Tom Answers A Baptist at his Door

by Steve Ray on August 10, 2009

Tom Perna picked me up from the airport last week when I came to speak twice at Franciscan University’s Defending the Faith Conference. Tom is a student there. Recently a Baptist knocked on his door and he had some conversations.

He has just posted the blogs relating the encounter. You can read them here if you are interested. Tom wrote to me, “I am really enjoying defending the faith! I think I might have found what I want to do when I graduate from FUS. However, I want to study more scripture too!”

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Jose August 11, 2009 at 12:28 AM

Hello Steve,

Am glad I found your blog today. Am sure it’s going to to be useful for me especially in the next few days or weeks as I finally return home…

Let me share with you my spiritual journey.

Am a Filipino and raised as a Catholic. On my second year in college, I attended a Bible Study led by a Baptist pastor (our neighbor). When I went home I prayed the Sinner’s Prayer.

I stayed Catholic for the next 8 years after that. But I felt I was stunted spiritually. So, eventually I found myself attending a “born-again” church. (I chose it among other churches because it never made any offensive comments against the Catholics). I stayed there for around 14 years.

But 6 years ago, I had a conversation with a Catholic friend. He’s a devout Catholic and I wanted to understand his faith. So, I started my 6 years of study and prayer.

Fast forward…

As a former biological researcher, I have been trained in critical thinking. I simply cannot ignore the result of my personal searching for the past 6 years.

Am happy to say that, in the next few days or weeks, I will be officially returning to the Roman Catholic Church.

Praise and thank the Lord!


Sue from Buffalo August 11, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Welcome home, Jose. That is a beautiful story.


Julie August 11, 2009 at 1:20 PM

God bless you Jose. Thanks for sharing the good news with us.

Joe August 13, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Although grace is what converts us in the end it’s good to know that there are Catholics who charitably challenge others to think a little deeper about the “what’s” and “why’s” of the faith. This story confirms the old stereotype that Protestants want Jesus straight whereas Catholics want the mixed drink (Jesus plus Mary, plus, saints, plus sacraments). Until conservative Protestants start to see the church and her many members as the real body of Christ continuing his visible mission on earth and pointing to Christ they will always only see these things as cancers or additions on the body.

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