What Does it Mean to be “Partakers in the Divine Nature?” 2 Peter 1:4 - Carl Olson - Deep in Scripture

December 6, 2016

Carl Olson, Editor of Catholic World Report for Ignatius Press, joins Marcus Grodi to discuss 2 Peter 1:2-4, where St. Peter talks about the idea of becoming partakers in Jesus' divine nature.  How, exactly, is this supposed to work?  Are we invited to become 'gods' ourselves?  Certainly Mormon theologians would argue for this perspective.   Does it mean we will eventually be absorbed into the Godhead, as is taught in Buddhism?  Or is something else meant by what the Church Fathers refer to as "divinization?"


Luke 16 and the Parable of the Unjust Steward - Fr. Douglas Grandon

November 22, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Fr. Douglas Grandon, a convert to Catholicism and long time friend of The Coming Home Network, to discuss Luke 16, and Jesus' parable of the unjust steward.  Tackling one of the more confusing teachings of the Bible, Marcus and Fr. Grandon try to unpack what is meant by our Lord by this cryptic story.


Matthew 16:18 – Jesus Changes Peter’s Name… So What’s His New Job? – Jimmy Akin

November 21, 2016

In this episode of Deep in Scripture, Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin joins Marcus Grodi to discuss Jesus’ commissioning Peter as the Rock on which He would build His Church.  Catholics have an easy explanation for this, but many other Christians have a very different spin on this passage from Scripture.  Join Jimmy and Marcus as they break down one of the key Bible verses that divides Catholics and other Christians.


John 14:21 - Those Who Love God Keep His Commandments - Dan Burke

November 16, 2016

Dan Burke, Executive Director of the National Catholic Register and President of the Avila Institute joins Marcus Grodi to discuss Jesus' words in John 14:21, when he tells us that if we love him, we will follow his teachings and obey his commandments.  Marcus and Dan reflect on how following that advice has been a blessing in both of their ministries, and how it sums up what it means to be a disciple of Christ.


Colossians 2:8 - What are the “traditions of men” that Paul warns Christians against? - Dr. Jim Papandrea

October 19, 2016

One of the verses most commonly used to argue against the Catholic Church is St. Paul's admonition in his letter to the Colossians to not be led astray by "empty philosophies" and the "traditions of men." To what traditions is St. Paul referring?  And if Sacred Scripture springs forth from the tradition of its being reverenced in the liturgy, is Paul arguing against the use of the Bible itself?  Dr. Jim Papandrea, a professor of Church History at Garret-Evangelical Seminary on the Campus of Northwestern University, looks at the implications of this controversial teaching from St. Paul.


Matthew 12:36 - Will we REALLY be judged for our every careless word? - 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 social media makes it so easy for the demons of our past to be brought back to haunt us, it's important to know what the mercy of God means in light of this verse- and what it means for us to tame our tongues.  Listen and share!


What does it mean that the Creator of the Universe took on flesh? Genesis 1 and John 1 - Rob “The Donut Man” Evans

September 7, 2016

God made the natural world, and then, as a baby in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, was introduced to that same world as a physical part of it in the person of Jesus.  If the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, what does it then mean that he promised that the bread and cup that we take at Communion would also become his flesh?  Rob Evans, who has entertained thousands of children for the past several decades as "The Donut Man," talks with Marcus about the meaning of the incarnation of Jesus, and its implications for our lives as people of the sacraments.


How do we join our sufferings to those of Jesus? Romans 8:16-17 - Bruce Sullivan - Deep in Scripture

August 17, 2016

Former Church of Christ minister Bruce Sullivan joins Marcus Grodi on this episode of Deep in Scripture to discuss Romans 8:16-17, where St. Paul talks about the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are heirs with Christ- which is great- but then it goes on to say that we become those heirs through being joined with Christ in his suffering so as to receive his glory.  What does it mean to suffer for Christ?  Should we seek out suffering?  What about the notion that suffering can be a result, not of our desire to identify with Christ, but rather due to our own disobedience to God?

Bruce Sullivan is the author of "Christ in His Fullness."

Jesus Heals a Paralytic - But What About the Paralytic’s Friends? - Matthew 9:2-7 - Matt Swaim

August 3, 2016

On this episode of Deep in Scripture, Marcus Grodi and Matt Swaim take an in-depth look at Jesus' healing of a paralytic in Matthew 9.  It was because of faith that Jesus forgave and healed the man- but whose faith?  They also discuss the idea of Jesus' forgiveness of the man's sins as a precursor to the power to forgive sins that Jesus would one day transmit to his apostles.

Matt Swaim is the Communications Coordinator for The Coming Home Network.

“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? - 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.  With humor and insight, Marcus and Tim work to get to the bottom of this age-old debate regarding the matter of justification.

Tim can be found online at www.catholic.com and www.timstaples.com.