Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast)

Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast)

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Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast


Repentance Is for Sinners—Just Ask Zacchaeus
Dec 11 • 31 min
I, (Dave VanVickle), have no nickname today, because sadly Gomer isn’t here. (He’s OK, he’s just been sick.) So I’m continuing our conversation about repentance solo. I want to talk about what repentance looks like in Scripture, especially Zacchaeus’…
Advent: A Great Time for Repentance
Dec 4 • 45 min
Dave “The Giraffe” Van Vickle and I (Mike “Gomer” Gormley) start off nice and easy by talking about the darkness in the Church right now … and then we ease into our main topic for this Advent season—repentance. The repentance aspect of Advent is highly…
The Dangers of Misdefining Evangelization
Nov 27 • 38 min
You’ve probably heard people say that evangelization is proclaiming the gospel and using words when necessary. Well, Dave “Roaring Lion” VanVickle and myself (Mike “Gomer” Gormley) have a problem with this phrase—it only covers one aspect of…
What the Bible Reveals about God’s Love
Nov 20 • 36 min
Dave “The Perpetual Penitent” VanVickle and I (Mike “Gomer” Gormley) are talking about something we all know, but few people truly understand—God’s love. We’ve heard, “God loves you” just enough to make us content with the thought of it, and totally…
Natural Happiness: A Philosophical Approach to Evangelization
Nov 13 • 43 min
Dave “The Dandy” VanVickle and I are talking about a different approach to evangelization: philosophy. A lot of people respond to the kerygma alone, but some really need a rational argument to understand the reason for belief in God. So today we dig into…
Stewardship Parishes, Discipleship Tracks, and Evangelization for Introverts
Nov 6 • 45 min
Dave “He Stole My Eggo” VanVickle and I are coming up with answers faster than the dusty magic 8-ball that’s probably still in your attic somewhere. We’re addressing your quick questions about parish life and evangelization including: What’s the deal with…
7 Common Evangelization Mistakes
Oct 30 • 49 min
How to Develop a Parish Evangelization Plan: 8 Things to Consider
Oct 23 • 39 min
Dave “The Dutch Shnauzer” VanVickle and I (Michael “Gomer” Gormley), tell you how to start catalyzing parish evangelization and how not to make the kinds of mistakes we made when we were but young, eager, parish evangelization greenhorns. Snippet from the…
Inspiring Teens and Training Catholic Lectors: Two Practical Applications
Oct 16 • 42 min
Have you ever wondered how to go about training Catholic lectors or how to inspire teens as they begin preparing for confirmation? In this special episode of_ Every Knee Shall Bow,_ hear two practical applications where Michael Gormley preaches first to…
10 Principles of Evangelization
Oct 9 • 34 min
Dave “The Angelic Doctor” VanVickle (he’s really uncomfortable with that one) and I break down ten things you need to know to go out into the world right now and start evangelizing your family, friends, coworkers, and the random people you meet on the…
In Defense of a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ
Oct 2 • 38 min
The phrase “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” has become so synonymous with Protestant spirituality that many Catholics seem to think it’s not that important. his is a huge problem. Dave “The Cheddar” VanVickle and I talk about why having a…
Preaching the Gospel of Salvation: A Practical Application
Sep 25 • 32 min
I’m your host, Mike "Gomer" Gormley but I am not joined by my illustrious co-host, Dave “The Bearded Fox” Van Vickle because of life. Yes, life. For two weeks we kept trying to record a show together, but my daughter ended up in the hospital (she’s home…
The Life of a Traveling Evangelist
Sep 18 • 43 min
There’s a lot more to being a Catholic speaker than what you see. Dave “Extreme Narcissist” VanVickle and I discuss the little-known problems and behind-the-scenes difficulties of people who talk about the Faith for a living. From bringing kids to RCIA to…
Men’s Groups, Shoestring Budgets, and Adoration
Sep 11 • 44 min
Welcome to EKSB, your weekly Catholic podcast on evangelization. I’m your host, Mike “Gomer” Gormley, and I’m joined, as always, by my co-host, Dave “The Masked Pamphleteer” Van Vickle. Today we’re answering questions and handing out sweet sweet…
How to Talk to Catechists: A Practical Application
Sep 4 • 47 min
Dave “Wolfsbane” VanVickle is … not here today. It’s just me, Gomer, with a special episode where I recorded a talk I gave to my catechists about how to become excellent teachers of our Faith. This talk is the past two episodes of EKSB put into practice.…
What Makes a Great Catechist (or a Terrible One)?
Aug 28 • 36 min
CALLING ALL DIRECTORS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND CATECHISTS! This one’s for you. Dave “Cucumber Melon” VanVickle and I talk about the qualities that make for bad catechists vs. great catechists and how to find the right people for your program. This is a…
Equipping Teachers to Evangelize
Aug 21 • 34 min
Dave “Biker for Christ” VanVickle and I are talking about Catholic schools again (because that worked out so well last time.) We received a lot of feedback from our episode on making Catholic schools evangelizing powerhouses, so we wanted to talk more…
Culture Minus Religion Equals Politics
Aug 14 • 33 min
Dave “Velvet Fog” Van Vickle and I dive into history, culture, and politics (oh my!). We talk about three types of culture—pre-Christian, Christian, and post-Christian—and what Catholics can do to navigate the current political climate and evangelize in…
Making Catholic Schools an Evangelizing Powerhouse
Aug 7 • 42 min
Dave “Milk and Honey” VanVickle and I are talking about Catholic education, and the opportunities we have to evangelize in and out of the classroom. We love Catholic schools, but so many students who attend leave without any inclination to practice the…
Maturing in Your Faith
Jul 31 • 39 min
So you’ve got the kerygma down … now what? Dave “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” VanVickle and I talk about how to mature in your faith after an initial proclamation of the gospel. The kerygma is not the end of evangelization, it’s just the beginning. It’s how…
Why the Church Isn’t Typically Good at Evangelization and One Way to Stop That Problem
Jul 24 • 47 min
Dave “Thunderclap” VanVickle and I are talking to the one and only Mark Hart—author, speaker, and Executive Vice President of Life Teen. We talk about the struggles parishes have to organize a movement of evangelization and the difficulty of training and…
The Role of Laity in Evangelization
Jul 17 • 42 min
Dave “Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Hold” VanVickle and I are focusing on the role of the laity in the Church when it comes to explicit word and deed evangelization. The Church needs the voice of the laity to speak up! Priests can’t go into your office…
Is Jesus the Defining Characteristic of Your Life?
Jul 10 • 36 min
Dave “Don’t Fear the Reaper” Van Vickle and I are talking about how to keep Jesus at the heart of your ministry and your life. Today’s totally made up middle name for Dave is brought to you by listener Lina., who also asks the questions that we are…
We Don’t Need Christianity to Be Popular, We Need to Make Disciples
Jul 3 • 46 min
We want people to convert to the Catholic Church not because it’s a popular thing to do, but because they have a genuine experience of God’s love and truth through the Church. This means we can’t water down the gospel. Dave “Lay Assistant to Exorcists”…
Waking the Dead: Transforming a Heart of Stone
Jun 26 • 33 min
Dave VanVickle (that’s right, no nickname today) and I are waking the dead! We’re talking about how to really reach people through evangelization. Not just a short moment of emotional connection that fades the next day, but a true conversion where a…
Preparing a Talk for High School Students
Jun 19 • 30 min
Public speaking to teens: a favorite pastime of … no one. But somebody has to do it, and with some prayer and preparation, your talk can be a great opportunity to change hearts and minds—just look at the fruits that come from Steubenville Conferences.…
You Can’t Evangelize Unless You Regularly Read Scripture
Jun 12 • 38 min
It’s difficult to spread the gospel if you haven’t read it. Dave “Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Hold” VanVickle and I talk about why it’s vital to regularly read Scripture and how to immerse yourself in the Word. We want to hear from you! Email us at…
How Do You Evangelize an Atheist?
Jun 5 • 36 min
It’s hard to start proclaiming the kerygma, “God loves you and has a plan for your life”, when someone doesn’t believe in God. Dave “All Thriller No Filler” VanVickle and I wade into the world of apologetics as we address a listener's question about how…
10 Principles of Spiritual Warfare
May 29 • 22 min
There’s good news and bad news. Bad news: Gomer is out today, so no fun nicknames. Good news: this episode is all about equipping you for spiritual warfare and fighting the kingdom of evil. Spiritual warfare and evangelization go hand-in-hand. Turns out…
Leading When Not in Charge
May 22 • 36 min
Today Dave “Open Book, Closed Heart” VanVickle and I talk about extraordinary and ordinary means of fighting the devil, which leads (naturally) into a conversation on evangelization and how to lead when you’re not in charge. Snippet from the Show “One…
Being a Leader in Evangelization
May 15 • 50 min
We need leaders in the Church. If you want ministries at your parish, that aren’t happening (or aren’t going very well) this may be your que to step up as a leader in evangelization. In this episode, we talk about how priests, lay employees, and…
Digital Evangelization
May 8 • 43 min
Dave “Thunderdome” Van Vickle and I are talking about the importance of digital evangelization. If we are trying to meet people where they are, we need to be online. We cover best practices for parishes and individuals to spread the Word on the web, as…
Tools for the Newly Converted
May 1 • 39 min
We have a great show today. Not that we don’t usually, but today is especially good. We start with a question from a parish leader about intercessory prayer groups (Dave’s group is #goals). Then we cover what individuals and parishes can do for the newly…
Easter, Discipleship, and the Resurrection
Apr 24 • 8 min
Hallelujah! It's the Easter Octave and I for one am glad Christ rose from the dead. This week it's just me, Mike "Gomer" Gormley, your humble co-host of EKSB. I wanted to offer you fine folks an Easter message on discipleship and the Resurrection. Our…
Kerygma and Parish Touch Points
Apr 17 • 39 min
Calling all DREs, catechists, youth ministers, and parish volunteers! Have we got a show for you. (Yes, that was a VeggieTales reference.) We start off today answering some tough questions about the kerygma, and then pivot to ways you can infuse…
Evangelization FAQ’s: Plan B, Skipping Mass, and Non-Catholic Family Weddings
Apr 10 • 44 min
You’ve got frequently asked questions, we’ve got infrequently given answers. We tackle questions about what to do when you encounter someone purchasing the Plan B pill, what to do when people (especially family members) give dumb reasons for why they…
Becoming an Activated Disciple (with Jeff Cavins)
Apr 3 • 38 min
We’re talking to the one and only Jeff Cavins, Catholic speaker and author of the new book, The Activated Disciple. We’re pumped to interview him about discipleship and sharing the Faith (and so are our moms). Jeff’s book really gets to the heart of…
Bringing the New Evangelization to Your Parish
Mar 27 • 30 min
The New Evangelization invites baptized Catholics to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church (according to the USCCB). Started by Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, it’s a call for the Church (aka, you and me) to reach out to…
Evangelizing and Morality: Birth Control and Same-Sex Attraction
Mar 20 • 42 min
We tackle the biggest, most complicated, stickiest moral issues–contraception and same-sex attraction. How is a Catholic evangelist to approach such a minefield when proclaiming the gospel? In John 14:15, Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my…
How to Share the Faith BOLDLY
Mar 13 • 38 min
Mike and Dave give practical advice about how to get over that awkward feeling and share the Faith BOLDLY. Telling someone the good news about Jesus isn’t hard … if you really, truly believe it. You’re not imposing your arbitrary morality and spirituality…
Ask a Catholic Evangelist: How Can I Share the Gospel with My Family, Parish, and Community?
Mar 6 • 36 min
Mike and Dave answer your questions about how to get programs going at your parish, how to share the gospel with fallen-away family members, and how to invest in Catholic evangelism as well as catechesis when funds are short. Snippet from the Show “You…
Christ and Culture: How to Be in the World but Not of the World
Feb 27 • 44 min
What does it mean to be in the world but not of the world and how does this affect evangelization? Many people assume there are two ways to approach this notion. On one side is the thought of Christ against culture—that to be loyal to Jesus or the Church…
Spiritual Warfare in Everyday Christian Life
Feb 20 • 40 min
Spiritual warfare is more than just an analogy. It is a reality. Quite literally, it is a struggle between two kingdoms—a battle between man and that which draws man away from God. This fighting and resisting evil is a common experience, yet many don’t…
Evangelization in a Post-Christian Society: The Purpose of the Church
Feb 13 • 47 min
Do you want to evangelize in a post-Christian society? There are a few things you need to know. We all proclaim the same gospel, but we all need to use different methods. The methods that St. Paul used in Athens or Rome and the approach of a missionary in…
Understanding the Personal and Ecclesial Dimension of Our Catholic Faith
Feb 6 • 40 min
Church teaching is an important part of our Catholic Faith. Today, Mike and Dave are going to show you how to incorporate the church into the kerygma. They explain how fellowship is not socializing and why the Church comes before the individual in the…
The Art of the Invitation to Christian Life
Jan 30 • 35 min
When evangelizing, there comes a moment in time when you will invite someone to completely give their life over to Christ and begin living a Christian life. How do you know what moment is right? What does the invitation look like? Why is an invitation to…
Q&A and Resource Recommendations with Every Knee Shall Bow
Jan 23 • 31 min
Mike and Dave, the hosts of Every Knee Shall Bow, take time to answer your questions and respond to your reviews. They also provide resource recommendations such as Alpha, Sherry Weddell, SEEK, and more! At the end of the podcast, they also provide five…
Physician Heal Thyself: How Prayer Creates a True Catholic Evangelist
Jan 16 • 34 min
The History of the Kerygma and the Power of the Gospel
Jan 9 • 34 min
Kerygma is a Greek word that means proclamation. We, as Catholic Christians, are called to share the gospel message as we evangelize: God loves you, has a plan for your life, but because of sin we have been separated from him, and the only one who can…
Merry Christmas!
Dec 26, 2018 • 2 min
Merry Christmas from Every Knee Shall Bow!
The Reality of Religious Conversion: Stories, Failures, and Tips from Catholic Evangelists
Dec 19, 2018 • 34 min
What does it look like to help others move from placing a basic faith in Jesus Christ to having him as their Lord, the center of their life? Every religious conversion is unique. There is no step-by-step guide because, ultimately, it is God who changes…
How to Give Your Testimony
Dec 12, 2018 • 38 min
Giving testimony is one of the most important parts of the Christian life, but putting your conversion story into words can be a daunting task. We should always be prepared to give testimony to what God has done in our lives. So today, Mike and Dave talk…
Be Unashamed of the Gospel
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
Do you find making a good first impression to be awkward? Have you ever tried to say something inspiring but ended up saying the wrong things? Is the mere thought of evangelization too nerve-racking to even contemplate? Welcome to the Every Knee Shall Bow…
Introducing Every Knee Shall Bow: Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast
Nov 26, 2018 • 1 min
Michael Gormley announces a new Ascension podcast that will help you share your Catholic faith with your family, friends, co-workers, and even total strangers.