Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 7: The Bible is Catholic

May 19, 2015

Try explaining to our Fundamentalist brethren about almost any tenet of the Catholic Faith and you’re likely to hear in response, “Chapter and verse, please.”  In other words, of course, they want to know exactly where that teaching is found in the Bible because they adhere to what is spelled out and therefore only such teachings are retained by them. However, not every belief in Catholicism is to be found word-for-word in Sacred Scripture. ... more
DIS Kenneth Howell Marcus Grodi Deep in Scripture

“To Bring about the Obedience of Faith,” Romans 16:1-27

May 14, 2015

Can something which is not forbidden in Scripture, later be declared forbidden by the Church? ... more

Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 1: The Role of the Bishop in the Church

April 7, 2015

For the past 38 years—since I received the Sacrament of Confirmation (or there abouts)—I am the only one in my family of origin who is still Roman Catholic. My parents ditched the faith in favor of the local Assembly of God where they have worshipped and held membership for umpteen years.  Prior to that they had made their home at a local non-denominational church and prior to that it was another Assembly of God church. My only sibling (older) was largely unchurched during her 23 years of marriage to H#2; ... more

From “Private Judgment” to “Universal Consent”: Five Essentials of Conversion (Part 2)

April 2, 2015

Remaining Catholic is as important as becoming Catholic. That’s why it’s so important to understand that conversion is not a one-time event in the life of a Catholic. In fact, every year the Church sets aside a six-week period where conversion is front and center. Lent is a time when every member of the Church is asked to acknowledge his or her need for deeper conversion. ... more

Brandon Barker: Former Southern Baptist/Evangelical

March 16, 2015

Brandon grew up in Texas the son of two wonderful Christian parents and from his youth he loved Jesus Christ. When he was about 12 Brandon and his family began to attend a Southern Baptist congregation. Almost all of his friends were Christians of some stripe or another. He knew very few Catholics and believed that the Catholic Church was a cult. When he was 17, he felt was called to full-time Christian ministry. Though in college he faced new temptations and began to struggle with his faith, eventually he entered Dallas ... more

April Bright: Former United Pentecostal

February 16, 2015

April was brought up in a faithful United Pentecostal home. When she was a little girl her mother taught her about God and prayer. From and early age April had a close relationship with Jesus. By the time she was eight she began to see problems in Scripture with the United Pentecostal’s denial of the Holy Trinity, even though, at that time, she hadn’t heard of the Trinity. By the time she was 12, she began to feel that there must be something more. Feeling she was just pretending ... more

Papal Authority and the Early Church – Fr. Ray Ryland

February 3, 2015

Fr. Ray Ryland demonstrates that God’s Revelation necessitates authoritative interpretation. He investigates, through Scripture and Early Church documents, the continuous acceptance of the authority of the pope. ... more

Dr. Matthew Cabeen: An Evangelical Protestant Who Became Catholic

November 3, 2014

Matthew was brought up as an Evangelical Protestant. His parents had previously been active Jehovah’s Witnesses. As a child he was filled with a love and knowledge of the holy Scripture, as his parents hosted frequent Bible studies in their home. Matthew’s journey to the Catholic Church began when he was in college through the influence of his father. As Matthew’s father began to discover the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith through the books he was reading, he would share them and discuss them with ... more

Jack Tripp: A Baptist Who Returned to the Catholic Faith

October 20, 2014

Jack was brought up as a Boston Irish Catholic. Even though he was Catholic and the family prayed daily, the faith was never talked about in his home. When Jack graduated from high school in 1974, he took a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Rochester because he realized his parents didn’t have the money for college. After college, he gave his four years to the Navy, working in Lakehurst, N.J., on mechanisms to catch planes landing on aircraft carriers. After the Navey, he earned an MBA ... more

Peter, the Rock, the Keys, and the Chair

July 29, 2014

Biblical scholar and Holy Land pilgrimage leader Steve Ray delves into the Jewish roots of the papacy, namely “the keys”, “the rock”, and “the chair”. Ray, a former Baptist, draws from his trips to the Holy Land to bring to life the commissioning of Peter as the first pope using vivid historical and contextual highlights.  ... more

Finding a Scriptural Church

April 14, 2014

My father was a Lutheran minister in the Erzgebirge, a small city in southern Saxony, Germany when I was born in 1988. Erzgebirge, set on the Czech Republic border, is one of the most Protestant regions in the former German Democratic Republic and all the family on my father’s side came from this region. My grandfather was a Lutheran deacon and evangelist; old photographs with him and Billy Graham exist. He decided as a fourteen-year-old boy in a trench in France to give his live to Christ and serve Him ... more