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Mark Driscoll Has More Influence in His Church Than the Pope Over Catholics

Filed in Evangelicalism by on August 27, 2014 0 Comments
Mark Driscoll Has More Influence in His Church Than the Pope Over Catholics

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) I listened to over 100+ hours of Mark Driscoll sermons in college, visited Mars Hill in Seattle, and contacted Mars Hill Downtown about an internship before deciding to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark has been the subject of a lot of controversy lately, […]

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Lay Foreign Missionary Catholics? An Interview With Family Missions Company

Filed in Interviews by on August 21, 2014 0 Comments
Lay Foreign Missionary Catholics? An Interview With Family Missions Company

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) Before I become Catholic, I was studying to be an international missionary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since leaving, I’ve found that Family Missions Company is the closest organization in the U.S. that resembles the program I was a part of in seminary. I’m […]

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Catholic Family Land: 4 reasons my family loved this place (and you might too!)

Filed in Life by on August 17, 2014 0 Comments
Catholic Family Land: 4 reasons my family loved this place (and you might too!)

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) This past winter I got my first invitation from a young woman who was booking speakers for a place called Catholic Family Land near Steubenville, Ohio,  asking if I’d be interested in coming to be a speaker at their August camp. I’m so glad […]

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“I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic”

Filed in Conversion by on June 25, 2014 0 Comments
“I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic”

Last week, Aleteia was kind enough to share my conversion story, “I hated the idea of becoming Catholic.” Editor Brantly Millegan did a fantastic job making it a better product. Since then, I was surprisingly invited to give a talk on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel with Gus Lloyd (no recording available), and today I talked […]

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Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome, Two Years Later

Filed in Conversion by on April 30, 2014 7 Comments
Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome, Two Years Later

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) Two years ago today I published my first blog post, “Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome,” on Devin Rose’s blog under the pseudonym of “Steven.” I wasn’t even Catholic yet, and had only left Southern Baptist Theological Seminary two months earlier. Last year I […]

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Our daughter, Evelyn Marie

Filed in Life by on April 17, 2014 3 Comments
Our daughter, Evelyn Marie

I am so happy to spend this Holy Week with our daughter, Evelyn. She was born on March 3rd at 1:14pm in our little apartment and she’s just wonderful. The transition to parenthood has been relatively smooth–the nights are what you’d expect and her vocal chords are certainly getting stronger, but that’s made up by […]

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Pope Francis Loves the Mafia (more than you, and more than me)

Filed in Catholic Church by on March 22, 2014 5 Comments
Pope Francis Loves the Mafia (more than you, and more than me)

Yesterday, I happily watched the viral video of a 25-year old nun singing on The Voice in Italy. There was a much shorter and much less popular video, though, that has kept me up tonight. Pope Francis spoke at a memorial service for victims of the Mafia yesterday, and a Catholic News Service captured the […]

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If Devin Rose played in the NBA: A Review of The Protestant’s Dilemma

Filed in Book Reviews by on March 20, 2014 4 Comments
If Devin Rose played in the NBA: A Review of The Protestant’s Dilemma

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) If Devin Rose played in the NBA, I would give him the Most Improved Player Award, and maybe even MVP.  When I was at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and trying not to become Catholic, I saw If Protestantism is True  pop up in my search results. […]

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Evelyn Marie’s birth, Father Barron talk

Filed in Life by on March 16, 2014 3 Comments
Evelyn Marie’s birth, Father Barron talk

Hi everyone, Just a quick update to let you know Evelyn Marie Baratta was born on March 3rd, nearly two weeks ago! She is healthy and we are happy. I look forward to writing more posts in the coming weeks. Jackie and I are moved into a new apartment and preparing for little Evie’s baptism […]

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Why Am I So Happy When Others Fail?

Filed in Conversion by on February 28, 2014 2 Comments
Why Am I So Happy When Others Fail?

(Like this post? Feel free to subscribe or check out my Facebook and Twitter.) A Bible verse that has always caught my attention is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” Contained in the famous “love chapter” of the Bible is a challenge to all of us living […]

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