A Navy Pilot Navigates His Way Home

May 31, 2016

Flying as copilot on a wide body jet many years ago, I started to descend to a lower altitude when a series of loud bangs shook the aircraft and kicked off the autopilot. As the nose of the jet pitched over abruptly, I tried to stop the increasing descent rate. At first there was no response from the controls, but slowly, painfully, I managed to get things under control. A ... more

Dr. Joseph Johnson- Former Presbyterian Pastor

May 17, 2016

Dr. Joseph Johnson’s route to the Catholic Church was circuitous- he sought community with Jewish Christians, then got his seminary training in the Presbyterian tradition.  Along the way, he began to ask questions about the origins of the canon of scripture, the basis for Christian unity, and the purpose of liturgy.  Coming across the work of two previous Journey Home guests, Dr. Francis Beckwith and Devin Rose, Dr. Johnson ... more
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Give Grace a Chance

May 9, 2016

Erma Bombeck once said of those born on Christmas day, “There are 364 other days to choose from, but you were chosen to enter the world on a day when peace and joy reign.” I was one of two babies born the morning of December 25, 1946 at a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona, having to wait my turn while the other baby was brought into the world. My father jokes about how he ... more

Millie And Dail Lace, former Assemblies of God

April 25, 2016

Former members of the Assemblies of God, Millie and Dail Lace, share their faith journey to Catholicism.  Growing up in the Protestant faith, this couple married and spent 20 years very active in their Assembly of God congregation.  And yet, over time, there was a sense that “something was missing.”   In a pursuit for the truth, they began to visit a local Catholic church, while, at the same time, listen to ... more

Greg Pratt, former agnostic

April 4, 2016

Former Agnostic Greg Pratt recounts his faith journey to the Catholic Church.  Growing up in a household Jewish in name only, Greg found himself searching for truth in the tangible aspects of science and math.  But in the midst of an agnostic mindset lasting into his later forties, Greg experienced a series of events which slowly transformed his thinking.  He speaks of the role of his wife and the impact ... more
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A Methodist Pastor’s Journey to Joy

March 29, 2016

After 51 years as a Protestant and 28 years as a United Methodist clergyman, I have come home to the Catholic Church. To my delighted surprise, I have found it to be a “pearl of great price.” Let me share with you my faith journey, my journey to Christ and with Christ and my discovery of the fullness of the Church. In so doing, I wish to highlight the joy which emerges ... 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 ... more
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Fr. Pierre Ingram, former Baptist

March 7, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Fr. Pierre Ingram who shares his faith journey.  Growing up in Canada as the adopted son of a Canadian Baptist father and a French Catholic mother, Fr. Pierre experienced aspects of both traditions and cultures, but received most of his formation through Baptist Sunday School.  At age 8, however, with the sudden death of his father, Fr. Pierre began to be more involved in his mother’s Catholic ... more

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 ... 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: ... 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