Stephen K. Ray was raised in a devout, loving Baptist family. His father was a deacon and Bible teacher and Stephen was very involved in the Baptist Church as a teacher of Biblical studies and lectured on a wide range of topics. Steve and his wife Janet entered the Catholic Church in 1994.
In addition to running a family business, Steve spends time researching, writing, and teaching about the Catholic Faith. He is the author of Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church, Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church, and St. John's Gospel: A Bible Study and Commentary.
He is currently producing a 10-video series for Ignatius Press called The Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation From Abraham to Augustine, filmed on location in the Holy Land. His website is www.catholic-convert.com.
NEW! "Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith" | Footprints of God
In this new Footprints of God film, Apostolic Fathers Handing on the Faith, Steve Ray takes you on an exciting journey to the Roman Empire and the world of the first Christians. You'll sit at the feet of the apostles, celebrate the Eucharist in hiding, and tremble at the suffering they endured for Jesus Christ. Retrace their steps through Israel, Turkey, France and Italy. All this in a fast-paced, entertaining biography, travel documentary, Bible study, apologetics course and Church history study rolled into one remarkable adventure! Church Fathers featured in this film are Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Rome, Polycarp of Smyrna, Irenaeus of Lyons and Justin Martyr.
Includes a comprehensive study guide as well as special features with Behind the Scenes footage, bloopers and outakes, and an interview with Fr. Benedict Groeschel.
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STEVE RAY BOOKS published by IGNATIUS PRESS:
Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church
An exhilarating conversion story of a devout Baptist who relates how he overcame his hostility to the Catholic Church by a combination of serious Bible study and vast research of the writings of the early Church Fathers. In addition to a moving account of their conversion that caused Ray and his wife to "cross the Tiber" to Rome, he offers an in-depth treatment of Baptism and the Eucharist in Scripture and the ancient Church.
Thoroughly documented with hundreds of footnotes, this contains perhaps the most complete compilation of biblical and patristic quotations and commentary available on Baptism and the Eucharist, as well as a detailed analysis of Sola Scriptura and Tradition.
"This is really three books in one that offers not only a compelling conversion story, but documented facts that are likely to cinch many other conversions." -- Karl Keating
"A very moving and astute story. I am enormously impressed with Ray's candor, courage and theological literacy." -- Thomas Howard
Read an excerpt from Crossing the Tiber
Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church
Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. He tackles the tough issues in an attempt to expose how the opposition is misunderstanding the Scriptures and history. He uses many Protestant scholars and historians to support the Catholic position. This book contains the most complete compilation of Scriptural and Patristic quotations on the primacy of Peter and the Papal office of any book available. It has over 500 footnotes with supporting evidence from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian authorities.
"This book defends Catholic teaching against the opposition, using current Church teaching on the Old Testament foundation for the primacy and succession of Peter. A rich documentation, a fine study." -- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn
"A veritable tour de force on behalf of the Petrine ministry, bringing together exegetes, the Fathers of the Church, the witness of history, and even Protestant scholars. The work is scholarly, objective, and accessible to all readers. Recommended wholeheartedly and unequivocally." -- Fr. Peter Stravinskas
Read an excerpt from Upon This Rock
St. John's Gospel: A Bible Study and Commentary
As Catholics in ever-growing numbers are taking part in Bible studies, many questions arise. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin? Is it alright to interpret the Bible for ourselves? What Bible should I use? How can I understand such a deep book as the Gospel of St. John?
This book has the answer to these and many other such questions. Stephen Ray takes the difficult and makes it easy; he takes the confusion and makes things clear. It gives a simple start for a beginner while providing the depth and profundity for the scholar. This book is one of a kind. It is the first extensive, easy to use and thoroughly Catholic study guide available.
This Bible study provides extensive "text boxes" with detailed information that helps students discover the cultural, religious, historical and other information on the specific passage they are studying. It utilizes quotes for a wide range of scholars, historians and specialists to instruct the student and give valuable insights into the background and meaning of the text. This book can serve as a basic Bible study guide for working through the Gospel of John, helping the student plumb the depths of St. John's marvelous and deeply spiritual Gospel. It is excellent for use by individuals or groups, for families or schools.
"There is no greater guide to St. John's Gospel than this utterly outstanding offering from the heart of one of the most gifted converts to the Church in recent years. This is simply the best, most thorough, practical, and intensely Catholic Bible study I've seen." -- Rosalind Moss, Editor, Home At Last
"Stephen Ray presents a readable and intelligent interpretation of the Gospel of John. His approach is simple, clear, yet profound and discerning. For those who seek the truth and understanding of St. John's Gospel, this book is a must reading." -- Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, Philippines
"Steve Ray's St. John's Gospel is a welcome addition to the blossoming field of Scripture studies written by and for faithful lay Catholics. His research is sound, his style accessible, and his insights are solidly Catholic and biblical. May he write many more!" -- Mark Shea, Author, Making Senses Out of Scripture
The FOOTPRINTS OF GOD video/DVD series:
The Footprints of God is an award-winning 10-volume video resource that covers the key people, places and teachings of Scripture, bringing them together in the rich tradition of the Catholic church. This series will be enjoyed by Catholics and all Christians, as well as those who want to understand what Christians believe, and why. Each DVD in the series comes with a study guide and the movies are organized so they can be viewed all at once or in "chapters" for study. Currently, six of the ten DVDs are available, with four more to be produced:
Moses: Signs, Sacraments and Salvation
David & Solomon: Expanding the Kingdom
Mary: the Mother of God
Peter: Keeper of the Keys
Paul: Contending for the Faith
Jesus: the Word Became Flesh
Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith
Work on the next DVD, the Abraham: Father of Faith & Works is in progress and will be ready for release in 2009. The other two DVDs are Doctors of the Church: Defining the Faith, and Elijah & Elisha: Conscience of the Kingdom.
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THE GREATEST FIGURES IN SALVATION HISTORY SERIES:
Moses and Peter
Steve interviews Jewish convert and apologist Rosalind Moss, and digs deeper into the life of Moses and the exodus from Egypt.
Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna and the editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, joins Steve to talk about the life of St. Peter and the primacy of Rome.
Jesus and Mary
Steve interviews Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Biblical scholar and EWTN host, and digs deeper into the life and times of Jesus and his Passion.
Cardinal Christoph Schronborn, Archbishop of Vienna and the editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, joins Steve to talk about the life and mystery of Mary and the Marian doctrines.
Paul, David and Solomon
In these two interviews, Steve talks with Jewish convert and author Roy Schoeman (Salvation is From the Jews) about the life and times of St. Paul.
Cardinal Francis Arinze, head of the Vatican Office for Worship and the Sacraments, joins Steve to discuss the great Old Testament figures of David and Solomon.
FURTHER INFORMATION about STEVE RAY and his work:
Websites: www.CatholicConvert.com and Discussion Board and Steve's Blog.
Pilgrimages: Follow Steve Ray in The Footprints of Mary & Jesus and other trips.
Discount Bible Study & Catholic Software: Steve's web store BibleTheology.com .
Audio CDs: Men, Marriage, Sex & Heaven, Raising a Catholic Family , Searching Scripture , Sharing the Fullness of the Faith and more. Click here.
Ask Steve to Speak & Press Kit: Click here.
Related IgnatiusInsight.com Interviews and Book Excerpts:
Walking In the Footsteps of Saint Paul | Carl E. Olson and Steve Ray | Ignatius Insight Podcast | July 2008
Filming God's Footprints | An Interview with Steve Ray | June 2006
"My Name Is Alex Jones" | Steve Ray | Foreword to No Price Too High: A Pentecostal Preacher Becomes a Catholic by Alex Jones
Our Conversion | Stephen K. Ray | From Crossing the Tiber
St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome | Stephen K. Ray | From Upon This Rock
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