Matthew 12:36 – Will we REALLY be judged for every careless word we utter? – Matthew Leonard

October 11, 2016

On the latest Deep in Scripture podcast, Matthew Leonard from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology joins Marcus Grodi to discuss a verse that can be frightening to many of us.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:36 that on the day of judgment, we will be held to account for every careless word that we utter.  What implications does this verse have for the debate between predestination and free will?  Can we ever be forgiven for the things that we’ve said, and regret?  In a day and age where ... more
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“We hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.” Romans 3:28 – Does the Bible contradict itself regarding faith and works, free will and determinism? – Tim Staples

July 28, 2016

Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers and former Assemblies of God youth minister, joins Marcus Grodi to tackle the question of faith and works that is a point of contention between so many Christians.  In some places, it seems the scriptures tell us that we must DO things to be saved- in other places, it seems there’s nothing we can DO to be saved.  At times, the Bible calls use to exercise our will in service of him, at other times, it seems like we have no ... more
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Brandon Sheard: Former Non-Denominational Evangelical & Calvinist

November 30, 2015

Brandon grew up in a Christ centered home where he learned the love of Jesus Christ. His father had attended seminary to be a minister, but he chose the of vocation at a husband and father instead. The sermons in his church were focused on exegetical preaching. In college, Brandon majored in English. There he learned that there were problems with only reading Holy Scripture with an exegetical method was an unstable foundation for his faith. He became increasingly aware that he was crafting his own spirituality. This was the ... more

Dr. Wesley Vincent – Former Fundamentalist & Evangelical

March 2, 2015

As a young boy, Wesley was brought up in a Nazarene church. There he learned the importance of freewill and holiness in the Christian life. Later his parents moved and they began attending a Calvinist Baptist congregation, where he was taught the sovereignty of God, predestination and total depravity. When he was about 12, the family moved back to a Nazarene congregation. From this he gained a realization of the the doctrinal divisions amongst Protestants. While attended Wheaton College, he attended a Presbyterian church seeking worship centered on God. After he ... more

St. Paul, Why Haven’t Jews Responded to the Gospel of Christ? Romans 9:30-10:13

January 28, 2015

Continuing our study of Romans, we’re right in the middle of the section in which Saint Paul addresses the question: “Why haven’t all the Jews responded to the Gospel of Christ?” They were the chosen people, but yet the majority of the Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah. Why? In this first half of chapter 10, Paul addresses the question of faith versus works of the Law, and the necessity of confessing with our lips and believing in our hearts. ... more

Predestination vs. Human Free Will, Romans 9:14-33

January 22, 2015

As a Calvinist pastor, Marcus Grodi avoided preaching on Romans 9 and the Calvinist doctrine of predestination. Today, Marcus and Dr. Kenneth Howell continue their study of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and discuss the mystery of God’s omnipotence and human free will. We know that God must be all-knowing, and something cannot not happen if God knows it is going to happen; yet, we know that human beings must be free, because human beings are held orally responsible for their actions. ... more
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Cliff Bajema: Former Christian Reformed Minister

June 9, 2014

Cliff was raised in the Christian Reformed faith. After attending Calvin College and Seminary, he was ordained a minister of that denomination. He was a minister for 42 years. He describes how a deep hunger for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist led him and his wife Home to the Catholic Church. ... more
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Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” Matthew 7:21-29

December 2, 2009

Marcus welcomes his RCIA sponsor and good friend Rev. Paul Key, former Presbyterian pastor with an Evangelical background. Fr. Paul focuses on Matthew 7:21-29, in which Jesus tells the parable of the man who built his house on sand. What does it mean to call Jesus “Lord,” but have Him not know you? Marcus and Fr. Paul discuss the way in which this verse worried them as former Protestant pastors. They delve into sola Scriptura, sola fide, and sola gratia, and the Catholic understanding of the obedience of faith. ... more

Dr. John Bergsma: Christian Reformed Church (Dutch Calvinist) Pastor

March 24, 2008

John grew up in the Christian Reformed Church (Dutch Calvinist) and served as a pastor for four years before becoming Catholic in 2001, while getting a Ph.D. in Scripture from the University of Notre Dame. John is now an associate professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. ... more

Rick Howick: Former Presbyterian

July 25, 2005

Rick was born into a Methodist family, which left because of a parish scandal. At the age of 13, bought a King James Bible after watching a TV evangelist. Later he joined a Baptist church but left it in college because of questions over fundamentalism. He then attended a Presbyterian church, which had no problems with his questions. He was accepted as a student in a liberal Presbyterian seminary that wished to broaden its student body. Rick’s journey to the Catholic Church began through his study of Church History, the ... more
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Fr. Jay Scott Newman: Former Episcopalian

March 29, 2004

Father Newman was raised in South Carolina by Christian parents but received little religious instruction. After attending a summer camp for gifted children, he was inspired by his teachers to become an atheist. As a teen he eagerly played the part of the Village Atheist. He chose to attend Princeton University to escape the “Christ-haunted South.” There he was befriended by Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, whose witness led him to accept God in Jesus Christ. He entered the Episcopal Church in January 1982, but his reading of the Church Fathers ... more

Dr. Ross Porter: Former Presbyterian Elder

April 28, 2003

Ross was raised a Baptist. He joined the Presbyterian Church, at 16, when his father, a Christian Scientist, became a Christian. As an adult, he first tried the world of business before heading back to school to obtain a Clinical Psychology and eventually a M.Div. for Fuller Theological Seminary. After seminary he was ordained a Presbyterian elder. While a candidate for ordination, Ross made a pilgrimage to Italy, where he learned about the Benedictine monastic tradition and also met the Pope. These events started him upon his ... more