Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast)

Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast

About the show

Lay Catholic evangelists Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle bring you a podcast series that teaches you how to confidently share your Catholic faith with your family members, friends, co-workers, and the strangers you meet on airplanes. Every episode, Mike and Dave give you five steps you can take each week to become an instrument God uses to spread the Gospel, heal hearts, and renew his Church. Be inspired by stories of miraculous conversions and be reminded that God still powerfully intervenes to transform people's lives.

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  • How the Light of the Christ-Child Conquered Herod’s Darkness

    December 25th, 2019  |  11 mins 59 secs
    bible history, christmas, jesus, nativity

    On this glorious Christmas day, I, Gomer, give an abbreviated recap of King Herod’s dark, violent, and corrupt history. It was in the face of this proud ruler who did anything to secure his worldly power and wealth that God sent the most humble Christ-child. This Christmas, remember that no matter how small and insignificant you might feel, your “yes” to God will allow Christ to be born into this proud and haughty world in which we live.

  • What Repentance Looks Like

    December 18th, 2019  |  43 mins 36 secs
    advent, advent 2019, catholic, catholic church, catholicism, confession, dave vanvickle, fasting, forgiveness, forgiving, gomer, penance, repent, repentance, salvation, scripture

    Dave “The Wolf of Main Street” VanVickle and I wrap up our Advent series on repentance. We talk about interior repentance and how that shows up through things like fasting, keeping Fridays a day of penance, forgiving others, serving the poor, and constantly reorienting our lives towards Christ. We can’t buy heaven with these acts, (the cross of Christ is our salvation) but true repentance will always show up in our words and deeds.

  • Repentance Is for Sinners—Just Ask Zacchaeus

    December 11th, 2019  |  Season 0  |  31 mins 57 secs
    bible, bible study, catholic, catholic church, catholic faith, dave vanvickle, gomer, jesus, jesus christ, penance, repentance, scripture, sinners, zacchaeus

    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’ repentance in Luke 19, and how we can incorporate continual repentance and conversion in our day-to-day lives.

  • Advent: A Great Time for Repentance

    December 4th, 2019  |  45 mins 24 secs
    advent, advent 2019, advent season, catholic, confession, dave, dave vanvickle, gomer, liturgical calendar, michael gormley, mike gormley, penance, repent, repentance, season of advent

    The repentance aspect of Advent is highly neglected but extremely important. Most people like to focus on the love of God made man (which is huge, don’t get me wrong) but what is the proper response to this great love? Repentance.

  • The Dangers of Misdefining Evangelization

    November 27th, 2019  |  38 mins 10 secs
    catholic, catholic evangelization, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, gospel, jesus, jesus christ, mike gormley, ministry

    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 evangelization. There’s a whole other big part of evangelization where you use words.

  • What the Bible Reveals about God's Love

    November 20th, 2019  |  36 mins 57 secs
    bible, bible quotes, bible study, catholic, catholic church, catholic ministries, catholic parish, christian, god loves you, god's love, good samaritan, gospel, john, ministry, scripture, scripture passages, woman at the well

    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 unfamiliar with the radial depth of that reality.

  • Natural Happiness: A Philosophical Approach to Evangelization

    November 13th, 2019  |  43 mins 5 secs
    apologetics, aquinas, catholic, catholic church, catholic ministry, catholic philosophy, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, happiness, kerygma, michael gormley, mike gormley, ministry, natural happiness, parish, philosophy, theology

    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 natural happiness. To be brief, the idea is that nothing in the world can completely satisfy us, because we were made for something eternal, which is God. We also talk a bit about parish bureaucracy and the hierarchy of the Church. Let’s just say you should pray for your parish.

  • Stewardship Parishes, Discipleship Tracks, and Evangelization for Introverts

    November 6th, 2019  |  45 mins 32 secs
    catholic, dave vanvickle, disciples, discipleship, evangelization, gomer, gospel, introverts, jesus, mike gormley, ministry, parish, stewardship parishes

    Dave “He Stole My Eggo” VanVickle and I are coming up with answers faster than your 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 stewardship parishes (parishes where your salary is on record so they’re sure you’re tithing fully)? How can I make discipleship tracks in my parish? How can I talk about Jesus when talking in general is hard enough? And how can I be a good witness when the first contact I have with someone is about sexual morality?

  • 7 Common Evangelization Mistakes

    October 30th, 2019  |  49 mins 13 secs

    Dave "Skull Crusher" VanVickle and I talk about seven common pitfalls of evangelization that we see at parishes around the country. Recognize any?

  • How to Develop a Parish Evangelization Plan: 8 Things to Consider

    October 23rd, 2019  |  39 mins 57 secs
    dave and gomer, dave vanvickle, david vanvickle, director of evangelization, discipleship, intentional disciples, michael gormley, mike gormley, parish evangelization, parish evangelization podcast, spiritual warfare

    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.

  • Inspiring Teens and Training Catholic Lectors: Two Practical Applications

    October 16th, 2019  |  42 mins 53 secs

    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 Confirmation teens and then to lectors at his parish.

  • 10 Principles of Evangelization

    October 9th, 2019  |  34 mins 8 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholicism, dave, dave vanvickle, evangelization, evangelize, gomer, gospel, holy spirit, jesus, mike gormley, ministry

    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 street. We’ve made all the evangelization mistakes through our years of talking to people about Jesus and the Church so that you don’t have to.

  • In Defense of a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ

    October 2nd, 2019  |  38 mins 56 secs
    catholic, catholic prayer, catholic spirituality, evangelize, jesus, jesus christ, ministry, personal relationship with jesus, personal relationship with jesus christ, prayer, prayer life

    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. This is a huge problem. Dave “The Cheddar” VanVickle and I talk about why having a personal relationship with Jesus is absolutely vital for Catholics. It’s not about just having an emotional reaction, it’s about knowing the God we claim to love and allowing that intimacy to draw us ever deeper into the sacraments and mysteries of the Catholic Faith.

  • Preaching the Gospel of Salvation: A Practical Application

    September 25th, 2019  |  32 mins 44 secs
    adam and eve, catholic, catholic talk, christian groups, evangelize, genesis, gomer, good news, gospel, gospel of salvation, mens group, michael gormley, mike gormley, ministry, salvation

    This talk was given to the men's group at my parish (even though some people don’t like those cough Dave cough) and focuses on the message of salvation through Genesis up to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and points to the responsibility this puts on Christians to spread the good news.

  • The Life of a Traveling Evangelist

    September 18th, 2019  |  43 mins 43 secs
    catholic, catholic community, catholic speaker, dave vanvickle, evangelist, evangelization, gomer, mike gormley, ministry

    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 feeling guilty about a paycheck, we talk about balancing family life, parish life, full-time jobs, and time on the road.

  • Men’s Groups, Shoestring Budgets, and Adoration

    September 11th, 2019  |  44 mins 39 secs
    adoration, catholic, catholic church, catholic kids, dave vanvickle, eucharist, evangelization, gomer, men's group, mike gormley, ministry, parish, true presence

    Today we’re answering questions and handing out sweet sweet nicknames. We talk about how to make men’s groups less painful, what to do if your parish has little to no money, our essential reading list for people who want to evangelize, resources for introducing kids to Adoration, and the Pew Research study on the True Presence in the Eucharist.