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A program by Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson that is uniquely contributing to the conversation on faith and spirituality from the perspective of the Early Church Fathers and a modern-day Catholic convert from Evangelical roots. Support the work here: https://www.patreon.com/polycarpsparadigm
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In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelists Eric Robinson and Pat Flynn, having finished their commentary on all 21 chapters of the Gospel of John, find it is time to summarize the key themes: Jesus is God, Mary's Role as Intercessor and Mother, and the sacramental life of the Church (Baptism & Eucharist), among other themes. (July 30, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson talks with Arland Nichols, the Founder and President of the St. John Paul II Foundation. "Together in Holiness" is one of their initiatives that provides marriage enrichment to couples. Arland not only speaks to this program, but being a husband and a father of nine children, he gives Eric some great marriage and parenting advice in this episode. https://forlifeandfamily.org/ (July 27, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelists Eric Robinson and Pat Flynn talk about the Gospel of John 21, where Jesus restores Peter to shepherd His Church as the Gospel of John concludes. (July 23, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson talks with Dr. Michael Dauphinais, Professor and Chair of Theology at Ave Maria University, who helps unpack biblical answers to ten pressing questions about Catholicism. He co-authored a book with Dr. Matthew Levering, "The Wisdom of the Word." Check it out at https://www.wordonfire.org/wisdom/. (July 20, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelists Eric Robinson and Pat Flynn talk about John 20: Christ is risen! (July 16, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson talks about Salvation as a process. The sacraments and our cooperation with the grace God gives us through them is integral to our salvation. In this episode, we will explore some of the rich Scriptures in the New Testament that underscore Catholic teaching. (July 13, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelists Eric Robinson and Pat Flynn talk about how Jesus carries his cross, gives us his Mother, and dies for our sins as the Lamb of God. (July 9, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson Jesus speaks about the Church, her sacramental life, and the necessity of following his commands. In this episode, we explore different Bible verses from the Gospels that every Catholic should know when in dialogue with others. (July 6, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelists Pat Flynn and Eric Robinson talk about the suffering of Christ that begins in this chapter with the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is struck by soldiers, denied by Peter, and condemned as a heretic. (July 2, 2021)
In this episode of Polycarp's Paradigm, Catholic evangelist Eric Robinson talks about specific Bible verses he believes every Catholic should know when speaking with non-Catholics. Going over these verses allows us to see the Scriptural roots of our faith. We begin in this episode with the Old Testament. (June 29, 2021)
If you only believe in that which you can see, taste, touch, smell, or test under a microscope, then how do you begin to grapple with invisible realities like concepts, math, abstractions, etc. If these dimensions are real, then what is their cause? There must be a Prime Thinker, namely God. (June 25, 2021)
Ought all Christians to become Catholic? Most Christians think of Christian unity as a good thing, but oftentimes due to having a differing view of the nature of the Church, they have conflicting views as to what unity looks like. In this episode we explore my essay from "Essays in the Deep" on the necessity for all Christians to be visibly unified in the Catholic Church. (June 22, 2021)
On the eve of Christ’s Passion, Jesus prayed to the Heavenly Father for his disciples, “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe that you have sent me”(Jn 17:21 RSV-2CE). What kind of unity is Jesus praying for and why? Is this unity only an invisible bond between believers, or is it something more, something both invisible and visible? (June 18, 2021)
This is my favorite essay from my new book, "Essays in the Deep," which can be found on Amazon.com. In it we discover what true reform is and why the Protestant Reformation was really a revolt against the Church Christ established, the Catholic Church. (June 15, 2021)
Jesus consoles his disciples by reassuring them that it is better for him to leave so the Spirit can come to them who will guide them into all truth. Often, we think of this individually, rather than collectively for the Church. Pat and I unpack this passage and much more in John 16. (June 17, 2021)
We must abide in Christ as a branch remains on the vine, or else we will not bear fruit and be cut off. How do we abide in Christ?
Christ is clearly portrayed as divine in the latest written Gospel, the Gospel of John, but what about the earlier Gospels? Did the early Christians just have hallucinations of a bodily resurrection and then make the man Jesus into a divine being? Or did the resurrection actually happen and Christ was shown to be divine from the beginning? Check out Eric's new book: "Essays in the Deep" on Amazon.
Currently, there is a movement going on in the Catholic Church regarding authentic renewal of the liturgy. Adam Bartlett, founder of Source & Summit, shares with Eric and Pat his personal journey with the liturgy and explains what this authentic liturgical renewal looks like, the role of music in the liturgy, and why it is essential for the new evangelization.The liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life. In the liturgy we get to participate in the heavenly liturgy, give perfect worship to God through the prayer and action of Jesus Christ, and even receive his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. God transforms us further and further into the likeness of Christ in the liturgy.http://www.sourceandsummit.com
Protestants sometimes accuse Catholics of worshipping Mary, but perhaps the problem is that there is a misunderstanding of what true worship really is. Worship involves sacrifice, the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross made present to us in the Eucharist. So, perhaps the problem is not that Catholics worship Mary, because they don't, but that Protestants do not worship God is the fullest sense of that word since they lack the sacrifice of the Mass. (May 28, 2021)
Jared grew up Baptist, did a stint in Eastern Orthodoxy, then became Catholic. This is his story.
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