Watch My Conversion Story on EWTN’s "The Journey Home"
Following in the footsteps of my friend Brent Stubbs, next Monday I'll be appearing on EWTN's The Journey Home. The show is hosted by Marcus Grodi and invites Catholic converts to come and share their story.
We filmed the episode about a month ago and I covered many different story lines--my early religious upbringing, a life-changing Methodist campus ministry, my homeless lake friends in Tallahassee, some influential mentors, authors that spurred my conversion, and the crazy, circuitous way God drew me into his Church.
I was worried I wouldn't have enough material to fill an entire hour, but the timing worked out perfectly.
The show will air on EWTN television beginning next Monday at 8:00pm ET and it will repeat many times throughout the week:
- Monday (9/26) - 8:00pm ET
- Tuesday (9/27) - 1:00am ET
- Tuesday (9/27) - 9:00am ET
- Thursday (9/29) - 2:00pm ET
- Saturday (10/1) - 11:00pm ET
In addition to The Journey Home, I also recorded an episode of Deep In Scripture, a weekly radio show hosted by Marcus. On the show, guests discuss Bible verses that they saw in a new light once they began exploring Catholicism.
Instead of covering passages that were instrumental in my conversion, yet also the conversion of many others--passages like John 6, Matthew 16:19, and 1 Timothy 3:15--I proposed a handful that shined with new radiance during my new media research.
Marcus and crew loved the idea, so during the hour we covered Acts 17:16-34 (Paul's mission to the Areopagus), Mark 4:3-8 (Jesus' parable of the sower), Luke 24:13-32 (the Emmaus journey), Luke 5:3-4 (Jesus's order to "cast out into the deep"), 2 John 12 (St. John's plea for face-to-face communication), and Matthew 28:10 (Jesus's command, "do not be afraid").
- Wednesday (9/28) - 2:00pm ET
- Thursday (9/28) - 1:00am ET
- Sunday (10/2) - 7:00am ET
If you can't catch the TV or radio show, both will be archived on YouTube within the next couple weeks and I'll be sure to post them here.
The Coming Home Network is the group behind both shows, and they're really doing fantastic work to bridge the Catholic-Protestant divide. Visiting their studios was a joy, especially meeting Kevin Lowry, who has a great blog and a forthcoming book, and JonMarc Grodi, who has stepped into the blogosphere himself. If you're a Protestant exploring the Catholic faith, I strongly suggest you connect with this group.
Here is Brent's episode in case you missed it. He's much more intelligent, charming, articulate, and comfortable than I am in front of the camera (and off-camera, too):