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Cajun Accordionist to Cajun Apologist: The Life Testimony of a Cradle Catholic
In this talk I share my story of how I, as a cradle Catholic, fell in love with Jesus and the Catholic Church. I map out the journey that God led me on from the bandstand to the bible in my hand. Such a journey, as I articulate, involves the discovery of the truth of Jesus and the Catholic Church through the study of Catholic apologetics. At various points throughout my testimony, I give reasons why apologetics is necessary in the mission of evangelization and how it can serve as a means of conversion to the truth.
Science: A Believer’s Friend or Foe?
In this talk, I explain why science cannot be a believer’s foe by first explaining why science’s inability to detect God does not mean that God doesn’t exist and second by explaining why science can never give a complete and exhaustive explanation of the cosmos that would negate the need for a Creator. I then explain that science is a believer’s friend by sharing evidence for a beginning from contemporary cosmology as well as evidence for the fine-tuning of the various characteristics of the laws of physics.
Why God Still Matters
In this talk, I explain why progress in scientific knowledge in no way discredits nor can it discredit the need for God in explaining the universe. I do this by giving a simple explanation of Aquinas’ 2nd way showing that God is the ultimate cause of the very existence of the universe itself; thus the first reason why God still matters. Secondly, I show that God matters still because He is the only one or thing that can satisfy our deepest desires for the perfection of truth and love—without God one falls into the absurdity of life. Finally, I explain how the rejection of God undermines objective morality.
What Difference Does Jesus Make?
In this talk, I address the modern myths that constitute skepticism toward Jesus, such as “Jesus was merely a great prophet and his divinity is an exaggerated claim of the early Church,” and “The resurrection of Jesus was simply made up by the early church and was nothing more than a metaphor for spiritual truths.” I set out to dispel such myths by providing the historical evidence for Jesus’ explicit and implicit claims to Divinity and the vindication of such claims in his resurrection.
Defending Faith in an Age of Unbelief
In this talk, I whet the appetite on how one is to respond to the major cultural myths that serve as obstacles to faith. For example, I briefly speak about the Kalam argument that not only establishes God’s existence but shows the wedded relationship between philosophy and science. Secondly, I give a brief apology on the general historical reliability of the Gospels and then follow it by giving an apology for the Divinity of Jesus. Thirdly, I explain why materialism is false and give reasons for the immateriality and immortality of the human soul.
Are Miracles Possible?
In this talk, I respond to the various objections unbelievers see as obstacles to the possibility of miracles. For example, “miracles are incompatible with science” or “Common human experience is more trustworthy than any testimony of a miracle,” etc. I also offer a brief critique of the presupposed worldview of naturalism that is the root cause of disbelief in miracles. Finally, I offer some credible historical evidence for a couple of miracles: 1) The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima and 2) The Resurrection of Jesus.
Can we Trust the Bible?
In this talk, I prove the absurdity of those who deny the documents of the Gospels as historically reliable. I give reasons why the Gospels are actually the most reliable historical documents in all of ancient literature when examined according to modern methods of determining historical reliability.
Defending Right and Wrong in a Relativistic Culture
In this talk, I take on the modern denial of objective moral standards to which all must adhere by exposing contradictions present within the logic of the moral relativism and explaining how it cannot account for common human experience that all affirm as true.
The 4 Levels of Manhood
Based on Fr. Robert Spitzer’s articulation of the four levels of happiness, I explain how there are four levels of manhood. I challenge men to not settle for the lower levels involving only sensory pleasure, material stuff, and ego-satisfaction but to strive for the higher levels of sacrificial love in service of others and union with God.
Forming Men as Defenders of Faith in an Age of Unbelief
In this talk, I bring to light some threats to faith that we face in our society and call men to rise up and take responsibility for the duty that God has bestowed upon men, namely to be guardians of faith.
Suffering: The Forging Fire of Godly Men
In this talk, I ponder perhaps the ultimate question of human existence: “How can an all-powerful and all-loving God allow suffering in the world?” I explain how suffering without faith leads only to depression and despair; but suffering with the eternal perspective and an appropriate view of love and happiness leads directly to the forging of a Godly man with a faith that is life-giving and life-transforming.
The Splendor of Hope in the Valley of Tears
In this talk, I answer the problem of suffering in two parts. The first part consists of answering this problem from a philosophical perspective—showing that God’s permission of suffering doesn’t necessarily count against His goodness. In the second part, I highlight several dimensions of the Christian answer to the problem of suffering.
Heaven: A Destiny Worth Living For
In this talk, I dispel the boring cultural image of Heaven as clouds with baby cherubs playing harps and explain Jesus’ revelation of Heaven as an experience of perfect love, joy, and excitement through fellowship with God and with every member of the Mystical Body of Christ.
Contraception: Man’s Failed Design for Love
In this talk, I give a brief explanation of the Church’s teaching against the use of artificial contraception and then provide the rationale behind that teaching. Using the principles of natural law, I prove that contraception is an act that violates the very ordination of the conjugal act as ordained by God; thus violating the very nature of the human being. I prove that contraception robs lovers of the love they wish to express.
The Resurrected Christ
In this talk, I give an apology for the resurrection of Jesus and then complement that reasonable aspect with a biblical exegesis on the resurrection as recorded in the Bible along with a basic catechesis from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Living Life to the Fullest: A Compass for Human Happiness
In this talk, I draw on Fr. Robert Spitzer’s 4 Levels of Happiness and show how living with a Level 4 perspective is the only way to experience true and authentic human happiness.
A Catholic View of the End Times
In this talk, I give the biblical foundations for the Catholic Church’s teaching on the end times. I identify seven stages that constitute the “last days” as found in the Catechism and Scripture. At various points throughout the talk, I also dispel various popular myths about the last things that are found within various Christian communities.
The Splendor of the Catholic Faith
In this summary talk of the Catholic Faith, I show how the splendor of the Catholic Faith consists in the fullness of truth and life that subsists in the Catholic Church. I provide the Catholic with the basic tools necessary to share with others the evidence that Christ invested such truth and life entirely in the Catholic Church, starting with Peter and the apostles.
Is Man More than Matter? A Response to Atheistic Materialism
In this talk, I answer the following questions: Is man mere matter or does he transcend matter with that which we refer to as an immaterial soul? I show how the evidence from philosophy and scientific research with near death experiences leads to the reasonable conclusion that man does in fact possess a transphysical or transmaterial soul that can survive bodily death and thus is made for eternity.
The Catholic Church: The Original Christian Franchise
In this talk, I prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Catholic Church is the original Christian Church established by Jesus. I do this by first establishing the evidence in the bible that Christ invested Peter with supreme authority and then show from the early Church fathers that such authority was transferred to the bishops of Rome who succeeded him, all the way down to the present bishop of Rome, Pope Francis.
The Bible Blueprint for the Hierarchical Church (1 or 2 Discs)
In response to common errors about the Church among many Christians, I give evidence from the Bible that the 1st century Church established by Jesus Christ was not merely an invisible group of believers who possessed equal authority but a community of believers with visible leaders exercising divine authority to lead the people of God in the unity of belief—an authority that was transferred to other men beyond the twelve.
The Bible Blueprint for the Intercession of the Saints
In this talk, I answer the common questions that arise in regard to the intercession of the saints, such as “Why should I pray to the saints when I can go straight to Jesus?” or “Why do Catholics pray to saints when Jesus is the one mediator between God and man?” I demonstrate that the Catholic theology of the intercession of the saints is both explicitly and implicitly found in Sacred Scripture.
The Bible Blueprint for Mary’s Queenship
In this talk, I provide the biblical understanding of why the Catholic Church honors the Blessed Virgin as Queen of Heaven and earth. I defend the Catholic practice of honoring Mary with the biblical theology of Mary as the Queen Mother in Jesus’ restored Davidic Kingdom. Finally, I show that Mary as the Queen Mother is the foundation for understanding her role as intercessor.
The Bible Blueprint for Confession
In this talk, I demonstrate both the explicit and implicit references to Jesus’ institution of the Sacrament of Confession. I establish the biblical principle that God does not choose to relate with us apart from His human instruments but through them.
The Bible Blueprint for Purgatory
In this talk, I offer a catechesis on the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory and dispel the common misconceptions that surround this doctrine among both Catholic and Protestant circles. In response to the question, “Where is that in the Bible?” I provide the evidence that Purgatory is a doctrine found both implicitly and explicitly in the Bible.
The Bible Blueprint for the Sacraments
In this talk, I answer the most common Protestant questions about the seven sacraments. I give an explanation of how all 7 sacraments can be found in the Bible. I give a how-to approach for dialoguing with Protestants and establishing the biblical testimony of the Catholic understanding of the 7 sacraments.
The Bible Blueprint for Scripture & Tradition
In this talk, I go after the fundamental building block of the Protestant Reformation and demonstrate that the Bible alone is not sufficient for revealing the fullness of God’s Revelation. I give evidence that the Bible itself points toward the necessity of holding fast to a Sacred Tradition that is indispensable for receiving and understanding the truth of Jesus Christ. I show that the Catholic appeal to Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition is essential in first century Christian practice.
The Bible Blueprint for Marian Dogmas
In this talk, I give the biblical evidence for the four major Catholic dogmas on Mary—namely her title as Mother of God, her perpetual virginity, her freedom from sin, and her bodily assumption.
The Bible Blueprint for Salvation
In this talk, I explain the biblical understanding of salvation and justification as an interior transformation that puts one into covenantal relationship with God. I elucidate the placement of good works in relation to this salvation and give biblical evidence for their necessity. By using passages from Sacred Scripture, I debunk the common notion that one cannot lose their inheritance of Heaven.
The Bible Blueprint for the Eucharist
In this talk, I pull out the Eucharistic truths as found in Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse, the Last Supper and St. Paul’s Theology on the Eucharist.