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Swimming Upstream is a podcast about life, liberty, and the pursuit of holiness. Hosted by Eric Sammons.

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Swimming Upstream is a podcast about life, liberty, and the pursuit of holiness. Hosted by Eric Sammons.

    100: All Good Things Must Come to an End

    100: All Good Things Must Come to an End

    In the 100th episode of this podcast, I make a special announcement, plus I also share a talk I recently gave on the Four Last Things.

    Topics covered include:


    The origin of death
    What is death?
    The Christian and death
    The Particular Judgement
    The General Judgement
    Hell
    Purgatory
    Heaven

    • 58 min
    99: Sanctification Through Work

    99: Sanctification Through Work

    I recently gave a talk to a women’s group on the topic of “Sanctification Through Work.” We spend most of our lives working, whether it’s paid or not, and so we need to make sure work draws us closer to—rather than farther away from—God. I’m sharing the recording of the talk on this episode of Swimming Upstream.

    Topics covered:


    The Origin of Work
    What is Work?
    Suffering and Work
    Offering Work to God
    Our Offering
    Practical Applications

    • 35 min
    98: The Purpose of Marriage

    98: The Purpose of Marriage

    I recently taught a class for my parish and the topic was marriage. I covered a number of areas related to the sacrament, but in particular I focused on the three purposes of marriage, and their corresponding importance.

    Topics covered:


    Origin of marriage
    Marriage defined
    Purpose of marriage
    Essential elements of marriage
    Christ elevates marriage to a sacrament
    Determining validity of a marriage

    97: Fielding a Big “Team Catholic”

    97: Fielding a Big “Team Catholic”

    There’s a lot of in-fighting in the Catholic world, among traditional Catholics, among conservative Catholics, and particularly between traditional and conservative Catholics. In this episode, I go full Rodney King and ask, “Can we all just get along?”

    Topics covered:


    A desire to “Unite the Clans”
    “He that is not against us is for us.”
    Building Team Catholic
    Disagree on prudential matters, but united in common cause
    Not everyone is on the Team: Fr. James Martin and Cardinal Cupich
    Fr. Larry Richards and Bishop Robert Barron – are they part of the Team?
    Let’s field a big Team Catholic

    Resources:


    Traditional Catholics Unite the Clans with Michael Matt (Dr. Taylor Marshall #229)

     

    96: What Kind of Catholic Are You?

    96: What Kind of Catholic Are You?

    In today’s Church, there are many different kinds of Catholics, with three main categories: liberal, conservative, and traditional. I take a look at these labels and what they mean in this episode of “Swimming Upstream”.

    Topics covered:


    The division in today’s Church.
    The problem with labels.
    The three kinds of Catholics.
    How they differ.
    A spectrum rather than a label.
    What kind of Catholic am I?

    Resources:


    Take the Online Quiz

    95: The State of the Cryptocurrency Industry

    95: The State of the Cryptocurrency Industry

    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have left the public spotlight since their highs in late 2017. What is going on in the cryptocurrency industry these days? Is the promise of blockchain technology still possible? Or was it all hype?

    Topics covered:


    What is cryptocurrency? A brief primer.
    The three phases of cryptocurrency history.
    Will cryptocurrency be the money of the future?
    Are there other use cases for cryptocurrency?

    Resources:


    The Current State of Bitcoin (Nov 2017)

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Good Catholic Podcast

Strikes just the right balance between being informative and truthful.

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Great podcast!

Covers a great variety of life and faith. Even though there is a lot of catholic context, I enjoy the point of view as a Christian not practicing Catholicism.

Thought provoking and Bible based podcast.

Bern26 ,

Thoughtful

Love these thoughtful analyses.

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