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Our Catholic Way

Host Kim Tisor interviews a different convert to the Catholic faith each week to share his or her journey while having fun along the way.
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Apr 17, 2016
Episode 29: Former Evangelical Pastor Ken Muenstermann

    Ken Muenstermann craved a deeper understanding of the Bible and its contents as a Catholic teen. When he discovered a more vibrant approach to the teaching of the scriptures in a Protestant setting, he left his Catholic faith behind. But he would discover the "Roman roots" remained intact, even after years of seminary and planting churches. He still loves studying and teaching the Bible, but today he does so in slightly different settings. Discover more in this latest edition of Our Catholic Way!   

Brief Show Notes:

-- Read Ken's blog where you'll discover more about the Roman Catholic Church and his journey at Tridentino.

-- Ken recommends the following books:
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, John Henry Newman
Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, David Currie
On Being Catholic, Thomas Howard
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, Kenneth Whitehead

The Catholic Controversy, St. Francis de Sales
Upon this Rock, Steve Ray

Mar 19, 2016
Episode 28:  Former Church of God John Spurlock

    John Spurlock nearly lived in church while growing up and was accustomed to seeing the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of others. It wasn't until he became an adult and verbally sparred with a Roman Catholic priest, that the Holy Spirit decided to visit John in the middle of the night. He distinctly heard the voice of God and it changed his life.

Brief Show Notes:

-- In the interview, John recommends reading Catholic for Dummies
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Find free CDs and audio downloads from www.biblechristiansociety.com
-- John is a Grand Knight within the Knights of Columbus at his parish

Mar 7, 2016
Episode 27: Former Non-Denominational Sterling Jaquith Part II

    Thank you for returning for part II of our interview with Sterling Jaquith of the Coffee and Pearls podcast. In this half you'll discover why despite her initial reservations, Sterling decided to follow the man of her dreams into the Catholic Church.

    Once inside she discovered a beautiful treasure, but she had to overcome a few hurdles before she could embrace it with her whole heart. Now she devotes much of her time to sharing her love for Jesus and Catholicism with all who will listen, especially women and moms with young children.

    Find out more about Sterling when you visit her website at www.sterlingjaquith.com. Her husband, Michael, recently launched a podcast for Catholic men called The Stakes are High at www.thestakesarehigh.com.

 

Brief Show Notes:
-- Here are some of the books that Sterling read and recommends for those first looking into the Catholic Church or wanting to deepen their faith:

Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, Matthew Kelly
Rediscover Catholicism, Matthew Kelly
Rome, Sweet Home, Scott & Kimberly Hahn
33 Days to Morning Glory, Fr. Michael E. Gaitley
Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter, Michael White and Tom Corcoran
The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning, Simcha Fisher

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Feb 14, 2016
Episode 26: Former Non-Denominational Sterling Jaquith Part I

    I'm constantly amazed that even when I get off schedule with posting episodes, they always seem to get published at the perfect time. Case in point: I'm posting this the night before Valentine's Day and today's story involving Sterling Jaquith has everything to do with LOVE! Desiring the love of a mate...the love she found in Christ...and the love she discovered online with a Catholic man!

    This is PART I of my discussion with Sterling, a fascinating woman who is busy with young children yet always makes time for sharing her faith and wisdom to help you through your day! She blogs at www.sterlingjaquith.com and while you're there sign up to receive her weekly Coffee and Pearls podcast!  

Brief Show Notes:
-- In the intro Kim references St. Valentine.
-- Kim talks to Deacon Greg Thompson of the website GregCast about indulgences. (indulgences link includes the definition Deacon Thompson shared from the CCC.)
-- Kim closes this episode with the love passage from
1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
-- Find Sterling on her website and on iTunes!

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Jan 23, 2016
Episode 25: Former Plymouth Brethren Audrey Assad

    This interview with Audrey Assad is a dream come true! I recall years ago when I was new to the journey hearing of Audrey Assad's conversion. She was a fairly new convert at that point, but now has a handful of years as a Catholic under her belt. Her faith paints who she is as an artist, but like all of us, she's still learning and growing and eager to share her story with you. Thank you for listening to Our Catholic Way!

 

Brief Show Notes:
--  Inheritance: Audrey Assad's Hymns Project releases February 12th!
-- Audrey Assad and Matt Maher perform at 2015 One Thing conference. See Francis Chan embrace Audrey Assad at the end of video. Click Here.
-- Connect with Kim Tisor on Facebook.

 

Dec 24, 2015
Episode 24: Former Seeker Kristen Rabideau

    What a privilege to interview Kristen Rabideau. Somehow in her childhood she learned and came to believe that Christ died on a cross to save her and others from sin. I say "somehow" because she was reared in a family that failed to emphasize the importance of faith, however they didn't discourage her from seeking God, either.
    Over time, Kristen would discover that her life was missing something and knew it was to be found through the worship of God, but with all of the options available... where?

Brief Show Notes:
-- Kristen shared that the books Rome Sweet Home by Dr. Scott Hahn and By What Authority from author Mark Shea reflected her own journey.
-- One of Kristen's favorite teachings of the Catholic Church is on redemptive suffering.
-- Kim mentioned that the Blessed Mother's title of Ark of the New Covenant helped her see Mary's important role in salvation.
-- Visit Kristen's website Drawn 2B Creative for free printables and her Printable 3-D Jesse Tree Ornaments ebook!

    Please visit Our Catholic Way on Facebook and leave a review of the show on iTunes. 
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and all of your loved ones!

Dec 5, 2015
Episode 23: Former Atheist Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP

    Today no one would question the deep faith of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP. People are often amazed when they discover that the woman who writes and speaks about her love for Christ and His Church, once denied God's existence. But it's her very journey involving skepticism and disappointment that equipped her to pen the book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church. She understands firsthand what approaches are most effective in reaching friends and family members who've left the fold.

    Brief Show Notes:
Sister Theresa belongs to The Daughters of St. Paul.
Patheos hosts Sr. Theresa's blog Pursued by Truth.       Kim learns the difference between a sister and a nun.
Be sure to connect with Sr. Theresa on FB and Twitter!
Connect with Kim via the OCW FB page and Twitter.
Have a blessed Advent!


   

Nov 25, 2015
Episode 22: Catholic Revert Cristina Trinidad

    As a child, Cristina Trinidad wanted to know what took place in church that attracted so many people from across her Brooklyn neighborhood. Her own family didn't attend, but she was allowed to investigate on her own, so she did. It wasn't long before any thoughts of God were replaced with distractions that were typical among her peers. But in adulthood following motherhood she would discover that God was there all along.

Brief Show Notes:
Cristina mentions St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Cristina shared that she and her husband lived as brother and sister while awaiting an annulment. Annulment FAQ
Find Cristina Trinidad's embroidery work at Handmaid Embroidery.
Find personalized rosaries from Allison Kinyon
Thank you for listening to another episode of OCW! God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Please leave a positive review in iTunes and join me next week when I interview Sr. Theresa Aletheia.

Nov 19, 2015
Episode 21: Catholic Revert Allison Gingras

    Allison Gingras grew up Catholic, but other than praying the Rosary during thunderstorms, her family didn't practice the faith. Allison would remain lukewarm until an unexpected invitation to a Bible study ignited a fire in her heart. Now, she shares her passion for Jesus, His word and His Church through various forms of media with all who will listen.

Brief Show Notes:
Allison recommends the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.
Find Allison's radio show A Seeking Heart at Breadbox Media.

Nov 13, 2015
Episode 20: Non-Denominational Don Johnson

    Don Johnson has always been firm in his Christian faith and has spent most of his adult life reaching out to atheists to share with them the love of Christ. It was through educating himself on how best to reach atheists, agnostics, and skeptics with the gospel message that he discovered that the Lord had a message for him. He was to join the Catholic Church.
    Listen to Don's story and discover how his quest for truth lead him to produce a documentary showcasing others who have walked a similar path of conversion.

Brief Show Notes:
Learn more about Don Johnson and his film Convinced at www.donjohnsonministries.org.
Upcoming guests include Allison Gingras and Cristina Trinidad.
Please join me on FB or send me an email. You'll find my email link at the Our Catholic Way website.

Nov 4, 2015
Episode 19: Former Baptist/Assembly of God/Nazarene Chris Padgett

    Chris Padgett knew the Lord and even traveled the country using his musical talents to lead others in worship. He never expected to find Christ in the Catholic Church. What was one of his biggest obstacles? Lukewarm (to room temperature) Catholics. He has since discovered vibrant Catholics and he continues to encourage others in their faith through music, writing, and speaking.

Brief Show Notes:
Chris Padgett's most recent book is Holy Marriage, Happy Marriage. (Find it on my blog at Our Catholic Way.)
Discover Chris's other projects at www.chrispadgett.com

Oct 29, 2015
Episode 18: Former Presbyterian Denise Bossert

   Denise Bossert's dad was a Presbyterian minister and she remembers having a strong faith in God practically from the time she could walk. It would take her father's death and time spent in his personal library to discover that her faith contained some gaps. Gaps that only the Catholic Church could fill. Listen and learn how The Journey Home, a Carmelite nun, and the Blessed Virgin Mary all played a role in Denise's amazing conversion.

 

Brief Show Notes:
-- Denise talks at length about redemptive suffering.
-- It's mentioned that the book Dark Night of the Soul is the pinnacle book on suffering

-- Find out more about The Immaculate Conception.
-- Get your copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Oct 22, 2015
Episode 17: Former Lutheran, Bonnie Way

    Bonnie Way grew up a Lutheran. She was homeschooled to help preserve her faith. She attended a Lutheran University in Canada. While she had friends from many different faith backgrounds, it was a safe bet she wasn't planning to leave her Lutheran roots. But God had other plans when a friend in seminary discerning the priesthood slowly opened her eyes to the teachings of the Catholic Church. A lonely time in Australia when it was just her and God opened her heart to the idea of a future with her, God, the Catholic Church...and a husband.

Brief Show Notes:
History of Martin Luther
An overview of indulgences.
Get to know Bonnie better at her Koala Mom website!

Correction: Kim says Bonnie's website is koalamom.com. It is thekoalamom.com.

Oct 16, 2015
Episode 16: Former Atheist, Deacon Patrick Lappert, Part II

    What do arrogance, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, Christian radio, and the Catholic Church all have in common? They're all an integral part of Deacon Lappert's faith journey that ultimately lead him into the Catholic Church. I'm so thankful for his witness! If you are too, please leave a comment of appreciation for what the Lord has done in his life. It truly is a story of God's mercy and grace, which He extends to all of us.

 

Brief Show Notes:
Please visit OCW on Facebook!
You may become an honorary producer on Patreon.
Send questions or prayer requests to ourcatholicway@gmail.com.

Thank you and have a blessed day, knowing God cares for you!

Oct 15, 2015
Episode 15: Former Atheist, Deacon Patrick Lappert, Part I

    Deacon Patrick Lappert lost the love he once had for the God he prayed to as a young boy. Life's pain and circumstances pushed him away from the things of Heaven, yet interestingly it would be the difficulties and emptiness in life that would draw him back, but this time to a much deeper faith than he had never known.

    The journey he embarked on was a long one, full of numerous successes that most men envy and miracles that most people never experience. While God was orchestrating his life, He never received the credit. What would it take to get this Navy aviator and surgeon's attention? Listen to his journey.

Brief Notes: 
Please like Our Catholic Way on Facebook.
Email ourcatholicway@gmail.com with questions or prayer requests.
Lastly, please leave a positive review on iTunes if you like this show. Giveaways are coming soon for those who do!

Oct 2, 2015
Episode 13: Our Catholic Way

Former Mennonite, Krista Cole, was brought up in a happy, Christian, Norman Rockwell-like home. She spent much of her time in church and learning scripture, but always felt something was missing. It would take overcoming a difficult marriage and the pain of infertility before the road she found herself on would lead her home to the Roman Catholic Church. Her family is now larger than she ever imagined! May you discover the contentment Krista has found. 

Please leave a comment or feel free to ask a question either here or at ourcatholicway@gmail.com

Sep 24, 2015
Episode 12: Our Catholic Way

    Patrice Lappert was born in Philadelphia into a large Catholic family and was raised in the faith during a time when there was a parish on every street corner.  But over the years she drifted away from Christ and all that she knew like so many do in their teens and early twenties.

    Thankfully, motherhood stirred within her a desire to reconnect with her faith, and today she works tirelessly to ensure others never lose what is most important in this life. Thank you for listening to her story!

Brief Show Notes:
-- Looking back she says she was a cultural Catholic.
-- It's helpful to develop a love for Mary when you understand her as the Ark of the New Covenant.
-- Books and authors Patrice recommends:

Rome Sweet Home, Scott Hahn

Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor, Allen Hunt

Appointment with God, Fr. Michael Scanlan

Catholicism video series, Fr. Robert Barron

Surprised by Truth series, Patrick Madrid

In Conversation with God series, Francis Fernandez

Other authors mentioned: Jeff Cavins, Steve Ray, Tim Staples

Sep 16, 2015
Episode 11: Our Catholic Way

This is Part II of an interview with former Nazarene Tim Cooper. In this half he explains how he started seeing Catholic doctrines in the Bible. He also shares some amazing stories of angels and the miraculous healing of his wife who had been diagnosed with cancer. Thank you for returning for part II of our interview with Tim! If you enjoy it, please share it with a friend.

Brief Show Notes:
-- Tim mentions John 20:23 and James 5 when talking about the forgiveness of sins.

-- Tim discusses the importance of unity that is found in the Catholic Church.

-- Kim makes reference to author Frank E. Peretti when discussing angels with Tim, who also mentions Catholic author Joan Wester Anderson.

-- Tim is a contributing blogger at Shine Catholic.

-- Books that Tim found insightful during his journey: Steve Ray's Upon This Rock as well as Crossing the Tiber; Cavid Currie's Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic.

Sep 10, 2015
Episode 10: Our Catholic Way

Former Nazarene Tim Cooper spent many a day at church while growing up. He shares that he is blessed to have been raised in a family devoted to Christ. His faith remained solid, but skepticism seeped in when he began to question the fairness of Hell. He never completely fell away and continued to be involved in men's Bible studies, however many years would pass before he'd take a serious look at the Catholic Church. He is now on fire for his faith and is happy to share it with everyone! I hope you enjoy Part I of his story.

Brief Show Notes:
--
Catholic teaching on Hell.
-- Tim mentions his involvement in Bible Study Fellowship and Promise Keepers.
-- The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff's, recognition of the Catholic Church as a true church during one of his radio programs caused Tim to consider the Catholic Church's claims.
-- Former Presbyterian minister Dr. Scott Hahn's book Rome Sweet Home helped Tim during a disappointing RCIA experience.
-- Sola Scriptura is Latin for by Scripture Alone.
-- Sola Fide is Latin for by Faith Alone.

Sep 3, 2015
Episode 9: Our Catholic Way

Laura Catherine Hudgens grew up in the Disciples of Christ denomination. She never contemplated leaving. Her husband was also a member of the DoC and they both served as deacons. Why leave? Because the Lord had other plans for them and that discovery began with the question: "Does it matter how you worship?" I asked that same question. In both cases, the answers lead us along the road to Rome. I know you'll enjoy Laura's story!

Brief Show Notes:
-- Laura Catherine Hudgens blogs at Charming Farming. She is also a contributing writer at Shine Catholic.
-- Laura expresses her deep appreciation of the sacraments because they keep her close to Christ.
-- Laura shares she was introduced to the doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved through Baptist functions, which gave her cause to question her own salvation. She explains how becoming Catholic has given her a clearer understanding of Christ's mercy and she no longer fears eternity.

Aug 27, 2015
Episode 8: Our Catholic Way

Former Lutheran Kerry Olvera discovers Christ in the Catholic Church...the last place she expected to find him! Her husband helped her to see the light, as well as praying the rosary.

Brief Show Notes:
-- The writings of St. Jerome helped Kerry in her understanding Mary's role in the Catholic's life.
-- Kerry mentioned her love of the Catholic Church's teachings on redemptive suffering and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
-- Find Kerry's podcast at www.catholichomeschoolmoms.com

Jul 23, 2015
Episode 7: Our Catholic Way

A former Southern Baptist and non-denominational Christian becomes open to the Catholic Church after marrying his college sweetheart. Little did he know after converting, that the Holy Spirit had additional plans for him that would take him deeper into understanding Catholicism and sharing it with others.

 

Yes, I'm still experiencing some audio issues, but I'm many steps closer to getting it resolved. Please pray that it happens quickly! Thank you for coming back each week to listen!

 

Do you think the Holy Spirit is wanting you to investigate the Catholic Church? If so, let me know about it. Please leave a comment sharing how long you've been studying/praying about it and what your biggest obstacle is right now.

Jul 16, 2015
Episode 6: Our Catholic Way

Alabama native and home-schooling mom, Robin Beckham, shares how studying early Church history and heresies lead her to the Catholic Church. 
 

 

Brief Show Notes:
Robin shares how she learned more about Mary through the Taylor Marshall podcast. You'll find his shows, as well as other great information from the former Episcopal priest, at www.taylormarshall.com.

Jul 9, 2015
Episode 5: Our Catholic Way

Amanda Zorovich had attended church, albeit inconsistently, as a child. She believed in God, though her time in college caused her to question that belief. It took meeting the man that would become her mate, who was a cradle Catholic with his own questions, to rekindle her faith in God and love for Christ.

Brief Show Notes:
-- Kim mentions in her intro the story of Ruth and Naomi found in the book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
-- Kim makes reference to 1st Corinthians 7:14 in the New Testament where it states unbelievers are sanctified through the belief of their spouse.
-- Amanda prefers the Latin Mass. I thought this link would provide more information on what it is, for those who are interested. Latin Mass

Jun 20, 2015
Episode 2: Our Catholic Way

Meet Kimberly Ford who discovered the Catholic Church through the most unconventional of ways. She is joyful and upbeat, and loves her mini van! You won't want to miss her story.

During the interview, Kimberly mentions once saved always saved vs. the Catholic view of salvation. I thought you might enjoy this comprehensive article on salvation, courtesy of Catholic Answers. (click on "article")

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