Early Church Fathers

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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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How The Pope Ruined My TV

January 29, 2016

I was born in the late 1960’s to a father who was a devout Southern Baptist and to a mother who was Jewish. Before my birth and in the first few years after my birth, my father witnessed Christianity to my mother, opening her eyes to many Old Testament verses that she had not seen or read in the Jewish Saturday school of her childhood. When I was three years old, my mother accepted Jesus Christ as both the Messiah who all the Jewish people had been waiting for as ... more
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Michael Goodwin: Former Evangelical

January 25, 2016

Michael Goodwin grew up on the east end of Long Island in a home of devout Christian parents. From a young age, he was taught by his parents to love and follow Jesus while being encouraged to deepen his faith by worshipping and serving at the local, Evangelical, Bible church near his hometown. In college, Michael began noticing “gaps” in the Church history he was provided by fellow church members and his college. Thus began a long journey that would eventually lead him to the fullness of the Catholic faith. ... more
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“Unless you eat my body…”: Is John 6:53 Symbolic or Literal?

December 10, 2015

Jesus once said, “Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, there is no life in you” but did He mean His words to be taken symbolically or literally? This text comes from the Gospel of John, 6:53, a text I never preached on as a Presbyterian minister. In fact, I pretty much avoided John 6 during my fifteen-plus years in Protestant ministry because I was uncomfortable with this very question: symbolic or literal. This chapter in John remained safely untouched up on the nice shelf. ... more
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The Early Church Fathers & the Mystery of John 6:53

November 3, 2015

Msgr. Frank Lane uses early Christian documents and historical context to understand how the first Christians interpreted Scripture. ... more
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Michael Lofton: A Former Baptist & Presbyterian

July 27, 2015

Michael was born into a Christian family in the United State but at the age of two the family moved to Jerusalem. When he was four his parents divorced and his mother moved back to America and converted to Judaism. She moved back to Israel and he lived there until he was twelve, when he again returned to America to live with his father. At his father’s church he gave his life to Christ and was baptized but, sadly, soon fell far away into a sinful life. After hitting ... more
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Marty Doucette: Former Evangelical Orthodox Church

May 11, 2015

Marty was raised in a wonderful Roman Catholic home. Sadly, he was hurt as a young boy causing him to hate himself and eventually to hate God and the Catholic Church. As a young married man Marty and his wife were devoted to Thomas Jefferson and Deism. After suffering family and financial setbacks, he was led to a relationship to Jesus Christ though a “chance” meeting of an elderly Pentecostal lady and a Methodist minister. Eventually, Marty became a Pentecostal pastor. After a time he was introduced to the Evangelical ... more
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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
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Has God Abandoned the Jews? Romans 11:1-12

February 11, 2015

Today on Deep in Scripture, Marcus and Ken discuss Romans 11:1-12 where Paul asks, “Has God rejected his own people?” and look at Paul’s emphatic denial that God has abandoned the Jews. Dr. Kenneth Howell, CHN’s resident theologian, with a specialization in the Early Church Fathers, comments on a Facebook debate about the Catholic Church and the Early Fathers which posed this statement: “The Early Christians said that a church is apostolic only if it follows the teachings and practices of the Apostles. If it departs as such, ... more
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Michael Cousineau: An Assemblies of God Who Returned to the Catholic Church

November 17, 2014

Mike was brought up Catholic. While in college his journey away from the Church began when a friend’s mother led him in the sinner’s prayer. While in the military, a friend finished the process by challenging many core Catholic teachings. After he was married, he pulled the family completely out of the Church because he didn’t want his Children to be taught Catholic corruptions. At first, the family attended a Baptist congregation and later the Assemblies of God. For many years he was an active Sunday school ... more
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Scripture and Liturgy

November 5, 2014

Dr. Hahn discusses how his study of typology and the interconnectedness of the Old and New testaments pointed him, at every turn, toward the historic Catholic Church. He shows the place of tradition in Christian life and how scripture is fundamentally connected to liturgy. He concludes with a discussion of the sacramentality of marriage and the powerful daily liturgy we are called to in the domestic church. (This talk was originally given in 2003 at the CHNetwork’s “Deep in History” conference) ... more
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A Seventh-day Adventist’s Long Way Home

October 27, 2014

I was raised Seventh-day Adventist (SDA). My father’s side of the family is all Adventist; my mother’s side of the family is all Southern Baptist. My mother converted for my father and, ironically, turned out to be a more committed Adventist than he was! Thus, my sister and I were raised in the Adventist Church. ... more