Jim Anderson, CHNetwork's manager of clergy converts to Catholicism, joins Marcus Grodi to discuss a perplexing set of teachings from Jesus. In Luke 9:50, Jesus says "he that is not against you is for you," but then in Luke 11:23, Jesus says "he who is not with me is against me." So which is it? Are those outside the Church to be considered adversaries, or allies, or does it all depend on the context? Jim and Marcus look at the situations Jesus is referring to in these two passages, and try to get at what Our Lord is trying to teach us.
Marcus Grodi looks at the high priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17, when Jesus prays for his apostles to be consecrated in the truth. Marcus compares this prayer to the actions of St. Paul in Acts 20, as he's preparing to depart the Church at Ephesus. St. Paul's prayer and exhortation to those presbyters have many parallels to prayer Jesus offers in the Garden of Gethsemane, and Marcus unpacks some of those connections.
Former American Baptist pastor and Catholic convert Ken Hensley joins Marcus Grodi to look at the issue of Christian unity, and what the New Testament has to say about it in the letters of St. Paul and the words of Jesus himself.
Ken Hensley is online at www.kennethhensley.com
Matt Swaim, Communications Coordinator of The Coming Home Network and host of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio, joins Marcus Grodi to discuss Psalm 51, repentance, and salvation. Matt grew up in the Wesleyan tradition, which understood salvation as a matter of free will, and sanctification as the perfection of the will. Marcus, on the other hand, has a background in the "once saved, always saved" Calvinist tradition. Marcus and Matt look at the character of repentance and restoration as discussed in Psalm 51, and look at how the Catholic understanding of sin, free will, repentance and grace are necessary to properly interpret this classic penitential passage of Scripture.
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit."
What Does it Mean to be “Partakers in the Divine Nature?” 2 Peter 1:4 - Carl Olson - Deep in Scripture
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?"
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.
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.
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
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.
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!