July 22, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by former Episcopal priest Andrew Petiprin to discuss his journey into full communion with the Catholic Church. We discuss issues of Anglo-Catholicism, authority, biblical interpretation, the value that non-Catholic Christians bring into the Catholic Church, and how the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be a powerful tool in helping non-Catholics understand the Church and its teachings. Andrew is gracious, clear, and thoughtful as he articulates what drew him, and… Read more

July 15, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I’m joined by apologist, speaker, and author Dr. Douglas Beaumont to discuss the phenomenon of Evangelical Christians “de-converting” and leaving the Christian faith. From his research-based perspective, and with the experience of a convert, Dr. Beaumont talks about some of the factors that go into what causes a person to “de-convert” from Christianity. We also dig into some of the fascinating and helpful Catholic responses to these de-conversions including understanding the right… Read more

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

July 1, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by two returning guests, Matt Swaim and Keith Nester. Matt and Keith are both Catholic converts and we get together to discuss the problems we encountered with Sola Scriptura – the idea that the Bible is the sole rule of faith for Christians. We talk about the problem of everyone interpreting things differently, of major issues like salvation and authority and the canon of the Bible, and how finding the Catholic… Read more

June 24, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I’m joined by returning guest John DeRosa. John is the host of the Classical Theism Podcast and the author of a new book out from Catholic Answers Press called One Less God Than You: How to Answer the Slogans, Cliches, and Fallacies That Atheists Use to Challenge Our Faith. We talk about some of the most popular challenges to belief in God, the Christian faith, and Catholicism in particular. John gives us some… 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

June 17, 2020

In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I’m joined by Catholic Answers Apologist Karlo Broussard to talk about one of the most widely misunderstood areas of Catholic belief: Purgatory. What is Purgatory? What do Catholics really believe about it? Where can it be found in the Bible? Karlo is just finishing up a new book on the topic and is an absolute expert on this area of Catholic belief. He joins us to unpack this topic in incredible depth!… Read more

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