Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast)

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

226 episodes of Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast) since the first episode, which aired on November 26th, 2018.

  • Why the Church Isn’t Typically Good at Evangelization and One Way to Stop That Problem

    July 24th, 2019  |  47 mins 18 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholics, christian, christianity, church, community, evangelization, evangelize, good news, gospel, hospitality, mark hart, ministry, parish, religion, testimony, witness

    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 empowering individuals to spread the gospel. Instead of just telling people to evangelize, Mark is on a mission to teach people to evangelize with a new program—The 99. Featuring Fr. Mike Schmitz, Fr. Josh Johnson, Leah Darrow, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, and more, the program will help parishes start a movement of evangelization in their communities. See more at evangelization.com.

  • The Role of Laity in Evangelization

    July 17th, 2019  |  42 mins 3 secs
    catholic, catholic church, church, dave vanvickle, evangelize, gomer, gospel, gospel message, jesus, kerygma, laity, michael gormley, ministry, nuns, priests, role of the laity

    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 and nuns can’t go into your friend’s house (probably). We are the ones that must carry the Gospel into our homes, schools, jobs, and public places.

  • Is Jesus the Defining Characteristic of Your Life?

    July 10th, 2019  |  36 mins 27 secs
    branches, catholic, catholic community, community, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, hospitality, jesus, john 15, michael gormley, ministry, parish, parish ministry, vine

    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 answering in this show - thank you Lina! We’re talking about the vine, the branches, and the backyard … (Dave bought a new house). We start with how to open your home to engage the culture and build community and then get to a question from Lina who asks, “What are the practical steps to stay grafted onto the vine when you’ve been sent to work out in the vineyard?” In other words, how do we keep Jesus as the defining characteristic of our life when we feel called to go off and do great things on our own or within our parish?

  • We Don’t Need Christianity to Be Popular, We Need to Make Disciples

    July 3rd, 2019  |  46 mins 15 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic parish, catholic prayer, conversion, dave vanvickle, disciples, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, gospel, gospel truth, michael gormley, ministry, parish, prayer groups, repentance, unashamed of the gospel, unfiltered christianity, watering down the gospel

    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” VanVickle and I talk about this vital aspect of winning hearts for Christ, as well as the importance of repentance. On a more practical note, we also talk about how to start intercessory prayer groups.

  • Waking the Dead: Transforming a Heart of Stone

    June 26th, 2019  |  33 mins 23 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic ministry, community, conversion, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, gospel, michael gormley, ministry, parish, youth ministry

    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 person reorients their life to God.

  • Preparing a Talk for High School Students

    June 19th, 2019  |  30 mins 35 secs
    catholic, evangelize, public speaking to teens, scripture, teachers, teaching

    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. Dave “Father of Wildlings” VanVickle and I go over how to prepare a talk for high school students that will bring the house down. We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • You Can’t Evangelize Unless You Regularly Read Scripture

    June 12th, 2019  |  38 mins 48 secs
    apologetics, bible, catholic, dave vanvickle, evangelize, gomer, how to read the bible, mike gormley, ministry, reading the bible, scripture, scripture study, study scripture, the word, why read the bible

    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 [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • How Do You Evangelize an Atheist?

    June 5th, 2019  |  36 mins 58 secs
    apologetics, atheist, catholic, catholic teachers, catholicism, dave vanvickle, evangelize, evangelizing atheists, mike gormley, ministry, proving god's existence, religion teachers, teaching catholicism

    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 to evangelize an atheist. Our faith is rational. Don’t fear questions about what we believe, because at some point over the past two thousand years, that question has already been asked and answered. We just have to find it.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • 10 Principles of Spiritual Warfare

    May 29th, 2019  |  22 mins 26 secs
    angels, catholic, catholic community, catholic parish, catholic youth ministry, dave vanvickle, demons, devil, dre, evangelization, gomer, ministry, parish, religious education, spiritual warfare, spiritual warrior

    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 the devil doesn’t like it when you try to win souls for Christ. Acknowledging the reality of spiritual warfare is an important first step. Once we realize that we’re fighting battles everyday, we can use these principles to guide the way.

  • Leading When Not in Charge

    May 22nd, 2019  |  36 mins 25 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic evangelists, catholic parish, dave vanvickle, disciples, evangelize, gomer, gospel, kerygma, leadership, leading, michael gormley, ministry, parish

    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. Have a question or comment for us? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • Being a Leader in Evangelization

    May 15th, 2019  |  50 mins
    advice for priests, catholic, catholic evangelization, catholic leaders, catholic ministry, catholic parish, evangelization, evangelize, how to be a leader, leadership, parish, parish life, priest, spread the gospel

    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 volunteers can be leaders in their own right, and you don’t have to wait for someone to formally empower you to lead others.

  • Digital Evangelization

    May 8th, 2019  |  43 mins 8 secs
    catching foxes, catholic, catholic media, catholic online, catholic parish, catholic social media, dave vanvickle, digital evangelization, gomer, mike gormley, parish

    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 well as examples of things we’ve seen work really well (like this podcast). We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • Tools for the Newly Converted

    May 1st, 2019  |  39 mins 17 secs
    catholic, catholic conversion, catholic converts, catholic prayer, catholicism, christian conversion, conversion, converts, evangelist, how to pray, intercessory prayer, prayer, prayer groups, rcia, teach prayer, teaching prayer

    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 converted and what tools we have for someone after their initial “yes” to Jesus.

  • Easter, Discipleship, and the Resurrection

    April 24th, 2019  |  8 mins 52 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholicism, disciple, discipleship, easter, easter 2019, easter reflection, evangelization, evangelize, evangelizing, jesus christ, resurrection, what it means to be a disciple

    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 regular show will return next week! Happy Easter!

  • Kerygma and Parish Touch Points

    April 17th, 2019  |  39 mins 3 secs
    apologetics, catechists, catholic, catholic church, catholic education, catholicism, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, evangelizing, kerygma, mike gormley, parish, parish volunteeers, religious education, spreading the faith, youth minister

    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 into programs your parish already has like baptism prep, marriage prep, and religious education. Our advice isn’t the only way to do it, but it is a (pretty darn good) way to do it. How do you evangelize at your parish? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected] with your story, question, or comment—or if you’ve got a new nickname for Dave.

  • Evangelization FAQ’s: Plan B, Skipping Mass, and Non-Catholic Family Weddings

    April 10th, 2019  |  44 mins 52 secs
    apologetics, catholic, conversion, evangelist, excuses for skipping mass, mary, mass, morning after pill, noncatholic wedding, plan b, sacraments, skipping church, skipping mass, wedding, weddings

    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 don’t go to church, the role of Mary in evangelization, and talking to family members about having a sacramental wedding when they’re angry with the Church and you’re long distance. (Whew.)