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In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Timothy Ezat. Timothy grew up as a nominal Muslim and then a nominal atheist in Kurdistan, Iraq. Under threat of violence and persecution, he converted to Evangelical Christianity at the age of 15 in an underground church. From there, Timothy moved to London, became involved in missionary work,…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert Keith Nester, author of The Convert's Guide to Roman Catholicism: Your First Year in the Church to talk about what it's like to be Catholic in your very first year in the Church. Keith is a popular YouTuber and a former Protestant pastor, working in ministry for over 22 years b…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP, a Catholic convert with an incredible story to tell! Fr. Lawrence grew up in a Bible-based church with nothing but a Scripture verse on the wall but a deep understanding and appreciation for the Bible. When he encountered his first Catholic Mass he immediately recognized t…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. John Bergsma to talk about the Old Testament Roots of the Catholic priesthood. Dr. Bergsma is a Professor of Theology at The Franciscan University of Steubenville, a renown Biblical scholar, a former Protestant pastor, and a convert to the Catholic faith. In this episode, Dr. Bergsma takes …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert and Benedictine monk Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, to unpack St. Joseph. Who exactly is St. Joseph? What can his life and his silent testament to his son, Christ, teach just today. We dig deeply into the incredible example of St. Joseph and how, in spite of not speaking a recorded w…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by the incredible Suan Sonna to make the biblical case for the papacy. In other words, where's the pope in the Bible? Over our hour-long conversation, Suan shares some incredible biblical insights into exactly what Jesus was doing when He made Peter the "rock," what he intended, and how we know. I…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by one of our most popular guests Dr. Douglas Beaumont. Doug is a convert to the Catholic faith. As a fervent Evangelical, Doug chose one of the top apologetics schools, Southern Evangelical Seminary, in order to deepen his faith and learn how to evangelize and share the Evangelical Christian fait…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Michael Lofton from the popular YouTube channel and podcast Reason and Theology to discuss his fascinating conversion story. Raised nominally Christian, and then Jewish, and then as a devout Evangelical, Michael looked into Anglicanism, Orthodoxy, and Catholicism and had experiences in all of t…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic Answers Live host and author Cy Kellett... and what a great time we had! Cy's the author of a brand new book from Catholic Answers Press called A Teacher of Strange Things. This "foot in the door" introduction to Jesus in fantastic, profound, and uniquely Catholic. And in this episode …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin to unpack his own incredible story as a convert to the Catholic faith. Marked by tragedy and the amazing and miraculous work of the Holy Spirit Jimmy's story is truly unique – and not to be missed. In this conversation we dive deep into some of the i…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby to talk about Catholicism as a relationship between us and Jesus or as a religion. In his new book, Fr. Kirby clearly comes down on the side of religion and explains what *real* religion demands of us, and what rewards we're bound to receive as a result! It's a great conversat…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert Kenny Burchard. Kenny spent 33 years as an Charismatic, Evangelical Christian, more than twenty of those in full-time ministry, including planting and pastoring churches, before becoming Catholic in dramatic fashion! In this fantastic discussion we unpack the call Kenny heard t…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert and author Father Sebastian Walshe. Fr. Walshe has degrees in theology, philosophy, and is currently the Norbertine Canon of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, California where he also teaches philosophy. In this episode, Fr. Walshe draws on his experiences in p…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. Kenneth Howell to talk about the Eucharist in the Early Church. Dr. Howell has doctorates in Linguistics and Church History, was a Protestant pastor and seminary professor, and is a convert to the Catholic faith. In this episode he tells his fascinating conversion story and how the Eucharis…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. Richard DeClue, Cardinal Henri de Lubac Fellow of Theology at the Word on Fire Institute to talk about the Second Vatican Council. What did Vatican II really say? What did it set out to accomplish? Did it ruin the Liturgy? The life of the Church? And how can we, as faithful Catholics, learn…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by philosopher and Catholic convert Dr. Robert Koons to talk about his incredible conversion from Lutheranism into the Catholic Church. When faced with the question of which Church was founded by Christ – and where he belonged – Dr. Koons, who traces his Lutheran history right back to the Reformat…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by William Albrecht and Father Christiaan Kappes to discuss the history of transubstantiation in the Bible. As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist – the elements of the Lord's Supper – actually becomes the body and blood of Jesus Christ during the Mass but is there evidence that this …
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic historian Steve Weidenkopf to talk about the Middle Ages. What was it really like to be a Christian in medieval times? What about the Crusades? The Inquisition? The political scandals wracking the Church? We dig deep into a largely misunderstood period of time to mine for the truth of Christian history and to…
 
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Michael Pakaluk to talk about his fantastic new commentary on the Gospel of John and how we can, and should, hear Mary's voice in the writings and recollections of John. It's a really interesting story which highlights the importance of Mary. As a Catholic convert, Dr. Pakaluk discusses John 6, the Eucharistic Disc…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by fellow Catholic convert, author, and biblical theologian Dr. Scott Hahn from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology to talk about the Eucharist. In this discussion, we climb the summit from an Evangelical understanding of Communion as merely symbol up to the Catholic view of the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Ch…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Catholic Answers apologist Karlo Broussard to talk about what Catholics really believe about purgatory – one of the most misunderstood Catholic beliefs. We dig into purgatory in the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Early Church, and the logical case of why purgatory must exist in the plan of salvat…
 
In this 100th episode of the podcast, we've opened up the lines for past guests, patrons, and friends of the show to tell us why they love being Catholic. It's a special celebration of our Catholic faith – and one you don't want to miss! Listen to guests like Dr. John Bergsma, Steve Ray, Sonja Corbitt, Joe Heschmeyer, Bishop Thomas Dowd, Jimmy Akin…
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Reformation scholar and historian Dr. Brad Gregory to talk about the Reformation and its unintended consequences – a fantastic discussion! We discuss what Christianity was like during the Middle Ages, leading up to the Reformation, what the Reformers intended with their actions and, maybe most importantly, what the la…
 
In our second crossover episode, I'm joined by Austin Suggs from Gospel Simplicity as we host an incredible conversation with Joe Heschmeyer and Dr. Gavin Ortlund on the papacy: The Pope. Did Christ intend to establish a Church with the Pope at its head? What do we find in the Early Church Fathers? Did the first Christians believe in a Pope? Is it …
 
In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by Early Church expert, author, and popular speaker Mike Aquilina to talk about Mary's role in the Early Church and in the history of Christianity. From what the Old Testament says about Mary, to her role in the New Testament, to how she was understood by the very Early Christians and how her role helped to…
 
In this episode I'm joined by Michael Lofton from Reason and Theology to talk about the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Catholic Church. We talk about where the Catholic Church's authority comes from, how it traces and understands it, and the incredible, fundamental differences between how Catholic's understand their faith and how it's unde…
 
In this episode I'm joined by Father Scott Wooten. Father Wooten is a former Anglican and Episcopalian priest, now an ordained Catholic priest, and his journey into full communion is a great one! Father Scott's journey into the Catholic Church is a search, ultimately, for the united, one Church that Christ founded and i's fullness. It's a great sto…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Catholic convert, author, apologist, and podcaster Eric Robinson to talk about whether or not Christ founded a visible Church – or are Christians just an invisible collection of believers? As converts, this is something both Eric and I wrestled with. We dig deep in the Bible in this epi…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by speaker, blogger, author, and survivor of clerical sexual abuse, Faith Hakesley to share her story and how and why we can (and should!) hang on to our Catholic faith even in the face of horrific abuses. It's a great conversation and Faith was a great person to have it with. She is incredibly co…
 
In this very special crossover episode, I'm joined by Austin Suggs from Gospel Simplicity as we host an incredible conversation with Joe Heschmeyer and Dr. Gavin Ortlund on the question of, "Being Deep in History...". Can a Protestant study the Church Fathers and remain Protestant? What does the Catholic do when they encounter Early Christians who …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Dr. Mark Giszczak from the Augustine Institute to talk about Catholics' relationship to Scripture: Do Catholics read the Bible? Mark says, "Yes!" and increasingly so! We tackle how to read the Bible in a Catholic context, difficult and dark passages of Scripture, problems with Bible tra…
 
In this special episode of The Cordial Catholic we look back at the episodes that really shaped 2020 for the podcast. I'll share some of my favourite interviews and some of the most incredible insights I've gained in speaking with over 50 incredible guests in the last year. 2020 was a crazy and tough year for many of us – yours truly included – and…
 
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 shar…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Father Joshua Caswell, SJC the Superior General of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to talk about his conversion – out of the charismatic Pentecostal tradition, in the far reaches of Northern Canada – into the Catholic faith. Fr. Joshua's journey is simply incredible. This is one …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I talk with author and Early Church expert Rod Bennett, one of my favourite guests of all time. We dig deeply into Rod's famous book Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words, now almost 20 years old, and mine what Rod, an evangelical, discovered when he began to read from the Early Church Fat…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by William Albrecht and Father Christiaan Kappes to discuss Mary in the Scriptures and through the eyes of the Early Christians. We dig into the idea of Mary as the New Ark, Mary's perpetual virginity, and how the Early Christians saw and understood the role of Mary – and how they read the…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Ralph Martin to talk about tackling division, confusion, and darkness in the Catholic Church. We talk about some of the divisions in the Church between different Catholic factions – on the left and on the right – and how these Protestant-like groups at damaging the Church. We look at ho…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by author, apologist, speaker, and radio host Gary Michuta to talk about the problem that Protestants have with their Bible. Gary is the author, among other things, of Why Catholic Bibles Are Bigger? and in this episode we tackle, in depth, the problem that exists from Protestants trying t…
 
BONUS EPISODE Welcome to a special episode of The Cordial Catholic. Normally, I release these special After Show episodes of the podcast to patrons of the show. This week, I thought I'd give everyone access and, hey, maybe you'll consider becoming a patron, too! In this episode, we talk about what's coming up on the show in the next couple of month…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Catholic convert, author, apologist, and podcaster Eric Robinson to talk about the sacraments. What are the sacraments? What do Catholics believe about them? And why, according to a Catholic convert, are they so incredible? We dig deeply into some of the sacraments and touch on exactly …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by apologist, speaker, and author Dr. Douglas Beaumont to discuss Scripture, Tradition, and authority from his perspective as an Evangelical convert. We dig deeply into how Protestants and Catholics understand Scripture differently, the interpretation of Scripture, what Catholics (and Prot…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by the incredible Joe Heschmeyer to talk about the papacy. We dig into the reasons why we need a Pope, the deep biblical roots of the papacy – beginning with Peter – and some amazing evidence from the Early Church. Plus, much more. In fact, this episode is so packed with information you're…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by Father Vincent Lampert, an experienced exorcist for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Pastor of of St. Michael and St. Peter Parishes in Brookville, Indiana. Father Vincent is also the author of Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons from Emmaus Road Publishing. In our …
 
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 mo…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 bu…
 
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 …
 
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 G…
 
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 j…
 
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