Conversions

In 60 Seconds or Less; Why Do We Need A Church?

by Steve Ray on December 7, 2019

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The Tisor’s Come Home – Nice Conversion Story

by Steve Ray on November 24, 2019

Intro: Kim Tisor was reared in a Christian home that emphasized weekly attendance at their Southern Baptist Church. She remained a Baptist well into adulthood and was content to be one, until radio airwaves carrying Catholic teaching reached this Christian, music-playing DJ’s ears. It placed her on a journey of discovery that would ultimately lead her and her husband out of Protestantism and into the Catholic Church, taking their young children with them.

I grew up in south western Kentucky where, not unlike most southern towns, there were more churches than library books.  It just so happens that we attended one of the largest churches located downtown on South Main Street.  First Baptist Church has been standing on the same corner since 1818 and is where my parents wed in 1964. It’s where I first learned about Jesus and his love for me.  It’s where I attended Vacation Bible School.

It’s the church that sent me to my first summer camp where I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.  It’s also where my husband and I exchanged wedding vows more than 30 years after my parents did.  It’s where my mom still attends and my dad did too, until he passed away in 2014. The people there are like family.  I can assure you there was rarely a Sunday that we missed church while I was a kid and we were members at First Baptist.

The story throughout my teenage, college, and young adult years is fairly uneventful.  No falling away or crisis of faith to mention.  I remained in church and in God’s word and Christ remained in me.  As I see it, I am, and have always been, a pretty blessed gal.  So how did my heart and mind ever shift toward Rome?  It started with a prayer and gained momentum with a bumper sticker.

My husband and I were living in Colorado Springs, CO and looking for a church home.  We visited no fewer than 20.  One thing I discovered was that there were many aspects to various forms of worship that spoke to me.  I liked singing the familiar old hymns.  I liked praise and worship songs.  I liked liturgy. I liked raising my hands (at times) and I liked silence. But then I thought to ask God, “What do you like?”

I began pondering what forms of worship God prefers.  Does He have a preference? Does God like all forms, so long as they’re sincere and from the heart?  I didn’t know the answer, so I asked Him to show me.

A couple years passed, kids came along, and I still had no answer to my question.  Instead, I had other questions.  All of a sudden whether or not to participate in Halloween festivities became an issue due to its pagan undertones.  If we concluded that it was wrong to parade our kids through the neighborhood dressed in costumes searching for candy, then trimming Christmas trees and hunting for Easter eggs would need to be eliminated as well, because they, too, contained traditions with pagan underpinnings.

What to do? I sought the scriptures. I longed for nothing more than to please my Lord. But the verses I found weren’t explicit. Funny, at the time of my dilemma I literally thought it would be easier to be Catholic. At least the Catholics placed their trust in previous Popes’ decisions when designating Christian holidays. These weren’t, in my estimation, concerns that kept Catholics up at night.

Several years passed and my children grew along with my list of questions. Sadly, because of my “on the fence” position regarding holidays, we hadn’t created any family traditions. It didn’t help matters that neither my husband nor I grew up with any traditions of our own from which to draw. But things were about to change.

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New Convert Holds His Ground with a Street Preacher

by Steve Ray on November 17, 2019

I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to reshare it with everyone! Darrell should be a model for all of us!!

Hi Steve,

Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. When he asked, “Are you sure you are saved?”, I thought to myself, “What would Steve say?”

After thinking for a second, I smiled and told him, “Absolutely–I’m saved the bible way!”  When he asked what I meant by my (your) response, the ensuing answer led to an hour-long conversation with me doing my best to give rock-solid (no pun intended) answers to each of his skeptical questions. I even raised some points for which he had no “packaged” answers.

This was the first time since my conversion to the Church that I’ve really engaged in apologetics and defended the faith adequately. What made it more interesting is that this guy is a fallen-away Catholic and an MD who has started a small church of his own (At one point I even suggested that he was, in a sense, a self-appointed pope!).

After we shook hands, I walked away and overheard him telling others on his mission team, “Wow, that was a very intellectual argument!” It turned out to be the highlight of my weekend.  I am so grateful for all the work that you and other notable converts have done, through your books, CDs and videos,  to get me to this point.

Safe travels, Darrell

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From Fundamentalist Baptist to Catholic – Steve Wilson’s Story

November 12, 2019

Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote: “There are not over a hundred people in the United State who hate the Roman Catholic Church; there are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church.” I was one of those who hated because of what I wrongly believed about the Catholic Church.  The […]

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Michael Hager’s Conversion Story

October 23, 2019

Here is a conversion story you will probably both enjoy. You can also visit Michael’s apologetics website at TheBibleCatholic.com. His whole conversion story is here. The Beginning: I was born to, and raised in, a protestant family. My mother was a Southern Baptist, my father a Presbyterian. We mostly attended the Presbyterian Church, but I suspect […]

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“Dear Mr. Bible Guy, Thanks for Confronting my Son…”

October 15, 2019

Posted in National Catholic Register: Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends: These kids don’t just know the Bible, the Catechism, and Church history. They know how to think. Excellent article written by Jennifer Fitz Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and […]

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Sean Smiddy’s Story: From Pentecostal “Catholics are all going to hell!” to “The One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church”

July 30, 2019

Dear Mr Steve Ray: First, I would like to thank you SO much for your YouTube video about Peter, The keys, seat, etc., that led me to the catholicconvert.com site!!  I learned a TON of cool stuff just from your video, and by participating on the message boards, I am learning more, and gathering many […]

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From Evangelicalism to Feminism to Catholicism: A conversation with Abigail Favale

July 19, 2019

Everyone loves conversion stories. Great to see delightful and intelligent folks like Abigail join us. Reaffirms our own convictions. An interview with Catholic World Report. Enjoy! ****************************************************** Intro: Dr. Abigail Rine Favale graduated from George Fox University with a philosophy degree in 2005, and then earned her doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in […]

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Alcohol and Porn to Illness; then Home to the Catholic Church

June 20, 2019

Story About How God has Worked in My Life   By Denny Ok. I was born and raised Catholic. Grew up always attending church with my family and everything seemed fine growing up. Then I got to college and joined a fraternity and I noticed that some of the other guys were skipping Mass. For the […]

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Todd Meade Story: From Southern Baptist Liberty University to Catholic

May 15, 2019

    Every spiritual life is a journey. Mine began in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1971. I was born into a good Methodist family and had a strong Christian foundation laid for me in childhood. But unfortunately, as is all too common, during my teenage years I drifted away somewhat from this good foundation and was […]

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Famed Australian Atheist, Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

April 20, 2019

Originally published a few months ago, but very current and good news! Some amazing news came out of Australia today with a famous atheist politician receiving baptism. Bill Hayden had been the leader of a major Australian political party, then was the Governor General of Australia for 7 years. (The Governor General is the one who signs […]

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An Interview with Catholic Evangelist Steve Ray

March 9, 2019

Posted by Justin McClain “My family and I have discovered that the Catholic Church is the best-kept secret in all of human history.” I recently had the opportunity to speak with Catholic evangelist Steve Ray. Since I am a high school theology teacher, I have long been impressed with what Steve has done for the Church; […]

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From San Francisco’s “Gay Mecca” to Healing in Christ (Boy, doesn’t that sound politically incorrect :-)

February 6, 2019

Catholic World Report Interview: Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book,Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, […]

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Explaining to Family Why He Left the Denominations for the Catholic Church

January 9, 2019

This new convert sent me a nice e-mail thanking me. I asked if I could share it on my blog. He agreed but asked to remain anonymous and I agreed. He said, “I converted because I lost all the discussions I had with a Catholic workmate – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. One problem […]

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Julie’s Story: From Episcopal to Baptist to Anglican to Catholic

December 22, 2018

At the age of three in 1974, our family moved to Austin, TX. The first thing my parents did was join a wonderful Episcopal Church in which I spent my entire childhood. My parents were diligent about bringing me to church every Sunday and making sure I “robed” as an altar server/acolyte. My mother grew […]

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White Supremacy, Black Power, to Islam, then the Road to Damascus: My Journey into the Fullness of the Christian Faith

October 31, 2018

Follow Dustin through the phases of his life including Islam until he finally discovered the Catholic Church. Maybe you’re like me (aside from being born with Cerebral Palsy and defying doctors’ pronouncements, by the grace of God, that I would be confined to a wheelchair and relegated to a vegetative state). Maybe you grew up […]

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