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Dr-paul Thigpen

Martin Luther

March 16, 2016

Dr. Paul Thigpen, author, Church historian, and former Evangelical minister, describes the monumental figure Martin Luther as “a figure of great complexity and contradiction.” In this 2005 Deep in History talk, Dr. Thigpen reveals points about Martin Luther’s life and ideology that Thigpen struggled with as a Protestant, including Luther’s early life, attitudes toward the Catholic Church, and his views on the human person. ... more
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The Forerunners of the Reformation

March 1, 2016

Dr. Scott Hahn, former Presbyterian pastor, journeys through the intellectual and cultural ideologies, as well as the historical figures, that led up to the Protestant Reformation. Dr. Hahn give special focus to the necessity of the papacy. ... more
Eric Neubauer

What does the Church say about…? – with Eric Neubauer

February 24, 2016

“That which I thought was strange [about Catholicism], once I investigated it, it wasn’t that strange anymore!” ... more
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Ernie Freeman, former Assemblies of God pastor

February 22, 2016

Marcus welcomes former Assemblies of God member and fellow alum of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Ernie Freeman. Ernie grew up in Mississippi in a Southern Pentecostal environment with only a negative connotation of Catholicism. His first encounter with a Catholic liturgy was in military basic training. After attending a Biblical studies program and attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he worked as an independent charismatic leader and an Assemblies of God pastor. However, every time he stepped to the pulpit he had the same restless thought: “Lord, I hope this is the truth, ... more
Fr. Warren Tanghe

Fr. Warren Tanghe, former Episcopal priest

February 15, 2016

Fr. Warren Tanghe was baptized Catholic while his father was in the military. After receiving a few cold shoulders from the Catholic Church in his youth, he found warmth in the Episcopal Church. Fr. Warren accepted a call to ministry and was ordained an Episcopal priest. He had a deep desire for the Anglican Church to be reunited with the Catholic Church. Fr. Tangle helped many Anglicans return to the Catholic Church, including a group of Anglican sisters. ... more
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Dr. Norman McCrummen: Former Presbyterian Minister

January 4, 2016

Norman shared his journey to the Catholic faith on a previous episode of the Journey Home, on January 6, 2014. He returns in this episode to talk with Marcus Grodi about his wife, Nancy, her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, and her journey of faith to Catholic Church. ... more
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Eric Neubauer: Former Independent Non-denominational

December 21, 2015

Eric has been on the pilgrims path, following Jesus since 1993. After his initial conversion he found his path to service through leadership at Hillcrest Church in Dallas, Texas.  Eventually he became the Campus Pastor at Southern Methodist University for Hillcrest Church serving on campus for six years, later serving as pastor of College & Career Adults, Youth Ministry, and Community Outreach. After moving to Connecticut, he worked with a community of other like-minded Christians to improve the physical environment of their neighborhood and entered into dialogue with neighbors on the ... more

From Cocaine to Christ

December 2, 2015

I was brought up in an Italian Catholic home. I don’t recall going to church with my family as a child, but my grandmother was always praying and taught me to pray. Beyond that, we never really practiced our faith as a family. ... 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

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
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“Hard Verses” — A new Deep in Scripture series launches!!!

October 8, 2015

The Deep in Scripture Podcast is returning with a new series entitled “Hard Verses”! ... more

Ulf & Birgitta Ekman: Former Charismatic/Non-Denominational

September 14, 2015

Ulf was a restless secular teenager. He turned his life to Christ from the witness of a friend. Birgitta was born in India to Methodist missionary parents. Ulf and Birgitta met at university, while Ulf was studying for ministry in the Lutheran Church. After they were married they were both active in the Charismatic renewal. From this they founded the Word of Life Bible School out of which grew a megachurch. As their ministry grew, they began to encounter Catholics. They began to ask, “What is the essence of the ... more