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Seth Paine: Former Nondenominational Christian

July 12, 2016

Seth, the Web and New Media Developer for the Coming Home Network, tells about his journey to the Catholic Church, beginning with his childhood raised by parents who had just rediscovered their Christian faith themselves.  Growing up in Massachusetts, Seth was active in youth ministry and short term missions, going on to apply his IT skills in the developing world, and discovering a deep appreciation for the universality of the ... more
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CHN Community Responds: Regarding the Word “Catholic” in the Creeds

July 8, 2016

This time around, we decided to ask our members how their former congregations treated the word “Catholic” if or when they recited the Nicene/Apostles Creeds in corporate worship.  Before we get to their answers, here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about it in its section on the Four Marks of the Church: ... more
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Deacon Alex Jones – Former Pentecostal Minister

June 28, 2016

Deacon Alex has been a guest on the program before, to talk about how he, as a Pentecostal minister, came into the Catholic Church and brought a significant chunk of his congregation with him.  This time around, he and Marcus Grodi discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, and how the spirit-filled life and the liturgical patrimony of the Church are meant to bear ... more
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Beauty, Truth, Goodness, and Joy – Deacon George Butterfield

June 10, 2016

Deacon George was a zealous young Christian, who was first drawn to the Catholic Church through her social teachings.  Having come from an anti-Catholic background, he had to overcome some of the subtle, and even subconscious prejudices he had against the Church.  Hear more about his joyful journey toward a fuller relationship with Jesus on the latest Signposts video short! ... more
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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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John Robinson: A Member of the Church of England Who Became a Catholic

December 1, 2014

John was brought up in England in the Anglican Communion.  He became active in music ministry in Anglican parishes in England. At one time he was the organist for Canterbury Cathedral. His journey to the Catholic Church began when he met his future wife, who was a convert to the Catholic faith. John is currently director of St. Paul’s Boys Choir in Boston, Massachusetts. ... more
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A Joyful Noise Prefaces an Unexpected Journey

October 20, 2014

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS, in the Bible Belt of the USA. My dad was deeply prayerful and humble and belonged to Gideons International, the group that distributes Bibles and New Testaments to hotels, schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. He was always handing out little Bibles and tracts to people. He had been raised Lutheran, a son of an itinerant Lutheran pastor. I was baptized Lutheran, but ... more
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Dr. Ryan Messmore: Methodist Who Became Catholic

October 13, 2014

Ryan was born, along with his two sisters, in West Virginia, in a believing Methodist family. In college at Duke University, he was active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In the fellowship, he taught a course on the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis, for seven semesters, where he met his future wife. After college, Ryan and his wife studied Christian education, in England at Cambridge University, where they fell ... more
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Collin Raye: Former Baptist

May 26, 2014

Collin was brought in the Baptist church in Arkansas. As a young boy he loved music. Under the name Bubba Wray, he recorded as one-fourth of the country band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. Throughout all this he continued to have a deep faith in Jesus Christ. As a young adult, he was surprised to notice that the wife of a couple who frequented his concerts always wore a crucifix. He ... more
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Fr. David Poecking: Former Presbyterian

September 30, 2013

Marcus welcomes Fr. David Poecking to the program.  Growing up in Buffalo, NY, Fr. David was baptized and confirmed in the church of his family, Presbyterian.  While in the fourth grade, he was introduced to and moved by, the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.  The story and characters of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings shaped his thoughts and feelings in a way that would prove significant ... more
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Towards the Light of His Truth

May 14, 2012

Every spiritual life is a journey. Mine began in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1971. I was born into a good Methodist family and had a strong Christian foundation laid for me in childhood. Unfortunately, as is all too common, during my teenage years I drifted away somewhat from this good foundation and was lukewarm, at best, towards Christianity. I still attended weekly church services and youth group activities, but my interests ... more