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CBF Podcast: A Conversation with Father James Martin

By Andy Hale

In 2009, Father James Martin’s status as “friend” of The Colbert Report was upgraded to “chaplain.” However, when the satirist packed up his bags from Comedy Central and moved to CBS’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert forgot to transfer the Jesuit priest’s role.

Colbert’s folly is our gain. CBF Podcast has officially adopted the great Catholic priest as our official archbishop. Though, I am pretty sure that it would only take one phone call, text or tweet to rectify Colbert’s forgotten invitation.

To get to know the man behind the wire rimmed spectacles was quite an experience. We discussed the life-shifting change from a career in general electric to a calling to poverty, chastity and obedience.

Father James Martin has been called the master of translating tough theological matters in the vernacular. His latest work, and the central focus of our conversation, only emboldens this moniker as the priest seeks to create opportunities for theological dialogue among American Catholics “Building a Bridge.”

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This podcast episode is brought to you by The School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb UniversityCampbell University Divinity SchoolDavid Correll of Universal Creative Concepts and Candler School of Theology.

Andy Hale hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @haleandy

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