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Deacon George Butterfield

June 14, 2016

George Butterfield was a shy kid who dreaded the coming-of-age public profession of faith that was customary in the country church he attended. It just so happened that when the time came for him to stand up in front of the congregation, much to his relief, the power went out! George thought he’d be spared the scrutiny of the occasion, until a parishioner insisted on driving his car into the church’s foyer and shining its high beams on George for the ceremony.  We challenge you to not smile ... more
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“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church… cleansing her by the bath of water with the word”; Ephesians 5:25-26 – What is the meaning of that bath of cleansing?

May 24, 2016

One of the more controversial chapters in the Bible for pastors to preach on is Ephesians 5, because of Paul’s statement about wives submitting to their husbands.  Deacon Alex Jones addresses another challenging portion of the same chapter- when Paul says a husband should lay down his life for his wife, “cleansing her by the bath of water with the word.”  In his Pentecostal days, Deacon Alex saw salvation through receiving the word of God as primary, and the washing of water through Baptism as merely a later affirmation of ... more
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Kirk Ross, former Church of God – Abrahamic Faith

March 21, 2016

Kirk Ross speaks of growing up in northern Illinois in a faithful home in which his father, both grandfathers and his uncle were ministers in the Church of God – Abrahamic Faith tradition.  It was a theology based strictly on sola scriptura with a high regard for individual study and interpretation.  Kirk fit right in and approached his faith intellectually.  It was during his graduate studies in Austria, a country with a heavy concentration of Catholics, that he met a Catholic woman who would challenge his beliefs.  Their eventual marriage would ... more
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Jeffrey Morrow, Jewish Atheist turned Catholic Christian

February 29, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Jewish convert and former Evangelical Protestant Jeffrey Morrow to discuss his journey from atheism into belief in God, Christianity, and ultimately, Catholicism. Jeffrey grew up not knowing that Christmas or Easter had anything to do with Jesus! Not only was he not familiar with Christianity, but he simply didn’t belief any God existed! Challenged by peers in college, he realized that Christianity is one of the most historically-defensible ideologies. He realized his atheism took more faith than belief in God. After coming to know Jesus Christ, ... more
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Jim Tonkowich: Former Presbyterian Minister

November 16, 2015

Jim grew up in the Eastern Orthodox Church, finding Protestant Evangelicalism while away at boarding school. He spent quite a few years in business while he remained a licensed Congregational minister actively looking for work in the church or a Christian organization. Over time, however, and while working for a nondenominational youth ministry, he began to see how the Bible teaches that Christian churches should be connected, not independent in the manner that Congregational churches are governed. He found his way into the Presbyterian Church (PCA) and was ordained a ... more
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From Narnia to Middle Earth

September 2, 2015

“It’s — it’s a magic wardrobe. There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a Faun and a witch and it’s called Narnia; come and see.” — Lucy, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ... more
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Cole Matson: A Presbyterian Who Became A Catholic

January 12, 2015

Cole was raised in a devout Presbyterian household, though his parents didn’t baptize him as an infant because they believed he should make his own decision. Cole was converted to Christ and was baptized when he was 14 after reading Les Miserables and The Lord of the Rings. His journey to full communion with the Catholic Church began after reading Joseph Pearce’s C. S. Lewis, which caused him to seriously consider several Catholic doctrines, such as the Real Presence and Purgatory. Cole was received into the Catholic Church in 2010. ... more
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Matthew DiMartino: A Fundamentalist Baptist Who Became a Catholic

December 8, 2014

Matthew grew up in a Protestant family. His mother had been Baptist and his father had been Catholic. They brought Matthew up in a Charismatic Episcopal parish. In high school, he got involved in the rock music culture. In a few short years he didn’t want anything to do with Christianity. When he was 17 he got involved in selling drugs. He was arrested and spent time in jail. Soon after, 9-11 happened and Matthew realized that one day he would die. He turned his life over to God in ... more
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The Catholic Church and the “Mystical Body of Christ” — Romans 8:1-11

December 4, 2014

Today on Deep in Scripture radio, Marcus Grodi and Ken Howell discuss a fine email concerning the relationship between the Mystical Body of Christ and the Catholic Church, and what it means to live in the Sacramental life of the Church. What does it mean to be a Christian and abide in Christ? ... more
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Baptism: The Wages of Sin is Death, Romans 6:12-23

November 14, 2014

Listener email: “Infant baptism coming to life is mere theological fiction.” ... more
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Praying to Saints and Dying to Sin, Romans 6:1-14

November 7, 2014

On today’s episode of Deep in Scripture, Marcus and Ken start by taking a listener question on the Scriptural basis for prayer to the saints and for our departed loved ones. They examine some relevant Scriptures and then turn to the tradition present in the Early Church Fathers to see how the early Christians regarded such practices. They then move on to their continuing study of Romans 6:1-14, discussing the meaning of Baptism and how Christians should respond to sin. ... more