Rank #1: Hard Verses: Violent Retribution and Anachronistic Customs in Scripture, Genesis 34 and 1 Corinthians 11
Marcus Grodi looks at a violent event in the Old Testament and an example of a now seemingly outmoded and largely abandoned custom regarding head coverings found in the New. What are we as Christians to make of such apparent anachronisms? Is the decision about whether and how to apply such scriptures a matter for individual interpretation or not? We’ll explore this today on Deep in Scripture!
Oct 15 2015
Rank #2: Hard Verses about the Deuterocanonical Books, Hebrews 11:35 - Special Guest Gary Michuta
Nov 19 2015
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Rank #4: Hard Verses about Calvinism, Prayer, and John 14:23 - Special Guest David Anders
What does "indwelling" mean? What is friendship with God? How does "friendship" help us to know God?
Grodi welcomes former Calvinist Dr. David Anders to this episode of
Deep in Scripture. Dr. Anders chooses a verse that was "hard" for him as
a Calvinist. The pair focus discussion on their Calvinist backgrounds,
particularly David's Puritan history.
Scripture verse: John 14:23
- Dr. David Anders' website and blog
- Called to Communion radio program
- Orthodoxies in Massachusetts: Rereading American Puritanism, Janice Knight
- Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis
- Henri Nouwen
- St. Thomas Aquinas on Friendship
- Dr. David Anders' The Journey Home episode 1 | 2 | 3
- Dr. Anders' Deep in Scripture episode "Venerating the Relics of the Saints"
Jan 07 2016
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Rank #5: Chain Reference Bible Study & Paul's Reasons For Writing, Romans 15:14-33
Email: Dear Marcus and Ken, an Evangelical friend of mine studies his Bible every day, using a chain reference technique. He goes from one verse to the next following references in his chain Bible. Is this a valid trustworthy way of studying God’s Word? Thanks, Sam
Apr 29 2015
Rank #6: God's Foreknowledge and Human Free Will, Romans 9:14-33
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Jan 22 2015
Rank #8: What Does it Mean to be "Partakers in the Divine Nature?" 2 Peter 1:4 - Carl Olson - Deep in Scripture
Carl Olson, Editor of Catholic World Report for Ignatius Press, joins Marcus Grodi to discuss 2 Peter 1:2-4, where St. Peter talks about the idea of becoming partakers in Jesus' divine nature. How, exactly, is this supposed to work? Are we invited to become 'gods' ourselves? Certainly Mormon theologians would argue for this perspective. Does it mean we will eventually be absorbed into the Godhead, as is taught in Buddhism? Or is something else meant by what the Church Fathers refer to as "divinization?"
Dec 06 2016
Rank #9: Question About the "Pillar & Bullwark" and Romans 12:9-21
Email: Mr. Grodi, I have heard you quip many times & in your books that when Scripture says (1 Tim 3:15) that the pillar and bulwark of the truth is the Church, Jesus could not have meant the thousands of denominations divided by contrary interpretations of Scripture we now have in our world, for how could an invisible church of faithful believers be the pillar and bulwark of anything? This may sound reasonable, but if this seeming disunited diversity is contrary to God’s will, then why does God continue to bless hundreds of thousands of non-Catholic Christians? Why does He continue to use these non-Catholic Christian traditions to inspire and evangelize thousands of people every year around the globe out of darkness, into faith in Jesus Christ, away from sin, into prayerful, devotional lives, and even out of secular lives into lives dedicated to ministry? With so few people worldwide converting to the Catholic Church, it appears God is quite willing to work with a universal invisible church just as it is? Thank you, Aran.
Mar 25 2015
Rank #10: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed", Romans 12:1-8
Some key points in today’s passage:
- (vs. 1) The idea of “sacrifice” is still very much an important aspect of our Christian faith;
- (vs. 1) Our entire person—body and soul—is our personal share in the daily sacrifice of the Body of Christ; “what we do in the body” daily, as St. Paul say elsewhere, is how we “suffer with Christ”; (Col 1:24; Rom 8:17; Phil 1:29);
- (vs. 2) This requires a transformed state of mind, living out the Our Father;
- (vs. 2) By doing this, our conscience is formed by the indwelling Holy Spirit;
- (vs. 3-5) Behind these verses, is St. Paul assumption of the Mystical Body of Christ: through baptism believers become united with Christ and one another in the Church;
- (vs. 3-5) Living together in the Body requires living out the Beatitudes: detachment from world, sin, self;
- (vs. 6-8) This also requires that we recognize the importance of being a faithful individual in the Body of Christ, yet using our individual gifts to work together for the building up of the Body (Eph 4)
Email: Dear Ken & Marcus, last week you discussed Rom 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” In your discussion you didn’t address what Paul meant by being able to “prove” “what is the will of God, and “what is good and acceptable and perfect.” This term, “prove”, would seem to imply that this process would help one “know” clearly what God’s will is. Yet, in my experience, I’ve known many many faithful Christians—Catholic or non—who have dedicated their lives to doing this very thing, yet they can’t seem to agree on what God’s will is for lots of things. What does Paul mean here?
Mar 11 2015
Rank #12: 10/28/2009 Guest Rod Bennet, Hosted by Marcus Grodi
Dec 03 2009
Rank #13: The Christian and the Governing Authorities, Romans 13:1-14 Continued
Dear Ken and Marcus, how do you juxtapose these exhortations by Saint Paul with the fact that many of the earliest Christian martyrs, whom we are called to emulate and honor, died specifically because they were refusing to be subject to Rome? Thanks, Steve.
Apr 10 2015
Rank #14: Romans 13:1-14
Apr 02 2015
Rank #16: The Eucharist and the Early Christian Fathers
Mar 12 2014
Rank #18: 2 Timothy 3:17 and Sola Scriptura – Deep in Scripture
Feb 13 2014
Rank #19: The Rich Young Ruler and Responding to Grace - Marcus Grodi and Ken Hensley
Fresh off their recent pilgrimage to Italy, and with the recent canonization of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, Marcus Grodi and Ken Hensley reflect on the mystery of grace, and why some people respond, and some don't. Looking at the particular case of the Rich Young Ruler, which appears in three Gospels, they unpack the question of how Jesus challenges us all in ways unique to our specific state of life, and the urgent need to respond to God's grace.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #20: The Catholic Church and the "Mystical Body of Christ", Romans 8:1-11
Dec 04 2014