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Joining our Sufferings to Jesus – Romans 8:16-17 – Bruce Sullivan

August 17, 2016

Former Church of Christ minister Bruce Sullivan joins Marcus Grodi on this episode of Deep in Scripture to discuss Romans 8:16-17, where St. Paul talks about the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are heirs with Christ- which is great- but then it goes on to say that we become those heirs through being joined with Christ in his suffering so as to receive his glory.  What does it mean to suffer for Christ?  Should we seek out suffering?  What about the notion that suffering can be ... more

Denise and Tim Mergen- Mother and Son

July 26, 2016

Denise Mergen remembers two of her college roommates getting abortions, and the negative impact it had on their lives.  When she married a Catholic, her priest suggested that she and her husband get involved in a ministry that they could both agree on, and so Denise got involved with helping post-abortive women.  Along the way, she found herself building on her faith background in the Church of Christ as she finally became convicted to follow Christ’s call into the Catholic Church. ... more
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Paul Keough: A Revert from the Church of Christ

January 11, 2016

Paul grew up the 9th of 13 children in upstate New York. His mother was a faithful Catholic but his father was a vocal agnostic. He went to church but didn’t understand what was going on. Because he lived in an anti-catholic town and also because of his father’s agnosticism, Paul saw being a Catholic as a weakness. At sixteen, he declared that he was an atheist. Following his father as a role model, he made the goal of his life to follow pleasure. Soon after he began to ... more

Joey Duke: Former Church of Christ Minister

October 19, 2015

Joey was raised in the non-institutional, non-instrumental Churches of Christ. His family was very active. If the church doors were open, they were there. He was baptized in the eighth grade and began to preach when he was a junior in high school. After college, he began full-time ministry. Because the Churches of Christ were founded as a unity movement, Joey began to seek out what other Christians believed. He also started reading books from outside of his group. Continuing his education and research he began to ask questions that ... more

Deacon Rick Bauer: Former Church of Christ Minister

September 15, 2014

Deacon Rick was brought up Catholic but by high school he had lost his faith. He believed in God but religion was the last thing on his mind. While in college, he began to read the Bible for the first time, while attending a Church of Christ fellowship.  After giving his life to Jesus Christ he dropped out of law school, joined their ministry training program and became a campus minister. He served as a Church of Christ minister for a number of years. While working on his masters degree ... more

“…but God meant it for good.”

September 2, 2014

I was baptized and confirmed in a nominally Catholic home. My dad’s 30-year career in the U.S. military and the diplomatic service led us overseas among many moves as our 6-child family grew up, spending years in Panama, Cuba, and Colombia. Despite a Jesuit education into high school, by the time we returned to Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s, I was a high school student growing rapidly disillusioned with my faith and with the Catholic Church. If you remember, the American Church was in what I ... more
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Randy Ory: Revert from the Church of Christ

April 22, 2013

New Orleans native, Randy Ory, speaks of growing up in Louisiana – a place very Catholic in its culture and its practice.  Randy attended Catholic schools through twelfth grade and was very devoted to his faith.  He shares how he gradually moved into Protestantism, eventually joining and being active in the Church of Christ for an eleven year period.  Questions began to arise, however, so he started studying on his own, particularly the early Church Fathers.  Ultimately, the understanding in his head would converge with the yearnings in his heart.  Both ... more
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A Heart’s Journey

July 2, 2012

Atheism ... more

Back Home — I Left and Came Back

June 4, 2012

I left and came back. ... more
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Panel Discussion on Sola Scriptura

February 7, 2011

Panel discusses the Protestant doctrine of “sola Scriptura”. The participants are Dr. Kenneth Howell, former Presbyterian minister; Bruce Sullivan, former Church of Christ minister, Dr. Paul Thigpen, former Pentecostal minister, Richard Lane, former Lutheran, Dr. Scott Hahn, former Presbyterian minister and Marcus Grodi, former Presbyterian minister. ... more
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Eben Emerson: Former Church of Christ Minister

January 31, 2011

Eben Emerson was raised by his mother in northwest Arkansas.  Even though there was a pentecostal church next door,  his family had no faith affiliation.  Nonetheless, at age 7, seeds were planted in Eben from his friend who worshipped at that church.  Over time, Eben would come to learn about Jesus and prayer through his study of scripture.  In 1993, at the age of 16, he was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ.  He was a changed man and was soon offered to preach in a rural church.  This ... more