CHNetwork Community Responds: Protestant vs Catholic Worship Music Wars

August 12, 2016

This week, we asked our members about music preferences in the Churches they attended before becoming Catholic.  Many strong opinions came out, but what was notable about the experiences you related was the idea that Catholicism was still Catholicism despite reasonable differences in liturgy, while protestant congregations had trouble maintaining unity between congregations of different musical orientations.  A sampling of the responses: ... more

New CHNetwork Community Question: Worship Music Wars

August 8, 2016

We don’t often talk liturgical preference at CHNetwork, but this week, doing so will hopefully help provide important insight into the way that worship styles unite or divide believers.  This week’s question goes as follows: ... more
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The Schism: Influences from Henry VIII to Elizabeth – Msgr Frank Lane – Deep in History

August 5, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Msgr Frank Lane discusses how the troubled relationship between England and Rome evolved from the schism of Henry VIII through the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Msgr Lane looks at the key historical points necessary to understand contemporary efforts toward reconciliation between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church. ... more
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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 Church.  Along the way, he continued to study everything he could get his hands on to grow in his Christian ... more

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

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 fruit together.  They also get into the question of what the Church can do better when it comes to reaching ... more

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

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 was finally compelled by belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist to come into the fullness of ... more

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

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 my folks left the Lutheran Church in 1958 when I was two years old, for a group I know now is ... more