040: Conclusion of “7 Core Beliefs of Catholicism…in Hebrews?”

Featuring Shane Kapler

catholic_FINAL_150If you’ve ever scratched your head after hearing or reading Hebrews (or even if you just scratch your head), this episode is for you.

Unless you’re Catholic, it’s pretty difficult to make heads or tails of the book of Hebrews. And even if you are Catholic it can seem a bit odd at times. But once you view it through the right lens, the teachings of Catholicism jump off the page like a 3D IMAX movie.

In fact, it’s a mini Catechism.

This is the conclusion of my great conversation with author Shane Kapler who beautifully lays out the Seven Core Beliefs of Catholics in the Epistle to the Hebrews. (His book is great!)

Among other things we’ll discuss:

  • How Hebrews lays out the Catholic “plan of salvation” in 7 verses (howIMG_2405
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  • The grittiness of Jesus’ humanity and how he learned obedience through suffering
  • What the famous faith “Hall of Fame” in Hebrews 11 teaches us about heaven and the communion of saints
  • Why critics of Catholicism who say there’s no mention of the Eucharist in Hebrews (“so it can’t be a Catholic book”) are dead wrong

All that and more in episode 40 of the Art of Catholic. God bless and enjoy!

Matt

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039: The 7 Core Beliefs of Catholicism…in Hebrews?

Featuring Shane Kapler

catholic_FINAL_150Every book in the Bible is Catholic…but this one’s really Catholic.

When I was a Protestant missionary in Latin America, one of my fellow missionaries told me that he was trying to read the book of Hebrews, but he found it “just plain weird.” He didn’t know what to make of it. And it’s no wonder. It’s totally Catholic!

(Uhhh…maybe that’s why Martin Luther wanted to unload it from the canon of Scripture.)

In this episode of the Art of Catholic we’re going to begin our focus on the 7 core Catholic beliefs that underlie this amazing book of the Bible. My guest is a convert and gifted author named Shane Kapler, who wrote a book on this very topic titled The Epistle to Hebrews and the Seven Core Beliefs of Catholics. This is a great episode to start expanding your knowledge of Scripture.

Among other things we’ll discuss:51Iw9PD+USL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

  • Who wrote Hebrews and why it’s one of the most argued topics in Scripture study
  • Why Hebrews has special relevance today given the current condition of the world
  • How Hebrews bridges the gap between the Old and New Testaments
  • The Jewish background of Hebrews (does that sound redundant?)
  • How the doctrine of the Trinity is unveiled in Hebrews

All that and more in episode 39 of the Art of Catholic. God bless and enjoy!

Matt

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover Image8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!

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038: The Crucial Role of Catholic Fiction with Fr. Richard Infante

The Last Priest Standing

catholic_FINAL_150Every so often I get the point where I just can’t take it anymore.

The Art of Catholic community knows I’m totally into spiritual theology. But every now and then I hit the wall. I just can’t read another book on prayer, the 3 stages of the spiritual life, or the virtues. I need something a bit lighter.

Enter Fr. Richard Infante, wonderful priest and talented author of Catholic fiction.

He’s got a new book called “Last Priest Standing” from Lambing Press, which is a collection of short stories and novellas. It’s a fascinating peek into the private lives of priests which satisfies questions a lot of us have like: What do priests do in their free time? Do they want to talk about Church stuff with lay people? Do priests hang out together? (In casinos)?

It’s quite interesting and will certainly humanize priests for a lot of people.

41MPsQtrFuL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_But the conversation goes deeper. With four master’s degrees, including one in Fine Arts, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Catholic fiction and its role in culture. Items in this show include:

  • Can fiction be used to effectively catechize?
  • Fr. Infante’s “must read” works of Catholic fiction
  • The importance of fine arts in evangelization
  • Can Catholic fiction change the way you approach Scripture?
  • My favorite work of Catholic fiction I recommend for everyone (which I’m betting most of you have never read)

Enjoy and God bless!

Matthew

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life Cover Image8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!

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