After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff Cavins returned to the Catholic Church and has since been a leading figure in Catholic media for over two decades. He has appeared on Catholic radio and television hundreds of times and has produced several bible studies with Ascension including Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation and Matthew: The King, and His Kingdom.
See more from Jeff:
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
Psalms: The School of Prayer
Galatians: Set Free to Live
James: Pearls for Wise Living
Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come
Walking Toward Eternity: Daring to Walk the Walk
Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart
Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life
August 23rd, 2019 | 18 mins
August 16th, 2019 | 27 mins 27 secs
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God is the one who separates the wheat from the chaff, but we can be tempted to take this task on ourselves, especially when it comes to our parish. Jeff talks about the Parable of the Sower to explain why we shouldn’t take it upon ourselves to pull up what we may see as weeds at our parish.
August 2nd, 2019 | 39 mins 17 secs
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Founder of The Coming Home Network, and host of The Journey Home program on EWTN, Marcus Grodi stops in to chat with Jeff Cavins. They talk about sola scriptura, how Marcus went from a Presbyterian minister to a Catholic, the thousands of people who have found their way back to the Catholic Church through The Coming Home Network, and some of the challenges that converts face.
July 26th, 2019 | 29 mins 13 secs
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If the greatest commandment is to love God, how do we know if we’re actually doing it, or if we’re just falling in “like” with Jesus? To answer this question, Jeff uses Scripture passages on what it means to truly love God. He unpacks what this means for us as disciples who not only SAY they love Jesus, but ACT like they love Jesus.
July 19th, 2019 | 28 mins 47 secs
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Jeff Cavins digs into scriptures on restoration in the Gospel of John and compares Peter’s journey to Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At some point, both run away from their responsibilities, but eventually turn around and embrace transformative relationships.
July 12th, 2019 | 34 mins 8 secs
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We are created to be loved, and to love others. But it’s easy to settle for likes. We feel a boost of ego when someone leaves a flattering comment or shares our post, and it’s satisfying … to a point. But deep inside we all want to be loved, not just liked. Jeff brings up Scripture passages on what it means to be created for love and talks about the things that hold us back from pursuing authentic love.
July 5th, 2019 | 32 mins 26 secs
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Ministry programs and apologetics are great, but there’s one area that parishes can often neglect: evangelization. Christians have a mandate to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” But so many Catholics seem to opt out of this and prefer to build programs that service the inner circle instead of welcoming in the larger community. We’re hitting the target, but not the bullseye.
June 28th, 2019 | 33 mins 2 secs
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If social media existed when the Scriptures were written, what would they say about it? Jeff revises verses from the Bible about speech to answer this question.
June 21st, 2019 | 39 mins 18 secs
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A go-to response to insomnia typically involves a snack and TV remote, but there are better ways to get real rest and wake up feeling refreshed. Jeff has some advice for those who have difficulty sleeping, and it all comes from Scripture! The topic of sleep is a recurring theme in the Bible, and each verse in this episode provides an instruction about how to quiet the mind and get the rest we crave.
June 14th, 2019 | 30 mins
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Jeff shares the feelings of shame and isolation he faced as a kid struggling with bedwetting. Even if you never wet the bed, experiencing embarrassment and even self-loathing because of a perceived flaw is something we can all relate to. Jeff shares tips on how to react to someone experiencing these feelings, and points out that we’re not defined by those imperfections. We’re defined by our relationship with Jesus, and he will always look on us with love.
June 7th, 2019 | 32 mins 22 secs
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If you are a parent, grandparent, godparent, or spiritual parent, one of the best gifts you can give is a Bible. But not just any Bible, your Bible. The one where you’ve underlined verses, written notes in the margins, and added your prayers in the open spaces. Start writing in your Bible with the specific intention of giving it to your son or daughter. It’s a beautiful way to share your spiritual life with your children and they will cherish it for life.
May 31st, 2019 | 38 mins 49 secs
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Looking for peace and simplicity? Get rid of the factors that complicate your life. Jeff zeroes in on the things that disrupt our peace and rupture our relationships. He explains how each of these things affects us and what we can do to overcome these disruptions and find our inner calm.
May 24th, 2019 | 36 mins 5 secs
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Jeff continues the discussion on how the seven deadly sins can show up in our lives. This week he covers envy, gluttony, avarice, and sloth and all the ways we can participate in these vices, often without realizing it. Do you have comments or questions for Jeff? Use the comment box below, or email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!
May 17th, 2019 | 37 mins 44 secs
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We’re familiar with the seven deadly sins, but these vices have offshoots that can be harder to identify. For example, you may not think you have a problem with pride, but if you struggle with disobedience, boastfulness, or stubbornness, you’re grappling with a “child” of pride. Jeff goes through the offspring of pride, anger, and lust in today’s episode, and will cover the rest of the seven deadly sins next week!
May 10th, 2019 | 32 mins 23 secs
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Did you know God likes certain aromas and smells? It’s not the literal smell that finds favor with God, but the meaning behind the smell. For example, the smell of incense represents prayer going up to heaven, which God loves.
Jeff breaks down the four favorite aromas of God in today’s episode: prayer, repentance, witnessing, and sacrifice. He also reads out some feedback and answers questions from listeners.
Do you have comments or questions for Jeff? Use the comment box below, or email Jeff at email@example.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!
May 3rd, 2019 | 38 mins 20 secs
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Jeff sits down with Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle, hosts of Every Knee Shall Bow, a podcast about how Catholics can evangelize and share the faith.
Mike and Dave are both very active in evangelization at their parishes and in their personal lives. We talk about the assumptions we make about other Catholics, tracks (pamphlets that preach the gospel), and what to say to people who don’t consider evangelization their “gift”.