Our most popular episodes of 2021

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To say 2021 has been a strange year would be the understatement of a century but despite a raging global pandemic – hitherto unknown since the time of Moses – I have had the privilege, here on the show, to d ‘having had incredible conversations with wonderful thinkers, writers and Catholic converts from around the world.

Here’s a recap of some of this year’s most popular episodes. If you’re new to the show, any of these would be a great place to start listening – they’re popular for a reason – and if you’re a longtime fan, well, thank you. Here are some real gems, in case you missed them.

136: Why I’m Not Catholic (with Austin Suggs from Gospel Simplicity)

I first met Austin Suggs at the Moody Bible Institute when YouTube’s video algorithm suggested one of his videos. At the time, the Austin channel had around 600 subscribers and had little to do with Catholicism. But he had been to a Catholic Bible study, and YouTube thought I might be interested.

What followed was a wonderful friendship and I was so delighted to have Austin return on the show to talk about his experience interviewing Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant thinkers over the past year and seriously doing his YouTube channel – a channel with almost 40,000 subscribers, I might add.

Austin was honest, open and humble about his journey so far and we had a great conversation about it. Austin is a good friend, and it’s more like eavesdropping on a conversation between two friends. I hope you like it.

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132: Truth, beauty and Catholic conversion (with Tsh Oxenreider)

OK, so I’m a fan of Tsh Oxenreider and when she posted one of my interviews on Twitter with a remark like, “That probably would have offended me, but now a lot of this story resonates…” I had to choose my la jaw off the ground. I didn’t know Tsh had listened to the show, or that she had converted to Catholicism.

As you can imagine, I was delighted to have her as a guest.

This conversation will definitely remain one of my favorites this year and has been one of our most popular too – and I barely said a word! This is exactly how I prefer it. Instead, Tsh laid out a wonderful table full of stories of his adventures, his journey of faith, and his ultimate conversion through the beauty and truth of Christ in his Catholic Church.

It has been such a privilege and I hope you will enjoy it.

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099: The Unintended Consequences of the Reformation (with Dr Brad Gregory)

Some interviews sound like a fluke.

After I managed to have a fantastic conversation with Dr Brad Gregory about the Reformation and its long term consequences for Christianity and the modern world, I realized that Dr Gregory did To do interviews – how lucky I am!

One of our most popular interviews of the year and one that I return to time and time again, to help frame my interactions with Protestant Christians, Dr.Gregory takes us on a wild ride through time, the place and piety of the Middle Ages and exactly what contributed to the Protestant Reformation – good and bad – and then, in the same breath, what exactly were the tragic consequences for the Christian Church, today torn apart.

Dr Gregory is such a fantastic guest; he speaks so well and so clearly on this subject and really sheds so much light to help us understand the story of our faith, and how to frame our thinking on the present as well. Hope you enjoy this episode.

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115: How the Bible Made an Evangelical Seminary Professor into a Catholic (with Dr. Douglas Beaumont)

Doug has been a good friend of mine ever since I emailed him, out of the blue, asking him to be on my podcast. It was episode number 3 or 4 and, well, let’s just say it was pretty difficult. But Dr. Beaumont’s book, Evangelical Exodus, had been absolutely formative in my own conversion and I knew I had to talk to him as I kicked off my podcast.

Doug was happy to help.

We have never looked back.

In this popular episode, Dr. Beaumont joins me in talking about his own story of conversion. How he went from being a die-hard evangelical seminary professor, teaching in one of the best seminaries in America, to resigning his post and becoming a Roman Catholic.

It’s a great conversation told by a great storyteller about why digging deep into the origins of the Bible and the early Church caused someone very serious about their gospel faith to question its foundations – its very foundations – and to change your mind so completely.

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108: The Eucharist and the Early Church (with Dr. Kenneth Howell)

I have been a huge fan of Dr Kenneth Howell since before I was a Catholic. In fact, it was while watching some of his lectures at conferences, kept on YouTube, that I started asking some of these early questions about Catholicism.

In this episode, I was so thrilled to sit down with one of my heroes and talk about the Eucharist as it was understood by the very early Christians.

Dr Howell does not minch the words. Those who think that the Eucharist – as the real body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ – is not evident in the early Church are completely mistaken. That’s what Dr Howell says, and he has the experience and the evidence to back up his claims.

It was such a great interview if you’re interested in taking a deep dive into how early Christians worshiped and understood their faith – and how Catholic their experience was.

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Honorable Mention: The One Question That Made Me Catholic

Here is the honest truth from God. After being convinced by a few good friends – Keith Nester and Austin Suggs – to start recording my interviews not only for a podcast but also for a broadcast on YouTube, I went out and bought some studio lights with the lowly ones. savings I had. I needed to test the lights and my cheap webcam, so I set them up and hit record. I didn’t even know what to say.

The result? One of the most popular videos on our YouTube channel to date.

In this video, I’m talking about the Protestant pastor who first interested me in exploring Catholicism and the fateful question he asked me that started it all. I’m the one speaking from the bottom of my heart, the heart of my trip – and apparently people love to listen.

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