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Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher: Martyrs of Conscience – Dr. Scott Hahn – Deep in History

September 8, 2016

In this 2006 Deep in History lecture, Dr. Scott Hahn discusses two great saints of the English Reformation: Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant, but God’s first,” and John Fisher, the only bishop in England who refused to acknowledge King Henry VIII’s unlawful divorce. Both received the crown of martyrdom for their commitment to conscience. In a day and age where so many, even religious leaders, are willing to compromise their principles in order to do what is considered expedient in the eyes of a society ... more
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Headship and Submission, in the Family and in the Church – Ephesians 5:21-23 – Steve Wood

June 15, 2016

When Ephesians 5 pops up in the lectionary, every pastor knows what kind of fallout they need to be prepared for.  Does submission in a family relationship diminish the value of certain members?  What are the implications for the Church in regard to obedience to hierarchy?  Can someone who is given a Biblical mandate to lead and govern forfeit the legitimacy of their claim to authority through immoral or imprudent behavior?  Marcus Grodi and Steve Wood look at the meaning of authority and obedience in an age where rebellion and disobedience ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 6: Our Life in the Sacraments

May 12, 2015

Last week we looked at five of the seven sacraments of the Church.  This week I shall explain about the two great sacraments of ministry:  Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. ... more
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Freed from the bond of sin, who will we serve? — Romans 7:1-6

November 20, 2014

In today’s text, Romans 7:1-6, we see proof that the re-emphasis by Jesus of the original indissolubility of marriage has become the accepted norm of the Christian community. Paul assumes his Christian audience agrees that the marriage bond cannot be broken except by death. He then uses this assumption as an analogy of how our death in Christ has broken our bonds to sin. The question is, now that we are freed from the bond of sin, who will we serve? ... more
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You Have the Words of Eternal Life

June 25, 2013

I was born in 1950 and attended the Congregational Church in Massena, New York with my mom; my dad was a non-practicing Catholic. Going to church with my mom seemed to just be the “proper” thing to do and actual faith in God was never discussed at home. What was “discussed” was my dad’s drinking (a conversation which usually resulted in my parents fighting). This was not an environment to nurture “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7), ... more
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Coming Home: A Multi-denominational Adventure

August 6, 2012

I was born third of four boys to a family in Wisconsin; though most of my life growing up and starting my own family was spent just over the border in Minnesota. My father’s grandfather had emigrated from Namur, Belgium just after the American Civil War and joined America’s largest Belgian-American community in Door County, Wisconsin. My mother’s side had been in the U.S. much longer, descending from Scots-Irish ancestors. My grandfather, who died when my father was just 17, had married outside the Catholic Faith in ... more
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Mike Carlton: Former Presbyterian

May 23, 2011

Growing up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, Mike Carlton had a good foundation in the faith of his Scottish Presbyterian family. Through worship and youth clubs, retreats and fellowship, Mike carried this faith into his years at Miami University in Ohio.  Many of his friends over the years were Catholic, as was the girl whom he started dating in college.  And so began a dual faith life well into their eventual marriage and living first in Cincinnati and then moving to Atlanta, GA.  With the birth of their second ... more
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St. Paul on Marriage & Celibacy, 1 Corinthians 7

January 13, 2010

Marcus welcomes Scripture scholar Travis Lawmaster, who left the Catholic Faith for Pentecostalism, to discuss marriage and the family. A special edition of Deep in Scripture‘s “Verse(s) I never saw…” series. ... more
Kevin Lents

This Is a Great Mystery…in Reference to Christ & the Church, Ephesians 5:21-33

March 25, 2009

Marcus welcomes former Methodist Kevin Lents to discuss Ephesians 5:21-33, regarding Christian marriage, Christ, and His Mystical Body, the Church. Marcus and Kevin also discuss the questions: What is truth? and What is the Body of Christ?  ... more
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As Christ Loved the Church & Handed Himself over for Her, Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33

February 25, 2009

Marcus welcomes former Episcopal priest Fr. Eric Bergman, currently a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Scranton, PA. Marcus and Fr. Eric discuss the Sacrament of Marriage as a model of the Church, as well as the roles of husbands and wives and Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church. Often a controversial set of verses, Fr. Eric discusses why the awesome unfolding of this verse was pivotal to strength of his marriage, his rejection of contraception, and, ultimately, his conversion to the Catholic Church. ... more
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Mystical Marriage between Christ & the Church, Ephesians 5:22-32

January 7, 2009

Marcus welcomes friend Joseph Pearce, who is a former neo-Nazi turned Catholic through coming to know great Christian literature. Joseph’s new book Race With the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love details his conversion from white-supremacist to coming to know a merciful savior. ... more
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Natalie Smith: Former Pentecostal

November 29, 2004

Natalie was baptized a Catholic but her mother left the Church soon after Natalie’s first communion. She endured much abuse and violence in he home as a child and into her adult life. When she was 18, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, eventually becoming a faithful Pentecostal. Natalie’s journey back to the Catholic Church began when her sister wanted to get a divorce. Natalie didn’t know whether or not to pray for reconciliation or that her sister find a new husband. Her research into the ... more