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In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined once again by Dr. Brett Salkeld, theologian for the Catholic Archdiocese of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada and host of the Thinking Faith podcast to talk about purgatory. What exactly is purgatory? Why does it make sense? Where can we find it in the Bible? In Church history? Isn't it just a mediev…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined once again by my good friend Catholic convert, author, and historian Rod Bennett to talk about the apostles, apostolic succession, and how the Early Church understood the role of these very first Christian leaders. Rod always brings incredible insights into Early Christianity and this episode is n…
 
In this three-part series, Dr. Brett Salked sits down with John Jalsevac to discuss their experiences of unhealthy approaches to faith and truth-seeking and work out healthier ways forward. Show Snippet: "We talk a lot about truth, we say, "All I care about is truth, and Christ is the Truth; I believe in Christ, therefore, I have the Truth," and th…
 
While the show is on hiatus until May 25, allow me to share one of my favourite conversations from last year: my chat with Evangelical convert to Catholicism, a biblical powerhouse, Dr. Scott Hahn. In this episode, I'm joined by fellow Catholic convert, author, and biblical theologian Dr. Scott Hahn from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology to…
 
In this three-part series, Dr. Brett Salked sits down with John Jalsevac to discuss their experiences of unhealthy approaches to faith and truth-seeking and work out healthier ways forward. Show Snippet: "When you see such conviction and such certitude you say "Well, I must be missing something." You say, "Maybe I lack the spirit in some way..."…
 
A short announcement to let you know that this show will be on a short hiatus until May 25, 2022 as our family gets our house ready to sell! We'll be back with an all-new episode on May 25 and, in the meantime, we'd appreciate all of your prayers for the smooth sale of our house and for the sanity of our family as we try to navigate it all with you…
 
In this three-part series, Dr. Brett Salked sits down with John Jalsevac to discuss their experiences of unhealthy approaches to faith and truth-seeking and work out healthier ways forward. Show Snippet: "There's something broken in the way we're pursuing truth and fact, and I've been trying to sort out what that is."…
 
As Mental Health Awareness week begins and in honour of May as Mental Health Month, we continue our examination of the saints and mental health with a look at Sts. Louis Martin and Therese of Lisieux. Show Snippet: "St. Therese understood that her mental health challenges did not define her deepest self. Clinging to her identification as a child of…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by returning guest Suan Sonna from Intellectual Conservatism to talk to us about the papacy, and the pope. Suan is making major waves these days strongly defending the papacy and he's here today to tackle some of the most popular (and difficult) objections that you've probably heard to the idea of…
 
Returning guest, Brett Fawcett discusses the development of Just War Theory and universal human rights as developed through the middle ages into modernity through the work of Jacques Maritain. "So Maritain, he's writing this during World War Two, he's very influential, and he writes this book on the Rights of Man and natural law and says 'once this…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Jason Bulman, a father, candidate for the diaconate, and one of the "stars" of the Word on Fire show Meet the Bulman's where Jason and his wife Rachel, a previous guest on our show, open their home and their lives up for viewers to see a picture of a Catholic family, living and loving their fai…
 
Returning Guest, Brett Fawcett discusses the development of Just War Theory and universal human rights as developed through the middle ages into modernity through the work of Jacques Maritain. Show Snippet: "Let's start in, say, the middle ages...there's this idea that there's a unity of the human family, we're all descended in some sense from Adam…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by The Jewish Catholic, Daniel Suazo, to unpack the absolutely incredible story that's led to his decision to become Catholic, this Easter 2022. Daniel was raised Protestant, from a Jewish background, and began exploring his heritage after asking some difficult questions about his Protestant belie…
 
As Holy Week begins, we share with you Archbishop Donald Bolen's homily from the Archdiocese of Regina's recent Chrism Mass celebration at Holy Rosary Cathedral. We pray that your Holy Week may be a time of conversion and grace for you and those you love. Show Snippet: "We don't belong on pedestals. We belong in those places of need, in those place…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert Christian B. Wagner, the Militant Thomist, to share the story of his incredible journey into Catholicism. From an upbringing as a Baptist, Christian was exposed to the Early Church Fathers through some of the Reformed theologians he began reading in college. His exploration of …
 
In this part 2 of 2, guest Brett Fawcett joins the podcast from his balcony in China to discuss the theology of Galileo and the scientific philosophy of his compatriot, St. Robert Bellarmine. Show Snippet: "Galileo makes a really interesting point in his letter where he talks about how, in the Book of Job there's a line that says...'God hangs the E…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by the inestimable Father Gregory Pine, OP to talk about grace, prudence, and how to live out the virtues in our Catholic faith lives. We talk about exactly how grace infuses our lives and helps us to live more virtuously, the role of prudence in the life of a Catholic, how to make decisions in Go…
 
Guest Brett Fawcett joins the podcast from his balcony in China to discuss the theology of Galileo and the scientific philosophy of his compatriot, St. Robert Bellarmine. Show Snippet: "Galileo is writing in the midst of the response to the reformation. And one of the big debates over the reformation is 'who has the authority to interpret scripture…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by podcaster, writer, and speaker John Edwards to share what I think is the most incredible conversion story ever. John breaks the record previously held by the wonderful Tsh Oxenreider as he speaks for a full hour unpacking his whirlwind conversion story: through a crippling drug addiction, succe…
 
We continue our discussion with Josh Reeves, author of Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church to discuss the phenomena of extreme skepticism, its effects on polarization culturally and in the Church, and imagine healthier ways forward. Show Snippet: "I was talking to someone who was doing a survey (on) whether people wer…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Father Harrison Ayre to talk about the Sacramental Worldview at the centre of Catholicism. To the Catholic, our view of the world, our faith, and everything God created is through the lens of the Sacraments – through Christ himself – and, this week, Fr. Harrison is here to talk all about it: th…
 
In an atmosphere of hyper-skepticism, Dr. Brett Salkeld and Deacon Eric visit with Josh Reeves, author of Redeeming Expertise: Scientific Trust and the Future of the Church to discuss the phenomena of extreme skepticism, its effects on polarization culturally and in the Church, and imagine healthier ways forward. "I understand the impulse in "follo…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. Matthew J. Thomas to talk about this vitally important Early Church Father and the newest Doctor of the Church: St. Irenaeus and unpack his theology, his writings, and what he can teach us about the faith? And, we tackle the question, what does Irenaeus sound more like: Catholic or Evangeli…
 
Thinking Faith begins a new faith and mental health series featuring the Saints. Over the next few months, Deacon Eric highlights various saints whose intercessions can be particularly helpful for those struggling with mental health challenges and those who accompany them. Show Snippet: "St. Dymphna’s intercessions can move us to deepen our own com…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. John Bergsma from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Dr. Michael Dauphinais from Ave Maria University to talk about their experiences crossing paths as John, a former Protestant pastor and Bible scholar, was on his way into the Catholic Church. What a fun discussion! John and Mic…
 
In this part 2 of 2, Deacon Eric Gurash rejoins the podcast as he and Dr. Brett Salkeld discuss the 2021-2023 Synod on Synodality. Show Snippet: "The potential is there to transform a parish from being concerned about how they're going to pay for the roof...to how do we care for our neighbours that are experiencing hardship of any kind? How do we b…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic Answers apologist Joe Heschmeyer to talk about the Early Church – was the original, pristine Christian Church corrupted by Constantine? Did the Roman Emperor "romanize" the Christians? Joe and I dig into this premise and look at the earliest evidence of how Christians lived, worshipped…
 
In this part 1 of 2, Deacon Eric Gurash rejoins the podcast as he and Dr. Brett Salkeld discuss the 2021-2023 Synod on Synodality. Show Snippet: "Actually spending time with people and learning from the experiences of people who are different from you, is actually one of the best antidotes to ideology there is." Follow the link for more information…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Catholic convert, speaker, author, and evangelist Kathryn Whitaker to talk about falling deeper in love with Christ in the Catholic Church. From her early days, roaming throughout different non-Catholic Christian churches to her decision to become Catholic – her radical attraction to a deepenin…
 
In this crossover episode, Catholic convert, K. Albert Little invites Dr. Brett Salkeld to join his Cordial Catholic podcast to discuss The Eucharist, Real Presence, and Transubstantiation. Show Snippet: "Think of Jesus spitting in the mud and rubbing stuff on people's eyes. That is SO sacramental...that the material order which God created as good…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Kenny Burchard, Director of Development at The Coming Home Network, to talk about the Catholic practice of praying to saints. Kenny spent 33 years as a Charismatic, Evangelical Christian, more than twenty of those in full-time ministry, including planting and pastoring churches, before becoming…
 
We are excited to present a special cross-over episode of Thinking Faith featuring Theological Arsonist host, Jonah Saller discussing Brett's book Transubstantiation: Theology, History, and Christian Unity. Show Snippet: "I can't tell you how long I believed that what was physically changing was the physical elements were becoming the physical body…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by author, speaker, and star of the new show from Word on Fire, Rachel Bulman. Rachel joins me to unpack her incredible conversion story from the streets of the Philippines to Florida; from a place of deep love of Christ and an encounter at Mass that forever changed the course of her life – it's a…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest John Jalsevac discuss how, though they have different initial instincts with respect to vaccination, reasoned engagement with the sources makes it possible to sift fact from fiction and find common ground. Show Snippet: "If we have these conversations, real conversations based upon an openness to the other you often real…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Erick Ybarra, Catholic re-vert from Protestantism, author, and blogger to unpack his conversion story. Erick was raised Catholic, left for a Reformed Baptist church after an encounter with a university roommate, but came back to the Catholic Church, by way of Anglicanism, after he began an earn…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest John Jalsevac discuss how, though they have different initial instincts with respect to vaccination, reasoned engagement with the sources makes it possible to sift fact from fiction and find common ground. Show Snippet: "I haven't come to some moment of clarity in which the heavens have opened and I realized all the anti…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. Brett Salkeld, Archdiocesan Theologian for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, author, and the co-host of the Thinking Faith podcast to discuss the Eucharist, the Real Presence, and Transubstantiation – with a special emphasis on how Evangelicals can understand this incredible belief,…
 
Dr. Brett continues his conversation with local writer and newest contributor to Archregina News, Dan Shervan discussing his unique perspectives on faith, spirituality, and religion as part of his personal journey of faith. Show Snippet: "It reminds me of Nietzsche saying 'God is dead', and people never know the end of that quote where it's like 'a…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by celebrated Catholic author, academic, and columnist Randy Boyagoda to talk about the Catholic imagination. How should Catholics uniquely see and interact with the world around them? How do Catholics truly live out their faith in the Public Square? What do authentic Catholics have to contribute …
 
Dr. Brett sits down with local writer and newest contributor to ArchRegina News, Dan Shervan discussing his unique perspectives on faith, spirituality, and religion as part of his personal journey of faith. Show Snippet: "People will often talk about 'Catholic guilt' and how that's so bad, but to me, it's not 'Catholic guilt', humans just have that…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by the one-and-only Rod Bennett, author and Early Church historian extraordinaire, to talk about the earliest witnesses to the Christian Church – the Early Church Fathers – and how they describe the worship, faith, and beliefs of the very first Christians ... and who look very Catholic indeed! We'…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest, Brendan Steven begin a four-part series of discussions on the idea of a Universal Basic Income. Show Snippet: "As much as I just said you can't have private property without universal destination of goods, and that's true, private property nonetheless is an important principle, and you do have to discern when are we unj…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic Podcast, I'm joined by the former editor of the evangelical flagship Christianity Today, Mark Galli, to talk about his conversion to the Catholic Church. Mark spent 10 years as a Protestant pastor, 20 years editing the world's largest evangelical publication, and has recently come into full communion with the…
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest, Brendan Steven begin a four-part series of discussions on the idea of a Universal Basic Income. Show Snippet: "An interesting argument against (UBI)...is that UBI is a bandaid for a broken system. What we actually need is a living wage and workers' rights and these other kinds of things, and UBI might help a lot of the …
 
Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest, Brendan Steven begin a four-part series of discussions on the idea of a Universal Basic Income. Show Snippet: "Because money is not just an amount, but it's how often it's spent and what it's used for, it actually keeps generating value as it cycles...one of the arguments for how UBI pays for itself is rooted in this id…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Father Jeffrey Kirby, STD to unpack the Catholic view of evil and suffering. We dig deeply into a topic that is maybe the biggest struggle for believers – and a barriers for those who don't believe: suffering. With Father Kirby's help and expertise, we discuss where suffering comes from, why we…
 
With a timely Christmas theme, Dr. Brett Salkeld and guest Peter Van Kampen continue their discussion on the impact simplifying our own living expenses can have on the lives of others. Peter's Book: Live Simply: So That Others Might Simply Live https://amzn.to/3DgGOod The Bicycle Project: https://worldbicyclerelief.org/…
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by Dr. John Bergsma, biblical theologian, professor, author, and Catholic convert, to talk about how to read the Bible like a Catholic, from the heart of the Church. We begin by digging into Dr. Bergma's wonderful conversion journey – as a Protestant pastor and biblical theologian, he decided to b…
 
As we head into Christmas we've pre-empted the remainder of our series on Universal Basic Income to accommodate a very timely 2-part discussion with Youth Minister and Catholic speaker, Peter Van Kampen. Author of Living Simply: So That Others May Simply Live. Peter's Books: Live Simply: So That Others Might Simply Live https://amzn.to/3DgGOod The …
 
In this episode of The Cordial Catholic, I'm joined by author, podcaster, and Catholic convert Haley Stewart to talk about her experience converting to Catholicism. On a search for a liturgically minded church, and through reading the Early Church Fathers, Haley and her husband Daniel, became interested and then deeply immersed in the Catholic Chur…
 
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