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    Fred
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    Peace be with you!

    My name is Fred Stemp and here’s a little bit about myself. I’m 40 year old male, married, 5 kids (2 boys and 3 girls), 1 grandchild, former Marine, currently a police officer, and working on becoming a deacon.

    That said, I’m really a pretty open and honest person. My journey to Christ has been a long one and I stumbled many times. But through prayer, family support, a real good friend, and the right church, I believe I’ve come to grips with my demons of the past.

    I am a devoted Marist and prayer of the Holy Rosary. I also am a member of the K of C (12,000 St. Patrick’s Norcross, GA).

    My current endeavor has been to study the Bible closely and learn why there are so many interpretations of it and why the Christian family has split so. This as lead me to a whole new understanding of the Bible, Christianity, Catholicism, and why I am and forever will be Roman Catholic.

    So, please drop me a line, if you see me chat for a bit, or just read and enjoy anything I may post. Just remember, I’m from Georgia so I don’t spell to well. lol!

    Ad Jesum per Mariam,

    Fred

    “By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God. With his whole being man gives his assent to God the revealer. Sacred Scripture calls this human response to God, the author of revelation, ‘the obedience of faith’.”

    #3400

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    Hi Fred, sorry for the delayed welcome. :oops:

    [quote:3r7vpya9]My current endeavor has been to study the Bible closely and learn why there are so many interpretations of it and why the Christian family has split so. This as lead me to a whole new understanding of the Bible, Christianity, Catholicism, and why I am and forever will be Roman Catholic. [/quote:3r7vpya9]
    This was one of the catalysts for my faith. Studying the Bible was very important to me since so often it is used as a weapon against us.

    I’ll admit, I don’t quite have it memorized like I used to, but at one time I was be able to sling verses around just as good as the Evangelicals. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #3410

    Fred
    Member

    Peace be with you Jon,

    So true, Non-Catholics are well schooled in the Bible as lay people. We on the other hand are not, as a general rule. Unfortunately what I have found is what they attack us with is, in my opinion; a poor interpretation or they misrepresent the Word as their position.

    I hope someday to be wise enough to be an Apologist and help to more correctly and accurately explain and defend our faith! <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Fred,

    #3420

    Benedict
    Member

    [quote:8nzwor7h]I hope someday to be wise enough to be an Apologist and help to more correctly and accurately explain and defend our faith![/quote:8nzwor7h]
    Every apologist begins his career by loving the Lord, studying the Word, and living the Faith.

    Then some time later He decides to toss you into the lion’s den. <img src=” title=”Wink” />

    #3424

    Fred
    Member

    [quote:2fwet4ay]Every apologist begins his career by loving the Lord, studying the Word, and living the Faith.

    Then some time later He decides to toss you into the lion’s den. [/quote:2fwet4ay]

    Peace be with you Benedict,

    Well then I hope I’m on my way. lol After reading many apologetic books and articles I can see what you mean by “the lion’s den”. lol People do like to take shots!

    Fred,

    #3427

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:3ld7x0kq]After reading many apologetic books and articles I can see what you mean by “the lion’s den”. lol People do like to take shots![/quote:3ld7x0kq]
    What got me fired up about my faith (and ultimately led to this website) was being thrown into the lion’s den with no experience.

    I was at a friend’s housewarming party and it consisted of many Evangelicals and former Catholics. At one point someone turned to me and asked me about my religion and it became this huge 7 on 1 ordeal (with me being the 1). I was only 18 years old too! The best knowledge I had was from my Confirmation classes and other faith formation. That’s when I started my “Catholic rampage” (as another of my friends called it) and here I am today (with this website and being a youth minister). <img src=” title=”Wink” />

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    Fred
    Member

    Peace be with you Jon,

    [quote:37mewbx0] 7 on 1 ordeal (with me being the 1). [/quote:37mewbx0]

    I know that feeling. Try being Catholic in rural Georgia. lol Never thought of it as a “lion’s den” felt more like I was crucified. lol

    Fred,

    #3430

    Benedict
    Member

    Mine started on a Christian roleplaying website where I was the only Catholic (and I was only Catholic by baptism, not by practice at the time). Fortunately, everyone was nice and most had Catholic family members. I was asked a few questions about Catholicism that I had no idea about so I went to Mary Immaculate Catholic Bookstore and found the answers in a few apologetics books. I fell in love with those books.

    Rural Georgia? Have you ever listened to John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society[/url:1ftb5e09]? His ministry is in Birmingham, AL. He has six free tapes at his website and every one of them is great. I really enjoy his method of apologetics – very friendly, very basic, good for starters.

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    Fred
    Member

    [quote:c3nvx604]so I went to Mary Immaculate Catholic Bookstore and found the answers in a few apologetics books. I fell in love with those books.
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    Peace be with you Benedict,

    Which books did you read? I’m always on the prowl for good apologetics. Right now I’m reading [u:c3nvx604] The Catholic Almanac’s – Guide to the Church [/u:c3nvx604] by Matthew Bunson. Found it on Our Sunday Visitor[/url:c3nvx604]. Dry but fact filled and that’s important. :shock:

    [quote:c3nvx604]Have you ever listened to John Martignoni of the Bible Christian Society? His ministry is in Birmingham, AL. He has six free tapes at his website and every one of them is great. I really enjoy his method of apologetics – very friendly, very basic, good for starters.[/quote:c3nvx604]

    No but I’m on my way to that site now <img src=” title=”Smile” /> Thanks for the info!

    Fred,

    #3435

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    another great resource for in-depth apologetics and biblical support of Catholic doctrines is Dave Armstrong’s site (to which I would post the link, but the site appears to be down).

    Shortly after my 7 on 1 experience I called my old youth minister back home (I had just left for college a few months before) and he referred me to that site as well as a few others. Then he sent me some books too – Rome Sweet Home and Suprised by Truth.

    #3442

    Fred
    Member

    [quote:168sws7v]another great resource for in-depth apologetics and biblical support of Catholic doctrines is Dave Armstrong’s site (to which I would post the link, but the site appears to be down). [/quote:168sws7v]

    Peace be with you Jon,

    What is the url, I’d love to check it out if it comes back up!

    [quote:168sws7v]Then he sent me some books too – Rome Sweet Home and Suprised by Truth.[/quote:168sws7v]

    I have heard of both of these and that they are excellent resources. I’ll have to check out my local Christian Book Store for them. I just got a copy of [u:168sws7v]Theology and Sanity[/u:168sws7v] by [b:168sws7v]Frank Sheed[/b:168sws7v]. Itching to get into that.

    Fred,

    #3445

    Benedict
    Member

    I have Theology for Beginners by Mr. Sheed. Love that man.

    Dave Armstrong’s website is BiblicalCatholic.com I hope you like long articles (Dave loves to write until the job is done, either demolishing an argument entirely or presenting an unassaultable argument). Personally, I love Dave’s work. I read his weblog every day (which usually takes about an hour thanks to how much he writes).

    The books I bought were:

    [u:2555cmhd]Nuts and Bolts [/u:2555cmhd]by Tim Staples. With only a few minor gripes learned through much use of the text, it is an awesome book.

    [u:2555cmhd]Beginning Apologetics [/u:2555cmhd]by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham. Cheap, well organized, and excellent primers on a number of topics. I have all 8.

    [u:2555cmhd]Why is that in Tradition?[/u:2555cmhd] by Patrick Madrid. Not exactly what I had hoped for (I wanted an explanation for why it was Tradition; instead, this was Where is that in Tradition) but I was not disappointed. After a quick overview of Tradition, Mr. Madrid gives several quotations from Fathers throughout the early Church period (1st to 8th centuries) on such topics as the Holy Trinity, the Eucharist, purgatory, Mary, the numbering of the Ten Commandments, and more.

    I also have a few other books but they escape me at the moment.

    For quick, general tracts covering a number of topics, there is always Catholic Answers at Catholic.com I have over a dozen apologetics links in my bookmarks but Catholic.com finds the most use. Dave Armstrong is great for study, not so great for a quick reference check. I suggest taking notes. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #3448

    Fred
    Member

    Peace be with you Benedict,

    Thanks for the suggestions, several of those I have heard of too and want to add them to my growing collection. Frank Sheed is awesome! I really am enjoying this book. And notes, lol, brother if you saw my books and my laptop here you’d laugh! I’m a note-a-holic! :lol:

    Fred,

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