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Chad Pirotte is a theologian, full-time carpenter, public speaker, writer, and avid pipe smoker. Chad was a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years before becoming Catholic. Clark sits down with Chad for a discussion on conversion, theology, and why Catholicism drew him in.
Also in this episode:
• Pipe smoking
• The significance of suffering
• "Hot rod" Evangelicalism
• Reformed theology & Presbyterianism
• "Being a Chad"
Find more of Chad's work at groundedcatholic.com.
0:24 Smoking pipes and crying
1:25 Introducing: Chad Pirotte
3:10 Chad and Clark's pipe smoking evangelization
9:02 Chad's (triple) conversion story
14:07 Reformed theology, Protestantism, and philosophy
19:10 What does a "deeper conversion" mean?
20:52 Life in Protestant seminary & getting involved with a Korean-American church
23:57 A brief tangent on Taiwanese culture and heritage
25:19 How did Chad become Catholic? And the role of suffering
27:42 Do evangelicals neglect the reality of suffering?
29:40 What authors, works, or ideas (infused theology) helped Chad in his conversion?
33:27 How Chad's church's stance on homosexuality affected his pastorship
34:34 What does an ordination mean in the Presbyterian church?
36:34 All the factors that led to Chad's first big step toward Catholicism
39:04 RCIA: how Chad became a present-day Catechist
45:11 Chad's ministry "Grounded Catholic"
50:00 How Chad's wife Carrie led him toward Catholicism
52:38 The "hot rod" origins of Evangelical Protestantism?...
57:33 ...and how it relates to Catholicism's "approach"
58:39 Was Vatican II good for the Church?
1:00:09 The Church fathers and the speed of culture now
1:02:05 "Being a Chad"
1:04:21 The Church's care for the poor
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