving away rosaries. We talk about the rosary from every angle this week including the Scriptural basis, why we pray to Mary and the saints to begin with, what the rosary involves, the fruits of praying the rosary, and some of the incredible miracles linked to this ancient prayer!… Read more

September 30, 2020

When I was first looking into the prospect of becoming a Catholic I thought I was, in all likelihood, the only one who’d ever made the jump from Evangelical Christianity into the Roman Catholic Church. Surely, I thought, no one else has done such a bizarre thing. So when I opened up Google, typed in, “Evangelicals becoming Catholic,” and hit RETURN, the search results were nothing short of shocking. As it turns out, lots of Evangelical Christians became Catholic. Converts… Read more

September 30, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by the former editor of the evangelical flagship Christianity Today, Mark Galli, to talk about his conversion to the Catholic Church. Mark spent 10 years as a Protestant pastor, 20 years editing the world’s largest evangelical publication, and has recently come into full communion with the Catholic Church. We unpack his journey, the reasons behind his decision, and some of the questions, challenges, and problems he faced in his Protestant… Read more

September 23, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Austin Suggs from the incredible YouTube channel Gospel Simplicity. Austin is an evangelical, he’s a theology student at Moody Bible Institute and he first came onto my radar when he made a video about his experience at a Catholic Bible study. Austin is honest, humble, and willing to build bridges and have cordial conversations about Protestant and Catholicism differences and divisions. We arranged this conversation to talk about some… Read more

September 16, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, we’ve reassembled our popular panel of converts from our discussion on Sola Scriptura (in Episode 66) to talk about the other famous Protestant “sola,” Sola Fide – the idea that Christians are saved “by faith alone.” Joined by Matt Swaim and Keith Nester, we discuss what Sola Fide means, how it’s understood differently in different denominations, how we wrestled with it, and ultimately, how it isn’t all that different from a Catholic understanding… Read more

September 9, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Leah Libresco. A cerebral, deep thinker, Leah was a staunch atheist when she became to meet Catholics in her debate group and, herself, became interested in looking deeper into the faith. In this episode she takes us on her spiritual journey and explains what ultimately led us to find God in the Catholic Church. It’s a great conversation and Leah was very fun to talk to! You’re going to… Read more

September 2, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by author Carl E. Olson to talk about what Catholics believe about the end times, the rapture, and dispensationalism. Carl grew up in the thick of fundamentalist, dispensationalist theology before becoming a Catholic along with his wife and has written a fantastic book on the subject. He joins me to unpack exactly what Catholics believe about the end of the world as well as where belief in the rapture comes… Read more

August 26, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Scripture scholar Dr. Andrew Swafford to talk about the biblical blueprints for the Mass. What insights do the Old and New Testaments give us into the Mass? What was God foreshadowing with the sacrificial system and the Temple in the Old Testament? How should this inform our understanding of the New Covenant, of the Last Supper, and of the crucifixion and the Mass? With several Bibles at hand, Dr…. Read more

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

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