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The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke - Learning the Catholic Faith

English, Christianity, 1 season, 364 episodes, 6 days, 22 hours, 28 minutes
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The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke is a 30-minute show delving into the teachings of the Catholic faith. Cale looks at the Scriptures, the Catechism, and Sacred Tradition to present you with an in-depth look at what the Catholic Church believes. In listening to this show, you will not only gain a deeper understanding of the faith, but will be inspired and equipped to share it with others – family, friends, and those you encounter in your everyday life.
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Why Marriage is a “Prototype” of the Sacraments

The sacrament of marriage is powerful. The Enemy is bent on destroying it. Cale shares more from the Theology of the Body, and why marriage is the “prototype” of all the sacraments.  
4/12/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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What is The Theology of the Body?

Read the creation narratives in Genesis with St. John Paul II, and discover God’s purpose for our embodied humanity in Jesus Christ. 
4/11/202426 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Bedsheet Banner Bible Verse

Seen at sporting events everywhere, It’s the most famous verse in the Bible: John 3:16. Plus: a Q&A on why priests wear black. 
4/10/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Are The Gospels Different?

Cale answers a listener question: "Why are there differences in the Gospels? Are they not historical?"
4/9/202427 minutes
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Easter Evidence: “Biased” Believers?

Cale dives into the mailbag for more questions about Jesus’ Resurrection. Were early Christians “biased”?
4/8/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Easter Evidence: Objection!

Cale answers objections to Jesus’ Resurrection: the “Stolen Body Theory”, the “Swoon Theory”, the “Hallucination Theory”, and more!
4/5/202428 minutes
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Easter Evidence: Just The (Minimal) Facts

Cale offers more evidence from the “Minimal Facts” argument for Jesus’ Resurrection, including the conversion of James and eyewitness testimony from women.
4/4/202428 minutes
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Easter Evidence: How Saul Became Paul

The earliest Bible testimony about Easter (and his own miraculous meeting with Jesus) is found in the letters of St Paul.
4/3/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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Easter Evidence: The Empty Tomb

What proves that the tomb of Jesus was empty on Easter Sunday? Plus: discover the “Corinthian Creed” in the Bible!
4/2/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Convince a Skeptic of the Resurrection

Christ is Risen! But, how do we explain this to a skeptic? Listen in for some Easter evidence!
4/1/202427 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Truth of the Triduum

Cale Clarke takes a scriptural and historical look at Holy Thursday and Good Friday, including evidence for Jesus’ existence, death, and burial.
3/28/202459 minutes, 15 seconds
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Getting Jesus’ Burial Right

Those who claim Jesus was never buried are discounting crucial evidence from Roman and Jewish burial practices, even for criminals.
3/27/202428 minutes
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“In Fulfillment of the Scriptures”

Which 27 Old Testament prophecies did Jesus fulfill during just one day in Holy Week?
3/26/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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How God Became Jesus

A controversial writer says Jesus “did not exist before” the Annunciation, and that Jesus “became God”. But, in reality, God became Jesus. 
3/25/202427 minutes, 29 seconds
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“I AM”: The Divinity of Jesus in John’s Gospel

You’ve heard of the 7 “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John. How do they show Jesus is God?
3/22/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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When God Changes Your Name

Why did God rename Abraham and Sarah? Who is the “Angel of the Lord”? And why was circumcision the sign of the covenant?
3/21/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who is Sitting on the Throne of Your Heart?

King Nebuchadnezzar sets up a golden statue; Daniel’s three companions are thrown into a fiery furnace for not worshiping it. A “son of the gods” appears with them in the fire. Is this a pre-incarnate Christ? What is really behind idolatry?
3/20/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Saint Joseph and the Sacred Compass

On this, his Feast Day, discover how St Joseph found God (quite literally!) in his work, and helped re-establish God’s original plan for creation.  
3/19/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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Susanna: The Bible’s #MeToo Story

Susanna is falsely accused by wicked leaders, but God gives Daniel wisdom to save her life.
3/18/202427 minutes, 30 seconds
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The 3 Spiritual Weapons of St. Patrick

How did St. Patrick escape slavery, face down his enemies, and conquer the Emerald Isle for God? By using 3 simple spiritual weapons available to you in your own battles!
3/15/202428 minutes
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Images vs. Idols

Why do Catholics have so many icons and images? Do Catholics worship statues? What does the Bible say about creating images? Cale looks at the difference between images and idols.
3/14/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

In the series finale, Cale and Dr. Craig Evans break down the infamous “Gospel of Judas”.
3/13/202427 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

Cale sits down with Dr Craig Evans to discuss the bizarre backstory of the so-called “Secret Gospel of Mark”. 
3/12/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

What is the “Gospel of Mary Magdalene”? Why is it used to falsely suggest Jesus was married? 
3/11/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

A talking cross? A Jesus is so tall that his head is, literally, in the clouds? And that’s not all! It’s the bizarre “Gospel of Peter”.
3/8/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

Cale shares more about the so-called “Gospel of Thomas”. Plus: a Q&A on what spiritual reading is all about. 
3/7/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

It’s the most famous false “Gospel” of them all: The Gospel of Thomas. What’s it all about? Plus: a Q&A on the biblical reality of Purgatory. 
3/6/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bogus, or Biblical? The False Gospels and the Real Jesus

You’ve probably heard about other, mysterious “Gospels” that didn’t make it into the Bible. Is the Church trying to hide something from you?
3/5/202428 minutes
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Jesus and Jonah

What did Jesus say about Jonah? Cale also discusses the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ miracles and exorcisms.
3/4/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Book of Jonah (Part 4)

Jonah’s anger after God forgave Nineveh highlights Jonah’s selfishness and failure to understand God’s ways. How would you and I have reacted if we were in his sandals?
3/1/202426 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Book of Jonah (Part 3)

Jonah miraculously arrives alive in the wicked city of Nineveh, preaching God’s judgment. Will they repent, or will they perish?
2/29/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Book of Jonah (Part 2)

Cale looks at how Jonah’s psalm-prayer from the belly of the whale is really a death liturgy. Plus: Jesus and the “sign of Jonah”.
2/28/202427 minutes
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The Book of Jonah (Pt. 1)

Jonah & the whale? Iconic. But, what is the rest of the Book of Jonah really all about? Start your Lenten journey with Jonah today!
2/27/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

The last word: Romans concludes as it began — with a call to “the obedience of faith”. 
2/27/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 16: 17-27: Can You Handle the Truth?

The last word: Romans concludes as it began — with a call to “the obedience of faith”. 
2/26/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 16:1-16 (Part II) Can You Handle The Truth?

With no public buildings, 1st-century Catholics met in “house churches”. What were they like?
2/23/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 16:1-16: Can You Handle The Truth?

We’re all in “the relationship business.” So was St Paul. His friendship and confidence helped others find the ultimate friend in Jesus.  
2/22/202428 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Were there women deacons in the early Church? Some say Paul mentions this in Romans. Listen in to find out!
2/21/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Did St Paul consider himself a priest? And: why the last impression is the lasting impression. 
2/20/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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Romans 15:7-13: Can You Handle The Truth?

Discover how Jesus is the “Root of Jesse”. Plus: why you can’t have God as your Father without the Church as your Mother.
2/19/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 15:1-6: Can You Handle The Truth?

In humility, Jesus freely gave up his “rights” to serve others. So should we. Plus: the mystery Psalm that prophesied about the Christ. 
2/16/202427 minutes, 29 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Don’t be a “blockhead” — a stumbling block for others, that is, by what you say and do.
2/15/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

How God sculpts us into the image of Jesus interiorly (in our character) and, one day, exteriorly (when we receive our resurrected bodies). 
2/14/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Are we ever permitted to judge our fellow believers? If so, about what?
2/13/202427 minutes, 30 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Orthodoxy (right belief) is not enough. We also need orthopraxis (right conduct) and orthokardia (a right heart). 
2/12/202427 minutes, 30 seconds
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Romans 13:8-10: Can You Handle The Truth?

Living the Great Commandment and practicing the Great Commission make a great Church!
2/8/202420 minutes, 44 seconds
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Romans 12:17—13:7 Can You Handle The Truth?

Can Catholics take vengeance on their enemies? Should they obey government authorities?
2/7/202420 minutes, 27 seconds
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Romans 12:9-21: Can You Handle The Truth?

In the ‘70s, Boston sang “More Than a Feeling.” They’re right! St Paul talks about exactly how to love God and people. 
2/6/202420 minutes, 13 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Most communication takes place through body language. That’s no less true for the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, as we communicate Christ via our spiritual gifts. 
2/5/202420 minutes, 27 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Theology of the Body in Romans: All religion involves sacrifice, and true spirituality is offering our bodies as a “living sacrifice.”
2/2/202428 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

God’s plan is beyond us, best for us, and beautiful. Plus: was St Paul a Stoic, like Marcus Aurelius?
2/1/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 11:25-32 - Can You Handle The Truth?

Today’s Q&A is on the Bible’s “Night of the Living Dead”: the Old Testament saints who came back to life when Jesus died!
1/31/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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There are No Little People; God’s Love for All

Cale looks at how the Gospel of Luke has a unique focus on the marginalized in society. 
1/30/202428 minutes
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Romans 11:11-24: Can You Handle The Truth?

St Paul sets up a “love triangle” of sorts, and a Q&A on whether or not it’s biblical to pray to the saints. 
1/29/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 10:19--11:4: Can You Handle The Truth?

God always preserves a “faithful remnant” of his people. Discover Pope Benedict’s prophecy: the Church might have to get smaller to grow stronger. 
1/26/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 10:19—11:4: Can You Handle The Truth?

St Paul hopes a “holy jealousy” brings his compatriots to Christ. And: Who was Jezebel, the baddest “bad girl of the Bible”?  
1/25/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans10:9-21: Can You Handle The Truth?

Are you “saved”? Is just “believing” in Jesus enough? Plus: What did Jesus eat in a day? Lots of food for thought!
1/24/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans 10:1-5: Can You Handle The Truth?

Religious zeal is good — as long as you’re zealous about the right thing. Plus: The mysterious “Todah” sacrifice and the Mass.
1/23/202427 minutes, 46 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth? Romans 9-10

Discover how Jesus is the end (the goal) of the entire Old Testament law.
1/22/202428 minutes
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What Is The Bible, Anyway?

What, exactly, is the Bible? How should we understand it? Answering these fundamental questions will allow us to better read and understand the Scriptures. 
1/19/202426 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

God is the potter, we are the clay. No matter what mistakes we’ve made, the Lord can refashion our lives. 
1/18/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Does God harden people’s hearts, or do they harden their own hearts against him? And: what does Eminem have in common with St Paul? Let’s rap! 
1/17/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Just as walking into McDonald’s doesn’t make you a hamburger, simply belonging to Israel — or the Catholic Church — is not enough. And: a Q&A about Jesus and the Talmud. 
1/16/202428 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Do Catholics Pray To Mary?

Is praying to Mary biblical? Is the rosary just vain repetition, the kind of prayer that Jesus criticizes in Matthew chapter 6:7-8? In this episode, Cale offers an in-depth look at Catholic devotion to Mary, rooted in the Bible and in history. 
1/15/202427 minutes, 43 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

What happened to the “lost tribes of Israel”? And why the New Testament is NOT ant-Semitic.
1/12/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

What’s God’s plan for Israel in the Church age? For St Paul, it’s personal. Plus: a Q&A about Good Friday do’s, don’ts, and maybes. 
1/11/202427 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Fourteen)

In this conclusion of his series on the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, Cale talks about how evil and sin, should we be so unfortunate to fall into it, can never overcome us in the spiritual life. 
1/10/202427 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Thirteen)

In this continuation of his discussion on the Our Father, Cale looks at the question of why God allows trials and temptations into our lives. If He knows how weak we are, what's the point? Cale discusses this and more on this episode of the Faith Explained.
1/9/202428 minutes
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The Our Father (Part Twelve)

In this continuation of Cale's discussion on the Our Father, he talks about the final temptation of Christ in the wilderness, and it's the most insidious of all of them. The devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain, and shows him all of the kingdoms of the world. He says, all of these I will give you. But there's a catch. Cale talks about this and more on this episode of the Faith Explained.
1/8/202427 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Eleven)

In Cale's continued discussion on the Our Father, he talks about how "Deliver us from evil" is actually better translated to "deliver us from the evil one." When Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, he tried to quote scripture, but he was misquoting it.
1/6/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Ten)

Cale continues to discuss the Our Father. "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Is it evil in general or is it the evil one in particular, the devil? Cale uses the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness to show this, because the wilderness was the playground  of demons and evil spirits
1/5/202427 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Nine)

Cale continues to discuss the Our Father. Does the prayer really say "Lead us not into temptation"? Cale talks about this and more on today's edition of the Faith Explained on Relevant Radio and the Relevant Radio App.
1/4/202427 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Eight)

Cale continues his discussion on the Our Father. He takes a look at the fifth petition - "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Jesus says that if you don't forgive those who sin against you, God will not forgive your sins. Cale discusses this and much more on this episode of The Faith Explained.
1/3/202427 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Seven)

Cale continues his discussion on the Lord's prayer, The Our Father. There are a lot of non-Catholic groups who look at a particular verse in the Acts of the Apostles: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship to the breaking of the bread, and the prayers." But what does that really mean? How do we know that the Catholic Church did that right. Cale discusses this and more on today's episode of The Faith Explained.
1/2/202426 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Six)

In this continuing discussion on the Our Father, Cale explains that there are two bad responses we need to be aware of when we pray "Thy will be done." These two are fatalism and scrupulosity.
1/1/202427 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Five)

Cale continues his series on the Lord's Prayer, The Our Father. In this episode, Cale takes a look at the seven petitions of the prayer. "Thy will be done," is very interesting. Is God's will ever not done? Only when we sin. Why has God allowed us to turn away from him?
12/30/202327 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Four)

Cale continues his look into the Lord's prayer. Did you know that the Our Father is based off an ancient Jewish prayer, The Kaddish?  Jesus expands the prayer and makes it much different. Cale also answers the question of why we pray to when God already knows our needs in the first place.
12/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Three)

Cale continues his series on the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father. One of the things about our Father, is that He is in heaven. But where is heaven and what does it look like? Cale explains how heaven isn't just some faraway place. It's actually all around us.
12/28/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Our Father (Part Two)

Cale continues to take a look at Jesus' teaching on the fatherhood of God as expressed in the Lord's Prayer. He looks at the four elements of being a good father which are true of Divine Fatherhood, and human fatherhood as well.
12/27/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Our Father (Part One)

Cale looks at the 'Our Father' prayer, breaking down word by word the meaning of this ancient prayer. What are the origins of this prayer? 
12/26/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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The O Antiphons (Part II):

During the Octave before Christmas, the Church deepens her faith in the coming Messiah by praying the famous “O Antiphons”. But, what are they? “O”, not to worry — Cale will explain! 
12/22/202328 minutes
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The O Antiphons:

During the Octave before Christmas, the Church deepens her faith in the coming Messiah by praying the famous “O Antiphons”. But, what are they? “O”, not to worry — Cale will explain! Plus: in our Q&A segment: have you ever wondered how the State of Maryland got its name? Does it have something to do with the Blessed Virgin Mary? Well…kinda! It’s an incredible true story. Tune in to find out! 
12/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The History and Mystery of Advent

If we’re going to have a Happy (Church) New Year this Advent, we need to know the reason for THIS season. Plus: What happened to the dead before the “advent” of Christ?
12/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Didn’t Jesus Begin His Public Ministry Earlier in Life?

Have you ever wondered why Jesus did not begin His public ministry until He was 30 years old? In this episode of The Faith Explained, Cale unpacks this question from a listener, Joe. If you have a question you would like to send Cale, you can do so at this email address: [email protected]
12/19/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who Did Jesus Think He Was?

Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah during his public ministry? Did he ever intimate that he was more than a prophet?
12/18/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hanukkah & The Birth of Jesus

Cale looks at the military campaigns of Judas Maccabeus and the rededication of the temple. When was Jesus born – was it really toward the end of December?
12/15/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

How God sculpts us into the image of Jesus interiorly (in our character) and, one day, exteriorly (when we receive our resurrected bodies). 
12/14/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

How St Paul’s letter to the Romans helped a believer escape a Communist dungeon. Plus: the most misunderstood verse in Romans — and in the entire Bible itself. 
12/13/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Saved in hope (“Spe Salvi”): if we know our “why”, we can endure any “how”…no matter how much suffering we face.
12/12/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

You’ve heard of the “Four Last Things”: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. But, did you know there’s a 5th? And, no, it’s not Purgatory. Tune in to find out!
12/11/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

In just one verse, St Paul demolishes the “Health and Wealth Gospel”. And in our Q&A: should Catholics embrace the concept of retirement?
12/8/202327 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Paul mentions the Holy Spirit 18x in Romans 8! Maybe, just maybe, we need His help. Plus: a Q&A on reincarnation. 
12/7/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” If even Saint Paul struggled to do the right thing, you’d better believe you and I have to fight, too. Plus: a Q and A on déjà vu (and, no, this show hasn’t happened before). 
12/6/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Ever heard someone say the body (or the material world) is evil, and only the “spiritual” is good? Not true! It’s all a misunderstanding of St. Paul. 
12/5/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

In the New Exodus, we’re not escaping slavery to Pharaoh and his army, but Satan, his demons, and slavery to sin.  
12/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Did you know that every time you witness a baptism, you’re witnessing a death? And: why our bodies need to be “weapons of righteousness”.
12/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

We know we’ve been made “in the image and likeness” of God. But what does this mean? And which one of these two was lost due to Original Sin?
11/30/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

G.K. Chesterton said Original Sin was the only Church teaching you can prove by walking down the street. St. Paul shows how Jesus is the new Adam, reversing the curse passed on by our first parents. 
11/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Has a sincere non-Catholic ever asked you, “Have you been saved?” Unsure how to respond? St. Paul shows you how. 
11/28/202327 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Ever had a backstage pass? That’s nothing compared to the divine access we’ve been granted. Enter the throne room of the King of the Universe.
11/27/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Without God, humanity inevitably turns first to idolatry, and then, to immorality. It’s the “bad news” of sin that makes the Good News of the Gospel so absolutely astonishing.
11/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Paul shares his LinkedIn profile, and shares Jesus’ credentials, too, as he introduces his letter to Rome. Plus: a Q and A on those who are not yet Catholic and what they can — and can’t — say and do at Mass. 
11/23/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Paul shows how the former pagan Abraham becomes the father of faith for all Jews and Gentiles in the Church. Plus: Who replaced Lucifer as the “music director” in Heaven?
11/22/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Saint Paul brings out the “big guns”, the Old Covenant heroes Abraham and David, to back up his arguments.
11/21/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

After laying out the “bad news” of life without God, we get the “Good News”: the Gospel, according to Paul. Plus: a Q&A on mortal sin. 
11/21/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Why Good Friday is the new “Day of Atonement”. And: how misreading of Romans led to the tragic division between Catholics and Protestants. 
11/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

The Anti-Theology of the Body: our bodies should praise God, but Paul shows that our bodies can, tragically, be “weapons of wickedness”. 
11/16/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Ignorance is not bliss! Without God’s “owner’s manual” for life, the Commandments, you can’t discover truth, goodness, beauty, or love. 
11/15/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

St. Paul warns against religious hypocrisy, something that incensed Jesus during his earthly ministry.
11/14/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

G.I. Joe said, “Knowing is half the battle.” It’s not enough to know God’s will. It must be done. 
11/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Membership (in the Church) has its privileges…and also its responsibilities. As Jesus said, “to whoever much has been given, much will be demanded.”
11/9/202319 minutes, 47 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

On the highway to Heaven, there are two dangerous ditches on either side: presumption (“God MUST forgive me”) and despair (“God CAN’T forgive me”).
11/8/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Why do people hate God? It’s simple: if you’re busy worshiping an idol, the true and living God has to go.
11/7/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

St. Paul shows how rejecting God inexorably leads to immorality, especially in the realm of human sexuality.
11/6/202319 minutes, 58 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Without God, humanity inevitably turns first to idolatry, and then, to immorality. It’s the “bad news” of sin that makes the Good News of the Gospel so absolutely astonishing. 
11/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Without a map app, it’s easy to get lost. St. Paul gives us the “GPS coordinates” for his letter to the Romans, guiding our journey home to God.
11/2/202327 minutes, 43 seconds
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Great Stories About Great Saints: King David

Sometimes great sinners can become great saints. Shepherd, warrior, king, and ultimately a “man after God’s own heart”: it’s the life of King David.
11/1/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Can You Handle The Truth?

Before Paul could write to the Romans, “In everything God works for good with those who love him”, he had to experience it himself, through many painful trials. 
10/31/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

St Paul’s prayers weren’t always answered right away, or how he wanted. This should comfort us, too. And: a Q&A on how Rome fulfilled Daniel’s prophecy about the “fourth beast”.
10/30/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: The Power of Obedience

If we don’t practice obedience in our relations to others, how likely is it that we will obey God when he asks for it?
10/27/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: An Offer God Can’t Refuse!

Want to draw down more graces from the Spirit? St. Thérèse says God gives 10 graces in exchange for just one of these…but, what is it?
10/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginners Guide: God's Unique Will For You

God’s “general” will for all people should be obvious: the Ten Commandments, Scripture, and Church teaching come to mind. But what about God’s “particular” will for particular questions in your life? That’s where the inspirations of the Holy Spirit are key!
10/25/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Great Unknown

Pentecost marks the gift of God, the Holy Spirit. But in so many ways, he is “The Great Unknown”. Cale Clarke shares what Saint Faustina called a shortcut to holiness: being docile to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.
10/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Paul speaks of “the obedience of faith.” Many pit faith versus works, but Paul sides with Jesus, who said “the one who loves me will obey my commandments.”  
10/23/202328 minutes, 1 second
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Paul shares his LinkedIn profile, and shares Jesus’ credentials, too, as he introduces his letter to Rome. Plus: a Q and A on those who are not yet Catholic and what they can — and can’t — say and do at Mass. 
10/20/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke

The Faith Explained with Cale Clarke is a 30-minute show delving into the teachings of the Catholic faith. Cale looks at the Scriptures, the Catechism, and Sacred Tradition to present you with an in-depth look at what the Catholic Church believes. In listening to this show, you will not only gain a deeper understanding of the faith, but you will be inspired and equipped to share it with others – family, friends, and those you encounter in your everyday life. Catch up any time at relevantradio.com, the Relevant Radio app, or wherever you get your podcasts.
10/20/202335 seconds
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

Why did Paul want to write to – and go to – Rome so badly? And: there never was a “golden age”, problem-free era in the Church, even in the beginning. What were the main problems Paul dealt with in the Roman Church? Plus: a Q&A about a “missing” verse about Mary in the Bible!
10/19/202328 minutes
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Romans: Can You Handle The Truth?

In this new series, Cale Clarke introduces you to St Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the most important letter of all time.
10/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality (Part II)

What was the original experience of man and woman that St John Paul II said was the “key” to understanding God’s plan? Why does the enemy want to “counterfeit” the sacraments, and marriage in particular? Cale deals with these questions and more in this final episode of the miniseries.
10/17/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality

Today’s culture rails at the Bible’s view of sex and marriage. Is the Old Covenant hopelessly out of date? Is morality malleable? Let’s look back to the beginning — through Jesus’ eyes — to see God’s blueprint for relationships.
10/16/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: God and Violence (Part II):

Given Old Testament violence, many wrongly believe the God of the Old Covenant is different from the God of Jesus Christ. 
10/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: God and Violence (Part I)

Is God a “moral monster”, as one writer alleges when looking at the violence in the Old Testament? If God commands, “Thou shalt not kill”, then why all the killing in God’s name?
10/12/202326 minutes
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Old Covenant Controversies: History (Part II):

What’s the evidence OUTSIDE the Bible for the Exodus and Conquest of the Holy Land? You’ll just have to “stele” yourself for the results! Biblical minimalists, beware!
10/11/202328 minutes
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Old Covenant Controversies: History—Did The Exodus Really Happen, and Does it Matter?

In this episode, Cale explains the rise of the “Minimalists” who question the historicity of Old Covenant events like the Exodus and the conquest of the promised land. Do their ideas hold any water? What’s at stake if they’re right?
10/10/202328 minutes, 1 second
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution (Part II)

Cale looks at which elements of modern evolutionary theory are compatible with Scripture and Catholic doctrine, and which are not — which is a separate question from whether or not evolution is the best scientific explanation for human origins.
10/9/202327 minutes
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Jesus 101: Objection!

Cale looks at the most famous objections to Jesus’ Resurrection, including the “stolen body theory”, the “swoon theory”, and the “hallucinations” theory. 
10/6/202328 minutes
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Jesus 101: From Catholic-Killer To Killer Evangelist

How did the Apostles turn from scaredy-cats to roaring lions? Why did the anti-Jesus Saul become the Apostle Paul? Only the Resurrection makes it all make sense.  Plus: Was Adam really buried under Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified?
10/5/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Appearances Are NOT Deceiving

Discover the powerful evidence for the resurrection appearances of Jesus. Plus: a Q and A on “soul sleep”.
10/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: This Is Not Star Wars

Why is it important that Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred in Jerusalem? Why is it crucial that women were the first to encounter the risen Jesus? Plus: a Q and A on unicorns in the Bible! 
10/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Jesus’ Death and the Empty Tomb

Cale authenticates the death of Jesus and the reality of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. Learn about the “5 Minimal Facts” scholars agree on regarding Easter — whether they are believers or not!  
10/2/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Comeback: Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?

Did Jesus really rise from the dead? If it didn’t happen, St Paul says “our preaching is useless, and so is your faith.” So, what’s the evidence? Let’s investigate the greatest comeback of all time! 
9/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Did The Early Church Believe Jesus Was God?

You may have been taught, “Don’t believe what people say they believe. Watch what they actually do.” Behavior reveals what people truly believe. And what the early Church actually did was worship Jesus as God — an earth-shattering development in a monotheistic environment. 
9/28/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jesus 101: Did Jesus Believe He Was God?

The divinity of Christ wasn’t “invented” by the Church at Nicea, nor was it a product of the Resurrection at Easter. Jesus revealed it during his earthly ministry! Plus: a Q and A about the mysterious Liturgy of the Hours! 
9/27/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: The Meaning of His Miracles

What do the miracles of Jesus actually prove about him? Plus: a listener question on why Jesus and Lucifer are both called the “Morning Star” in the Bible. What gives?
9/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Did Jesus Really Do Miracles?

Did Jesus really do miracles, or were ancient peoples just really gullible? Is there any evidence for miracles today? 
9/25/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: I Dream of Geneaology

Skeptics zero in on why Jesus' family history is different in Matthew's Gospel than in Luke's. But this isn't sloppy research; it's all by design. 
9/22/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Is The Christmas Story A True Story? (Part 2)

Did Herod really kill the “Holy Innocents”? No history book mentions it. Same with Luke’s Census that forces the Holy Family to Bethlehem. Are these real events? Plus: was Jesus really born in a cave?
9/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Is The Christmas Story A True Story?

Born of a Virgin. Attended by angels. A fantastic, movable star. How can we believe this stuff? Plus: Why taking God’s name is such a common, but deadly serious sin.
9/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: The Caves and the Scrolls

What do the mysterious Dead Sea Scrolls have to do with Jesus? Did the town of Nazareth really exist? And, a curious listener question…could Jesus and his disciples read and write? You’ll be surprised why this matters!
9/19/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: The Bone Collector

Cale relates what he saw with his own eyes: the 2,000-year-old bones of a man crucified under Pontius Pilate…and, no, they don’t belong to Jesus! Plus: the bone-box of James, the relative of Jesus.
9/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: The Great 8

What are the “Great 8” archaeological discoveries that shed light on Jesus and his world? Grab your shovel, and let’s dig in!
9/15/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Was The Bible Forged?

A famous, decorated scholar claims there are up to 400,000 differences between the New Testament manuscripts that have been discovered. Has the Bible been forged? Has Jesus been misquoted?
9/14/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Is The Church “Hiding” Other Gospels From You?

A recent novel claimed there were as many as 80 “Gospels” written about Jesus! Is this true? Why, then, are there only four Gospels in your Bible? Is there something about Jesus the Church doesn’t want you to know?
9/13/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jesus 101: Can I Get An (Eye)Witness?

Just how many eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life and ministry were still around when the Gospels were written? And, could they still be trusted to remember what really happened? And, who really wrote the Gospels, anyway?
9/12/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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Jesus 101: Quoting Jesus: Was it Live, or was it Memorex?

Did the Gospel writers accurately record what Jesus really said? Without smartphones or cameras in Jesus’ time, how can we be sure that we’ve captured Jesus’ true teaching? It’s a “red-letter edition” of The Faith Explained!
9/11/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jesus 101: Christ the Lawbreaker?

Did Jesus break clean with the Old Covenant religion of his day, railing against its “legalism” and focusing instead entirely on God’s mercy and love? Learn how the Bible shows that Jesus was in no way opposed to the law given to Moses.
9/8/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Jesus vs. the “Son of God”

The Roman Emperor was the most powerful figure on earth. Called the “divine” Son of God, his victories were “Good News”. So, why should you entrust your life to the most powerLESS man on earth (or so it seemed), crucified as a common criminal? 
9/7/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Magdala

Cale takes you to Magdala, the most beautiful town in the Galilee. You’ll meet Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven demons, and you’ll discover the two grave mistakes we can make when it comes to fighting evil supernatural forces that threaten our lives.
9/6/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Mission HQ

Why was Jesus baptized into the waters of death? Why are we baptized? Because the letters before our name (not after) are what count: “St”. Plus: a tour of Jesus’ “home base” in Capernaum, and a peek into Peter's house.
9/5/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: And The Oscar Goes To…

Cale’s tour of “Jesus’ Places” continues, with a dramatic visit to the theater in Sepphoris. Jesus witnessed “play-actors” (hypocrites) there, and warns us about the tragedy of an insincere faith.
9/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: City Slicker?

As we explore “Jesus’ Places”, Cale pays a visit to Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth and the big city next door, where we meet “God’s Grandparents”.
8/31/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Mythicists and the Messiah: Did Jesus Exist?

The best evidence is from a hostile witness. Cale shows how ancient, anti-Christian writers confirm the existence of Jesus, and much of what we know about him. Plus: evidence for the Mass of the early Church.
8/30/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus 101: Introduction

In this new series, Cale explains why it matters so much to know not only what we believe about Jesus, but why we believe it. Plus: how do we know Jesus really existed?
8/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is Jesus the Only Way?

Jesus’ claim that “no one comes to the Father except through me” grates on some modern ears. Is it true? Plus: a Q and A about Catholic teaching on IVF.
8/28/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Signing Off

1 Corinthians 16:21-24. Did St. Paul have eye issues?  Cale looks at three things necessary to receive the Eucharist. Why does St. Paul use Aramaic at one point?
8/25/202328 minutes
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God’s HR Department

1 Corinthians 16:13-20. What is authority in the Church all about? Who are the people St. Paul mentions at the end of the letter? What is the significance of ‘greeting one another with a holy kiss’?
8/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Redeeming Time

1 Corinthians 16:5-12. St. Paul makes travel plans based on evangelization. What was Pentecost before the Holy Spirit was given? Why did some people look down on Timothy?
8/23/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Giving Jesus Your Wallet

1 Corinthians 16:1-4. How are we to live generously? Why is St. Paul taking a collection to Jerusalem? What does it look like to let Jesus be in control of our finances?
8/22/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hope After Death

1 Corinthians 15:55-58. Why did God ask the prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute? How did death enter the world? What hope do we have when we die?
8/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Where is Purgatory in the Bible? (Special Podcast Highlight)

<iframe src="https://omny.fm/shows/the-faith-explained-with-cale-clarke-learning-the/where-is-purgatory-in-the-bible-special-podcast-hi/embed?style=artwork" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0" title="Where is Purgatory in the Bible? (Special Podcast Highlight)"></iframe> Have you ever been asked by a non-Catholic as to where Purgatory is mentioned in the Bible? Maybe you felt flustered and didn't know how to respond. In this episode of The Faith Explained, Cale Clarke discusses the relationship between a passage from 1 Corinthians Chapter 3 and the concept of Purgatory. Cale explores how the verse, which talks about testing one's work through fire and being saved as through fire, suggests purification after death. Cale addresses counterarguments from Protestants and explains that while the term "Purgatory" may not be explicitly mentioned, the concept of purification is still present in the text.  Purgatory is a state where individuals are cleansed and made holier before entering heaven, and it's not a second chance after death but a process of final purification. This episode is a great reminder that we are all called to be saints and that we should strive for holiness while on earth so that we don't need Purgatory after death. 
8/19/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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St. Paul’s Mysterious Teaching

1 Corinthians 15:50-57. What will happen to people who are still alive when Jesus returns? How are they resurrected?
8/17/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Conformity to Christ

1 Corinthians 15:42-57. In 1 Corinthians 15:50 St. Paul writes that, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”. Doesn’t this verse contradict a physical resurrection of the body?  How can you be more conformed to Christ?
8/16/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Rising of the Corpses

1 Corinthians 15:35-49. What will our resurrected bodies be like? What does it mean to have a “spiritual body”? Cale shares an important word that is often mistranslated and has caused confusion over the meaning of this text.
8/15/202319 minutes, 43 seconds
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Party on, Paul!

1 Corinthians 15:30-34. The Corinthians have been partying hard and St. Paul has to exhort them on not giving in to the temptations around them. What does this mean for you today?
8/14/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Is Purgatory in the Bible?

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 3:10-15. Is this text a reference to Purgatory? What is the Church built upon? Where does God want to be worshiped? Cale looks at these questions and more in this new episode in the series “Saints in Sin City”, a deep dive into 1 Corinthians.
8/11/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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Paul & the 3 Little Pigs: Building a Spiritual Home

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 3:1 – 3:17. What does it really mean to have the mind of Christ? Did you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? What is your foundation?
8/10/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Think Like Jesus

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 2:10 – 3:3. What does it mean to have the mind of Christ? What is true spirituality?
8/9/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Isn’t it Ironic?

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 2:6 – 3:4. What is Gnosticism? What is true wisdom? Is St. Paul referencing heaven when he cites an Old Testament text; “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” ( 1 Cor. 2:9)? Or is he referring to something else? 
8/8/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Christ Crucified & The Grace of God

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5. All is grace. St. Paul references the prophet Jeremiah in this section of the letter. Why? How important is reading the Old Testament for understanding the New Testament? Cale gives three applications of this text for your life today.
8/7/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Cross of Christ and the Wisdom of God

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. St. Paul cites Old Testament texts and shows how the wisdom of God is unlike human wisdom. What kind of signs were the Jews looking for in Jesus’ day to see who was the Messiah?
8/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Division in the Church

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 1:10-17.  St. Paul hears that there are factions and personality cults growing in the Christian community in Corinth. What was his response? Is the Church a barrier to a personal relationship with Jesus? Cale looks at this and more on this episode in the series “Saints in Sin City” a Bible study on 1 Corinthians.
8/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Apocalyptic Instruction Sheet

Cale looks at 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. The opening lines contain some deep insights that set the tone for the rest of the letter. Cale looks at the themes of grace,  apocalypse, fellowship that emerge in the “thanksgiving” section of the letter.
8/2/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Called to Be Saints

Who made up the Christian community in Corinth? Cale looks at the major themes that appear in the letter, including marriage, the human body, social behavior, love, and leadership. Cale also looks at 1 Corinthians 1:1-3.
8/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Was the City of Corinth Like?

Cale looks at the history of the city of Corinth. What are the Isthmian games? What was the social scene? Why did St. Paul write this letter? What was the Christian community like in Corinth?
7/31/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: Lukewarm Laodiceans (Revelation 3:14-22)

The famous “Lukewarm Laodiceans” of the Book of Revelation. It’s the last of the 7 letters of Jesus to the 7 churches — and the most powerful message for Catholics in the West.
7/28/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: The Message to Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)

What is the “key of David” and what does it reveal about Jesus, as well as the papacy? And what does it mean to be a pillar in the temple of God? Plus, Jesus commended the Philadelphians and did not rebuke them for anything. Tune in to hear Cale explain on TFE.
7/27/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: Wake Up! (Revelation 3:1-6)

The message that Jesus had for Sardis applies to us today – to you. Temptations abound in this life, but we must remain vigilant. Cale unpacks this letter on this episode of TFE.
7/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: Letter to Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)

Who is “Jezebel”? What, or rather, who, is the “Morning Star”? What Jesus had to say to the Christian communities in the first century He has to say to you, too. Cale explains on this episode of TFE.
7/25/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters From Heaven: Remaining Faithful to God

What is the “hidden manna” referred to in Revelation 2:17? And what is the “white stone”? Plus, the importance of remaining faithful to God even when faced with temptations and trials.
7/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: To the Church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17 )

Continuing the series, “Letters From Heaven”, Cale addresses the ten days of persecution mentioned to Smyrna, as well as what is meant by “the crown of life”. He also discusses the letter to the Church in Pergamum and the importance of staying faithful to the teaching of Christ.
7/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters from Heaven: The Letter to the Church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

In this letter, Jesus encourages the persecuted Church. Did you know that some of the early Christians were called “Atheists” by the Romans? Why? Plus, Cale shares the remarkable story of the martyrdom of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. And, what is the “synagogue of Satan” referred to in the text?
7/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters From Heaven: Head, Heart, and Hands (Revelation 2:4-7)

Who are the Nicolaitans? And why does the Lord commend the church in Ephesus for hating their practices? Plus, Cale gives an in-depth look at the city of Ephesus during the time this letter was written.
7/19/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Letters From Heaven: The Letter to Ephesus (Revelation 1:17-2:4)

In the Book of Revelation, we see today Jesus Himself address seven churches. In this episode we look at what Jesus says to the Church in Ephesus — and what the Lord has to say to you, too.
7/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Gospel in Genesis?

Did you know that the “first gospel” is in Genesis 3? What do the consequences of the original sin mean for men and women? Adam and Eve robed in garments of light? Cale breaks this down and shows how from the beginning God has had a plan to redeem His people.
7/17/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Genesis of Creation – Lust vs. Love

What is lust? How does Jesus help us overcome this temptation? Cale unpacks the difference between lust and love by looking at Genesis 3. Cale also looks at how God sending Jesus to redeem us was not His backup plan but was the plan from the very beginning.
7/14/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Genesis of Creation – Lust Versus Love

What is lust? How does Jesus help us overcome this temptation? Cale unpacks the difference between lust and love by looking at Genesis 3. Cale also looks at how God sending Jesus to redeem us was not His backup plan but was the plan from the very beginning.
7/14/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Genesis of Creation – How ‘The Fall’ is Really Our Story

Were things perfect in creation before the Fall? Why didn’t God allow Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Drawing on the work of St. Irenaeus, Cale presents how the early Church viewed Genesis 3 and how what happens is really our story.
7/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Genesis of Creation - The Original Sin and Salvation

Cale looks at Genesis 3:1-12 and discusses the concept of sin, the deception of the serpent, and the salvation God provides.   Book: “In the Beginning… A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall” by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI): https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Catholic-Understanding-Ressourcement-Retrieval/dp/0802841066
7/12/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sanctifying Your Work

Is work a punishment for sin? Cale explains why this is not the case, and the sanctity that can come from work – any type of work. What does a priest do? And what is the significance of the priestly garments in the Old Testament? There are some amazing connections between the structure of the Temple in Jerusalem and Jesus’s death on the cross.
7/11/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The 3 Original Experiences of Being Human

What was it like to be human before sin entered the world? Drawing on St. John Paul II’s insights in the “Theology of the Body”, Cale discusses the relationship between Adam and Eve ‘in the beginning’. Topics include: original solitude original unity original nakedness the meaning of life love
7/10/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Tree of Life & Wisdom

What is the tree of life referred to in Genesis 2? What’s the connection to wisdom? Cale addresses these questions, as well as the importance of Adam having a wife.
7/7/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is Evolution Compatible with Catholicism?

The 5th part in a series titled, "The Genesis of Creation" Is evolution compatible with the Catholic faith? If it is, what does it mean theologically? Cale looks at the creation of human beings in Genesis 2 and addresses these questions. Other topics: The difference between macroevolution and microevolution The Hebrew word for ‘dust’ Why did Jesus keep His wounds after the resurrection? The geographical location of Eden
7/6/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Entering into God’s Rest & Adam the Priest-King

The 4th part in a series titled, "The Genesis of Creation" How can you enter into God’s rest? What does resting in God really mean? Cale looks at Genesis 2:1-25 and answers these questions plus more!
7/5/202328 minutes
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4 Reasons Why People Don’t Trust the Old Testament

Cale explains why we could trust the Bible and debunks myths against the Old Testament.  King David is also discussed as Cale talks about how he’s much more than just a local chief, using archaeology as evidence
7/4/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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Creation as a Cosmic Temple

The 3rd part in a series titled, "The Genesis of Creation" God had a plan when he created the world – and He has a plan for you, too. Cale explains how creation is a cosmic temple and what this reveals about God. Other topics: Hebrew names for God The nature of God as a Trinity All of creation is good If you have a question for Cale, you can email [email protected].
7/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Order of Creation

The 2nd part in a series titled, "The Genesis of Creation" What does it mean that the earth was formless and void? What does Genesis 1 tell us about God? Are you living a life of order? Cale looks at Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 and addresses these questions, plus: God being separate from creation Parallels between Genesis 1 and John 1 Two important things to know about human beings made in the image and likeness of God The Sabbath If you have a question for Cale, you can send him an email at [email protected]
6/30/202328 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Genesis of Creation

This is the first episode of a miniseries about Creation in the Book of Genesis What type of literature is the Book of Genesis? How should we read this ancient text? What is its relationship with modern science? Cale addresses these questions and more in this inaugural episode of the new series on the Book of Genesis.
6/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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"Wanna Bet?" Pascal's Wager (Part IV):

Matchmaker: Pascal in the end reveals himself as a lover of God, who wants others to meet--and fall in love with--Love, personified.
6/28/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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"Wanna Bet?": Pascal's Wager (Part III):

How to respond when someone says, "this isn't REAL trust or love of God.  It's just a way to avoid Hell."
6/27/202327 minutes, 14 seconds
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Wanna Bet? Pascal's Wager (Part II)

In his classic argument for betting your life (and afterlife!) on God or against God, Blaise Pascal shows that you can't "cop out" by trying to stay agnostic as a third option. 
6/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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“Wanna Bet?” Pascal’s Wager

Pope Francis wrote a letter to the Church about Blaise Pascal. How can we understand his most famous argument for staking your life on God? “You bet your life”, indeed!   Night of Fire https://omny.fm/shows/the-cale-clarke-show-todays-issues-from-a-catholic/night-of-fire Burning Bridges https://omny.fm/shows/the-cale-clarke-show-todays-issues-from-a-catholic/burning-bridges          
6/23/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why do Catholics Pray to Mary?

Is praying to Mary biblical? Is the rosary just vain repetition, the kind of prayer that Jesus criticizes in Matthew 6:7-8? In this episode, Cale offers an in-depth look at Catholic devotion to Mary, rooted in the Bible and in history.
6/22/202327 minutes, 58 seconds
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Top 10 Things the Bible Says About the Divinity of Jesus (pt. 2)

Part 2/2 in which Cale continues to unpack the top 10 places in Sacred Scripture that point to the divinity of Christ.
6/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Top 10 Things the Bible Says About the Divinity of Jesus

Have you ever heard someone say that Jesus never claimed to be God? Cale looks at passages in Sacred Scripture that make clear that Jesus is, in fact, God.
6/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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What is Original Sin

Why are we responsible for Adam and Eve’s sin? What is original sin? Why can’t angels repent? Is evolution compatible with Catholicism? Why do Catholics baptize infants?
6/19/202327 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: The Anointing of the Sick

When we are at our most alone, hurting, and vulnerable, Christ is there. Plus: a Q and A on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
6/16/202328 minutes
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: Marriage

How can the Spirit help those called to marriage achieve “a more perfect union” amidst all threats from without and within? Plus: a Q&A about the Mass wine controversy.
6/15/202328 minutes
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: Confession and Holy Orders

Confession has been called “a second baptism.” But there’s no Confession without a priest, and no priesthood without the Holy Spirit.
6/14/202328 minutes
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: The Eucharist

We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. But don’t forget about the Holy Spirit’s true presence in the Mass, making it happen!
6/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: Baptism and the Life of the Future World

Ever wish you could be forever young? Or fast-forward to eternal life? With baptism, you can! Find out how the waters of baptism lead you back to the source of life in the Spirit, and the life of the future Kingdom, now.
6/12/202328 minutes, 1 second
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Did the Devil Know Jesus Was God (Special Podcast Highlight)

Cale Clarke receives a question from a listener named Alan about whether the devil knew that Jesus was God during the temptation in the Gospel. Cale explains that it is not as clear-cut as people assume. He references an article by John Cavallini from Notre Dame, who discusses the idea that the devil may not have known about Jesus' divinity. Cale quotes Origen, an early church writer, who said that Mary's virginity went unnoticed by the ruler of this age (referring to the devil) because of her marriage to Joseph. This implies that the devil may have thought Jesus was simply their natural child. Cale connects this idea with a passage from St. Paul's writings, suggesting that the wisdom of God's plan, including the marriage of Mary and Joseph, was hidden from the rulers and evil spirits of the age. Origen suggests that the devil did not know Jesus' true identity during the temptation, and Jesus did not explicitly reveal it. Cale concludes that Jesus chose to wrestle with and conquer temptation rather than relying on his divine rank and identity. The flight to Egypt, which was part of Jesus' life, further supports the mystery of the incarnation and shows that God does not always exert His power directly. 
6/10/20236 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Spirit and the Sacraments: Confirmation

If we receive the Holy Spirit in Baptism, why do we need Confirmation?  The answer might surprise you! 
6/9/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

What’s the difference between the “fruits” and the “gifts” of the Holy Spirit? How does God make use of (sometimes adverse) circumstances to make us more supernaturally fruitful?
6/8/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: Is God’s Way Always The Hardest Way?

Cale will answer this question and offer more ways we can tell an inspiration is from God the Holy Spirit.
6/7/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: How To Recognize The Spirit’s Voice

This is THE question: how can you know if an inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit, from yourself, or from the Devil?
6/6/202328 minutes
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: How to Hear From the Holy Spirit

Cale Clarke shares 10 ways to get into “God’s orbit” and receive the Spirit’s inspirations for you!
6/5/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: The Power of Obedience

If we don’t practice obedience in our relations to others, how likely is it that we will obey God when he asks for it?
6/2/202328 minutes
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginner’s Guide: An Offer God Can’t Refuse!

Want to draw down more graces from the Spirit? St. Thérèse says God gives 10 graces in exchange for just one of these…but, what is it?
6/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Holy Spirit: A Beginners Guide: God's Unique Will For You

God’s “general” will for all people should be obvious: the Ten Commandments, Scripture, and Church teaching come to mind. But what about God’s “particular” will for particular questions in your life? That’s where the inspirations of the Holy Spirit are key!
5/31/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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“The Great Unknown”

Pentecost marks the gift of God, the Holy Spirit. But in so many ways, he is “The Great Unknown”. Cale Clarke shares what Saint Faustina called a shortcut to holiness: being docile to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.
5/30/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why Marriage is a “Prototype” of All the Sacraments

The sacrament of marriage is powerful. The Enemy is bent on destroying it. Cale shares more Theology of the Body and why marriage is the “prototype’ of all the sacraments.
5/29/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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What is The Theology of the Body?

Reading the creation narratives in Genesis with St. John Paul II: What is the Theology of the Body? Cale explains the importance of the physical human body and what this means as a follower of Jesus Christ.
5/26/202326 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part IX)

Our series concludes with a look at the First Letter of Peter. Did Peter himself even write this? If so, does Peter really say that he’s “no big deal”, and that he has no more authority than any other apostle or bishop?
5/25/202328 minutes
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part VIII)

St Paul rebukes St Peter. In public! Was Peter wrong? Yes. Does this mean the papacy, or papal infallibility, for that matter, isn’t true? Not a chance. Listen in to find out why!
5/24/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part VII)

St Paul visits St Peter for 15 days soon after his conversion. Why? Not only for Paul to get caught up on what Jesus’ earthly life was like, but to show deference and to submit to Pope Peter’s leadership of the Church.
5/23/202328 minutes, 1 second
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part VI)

The Acts of the Apostles, the Bible’s early Church history book, shows how St Peter was the undisputed leader of the early Church, and presided over the “Council of Jerusalem”.
5/22/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part V)

Jesus, Peter, and a net full of 153 fish. What does it mean? Plus: the poignant threefold restoration of Peter as chief shepherd over a charcoal fire. It’s John 21.
5/19/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part IV)

Jesus the Good Shepherd wants his Church as one flock, with one shepherd. The visible unity of the Catholic Church is a sign to the world of the truth of the Gospel. Truly, sometimes people “have to see it to believe it”.
5/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part III)

Explore Matthew 16 with @CaleClarke as he shows why Jesus picked Caesarea Philippi as the place to rename Simon as Peter (“The Rock”) and give him the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
5/17/202328 minutes
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy (Part II)

Did you know that Jesus’ teaching on the Papacy is prefigured in the Old Testament? Cale looks at the origins of the symbol of the keys, and how they unlock our understanding of the papal office.
5/16/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy

In Part I of this miniseries, Cale looks at the role of Peter himself in the New Testament as leader among the Twelve. 
5/15/202328 minutes
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Love God, Love People

Cale looks at His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins's pastoral letter on stewardship and how you can be a good steward of the faith.
5/11/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Sacrifice and Sainthood: St. Paul's Final Words to the Philippians

Cale looks at St. Paul's final words to the Philippians: 4:15-23.
5/10/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Secret of Contentment

What is the secret of Paul's contentment? What must you do to be saved? Cale looks at Philippians 4:10-14.
5/9/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Trade Your Worries for God's Peace

How do you give your worries to God? How can you stay focused on thinking good thoughts during the day? Cale looks at Philippians 4:6-9.
5/8/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to Live as Children of God in a Crooked Generation

Cale explores Philippians 2:12-18. How can we live the virtues of purity and obedience as children of God, in the midst of a corrupt and wicked culture?
5/5/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Descending Into Greatness

Cale looks at the ultimate example of the “kenosis” (self-emptying) of Jesus in Philippians 2:5-11. 
5/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Controlling the Controllable: Adopting the Attitude of Jesus

Paul writes about rejoicing in Jesus from a dank prison cell. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we CAN control our response, choosing the attitude of Christ.
5/3/202327 minutes, 40 seconds
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Setting the Stage for Philippians

In this opening session on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Cale offers an overview of the historical context, geography, and social scene of his readers, and how it relates to our own.
5/2/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Seven & Finale)

Is it ever morally licit to use nuclear weapons? Was dropping the atomic bomb wrong? Cale finishes the series on what the Catholic Church teaches on war and peace by looking at nuclear warfare. Other topics: the difference between patriotism and nationalism; consequentialism; the four elements of a just war.
5/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Six)

What makes for lawful self defense in war between nations? Where does conscience come into play? Cale continues to unpack what the Catholic Church teaches about war and peace.
4/28/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Five)

What is peace? What does 'shalom' really mean? Cale looks at how Jesus is our true peace. 
4/27/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Four):

Cale continues to look at the fifth commandment 'do not kill'' by looking at capital punishment, unintentional killing of someone, desiring another's harm, and ways one can sin against God's love.
4/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Three)

Could nations defend themselves and what about capital punishment?
4/25/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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War and Peace (Part Two):

Cale looks at the command to love your enemies in the Sermon on the Mount.
4/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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What Does the Church Teach About War & Peace (Part One)

Cale looks at the Sermon on the Mount, the commandment not to kill and the sacredness of human life.
4/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Biblical Roots of the Papacy

In Part I of this miniseries, Cale looks at the role of Peter himself in the New Testament as leader among the Twelve. 
4/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who Wrote the Gospels?

Did Matthew, Mark, Luke and John write the gospel accounts attributed to them? How do we know who wrote the four gospels? Did the Church simply put names to the writings to add authority to them? Who wrote the letter to the Hebrews?
4/19/202326 minutes, 47 seconds
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There Are No Little People

Cale looks at how the Gospel of Luke has a unique focus on the marginalized in society.
4/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Biased Christians and Doubting the Resurrection

In this episode of the Faith Explained, Cale dives back into the mailbag to answer listener questions about why people doubted the Resurrection and whether the early Christians can be disbelieved because they were biased. 
4/17/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Answering Objections to the Resurrection

Cale discusses and answers some objections to the Resurrection They include the Stolen Body Theory, Swoon Theory, Displaced Body Theory, The Theory that the Resurrection Parallels with Dying and Rising Pagan Gods, Hallucination Theory. 
4/14/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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MORE Easter Evidence For Skeptics

Cale offers more evidence from the “Minimal Facts” argument for Jesus’ Resurrection, including the conversion of James and eyewitness testimony from women.
4/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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St Paul Helps Prove Jesus’ Resurrection

Cale Clarke continues his Easter Evidence series with a look at Paul’s conversion and what he wrote about Easter in his letters, which are the earliest New Testament documents.
4/12/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Tomb was Empty on Easter Sunday

Cale provides evidence that the tomb of Jesus was empty on Easter Sunday.  He also discusses the Corinthian Creed from 1 Corinthians 15.
4/11/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Convince a Skeptic of the Resurrection

Cale answers a question from a listener about the Resurrection on how to answer a skeptic and provides evidence for the Resurrection.
4/10/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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Holy Thursday and Good Friday

Cale Clarke takes a scriptural look at Holy Thursday and Good Friday, including evidence for Jesus’ existence and death.
4/6/202359 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hey, Judas (Part II)

The discovery and publication of the so-called “Gospel of Judas”,  which paints him as a hero, shook the faith of many. But, who wrote it, and how can we know it’s bogus?
4/5/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hey, Judas (Part I):

During Holy Week, the figure of Judas Iscariot looms large. Who was he? Where was he from? Where did he go? What do we know? What does the Bible say? And, what is the “Gospel of Judas?”
4/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Did Jesus Really Predict His Death and Resurrection?

Skeptics contend the Church “invented” these sayings long afterwards, and put them on the lips of Jesus when the Gospels were composed. But we have good reason to believe that Jesus really did anticipate both his violent death and subsequent vindication by God on Easter Sunday. Plus: a Q &A on biblical evidence for the papacy.
4/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is Jesus the Only Way?

Jesus’ claim that “no one comes to the Father except through me” grates on some modern ears. Is it true? Plus: a Q and A about Catholic teaching on IVF.
3/31/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is the Universe Designed for Discovery?

Planet earth is fined-tuned for life, and for finding that out! Chance? Or purpose? What is “Intelligent Design?” Plus: a Q and A on Catholics attending Protestant services.
3/30/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Only Good Argument Against God (Part II)

Are there any good reasons why a good God would allow evil and suffering in the world? The answers may surprise you!
3/29/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Only Good Argument Against God

There’s only one really good argument in the atheist’s arsenal: the problem of evil and suffering. What is the “argument from evil”? Plus: a Q&A on whether or not believers should watch horror/exorcism films.
3/28/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exiting Exodus

When Exodus began, it seemed God wasn’t there. Now, at the end, he “moves in” among his people in the tabernacle. All of this is a setup for John 1:14: “the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”. We also become living tabernacles of Jesus Christ via our baptism.
3/27/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Glow Up

Moses’ face shines with the glory of God, but it fades when he leaves God’s presence. For us, as long as we’re in a state of grace, the unfading light of Christ shines within. Plus: a Q and A on how the Catechism of the Catholic Church came to be!
3/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Godparents

A listener asks: “Who can actually serve as a Godparent? What are their actual responsibilities?” Plus: in our Exodus series, God “upgrades” Moses’ tablets.
3/23/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Face Time

Moses had the singular privilege of speaking with God face-to-face, as one would with a friend. But now, in the New Covenant, Jesus calls us all his friends, and we all have the opportunity for personal conversation with our Eucharistic Lord.
3/22/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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When God Moves Away

God “moves away” from his people in Exodus, like a married couple might become estranged. We, too, have to guard against having God at the fringes of our lives, keeping him at arm’s length.
3/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Who’s With God? Who’s With Me?

Moses asks, “Who’s with God? Who’s with me?” The Levites then slaughter many of their fellow Israelites—but only those who refused to repent of their sin with the golden calf. And so it is today: only those who refuse repentance will be lost forever.
3/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Holy Clothes

The vestments of the high priest in Israel were like a fireman’s protective gear, keeping them safe from the fire of God’s holiness.
3/17/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Golden Calf (Part II)

The Israelites take gold meant for God’s worship to build an idol. Sometimes we do the same: using God-given resources of time, money, and strength on that which damages our relationship with the Lord.
3/16/202328 minutes
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The Golden Calf (Part I)

The Israelites give up on Moses (who’s been gone for 40 days) and turn to idolatry, cavorting with the golden calf. Plus: a Q and A on sacraments in Scripture!
3/15/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Dies Domini

God reiterates to Moses that Sabbath observance isn’t optional. Failure to comply results in physical death! And, even in the New Covenant, the outcome of disobedience can be no less daunting: spiritual death. Plus: a Q&A on where to find sacraments in Scripture!   Dies Domini https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1998/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_05071998_dies-domini.html  
3/14/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Building God’s Mobile Home

In Exodus 31, we meet craftsmen who construct God’s “mobile home”, the Tabernacle. They are given the same gifts of wisdom & skill God gives the king! So, what’s the best job in the world? It’s the one that is done with the most love of God.
3/13/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Excommunication, Old Testament Style

One could be “cut off” from the people of God in Ancient Israel, and the Church reserves the strong medicine of excommunication too…but only as a last resort.
3/10/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Worship The Giver, Not The Gift

Our culture worships beauty, making it an idol. Rightly ordered, though, as a transcendental, beauty should draw us to the one, true, living source of beauty, God.
3/9/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Death and (Temple) Taxes

Why did the Israelites have to pay a “temple tax”? You’ll also see how the occasion of paying it paid dividends in the Gospel for Jesus and Peter.
3/8/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Ordinations

Cale discusses the ordination of the first three priests of the Old Covenant from Exodus 29 
3/7/202328 minutes
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HeartStones

The Old Covenant High Priest wore a breastplate of gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.  He "carried God's people into his presence.  Likewise, Jesus carries us and our concerns in his Sacred Heart. 
3/6/202326 minutes
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution (Part II)

Cale looks at which elements of modern evolutionary theory are compatible with Scripture and Catholic doctrine, and which are not — which is a separate question from whether or not evolution is the best scientific explanation for human origins.
3/3/202327 minutes, 16 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution

Cale takes a look at evolution. Is the Bible out of step with modern science? How should we understand the Creation narrative in Scripture? Learn how science and faith aren’t in conflict, but complement one another.
3/2/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Holy Clothes

The vestments of the high priest in Israel were like a fireman’s protective gear, keeping them safe from the fire of God’s holiness.
3/1/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Yes, other religions had features similar to ancient Israel. But that doesn’t mean the biblical authors “made it all up”. God is speaking to his people in a way they can understand. The ultimate example? The Incarnation.
2/28/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Assembly Required

In building the tabernacle, every mundane detail is charged with supernatural meaning. God lives in a human structure…and in this way, it prefigures the Incarnation of Christ.
2/27/202325 minutes, 29 seconds
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Lampstand

As we explore the interior of the tabernacle, Cale explains the lampstand, or menorah. Jesus tells us that he is the true light of the world, and heals a man born blind to prove it.
2/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Show Me the Bread!

What was the table of “Showbread” in the tabernacle? Why was it called “The Bread of the Face”, and what does it have do do with Jesus and the Eucharist?
2/23/202327 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sackcloth and Ashes

As we begin Lent on this Ash Wednesday, Cale looks at how the wicked city of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, complete with fasting and ashes of their own.
2/22/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ark

Cale looks at the theological meaning of the colors chosen for the construction of the tabernacle, and takes a look at the heart of it all, the Ark of the Covenant.
2/21/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sanctuary

God gives Moses the "blueprints" for building the tabernacle, God's sanctuary on earth, so that might be with his people on their pilgrimage to the promised land. In the Q & A section, Cale answers the question if angels could merge into one another and also become one another? 
2/20/202327 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Blood of the New Covenant

Cale explains how Jesus draws on the “blood of the covenant” in Exodus 24 when he institutes the new covenant in his blood, the Eucharist. Plus: in our Q&A: “How can Jesus command us to drink his blood when the Old Testament prohibits the drinking of blood?”
2/17/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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They Ate and Drank, and Beheld God

Moses and his companions have a “mountaintop experience” with God…literally. They are face-to-face with the Almighty and live to tell the tale! Experience the lifting of the veil between heaven and earth as we explore Exodus 24.
2/16/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Be a Living Sacrifice for God

How can we adore God? Does God need our sacrifices?  Cale looks at Genesis 8 and 9 and discusses baptism, sacrifice, and also the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
2/15/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Rewards of Obedience

God promises the Israelites that, if they do all he commands, he will bless them with a beautiful life in the “beautiful land”. Likewise, Jesus reminds us that, if we love him, we will obey his commandments. Our reward? Life in the Spirit on earth, and the “promised land” of the  new heaven and the new earth.
2/14/202326 minutes, 42 seconds
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Feasts of Faith (Part II

Cale concludes his look at the 7 Feasts of the Old Covenant prefigure the Festivals of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ.
2/13/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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Feasts of Faith (Part I)

Cale explains how the 7 Feasts of the Old Covenant prefigure the Festivals of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ.
2/9/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Habits of the Holy

Just as the Old Covenant had appointed times (special days, years, and feasts) for dealing with God, New Covenant Christians need regular “norms” of piety to help make holiness attainable in everyday life.
2/8/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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Loving Your Enemy, Old Testament Style

Cale shows how, once again, Jesus didn’t make a radical break with Judaism, but reveals the heart of the law. Loving enemies is commanded even in Exodus!
2/7/202319 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sorry, We Don’t Accept Credit Cards Here

God gave Israel laws meant to protect the vulnerable, especially widows and orphans. If someone needed money, you couldn’t lend it at interest. There was to be no profiting from another’s misfortune. And, what about “not cursing God or your leaders”? Best not to look at social media!
2/6/202320 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Flood: Regional or Global?

Why did the flood happen? Was the flood regional or did it cover the entire earth? Cale looks at archaeological and scientific evidence of the flood and considers its geographical scope. What would it have been like for the animals on the ark? Ultimately, what does this story tell us about God?
2/3/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Ark and the Flood

Who are the “righteous remnant”? Do the animals on the ark have a special significance? Cale shares a key phrase for the entire flood narrative, some incredible insights from the early Church Fathers, and much more!
2/2/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sorcery, Seduction, & Other Sordid Sins

The laws of ancient Israel were about putting love in action. Sin, including sorcery, seduction, selfish lending practices…are you scandalized yet! (Another s-word)and all kinds of other faults, demonstrated a lack of love that would not go unnoticed—or unpunished—by God. Also, here, for the first time, God reveals that he is “compassionate”. But how?
2/1/202327 minutes, 58 seconds
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Feeling Your Oaths

We’re used to seeing people in coutroom dramas (and in real courtrooms!) putting their hand on a Bible and swearing “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” But in ancient Israel, having to “swear to God” before the blazing pillar of fire was, literally, an “awe-some” way of getting to the truth of the matter!
1/31/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Does God Hate Beautiful Churches?

In Exodus, God tells Moses he only wants a “bare-bones” altar to be built. No carved stones, no outer beauty. Does this mean Catholics are wrong to build beautiful Cathedrals? Plus, in our Q&A segment? Are there really 8 Beatitudes…or are there actually 10?
1/30/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Supermax

Crime and punishment in ancient Israel wasn’t like 21st-century America. It was about restitution, not incarceration. There weren’t supermax prisons for perpetrators, but criminals did pay for their misdeeds—often with their lives.  
1/27/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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It Takes a Village

Amidst all the laws of ancient Israel, one thing holds true: it takes a village. It takes a village not only to raise a person, but it also takes a village to corrupt a person...and to judge a person. Perhaps unlike modern, individualistic societies in the West, everyone had to take responsibility to put love in action towards neighbor.
1/26/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sanctuary Cities

Did you know the concept of taking sanctuary in a house of worship actually comes from the Book of Exodus? Plus, Cale shows how Israel used the “lex talionis” (the law of retribution) to deal with violence. Jesus takes this concept and turns it upside down...or, right side up!
1/25/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Slave Brides

Why would an ancient Israelite father actually want to sell his daughter into slavery? And a Q&A about the famous Flavius —Josephus, that is!
1/24/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Bible and Slavery

It might shock you to know that after the Israelites escaped brutal slavery in Egypt, they themselves had slaves. What is this all about? And how did the Judeo-Christian tradition eventually abolish slavery? 
1/23/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Does God Hate Beautiful Churches?

In Exodus, God tells Moses he only wants a “bare-bones” altar to be built. No carved stones, no outer beauty. Does this mean Catholics are wrong to build beautiful Cathedrals? Plus, in our Q&A segment? Are there really 8 Beatitudes…or are there actually 10?
1/20/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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God Is Not A Rabbit’s Foot

Before Yahweh gives the 10 Commandments on Mt Sinai, he needs to remind his people who he is, who they are, and of the healthy boundaries that determine their relationship.
1/18/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jesus and the 10 Commandments (Part II)

Jesus was not impressed by those in his day who claimed to keep—and teach—the law of Moses. How Jesus’ interpretation of Moses is the right one. our Q&A segment: Did St Francis of Assisi write the “Serenity Prayer”?
1/17/202328 minutes
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Jesus and the 10 Commandments

Did Jesus reject the Old Testament laws of Moses? Plus, in our Q&A segment: Why would God create the devil—and other evildoers, knowing in advance the bad they would do?
1/16/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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The 10 Commandments (Part V)

The Commandments prohibiting murder, adultery, theft, and lying are clear, but as @CaleClarke explains, it’s the last two commandments against coveting that give us the key to keeping the rest. Plus, in our Q&A session: Did St Paul REALLY say that we don’t need to obey the 10 Commandments?
1/13/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Sweetest Commandment

The Fourth Commandment to honor one’s father and mother is the bridge between worship and ethics…how we love God, and how we love neighbor. 
1/12/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Ten Commandments (Part III)

Cale explains that the 10 Commandments are a great opportunity to examine one’s conscience and ask, “Am I living as I ought to be?”   Dies Domini https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/1998/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_05071998_dies-domini.html  
1/11/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Ten Commandments (Part II)

Cale explains that The 10 Commandments are similar to other sets of laws in the ancient world—and that shouldn’t bother you one bit. Plus: in our Q and A session. How can Jesus use the contrasting images of “fire” and “darkness” for hell? The answer lies in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
1/10/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Ten Commandments (Part 1)

Cale explains that The 10 Commandments are not “rules” that God arbitrarily imposes from above. Rather, they are Love. This is how you want to love, and be loved!
1/9/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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God Is Not A Rabbit’s Foot

Before Yahweh gives the 10 Commandments on Mt Sinai, he needs to remind his people who he is, who they are, and of the healthy boundaries that determine their relationship.  
1/6/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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“Key Man Risk”

In the business world, they call it “key man risk”. If a CEO burns out or dies, the whole organization falls apart. That’s what’s happening with Moses: he’s trying to do the work of 10 men, and he’s falling into the devil’s trap of trying to be like God in all the wrong ways.
1/4/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exodus: Family, Friendship, and Faith

After plagues and battles, what a relief to see the camp of Israel as a quiet place of family, fellowship, and ordinary life! We, too, must find God in the middle of everyday life...or we’ll never find him at all.
1/3/202327 minutes, 59 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution

Cale begins our new mini-series with a look at evolution. Is the Bible out of step with modern science? How should we understand the Creation narrative in Scripture? Learn how science and faith aren’t in conflict, but complement one another.
1/2/202328 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: God and Violence (Part I)

Is God a “moral monster”, as one writer alleges when looking at the violence in the Old Testament? If God commands, “Thou shalt not kill”, then why all the killing in God’s name?
12/31/202226 minutes, 14 seconds
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Exodus: Don’t Fear! Stand Firm! Be Still!

The mighty Egyptian army roars towards the Israelites, who are trapped against the Red Sea. When your back is against the wall (or the water!), God will rise up and act on your behalf, just as he did for Israel.  
12/30/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality (Part II):

What was the original experience of man and woman that St John Paul II said was the “key” to understanding God’s plan? Why does the enemy want to “counterfeit” the sacraments, and marriage in particular? Cale deals with these questions and more in this final episode of the miniseries.
12/29/202227 minutes, 14 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: History—Did The Exodus Really Happen, and Does it Matter?

In this episode, Cale explains the rise of the “Minimalists” who question the historicity of Old Covenant events like the Exodus and the conquest of the promised land. Do their ideas hold any water? What’s at stake if they’re right?
12/28/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Divine Violence (Part II):

Given the violence in the Old Testament, many wrongly believe the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of Jesus Christ. The truth is that God always fights against evil, just in different ways throughout salvation history. 
12/27/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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How Do You Get to Heaven?

Where are you going? In Acts 16:31 it says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” What does this really mean? Cale unpacks these questions and more in this episode of The Faith Explained.
12/26/202227 minutes, 29 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality

Today’s culture rails at the Bible’s view of sex and marriage. Is the Old Covenant hopelessly out of date? Is morality malleable? Let’s look back to the beginning — through Jesus’ eyes — to see God’s blueprint for relationships.
12/23/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Rock and Roll

Grumblers want to pass judgement on Moses and stone him to death. Speaking of rocks, God tells Moses to strike a rock. Water pours out for God’s people to drink. St Paul later said, “the rock was Christ”. But what does that mean? Let’s rock and roll!
12/22/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Original Sin and Salvation

Cale looks at Genesis 3:1-12 and discusses the concept of sin, the deception of the serpent, and the salvation God provides. Book: “In the Beginning… A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall” by Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI): https://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Catholic-Understanding-Ressourcement-Retrieval/dp/0802841066
12/21/202227 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hanukkah & The Birth of Jesus

Cale looks at the military campaigns of Judas Maccabeus and the rededication of the temple. When was Jesus born – was it really toward the end of December?
12/20/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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A Kingdom of Priests

If all Israel was a “kingdom of priests”, why do we have a ministerial priesthood in the Catholic Church? Plus: A fun Q&A mailbag question about angels.
12/19/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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“Days of Thunder”

God is about to reveal his 10 Commandments to Moses, on the holy Mountain. There is thunder, an earthquake, a dark cloud, and fire. A powerful trumpet blast. And all of these things reveal something about exactly who God is.
12/16/202227 minutes, 45 seconds
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“Key Man Risk”

In the business world, they call it “key man risk”. If a CEO burns out or dies, the whole organization falls apart. That’s what’s happening with Moses: he’s trying to do the work of 10 men, and he’s falling into the devil’s trap of trying to be like God in all the wrong ways.
12/15/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exodus: Family, Friendship, and Faith

After plagues and battles, what a relief to see the camp of Israel as a quiet place of family, fellowship, and ordinary life! We, too, must find God in the middle of everyday life...or we’ll never find him at all.
12/14/202228 minutes
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Rock and Roll

Grumblers want to pass judgement on Moses and stone him to death. Speaking of rocks, God tells Moses to strike a rock. Water pours out for God’s people to drink. St Paul later said, “the rock was Christ”. But what does that mean? Let’s rock and roll!
12/7/202227 minutes, 45 seconds
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Re-Testing

Have you ever had the experience of failing a test, and having to take it over again? In Exodus 17, we see that God sometimes has to “re-test” his children again and again, before they can graduate to the next stage of the spiritual life.
12/6/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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“The Bread I Will Give Is My Flesh”

Cale shows how the manna given to the Israelites in Exodus foreshadows the new and far greater “manna” given by Jesus: the Eucharist.
12/5/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Manna Mentality

The wilderness was like going to Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard: a graduate education in the inner life. Test after test from God. This time? It’s hunger. God responds with the Manna and Quail. Will the Israelites learn the lesson that you can’t stockpile grace? It’s doled out daily, on demand, just in time...it’s the “Manna Mentality”.
12/2/202228 minutes
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Bittersweet

The parched Israelites attempt to drink the desert waters at Marah, but they prove bitter and brackish. God gives a miraculous tree to make the bitter water sweet. Likewise, the Cross of Jesus Christ makes the bitterness of life endurable—and even sweet—as we share in his sufferings.
12/1/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Moses: Blessed Among Women!

Women helped save Moses throughout his life, including his sister Miriam. In the same way, another Miriam—Mary—is there at the key moments of salvation wrought by the new Moses, Jesus Christ.
11/30/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exodus: Swim Low, Sweet Chariot?

Cale examines the alleged discovery of Egyptian chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea. Just the (arte) facts, Ma’am!
11/29/202227 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Light and the Darkness

Before God parts the Red Sea, the pillar of cloud and fire separate the Egyptians from the Israelites. On one side is darkness, and on the other is light. Jesus is the light of the world, and one’s response to him determines whether one lives in spiritual darkness, or in the light.
11/28/202227 minutes, 44 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality (Part II):

What was the original experience of man and woman that St John Paul II said was the “key” to understanding God’s plan? Why does the enemy want to “counterfeit” the sacraments, and marriage in particular? Cale deals with these questions and more in this final episode of the miniseries.
11/23/202227 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Sexuality

Today’s culture rails at the Bible’s view of sex and marriage. Is the Old Covenant hopelessly out of date? Is morality malleable? Let’s look back to the beginning — through Jesus’ eyes — to see God’s blueprint for relationships.
11/22/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Divine Violence (Part II):

Given the violence in the Old Testament, many wrongly believe the God of the Old Testament is different than the God of Jesus Christ. The truth is that God always fights against evil, just in different ways throughout salvation history. 
11/21/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: God and Violence (Part I)

Is God a “moral monster”, as one writer alleges when looking at the violence in the Old Testament? If God commands, “Thou shalt not kill”, then why all the killing in God’s name?
11/18/202226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: History (Part II):

What’s the evidence OUTSIDE the Bible for the Exodus and Conquest of the Holy Land? You’ll just have to “stele” yourself for the results! Biblical minimalists, beware!
11/17/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: History—Did The Exodus Really Happen, and Does it Matter?

In this episode, Cale explains the rise of the “Minimalists” who question the historicity of Old Covenant events like the Exodus and the conquest of the promised land. Do their ideas hold any water? What’s at stake if they’re right?
11/16/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution (Part II):

Cale looks at which elements of modern evolutionary theory are compatible with Scripture and Catholic doctrine, and which are not — which is a separate question from whether or not evolution is the best scientific explanation for human origins.
11/15/202227 minutes, 15 seconds
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Old Covenant Controversies: Evolution

Cale begins our new mini-series with a look at evolution. Is the Bible out of step with modern science? How should we understand the Creation narrative in Scripture? Learn how science and faith aren’t in conflict, but complement one another.
11/14/202228 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exodus: Don’t Fear! Stand Firm! Be Still!

The mighty Egyptian army roars towards the Israelites, who are trapped against the Red Sea. When your back is against the wall (or the water!), God will rise up and act on your behalf, just as he did for Israel.  
11/10/202220 minutes, 44 seconds
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Exodus: “Gotta Serve Somebody”

Some Israelites would rather return to slavery under Pharaoh than serve God in freedom in the wilderness. We’re faced with a similar choice today. Like Bob Dylan sang about: “You gotta serve somebody!”
11/9/202220 minutes, 15 seconds
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Exodus: “God never checked with me about anything!”

A direct route to the promised land would have only taken 10 days, not 40 years. Why send the people through the wilderness, then? God wanted to both A) humble, and B) test his people. Would they be loyal to him or not? He does the same with us today.
11/8/202220 minutes, 44 seconds