June 19, 2019

In this episode I’m joined by theologian and scripture scholar Dr. Michael P. Barber to talk about the Catholic view of salvation. Dr. Barber’s new book Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know was an instant bestseller and it’s no surprise. Dr. Barber talks passionately, enthusiastically, and with an intense clarity about how Catholics should understand their salvation – and how we often misunderstand it as well. We tackle the idea that all of our works are underpinned by God’s grace… Read more

June 18, 2019

I want to tell you a story about my grandpa, a man we affectionately called Pop. Growing up, my family had the funny habit of kissing each other on the lips. Our roots are in Newfoundland, the weather-beaten island off the coast of Eastern Canada, more British than North American really and maybe it’s common custom there. I don’t really know, I’ve never found out, but at any rate it’s what we did growing up. I was playing outside one… Read more

June 13, 2019

As a non-denominational, evangelical convert to the Catholic faith I’ve lived through what sociologists call a paradigm shift. I went from being an arm-raising, grape-juice drinking, Bible-believing unaffiliated evangelical to a rosary-praying, priest-confessing, saint-loving Catholic. But it didn’t happen overnight. For me, there are certain lines I can trace–a certain narrative—through nearly a decade’s long journey that led me home to Mother Church. In my own journey, I can check off certain boxes and say, definitively, yes, that made me become a… Read more

June 12, 2019

I recently recorded a podcast episode with my good friend JonMarc Grodi. We talked about the saints and, in particular, how we can have a relationship with our Christian brothers and sisters who have gone ahead to their reward. It was a remarkable conversation and I highly recommend you give it a listen but it impacted me, in the following weeks, in a way I did not expect. I’ve written about the saints before, it’s not new territory for me. In fact,… Read more

June 12, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. James Tonkowich, popular commentator on religion in the public square and a convert to Catholicism to share his essay, “How to Not Become Catholic in 9 Easy Steps.” In aplum and charity, Dr. Tonkowich unpacks his own journey as a Presbyterian pastor into the Catholic Church and shares 9 “rules” to follow if you want to avoid his fate: Assume that all Catholics are idiots Get all your information… Read more

June 5, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Cheryl White, a historian with 30 years of experience studying the incredible Shroud of Turin – the supposed burial cloth of Jesus! Dr. White unpacks the incredible history and origins of the Shroud, it’s seemingly miraculous qualities, and the unbelievable amount of scientific research which has gone into making the Shroud the “most studied object in history.” We also discuss the impact of the Shroud on our Christian faith…. Read more

June 4, 2019

As a non-denominational evangelical exploring the Catholic faith praying to the saints was one of the very first topics I explored. In the nominally Pentecostal church of my youth we drew a distinct line around anything we felt might cross into the territory of worship. We were, you might say, obsessed with avoiding making anything into an idol. Our church worship space was adorned with nothing more than a simple wooden cross, off to the side. Needless to say, we didn’t… Read more

May 29, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I speak talk to JonMarc Grodi from the Coming Home Network International about the role that saints can play in the life of a Christian. JonMarc unpacks the role of saints as examples of God’s grace and holiness, how we can have real relationships with saints, and gives an incredible analogy of what worship is not. We tackle some common Protestant objections to saints to help explain the importance of their role… Read more

May 22, 2019

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I speak with Derya Little. Derya grew up in as a Muslim in Turkey. After a life-shattering experience she became an avowed Atheist but through a series of personal encounters and a powerful mystical experience, she found her way into Christianity and ultimately into the Catholic Church. She shares her incredible story with us, and provides some helpful context for how we can share our Catholic faith with Muslim family, friends, and… Read more

May 16, 2019

Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to chat with Rod Bennett, author of The Apostasy That Wasn’t. Every Christian church that isn’t Catholic, said Rod in our hour-plus interview, has an apostasy theory. Every Christian church that isn’t Catholic has to have picked a time, in history, when the Church that Jesus founded went off the rails. Got lost. Was hopelessly corrupt. Strayed from the simple faith that Christ established and had to be inevitably rescued somewhere later down the… Read more

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