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Lay Catholic evangelists Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle bring you a podcast series that teaches you how to confidently share your Catholic faith with your family members, friends, co-workers, and the strangers you meet on airplanes. Every episode, Mike and Dave give you five steps you can take each week to become an instrument God uses to spread the Gospel, heal hearts, and renew his Church. Be inspired by stories of miraculous conversions and be reminded that God still powerfully interv ...
 
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How do we come back to our parishes after a year of so much chaos and change? Today, I share a recent talk I gave to young adults about returning to a new normal, where the laity is no longer passive, but rather on fire with the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel and transform society. Snippet from the Show It's time to stop walking towards our salva…
 
Part of being an evangelist is learning from your mistakes. Today, Dave “Carry Your Cross After Me” VanVickle and I share our top 5 mistakes we have made over years in evangelization. These mistakes remind us that we are limited and God is ultimately in control. Snippet from the Show Dont' take the place of God in a person's life, there is only one…
 
The devil wants the evangelist to forget about the salvation of his own soul because he is so preoccupied with the salvation of other souls. Dave “Almost the Strongest Man in Pittsburgh” VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about struggling with grave sin while being in a position of leadership in the faith. We discuss the spiritual battle …
 
The concept of Divine filiation is at the heart of the Christian mystery. Dave “The Power” VanVickle and I, explain the powerful reality that in Christ, we are sons and daughters of the Father. We provide you with a thorough understanding of this theological concept that harmonizes all the doctrines of the Catholic faith, and reminds us of the goal…
 
Do you want to evangelize but don’t know where to start? No matter where we are in life, we can all share the power of the Kerygma. Today, Dave “Drill Instructor” VanVickle and I, talk about our new evangelization boot camp coming up that will equip you to be a confident evangelist in today’s world. Snippet from the Show No matter what our vocation…
 
Biblical knowledge is key when it comes to understanding morality. Today, Dave “Brave New” VanVickle and I discuss why depriving young people of Biblical stories negatively affects their moral reasoning skills as they grow up. We brainstorm ways we can revive Biblical morality in a culture that has disconnected morality from the Bible, and reduced …
 
In these times of pandemic, how do we prevent others from falling into a state of indifference to the sacraments? Today, Dave VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about drifting away from the faith in these difficult times. We have a honest conversation about the urgency of returning to Church, and provide some concrete steps to overcoming …
 
How do we fraternally correct people within and outside the Church who are preaching ideas contrary to Church teaching, or spreading theological errors? Dave “Tactical Pants” VanVickle and I, tackle this difficult issue many evangelists encounter today. We give you practical advice so you are prepared to navigate these confusing situations and defe…
 
How do we communicate God’s love to those we meet? Today, Dave VanVickle gives practical tips for spreading the love of Christ. Snippet from the Show “One of the most important things for an evangelist to understand is how to communicate God’s love for humanity.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comm…
 
It’s not about bringing more people to mass, it’s about bringing more people the love of Christ. Today, Gomer and Dave “Teacher of Teachers” VanVickle explain why our parishes need disruptors in order to grow in evangelization. Snippet from the Show “Everything worth having takes effort to keep it going.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@…
 
You don’t have to be a FOCUS missionary to spread the Gospel. Today, Gomer talks to Anthony, a FOCUS Team Director about his work evangelizing the college campus through personal relationships. FOCUS is a Catholic collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students. Snippet from the Show…
 
Numbers don’t reform a parish, prayer does. Today, Gomer responds to a listener's email on building community in diverse parishes. Snippet from the Show “Pray for renewal, work for reform.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comments Don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to get the shownotes right to y…
 
Our culture needs an evangelization that finds light in sinful situations, without glorifying them. Today, Gomer and Dave “Unquestionably Non-Schismatic” VanVickle continue their thoughts from last episode, focusing on finding light in dark places. Snippet from the Show “Every person has a duty to continually evaluate what God is calling them to.” …
 
Instead of deciding whether to talk about Jesus or culture, why not discuss both? Today, Gomer and Dave “No Friends, No Fear” VanVickle discuss how we can integrate evangelization with heavy cultural topics, instead of pitting them against each other. Snippet from the Show “Calling people to evangelization is not calling people to a warm and fuzzy …
 
How do you evangelize your family during Christmas? Today, Gomer and Dave “Pinball Wizard” VanVickle talk about their Christmas traditions and answer a listener’s question about balancing parish responsibilities. Snippet from the Show “To me, the sweep of salvation history is my favorite way to enjoy this season.” We want to hear from you! Email us…
 
The sacrifice of Christ should be seen everywhere in our faith, especially in our parishes! Today, Gomer and Dave “Dead-Lifting the Devil” VanVickle answer a listener’s email about evangelizing through the true cross of Christ. Snippet from the Show “Preach the true cross, and watch people be resurrected.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb…
 
Rural communities have Catholic parishes too, and they should be celebrated! Today, Gomer shares a talk he gave to Omaha Archdiocesan "Rural Lead" program to help parishes become missional communities. Snippet from the Show “We worship God through the sacraments, so we wanna make sure people understand what it means to worship God at the mass. It d…
 
New year, new role, new opportunities for evangelization. Today, Gomer and Dave “the taxman“ VanVickle talk about practical ways to kickstart evangelization at your parish in the new year. Snippet from the Show “Having solid relationships just means that the tasks and mission of the Church is going to flow that much easier. You’re investing in the …
 
Thanksgiving is here, are you ready to navigate faith conversations with your family? Today, Dave “The Turkey”and I give you some quick evangelization pointers so you can navigate faith conversations smoothly and lovingly with your relatives. Snippet from the Show “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”- Mark 12:31 We want to hear from you! Ema…
 
Reaching out to adults looking to convert to Catholicism and guiding them through RCIA is a key part of parish ministry. Today, Dave “Not a Mouth Breather” VanVickle and I discuss different ways to run an RCIA program at a parish and offer helpful tips in preparing adults to enter the Catholic Church. Snippet from the Show Converting to Catholicism…
 
There are ripe evangelization opportunities everywhere, we just have to be willing to notice them and bring Christ into them. Today, Dave VanVickle answers listener questions and offers us practical tools when it comes to evangelizing at bars, in schools, and at work. Snippet from the Show To transform society, we must first reach those souls in ou…
 
The New Age movement is on the rise in our culture and we have to understand how to reach those being drawn to its spirituality. Dave “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about how to reach those involved in the New Age movement. We discuss the reasons behind the popularity of this spirituality today, and offer prac…
 
Navigating Confirmation preparation with teenagers in today’s times is not easy. Today, Colin MacIver and I discuss his newest book ,The Catechists Field Guide to Confirmation, how to reach the hearts of teenagers, and how to implement practical tools to create the best confirmation experience for candidates. Snippet from the Show The main goal of …
 
There are two fundamental doctrines every Catholic needs to understand; the Trinity and the Incarnation. Today, I share a fun RCIA talk that I recently gave to help you understand the very identity of God. I delve into salvation history in Scripture to demonstrate how the incarnation shows us the eternal self-giving love of the Trinity. Snippet fro…
 
Dave “I’m the Hurricane” VanVickle and I answer a listener’s question about practically guiding someone in the midst of a conversion, and also speak on the importance of leaving room for the dynamism of the Holy Spirit when we approach spiritual multiplication. Snippet from the Show Evangelization cannot be reduced to merely mechanics or processes,…
 
Discipleship with Jesus truly flourishes when we are faithful to a few basic disciplines. Today, Dave VanVickle dives into four disciplines that are key in the life of a new disciple in order to live a fruitful Christian life. Snippet from the Show Discipleship with the Lord must eventually turn outward. Once our thirst for Christ is quenched, he w…
 
Dave “Well Prepared” VanVickle and I chat about returning to Mass, the craziness in our lives, and continuing to evangelize and reach the faithful creatively during these uncertain and challenging times. Snippet from the Show In times of isolation and uncertainty, we have the gift of the crucifix to gaze at and identify with. We want to hear from y…
 
It is easy to get worn out when you work for the Kingdom of God. Today, Dave VanVickle shares a word of encouragement for all who feel weary and tired laboring for the Lord. Dave gives us practical advice to find rest when evangelization gets hard and tiring. Snippet from the Show When you feel overwhelmed by the weight of sin in the world, root yo…
 
Storytelling is essential in evangelization. Today, Dave VanVickle and I discuss the importance of narrative and contextualizing Church doctrine with powerful stories when we share the Gospel. Snippet from the Show The Gospel is an adventure story that we must not only live, but also share and pass down through generations like all great stories. W…
 
Life is messy, but we are sanctified through it. Today, Dave "How are you" VanVickle and I catch up on a bunch of random topics and the chaos in our lives. We chat about Dave's wife's cancer treatment, suffering at the parish, embracing the cross, and ideas for a discipleship think tank! Snippet from the Show When life gets messy, there is incredib…
 
The intercession of the saints and angels is life-changing in our work of evangelization. This time it’s just me, Dave VanVickle, and today I share how to engage these incredible groups of persons in your apostolate! Snippet from the Show The angels and the saints want to be involved in our work of evangelization, they are experts in loving Jesus. …
 
Dave “The Body” VanVickle and I reunite to discuss mission beyond the parish and the responsibility of being on mission that every disciple of Christ has. The laity must not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone and go beyond the parish to share Jesus Christ with others. Snippet from the Show We desperately need a movement of lay evangelists …
 
How exactly does the death and resurrection of Jesus bring us salvation? Today, I’m not joined by Dave “Double Portion of the Spirit” VanVickle unfortunately, so this episode is a little shorter. In this episode, I dive into the art of sharing the Gospel and offer you the tools and resources you need so you can effectively share the powerful realit…
 
Is our hope in ourselves or is it in Christ? Dave “I’ll lift weights in your living room” VanVickle and I discuss the importance of the theological virtue of hope as we journey towards Christ and help others encounter him as well. Snippet from the Show We are pilgrims on earth and citizens of heaven, our ultimate hope is eternal life in Jesus Chris…
 
Today, Dave and I brainstorm ideas and share opinions on how to approach catechesis and faith formation during this upcoming year, when groups can’t meet in person or at parishes. As you, dear listeners, know, Dave and I have lots of thoughts, and sometimes they’re pretty controversial ones--this episode might contain more of those than normal. If …
 
Dave “The Icon” VanVickle is back with me to continue our series on sin. Today, Dave shares his comprehensive devotional model as a tool to help us overcome sin in our lives. Inspired by the lives of the saints, this model offers us a practical routine and structure to concretely drive out sin in our lives. Snippet from the Show “You can’t have a n…
 
Sin is deadly, it reproduces and reinforces itself in our lives. In this episode, I continue our discussion of sin by delving into the deadly nature of sin. By understanding the way sin wounds our nature, and how we can combat temptation, we can experience true freedom and healing in Christ. Snippet from the Show “Christ doesn’t just want to get yo…
 
Sin destroys the life of charity between us and God, but how do we talk about it? Dave “The Hope is Real” VanVickle and I discuss sin in our walk with Christ, and share helpful ways to talk about habitual sin in discipleship. Snippet from the Show “It’s in the confrontation with sin that the fullest flowering of mercy is made manifest.” We want to …
 
Dave “Living Large”' VanVickle and I address a question sent in by one of our listeners, Dante, on the Catholic Church’s struggle to engage men. We discuss the importance of community for men, and share tactics on how to transform men’s ministry in your parish. Snippet from the Show “Every man wants a battle to fight, a beauty to rescue, and an adv…
 
Dave “Do you even lift bro?”' VanVickle and I answer a question from a listener about how to guide your family in the Catholic faith without overdoing it. Snippet from the Show “It’s time to be a saint.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comments and don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to get the sh…
 
Today, Dave “The Navy Seal of Sitting”' VanVickle and I sit down with a question from listener, Father Timothy, about how to make disciples and not social workers, focusing on works of mercy. Snippet From the Show “Christ wants to give us full and complete liberation that starts with feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the imprison…
 
Today, Dave “It’s-not-delivery-it’s-Dave'' VanVickle and I talk about how we can bring people to the faith with beauty, from classic Christian films, to Lord of the Rings, to marriage prep. Snippet From the Show Beauty pulls us up out of ourselves, up into the realm of the transcendental. Eventually you will see what truly makes us beautiful, and t…
 
Today, Mike “I-drive-a-little-too-fast-but-I-like-it'' Gormley and I talk about what role the papacy and the kerygma play in our lives. Thanks to our listeners for inspiring this topic! Snippet From the Show > When preaching the kerygma around people (Evangelicals) who have spent their whole lives dedicated to preaching the gospel, I show them the …
 
Today, Dave “Slippery Slope'' Vanvickle and I address a listener’s email about teaching the faith to teens and heroic virtue. Snippet from the Show “Just as Dave said to unleash the saints, unleash Jesus.” We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com with your questions/comments and don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to get the …
 
Today, Dave “Homefool” Vanvickle and I are answering questions from you! This week, we talk about how we can pass on the faith to our kids without forcing it on them, tithing, and how to do youth ministry during quarantine. Snippet from the Show “People don’t just want to belong, they want to contribute. Belonging makes people feel welcome, but con…
 
Dave “Gym Shorts Only” Vanvickle and I give some recommendations and tips for picking up evangelization with limited resources after COVID-19 and the difficulties of a digital church. _Snippet of the Show “Your role in the kingdom of Heaven is to advance the Gospel in the world, and maybe this quarantine can reemphasize the power of the laity.”_…
 
Today's show, is from a talk I gave at the Fullness of Truth Conference last year. It was a weekend long conference on Mary from an apologetics standpoint. My talk was on Mary and the spiritual warfare. Typically someone like Dave VanVickle would give this talk. In fact, Dave sorta did give this talk because in my preparation for this, while drivin…
 
Dave “the Luddite” VanVickle and I are eating meat and answering emails (not at the same time). We answer questions about the importance of signs, wonders, prophecy, and miracles when it comes to evangelization. We want to hear from you! Email us at eksb@ascensionpress.com and don't forget to text “EKSB” to 33-777 to subscribe!…
 
If we could re-do our parish ministries knowing everything we know now, what would we do? Dave and I zero in on the number one thing we would focus on if we could go back in time. This is a good exercise for parishes to do every year, to help focus in on the things that will have the biggest impact, and also a good idea to do right now, as many par…
 
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