061: What is Apostolic Succession and Why Does it Matter? (w/ Bishop Thomas Dowd)
May 27 2020 • 73 min
In this episode, I talk to Bishop Thomas Dowd about apostolic succession: the idea that the authority structure of the Catholic Church traces itself back to Jesus and the apostles – and why that's so important!
060: Why Would A Bible Loving Southern Baptist Become Catholic? (w/ Sonja Corbitt)
May 20 2020 • 78 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Bible guru Sonja Corbitt to discuss her journey as a Bible loving Southern Baptist joining the Catholic Church.
059: From Practical Atheism to the Catholic Priesthood (w/ Father Gregory Merkley)
May 13 2020 • 82 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Father Gregory Merkley to recount his journey out of practical atheism and into a dynamic, passionate calling to the priesthood.
058: What You Should Know About Padre Pio (w/ Nick Gibboni and Vera Marie Calandra)
May 06 2020 • 78 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Nick Gibboni and Vera Marie Calandra from the National Center for Padre Pio to discuss the incredible saint and his miraculous life.
057: Unpacking the Biblical Roots of the Papacy (w/ Steve Ray)
Apr 29 2020 • 63 min
In this episode, I'm joined by author and evangelist Steve Ray to unpack the biblical, historical, and typological roots of the papacy–and why the pope is so important!
056: How to Pray for Those Who Have Left the Church (w/ John LaBriola)
Apr 22 2020 • 56 min
In this episode, I'm joined by evangelist, speaker, and author John LaBriola to talk about how we can pray for our non-Catholic friends and family or those that have left the Catholic Church.
055: What is Redemptive Suffering? (w/ Dawn Eden Goldstein)
Apr 15 2020 • 63 min
In this episode, I'm joined by former rock journalist turned Catholic convert and theologian Dawn Eden Goldstein to unpack the rich topic of redemptive suffering.
054: What We Know about the Relics of the Passion of Christ (w/ Dr. Cheryl White)
Apr 08 2020 • 57 min
In this episode I speak to an expert in the field of relics, Dr. Cheryl White, about the relics from Jesus' passion and how they inform our Catholic faith.
053: Making Sense of Evil and Suffering (w/ Jimmy Akin)
Apr 01 2020 • 63 min
In this episode I'm joined by Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin to help us to understand the problem of evil and suffering.
052: What Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach us about Catholicism (w/ Dr. John Bergsma)
Mar 25 2020 • 61 min
In this episode, I'm joined by theologian Dr. John Bergsma to talk about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the incredible insights these ancient documents have into our Catholic faith.
051: Why We're No Longer Protestant (w/ Devin Rose and Dr. Doug Beaumont)
Mar 18 2020 • 111 min
In this episode I'm joined by Catholic apologists Devin Rose and Dr. Doug Beaumont to talk about what led them to leave the Protestant church and to become Catholic.
050: Lectio Divina – How to Read Your Bible like the Saints (w/ Derek Rotty)
Mar 11 2020 • 63 min
In this episode I'm joined by writer, speaker, and Catholic convert Derek Rotty to talk about Lectio Divina, the ancient way of reading the Bible.
049: Two Sides of a Catholic Conversion Story (w/ Keith Nester and Devin Schadt)
Mar 04 2020 • 110 min
In this episode, I'm joined by former Protestant pastor Keith Nester and his good friend, author and speaker Devin Schadt to unpack Keith's conversion from two different perspectives.
048: The Catholic Convert's Keys to Sainthood (w/ Devin Rose)
Feb 26 2020 • 77 min
In this episode, I speak with Catholic convert, author, speaker, and app developer Devin Rose about some of the spiritual practices used by the saints and how we can apply them today.
047: Understanding and Defending Differences in the Gospels (w/ Dr. Mike Licona)
Feb 19 2020 • 71 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Mike Licona to discuss the reliability of the Gospel writers' accounts of Jesus.
046: How the Saints Evangelized a Protestant Pastor and Missionary (w/ Tom and Elli Zurowski)
Feb 12 2020 • 139 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Tom and Elli Zurowski to talk about their experience growing up Catholic, leaving the Catholic Church for the evangelical missionary field, before returning back to Catholicism.
045: Confronting the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church (w/ Bishop Thomas Dowd)
Feb 05 2020 • 52 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Bishop Thomas Dowd to talk about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, how to move forward, and reasons to have hope.
044: The Catholic Case for Infant Baptism (w/ Dr. Doug Beaumont)
Jan 29 2020 • 66 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic apologist and speaker Dr. Douglas Beaumont to unpack why Catholics baptize infants and why some Protestant denominations object.
043: An Evangelical Author's Journey into the Catholic Church - Part 2 (w/ Paul McCusker)
Jan 22 2020 • 53 min
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast I'm joined by Paul McCusker, Catholic convert and the creative genius behind the popular Adventures in Odyssey and many of the other popular radio dramas in the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre series.In...
042: An Evangelical Author's Journey into the Catholic Church - Part 1 (w/ Paul McCusker)
Jan 15 2020 • 82 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Adventures in Odyssey show runner and Catholic convert Paul McCusker to talk about his journey into the Catholic Church.
041: What Every Catholic Should Know About God (w/ Dr. Elizabeth Klein)
Jan 08 2020 • 63 min
In this episode, I'm joined by theologian Dr. Elizabeth Klein to talk about everything that we need to know about God, who Jesus is, and how to best understand our Creator.
040: A Convert's Guide to Mary (w/ Keith Nester and Derya Little)
Jan 01 2020 • 82 min
In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by Derya Little, a Muslim convert to Catholicism, and Keith Nester, a former Evangelical pastor, to discuss Mary.
039: Tough Questions to Ask "Bible-Only" Christians
Dec 23 2019 • 43 min
In this episode of the podcast I sit down behind the microphone to talk about some of the tough questions which, as an Evangelical Christian, ultimately led me to my conversion to Catholicism.
038: Answering Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs - Part 2 (w/ Karlo Broussard)
Dec 18 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic Answers apologist Karlo Broussard to discuss some of the most difficult biblical objections to the Catholic faith including praying to the saints, the Eucharist, baptism, and the immaculate conception of Mary.
037: Answering Biblical Objections to Catholic Beliefs - Part 1 (w/ Karlo Broussard)
Dec 11 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic Answers apologist Karlo Broussard to discuss some of the most difficult biblical objections to the Catholic faith including the invisible church, the papacy, forgiveness for sins, and understanding tradition.
036: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (w/ Dr. Francis Beckwith)
Dec 04 2019 • 59 min
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Francis Beckwith to discuss the question: Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
035: Everything You Wanted to Know About Women and the Church (w/ Jaymie Stuart Wolfe)
Nov 27 2019 • 62 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, Senior Editor at Ave Maria Press, to talk about how the role of women is understood in the Catholic Church.
034: What Every Catholic Should Know About the Cardinal Virtues (w/ JonMarc Grodi)
Nov 20 2019 • 75 min
In this episode, I'm joined by JonMarc Grodi to talk about the framework the Church provides us in the Cardinal Virtues and how against the backdrop of a hot take culture we can make better, more Christ-like decisions every day.
033: How to Understand What Vatican II Really Says (w/ Fr. Blake Britton)
Nov 13 2019 • 66 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Father Blake Britton to dig into the documents of Vatican II and help us to properly understand its mission, purpose, how we can understand it, and how it has been misunderstood.
032: Everything You Need to Know About the Mass (w/ Dr. Denis McNamara)
Nov 06 2019 • 64 min
In this episode, I'm joined by liturgy expert Dr. Denis McNamara to unpack what happens during the Catholic Mass and why, we dig so deep that there's something in this episode for absolutely everyone.
031: Was the Early Church the Catholic Church? (w/ Mike Aquilina)
Oct 30 2019 • 61 min
In this episode, I talk to best-selling author Mike Aquilina about the structure, the worship, and the practices of the Early Church and the very first Christians.
030: Answering Atheist Objections to Catholicism (w/ John DeRosa)
Oct 23 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, I talk to John DeRosa host of the Classical Theism Podcast about how to respond to atheist, agnostic, and naturalist materialist objections to God's existence.
029: Abortion, Euthanasia, and What Catholics Believe About Life (w/ Dr. Moira McQueen)
Oct 16 2019 • 73 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Moira McQueen from the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute to talk about a range of ethical concerns ranging from contraception, to abortion, to euthanasia and end of life care.
028: Was Jesus and the Early Church Based on Pagan Myth? (w/ Steve Weidenkopf)
Oct 09 2019 • 71 min
In this episode, Steve Weidenkopf rejoins me to talk about the origins of Christianity. Was Jesus based on pagan myth? Was he a real person? What about Easter and Christmas? And why are these misconceptions so prevalent?
027: How to Read and Understand the Bible like a Catholic (w/ Jimmy Akin)
Oct 02 2019 • 71 min
In this episode I'm joined by Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin to talk about the doctrine of Sola Scriptura, how the Bible was put together, and why Catholic Bibles are bigger.
026: Why Would an Evangelical Pastor Become Catholic? (w/ Keith Nester)
Sep 25 2019 • 76 min
In this episode, I'm joined by former Protestant pastor Keith Nester to talk about his incredible conversion to the Catholic faith.
025: Evangelizing Non-Catholic Family and Friends (w/ Matt Swaim)
Sep 18 2019 • 62 min
In this episode, I talk with Matt Swaim about how we can evangelize our non-Catholic friends and family.
024: Do Catholics have a Personal Relationship with Christ? (w/ Pat Flynn)
Sep 11 2019 • 67 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Pat Flynn to talk about a question which is fundamental to Catholicism: Do Catholics Have a Personal Relationship with Jesus?
023: Debunking the Science vs. Catholicism Conflict (w/ Dr. Stacy Trasancos)
Sep 04 2019 • 60 min
In this episode, I talk to Dr. Stacy Trasancos a chemist with a degree in dogmatic theology about the conflict between Catholicism and science and how to evangelize through science.
022: Where Did We Get the Bible From? (w/ Rod Bennett)
Aug 28 2019 • 64 min
In this episode, I'm joined by author Rod Bennett to talk about how we got the Bible, the role of the Catholic Church, and why Catholic Bibles are bigger.
021: Apologetics 101 – How to Prove the Catholic Faith (w/ Dr. Doug Beaumont)
Aug 21 2019 • 79 min
In this episode, Dr. Douglas Beaumont gives us a crash course in Catholic Apologetics 101 as we discuss how to prove God and the Catholic faith.
020: Why Become Catholic? (w/ Marcus Grodi)
Aug 14 2019 • 89 min
In this episode, I talk to Journey Home host Marcus Grodi and what he's learned in his 20 year experience listening to the stories of Catholic converts.
019: Is Jesus Just a Myth? (w/ Trent Horn)
Aug 07 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic Answers apologist Trent Horn to discuss finding the real Jesus amongst the imposters – was He just a myth?
018: Feminism, Gender, and the Catholic Church (w/ Dr. Abigail Favale)
Jul 31 2019 • 81 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Abigail Favale to talk about feminism, gender identity, abortion, and how to explain it all through the Catholic worldview.
017: Understanding the Authority of the Catholic Church (w/ Jimmy Akin)
Jul 24 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin to talk about the authority of the Catholic Church and its relationship with the Bible, the pope, and theologians.
016: Who is St. Thomas Aquinas? (w/ Dr. Robert Delfino)
Jul 17 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, I'm joined by Dr. Robert Delfino to talk about St. Thomas Aquinas's Five Ways for proving God's existence.
015: Typology and the Catholic Church in the Old Testament (w/ Dr. Lawrence Feingold)
Jul 10 2019 • 59 min
In this episode I'm joined by Dr. Lawrence Feingold to talk about the study of biblical typology and the one, holy, and apostolic Catholic Church as it was prefigured in the Old Testament.
014: Protestant Reformation or Revolution? (w/ Steve Weidenkopf)
Jul 03 2019 • 62 min
Steve Weidenkopf joins me to talk about the Protestant Reformation: was it a reformation or a revolution?
013: Is the Eucharist Just a Symbol? (w/ Steve Ray)
Jun 26 2019 • 66 min
Catholic evangelist Steve Ray joins me to talk about the Eucharist as a sign and symbol, like he believed as a Baptist, or something much, much more.
012: What Catholics Believe About Salvation (w/ Dr. Michael Barber)
Jun 19 2019 • 52 min
Dr. Michael P. Barber joins me to talk about what the Catholic Church really believes and salvation, how we're saved, and what we're saved for.
011: How (Not) to Become a Catholic (w/ Dr. James Tonkowich)
Jun 12 2019 • 64 min
Former Presbyterian pastor Dr. James Tonkowich shares his 9 rules to follow for avoiding a Catholic conversion.
010: The Shroud of Turin – Everything You Need to Know! (w/ Dr. Cheryl White)
Jun 05 2019 • 43 min
Dr. Cheryl White joins me to discuss the incredible and miraculous Shroud of Turin, the ancient burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
009: How the Saints Can Help Us Be Holy (w/ JonMarc Grodi)
May 29 2019 • 65 min
JonMarc Grodi joins me to talk about some of the misconceptions about the saints and how they can help us live more holy lives.
008: Out of Islam and Into the Catholic Church (w/ Dr. Derya Little)
May 22 2019 • 73 min
Derya Little joins me to share her incredible journey from Islam to Atheism to Christianity and into the Catholic Church and discusses how we can share our faith with Muslims.
007: Debunking the Great Apostasy (w/ Rod Bennett)
May 15 2019 • 76 min
Author Rod Bennett joins me to discuss the idea that the Church that Jesus founded fell in to a "great apostasy" almost immediately after He left?
006: How to Dialogue With Non-Believers (w/ Dr. Randal Rauser)
May 08 2019 • 61 min
Dr. Randal Rauser joins me to discuss how we can effectively dialogue with atheists, agnostics, and apathetic non-believers.
005: The Problem With Sola Scriptura (w/ Ken Hensley)
May 01 2019 • 57 min
Ken Hensley joins me to discuss the idea of Sola Scriptura and that all we need is the Bible to understand our faith and the view of the Early Church on this important idea.
004: Why Do Evangelicals Become Catholic? (w/ Dr. Doug Beaumont)
Apr 24 2019 • 50 min
Evangelical convert Dr. Douglas Beaumont talks about how and why evangelical Christians become Catholic.
003: 6 Myths About Easter
Apr 17 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we tackle six of the so-called myths about Easter that pop up every year.
002: What is the Church?
Apr 10 2019 • 37 min
Did Jesus establish a collection of invisible believers or a unified, visible, and apostolic Church on earth?
001: Scripture and Tradition
Apr 02 2019 • 39 min
Which is more important in the life of a Christian, Scripture or Tradition?