Jim Blackburn’s Talks

Mister Misunderstood: Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy

Does mercy mean not judging? Jim explains the Church’s true teaching on mercy and explores Pope Francis’s writings to uncover the pontiff’s understanding of this controversial topic.

The Bible: Its History, What It Is, and What It Is Not

Is the Bible all we need? Jim examines the development and canonization of the Bible, as well as what the Bible has to say about itself and how to respond to anti-Catholic claims about the Bible that ’the Bible doesn’t actually support.

The Faith: Common Objections with Concise Answers

Jim addresses many of the most common challenges to the Faith faced by Catholics today, including questions about God, the Church, Mary, the saints, indulgences, and more.

The Sacraments: Challenges and Biblical Evidence

Jim tackles common questions about—and anti-Catholic assaults on—the sacraments, the life-giving signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Catholic Church.

Open Forum Q&A

Always a favorite—just like on Catholic Answers Live—Jim takes questions from the audience and provides lively, thoughtful, and often entertaining answers that are always faithful to the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Domestic Church: God’s Plan for Your Marriage and Family

Christians should approach marriage and the family as an image of Christ and the Church—as the “domestic Church.” Jim equips his audience with the tools to build genuine families founded on authentic marriages that are divorce-proof for life.

Vatican II: What Really Happened?

Jim examines the foundations for the Church’s ecumenical councils and explores a brief history of those leading up to Vatican II. He then delves into authentic Vatican II teaching and post-conciliar controversies.

Scandal in the Church: Nothing New Under the Sun

Jim addresses the priest abuse scandal in the United States, explores what really happened as well as the Church’s response to it, and explains how faithful Catholics should respond to it today.

The Trinity in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Jim walks through a theological explanation of the Trinity, bringing this thought-provoking mystery to life. He explores the Trinity in terms of its five notions, four relations, three persons, two processions, and one nature.

The Temptations of Adam and Christ: Understanding the Threefold Lust

Beginning with the Garden of Eden, Jim examines Adam’s fall into Original Sin, explores how Jesus’’ temptations by Satan reverse Adam’s fall, and discusses how the same “threefold lust” Adam and Jesus both experienced is a cross we all must deal with today.

Old Testament Shadows: Israel Prefigures the Church

New Testament realities are prefigured in Old Testament shadows: “The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.” In this talk Jim explores Moses and ancient Israel as they prefigure Christ and the Church.


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