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CHNetwork Community Responds: Learning to Appreciate Mary

August 19, 2016

This week, we used the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to ask our community about the earliest Marian “hurdle” they were able to overcome in their journey toward the Church’s understanding of her.  Here’s a sampling of what we received: ... more
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New CHNetwork Community Question: Warming up to Mary

August 15, 2016

As we begin this week with the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our latest question to our converts to Catholicism and those on the journey is this: ... more
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Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God

March 1, 2010

Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, he came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. While in the Marine Corps, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying ... more
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Open-Line With Noah Lett, Former Lutheran Minister

February 2, 2009

Marcus and Noah answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. ... more
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Open Line With Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Former United Methodist

December 4, 2006

Marcus and Dr. Wiker answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Gary Hoge: Atheist Then Baptist

July 26, 2004

Gary was baptized in the Methodist Church when he was six month old but his parents soon stopped attending church. The little he knew of Christianity was from his father reading bedtime Bible stories to him. In high school and college he was an atheist but he wasn’t militant about is lack of belief. He began to reconsider God’s existence over a bowl of chili at Wendy’s and soon after began attending a Baptist church with his roommate. His journey to the Catholic faith began upon reading ... more
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Fr. Mark Wood: Former Baptist

January 27, 2003

Fr. Mark was raised in a Baptist household but as a teenager drifted from his faith, to the point of being an atheist. A Catholic friend invited him to a SEARCH retreat, where he committed his life to Jesus Christ. After the retreat he fervently attended his Baptist church and participated in many activities. However, in his senior year of high school he sought instruction in the Catholic faith and was received into the Church. He discovered his vocation to the priesthood while attending college. ... more
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Marcus Grodi: The Verses I Never Saw

December 16, 2002

In this episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses the “Verses He Never Saw” when he was a Protestant. These were passages of the Bible that were difficult or impossible to understand as a Protestant and only are understandable in their fullness from a Catholic perspective. He talks about Hebrews 6:4; 1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 8:16-17; Colossians 1:24; St. Luke 1:46; 2 Corinthians 5:10 and 2 Corinthians 7:1. Marcus also talks about his recently published novel, “How Firm a Foundation”. ... more
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Dr. Chris Williams: Non-Denominational Evangelical

November 26, 2001

Chris was reared in a Christian home. He always had a sense of Christ being near him. Growing up he had many Catholic friends and he never had any anti-Catholic prejudices. He attended Oral Roberts University. After meeting his Catholic future wife and believing that the family should have one faith he joined the Catholic Church. In many ways, though, he was still a Protestant in the Catholic Church, because he didn’t accept several Catholic teachings, especially about Mary. His heart turned toward Mary after he read a book ... more
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Open-Line With Ned South: Former Episcopal Priest

October 1, 2001

Ned and Marcus answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. ... more
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James Cope: Former Lutheran Minister

October 16, 2000

Jim grew up in a Lutheran family on a dairy farm in northern Ohio, but he didn’t have a real relationship with God. His journey of faith began while stationed, in the Army, in Korea, where he discovered his sinfulness and God’s grace. Upon his return to the States he felt a call to the ministry and was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1963. Early in his ministry, Jim came to believe that he was catholic, according to the beliefs of confessing evangelical catholic Lutherans. Beginning in 1970, he began ... more
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Open-Line With Dr. Eduardo Echeverria: Revert from Calvinism & Anglicanism

August 4, 2000

Marcus and Eduardo answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more