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
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A Methobapticostal Comes Home – Bond Strong

June 13, 2016

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“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church… cleansing her by the bath of water with the word”; Ephesians 5:25-26 – What is the meaning of that bath of cleansing?

May 24, 2016

One of the more controversial chapters in the Bible for pastors to preach on is Ephesians 5, because of Paul’s statement about wives submitting to their husbands.  Deacon Alex Jones addresses another challenging portion of the same chapter- when Paul says a husband should lay down his life for his wife, “cleansing her by the bath of water with the word.”  In his Pentecostal days, Deacon Alex saw salvation through receiving the word of God as primary, and the washing of water through Baptism as merely a later affirmation of ... more

White Supremacy, Black Power, and the Road to Damascus

May 23, 2016

Maybe you’re like me.  Maybe you grew up in North America and lived a sheltered, comfortable life, and God — although you would never say it, or consciously think it — was there to do your bidding. You want a new pair of shoes? Ask God. Afraid of a summer storm that could spawn a tornado? Pray to God. Promise Him that, if this storm passes, and you and your family remain unscathed, you will try harder to be a “good person,” get to know Him more intimately, and go to ... 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

Lisa Campbell: Former Assembly of God

October 12, 2015

Lisa grew up in a terribly dysfunctional home. After bad experiences with Pentecostal “revivals” and living a young adulthood of drugs, violence, and suffering, Lisa sought refuge in an Assembly of God church. Lisa was introduced to Catholicism after she married a cradle-Catholic. Through him she became drawn to the Catholic faith. To read more about Lisa’s journey, check out her written conversion story. Also, go to the apostolate with which she works: ... more

Pamela Sullivan: Former Assemblies of God

August 24, 2015

Pamela’s father was interested in many religions. She spent her first eight years in the Mormon church. Later they moved on to a Baptist congregation. When she was twelve she accepted Jesus but she didn’t really understand what she was doing. Her parents continued to church hop causing her to be very confused and without a spiritual home. Finally, as a teen, Pamela found a home in the Assembly of God, where she learned to love Christ and be immersed in Holy Scripture. In college sadly Pamela rebelled ... more

April Bright: Former United Pentecostal

February 16, 2015

April was brought up in a faithful United Pentecostal home. When she was a little girl her mother taught her about God and prayer. From and early age April had a close relationship with Jesus. By the time she was eight she began to see problems in Scripture with the United Pentecostal’s denial of the Holy Trinity, even though, at that time, she hadn’t heard of the Trinity. By the time she was 12, she began to feel that there must be something more. Feeling she was just pretending ... more

To Know His Fullness, is to Know My Emptiness

August 18, 2014

I am a mother of three and married to the most patient husband. I was born in California, baptized Catholic, but raised in Pentecostalism.  ... more
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Highway to Heaven

November 26, 2012

Three years after returning to the Catholic Church and prior to writing my autobiography in the fall of 2009, my mother and I embarked upon a Catholic pilgrimage to the churches of my youth. Reconnecting with this origin meant going on a pilgrimage to the Midwest and visiting all the Catholic churches that had been part of my early childhood. This pilgrimage, my mother and I had decided, would begin at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, which was the very place where I had received the ... more
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From Pain to Peace

August 20, 2012

I was born in the ghettoes of Chicago’s South Side in 1961. My first memories are of dilapidated apartments, window frames without windows, trash strewn on the streets, urine-soaked alleys, and a neglected-derived independence. As a three-, four-, and five-year-old, I remember many times coming and going from the apartment my mother, siblings and I shared while my mother, an active alcoholic at that time, had friends over from morning till night — days filled with card games, cigarette smoke and all the beer and vodka they could want. When I ... more
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Chris Padgett: Former Baptist/Assembly of God/Nazarene

May 14, 2012

The divorce of his parents at a young age had a significant impact on Chris Padgett growing up in North Dakota.  It brought his mother back to church in the southern Baptist tradition and formed Chris in the foundation of faith through church services, scripture memorization and interaction with fellow believers.  Singing became an important venue for his faith and walk with the Lord.  The family moved on to the Nazarene denomination and then the Assemblies of God.  Chris went to college in Florida and became immersed in a life ... more