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Troll Shaming and Evangelization

In her book, Forming Intentional Disciples Sherry Weddell tells the story of two men, Gareth and Thomas: Gareth was a lifelong, militant, scientific atheist who had always heaped scorn on Thomas’s deep Catholic faith. But six months earlier Gareth’s wife had died, and suddenly Gareth turned up on Thomas’s doorstep, wanting to talk about God. […]

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God Has No Grandchildren—Lawn Chair Catechism Week 2

This is part two of the discussion of Forming Intentional Disciples. Here’s this week’s prompt: In her first chapter of Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell describes with detailed statistics the crisis of Catholics leaving the Church. She shares the evidence that most departures happen in young adulthood, and that most who leave never come […]

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Forming Intentional Disciples – Lawn Chair Catechism Week 1

I’m jumping in on the discussion of Forming Intentional Disciples. Here’s the prompt: What does it mean to form “intentional” disciples?  In the introduction to Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell writes about a startling conversation she had with the leader of a local Catholic women’s group.  The conversation was part of a series of […]

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Shunning Cultural Catholics?

Today Max Lindeman writes an interesting response to a article by a self-proclaimed “a gay-friendly, feminist, pro-choice, bigmouthed practicing Catholic.” Although I don’t agree with him on every particular, his piece, The Witness of Mary Elizabeth Williams, is worth a read. Here are a few of his most salient points: In the Catholic press, […]

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Summer Book Club: Forming Intentional Disciples

While I’m dragging my feet on publishing my follow-up post about the second half of Forming Intentional Disciples, I’d like to draw your attention to’s Summer Reading “Lawn Chair Catechism” program: We’ll be using Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell as our basis for this discussion. Every […]

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