The Crunch

We're Not Fighting in the Culture War

This week, we talk about the so-called "Culture War", lack of charity within the Church, and the groups that make it worse.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy...

The Divine Churro

Ethan is worried about money, so naturally, that leads us to talk about finances, security, and planning for the future. Patrick is worried about figs, so naturally, that leads to a conversation about plums, prunes, and dates.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in...

We're Pillars of the Community

This week, we go back to first principles about what makes a good community. What are the necessary building blocks of a good community?This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy...

¡Preguntas!

This week, among other things, I (Patrick) discover what "land" is.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy QuigleyMaggie DeanPhillip EvansVeronicaSupport us on Patreon!The...

Thick Boys In Heaven

This Episode Sponsored By:Catholic Card Game: GenerationsFlorian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy QuigleyMaggie DeanPhillip EvansVeronicaSupport us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsiteEthan:...

Great Bergoogly Moogly

This week we talk about how to lead when you're not in charge.This Episode Sponsored By:Catholic Card Game: GenerationsFlorian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy QuigleyMaggie DeanPhillip...

Top Nugs

Ethan shares his top nuggets from FOCUS New Staff Training.This Episode Sponsored By:Catholic Card Game: GenerationsFlorian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy QuigleyMaggie DeanPhillip EvansVeronicaSupport us on...

Leah Murphy: Re-humanizing Social Media

Here on the Crunch, we love talking about getting rid of social media. Today, Leah Murphy comes on to talk about why we might not need to quit entirely, but we do need to change something.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City.Joseph...

Avera Santo: My Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction

It's not a political issue. It's not a moral issue. It's a human issue. We need to be more welcoming and understanding of people who struggle with same-sex attraction. Avera is one of those people and this week, she shares her story.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair-...

Phoebe Johnson- Couple's Counseling

In order to prove she exists, I invited Phoebe on the podcast. We talk about our own experiences in a relationship and why Catholic dating culture might be toxic.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityJoseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our...

Fr. Rocket Dan- Begoming Saint

Fr. Dan (aka @frrocketdan, Fr. Dad, Fr. Dab, etc) stops by to talk about Wendy's, the Internet, and friendship.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityJoseph SimkoSpecial Thanks to our Patrons!John Paul RyanKathy QuigleyMaggie DeanPhillip...

Fr. Anthony Scirappa: It's My Show Now

Fr. Anthony, everyone's favorite recurring character, hijacked our live show. He answered all the questions us lowly lay boys were too unqualified to answer.Also, stay tuned to the end for an announcement that even Ethan doesn't know about o.OThis Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance...

The Crunch Live?

We weren't sure if this would work, but hey! We live streamed! If you'd like to get a heads-up next time we live stream, donate $1/month or more to our Patreon!This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityBe on the Monthly Mailbag! Call:...

The One About Abortion

Abortion has been in the news a lot recently, so we kinda let loose all of our feelings about it.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityBe on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook,...

Become a Pelagian in 5 Easy Steps!

We talk about self-help books and why Patrick used to be afraid of them. We try to find a middle ground between self-improvement and relying on God.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityBe on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us...

Can I See Your ID?

This week, we talk about identity and why we all get it wrong. We also talk about why we're taking the show in a new direction...while also maintaining the old direction.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityBe on the Monthly Mailbag!...

Everybody Go To Mass

If you *can* go to Mass every day...do you have a responsibility to do so? We discuss that, prayer, and other things. But not Avengers: Endgame. No spoilers here.Leave us a message! Or ask us a question? Call: 785-251-3989patrick@thecrunchcast.comethan@thecrunchcast.comSupport us on Patreon!The...

Got Queen Juice?

Happy Easter!!! This week, we chat about how to not be a jerk when you evangelize.Leave us a message! Or ask us a question? Call: 785-251-3989patrick@thecrunchcast.comethan@thecrunchcast.comSupport us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsitePatrick: Twitter, Instagram, WebsiteEthan:...

Be Bold. Not Italicized.

So...I think our phones have replaced the Holy Spirit?((Note: Yes, I know it's pronounced Bay-toh, not Bee-toh.))Leave us a message! Or ask us a question? Call: 785-251-3989patrick@thecrunchcast.comethan@thecrunchcast.comSupport us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsitePatrick:...

Don't Schindler's List Yourself

This week we talk about how the Catholic evangelistic movement has matured, at least from our perspective.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City. (Also fixes dogs?)You can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the promo code CRUNCH to get a discount...

Joel Stepanek: Am I Confident Enough?

Joel Stepanek from Life Teen joins us this week and we talk about ministry, prayer, and how growing in confidence helps us grow in humility.Pre-Order Joel's Book: Chasing HumilityJoel: Twitter, InstagramThis Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas...

Jesus On The Cross With The Redemption

This isn't a monthly mailbag, what are you talking about?? Also, we recorded this two weeks ago so I can't remember what we talked about. Books or something? Enjoy.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas City. (Also fixes dogs?)You can go...

The Rosa Parks of Pittsburgh

I went to an evangelization symposium this week and have some thoughts. Particularly about the negativity surrounding "the nones" (dun dun duuuunnnn).This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityYou can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the...

Gilbert Gottfried. Ethan Gotwrecked.

In this accidentally-Lent-themed episode, we discuss Captain Marvel, the Dune series, PBS's "Cyberchase," and (most importantly) overcoming vices. This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityAdore Ministries Summer Internship- Spend...

A Couple Of Well Rounded Boys

Ethan and I chat about higher education and how we neglect half of our formation in pursuit of intellectual formation. This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityAdore Ministries Summer Internship- Spend your summer doing mission work in...

The Gospel According to Aesop

It's really common to read Gospel stories like fables meant to show us how to live. This week, we talk about why that's bad and how we can read scripture better.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityAdore Ministries Summer...

Fr. Anthony Sciarappa: One of Us Is A Pagan

Fr. Anthony (aka Pat's Boss) joins us as our first guest in, like, months. We talk about programs, prayer, and functional atheism.This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityAdore Ministries Summer Internship- Spend your summer doing mission...

I'm Okay, I Just Feel Like Eeyore

Ethan and I are just a couple of mopey boys this week, folks. We talk about feelings and other things. (Descriptive, I know.)This Episode Sponsored By:Florian Appliance Repair- Serving the area in and around Kansas CityAdore Ministries Summer Internship- Spend your summer doing mission work in...

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Humility, Hummus, Humera

Ethan and I talk about humility in knowledge, in obedience, and in suffering. Also *sigh* speeding is still probably a sin.You can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the promo code CRUNCH to get a discount on your order!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch:...

To Care or Not To Care?

Controversy is all over the place. What are we supposed to do about it? Ethan and I talk about being a reactive to the world vs proactive in changing it.You can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the promo code CRUNCH to get a discount on your order!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support...

Our God is an Oblong God

We're gonna talk about sports this week, folks! It's starting to look a little pagan. Later, we talk about asking questions in prayer and while evangelizing.You can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the promo code CRUNCH to get a discount on your order!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call:...

The Crunch Live 2: The SEEKquel!

LIVE from a box in the middle of a bigger box (namely, a room) it's THE CRUNCH! We had a great time talking about prayer, meeting new people, and getting heckled by our surprise guests. (It was a surprise even for us.)You can go to Catholic Balm Co. and use the promo code CRUNCH to get a...

Twenty Gr19teen

Twenty Gr19teen

Now is the time of year to look back on the year and forward to next year...let's make this year a #twentygr19teenThis is our last episode before our live show at SEEK 2019! We'll be live on Sunday, January 6th at 11:30 CST and post the episode right after!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call:...

Back to the Boat

Back to the Boat

At the end of the Gospel of John, the disciples have yet another unsuccessful fishing trip. We discuss this pescatarian escapade and how it relates to prayer and evangelization.If you're going to SEEK 2019, let us know!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The...

Ethan Learns How To Bake

Ethan Learns How To Bake

Why do we want easy evangelization? Does that even exist? How can I use cookies for the greater sanctification of humanity? All this and more on this week's episode of The Crunch.If you're going to SEEK 2019, let us know!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on...

...now what?

...now what?

We talk about how the simplest truth of our faith is the most overlooked...and why it matters.Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsiteEthan: Twitter, Instagram, EmailPatrick: Twitter, Instagram, EmailSupport the show

Monthly Mailbag: Jaywalking Straight Into Hell

Monthly Mailbag: Jaywalking Straight Into Hell

This month on our monthly show (we've never missed a month, after all), we talk about apathy, Hell, the Baltimore Catechism, and jaywalking. Enjoy!If you haven't heard, we have been invited to be a partner at SEEK 2019!Registration ends December 4th, so register soon, here!Be on the...

We're Bad At Suffering...And Praying...

We talk about how we can offer up little sufferings to Christ for others...and how often we forget that.Ethan references Gomer's talk you can find here.We have been invited to be a partner at SEEK 2019!You can register here!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The...

Game of Phones

Game of Phones

We spoke at KCYC this past weekend. In order to prepare, we talked about our topic here! (Quiet you, it's not lazy.)We have been invited to be a partner at SEEK 2019!You can register here!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook,...

Fr. Harrison Ayre: Pope Benedict's Big Babies

Fr. Harrison Ayre: Pope Benedict's Big Babies

Fr. Harrison joins us from the Clerically Speaking podcast! We talk about the modern influences on evangelization and how to live a sacramental evangelization.Check out Clerically Speaking here! Fr. Harrison on Twitter.We have been invited to be a partner at SEEK 2019!You can register here!Be on...

Let's Go Camping

Ethan had a great weekend, so we once again talk about wasting time. ALSO:We have been invited to record an episode at SEEK 2019! If you're going, let us know!You can register here!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsiteEthan:...

Jake Lastname: Controversial Topics

Jake is back on The Crunch with one more kid and a little more controversy! We talk about the youth synod, canonization, and why we need to not care too much about Vatican politics.Stay tuned for an exciting announcement next week!Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on...

Jesus Doesn't Care About Your Resume

My computer crashed, so this is take two of why we think it's important for you to waste your time.Links:Larry Goosetrain's Twitter ThreadBe on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsiteEthan: Twitter, Instagram, EmailPatrick:...

Patient Urgency

Ethan almost got killed by his kitchen, then we talk about how to hide yourself in small acts of love.Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: 785-251-3989Support us on Patreon!The Crunch: Twitter, Facebook, WebsiteEthan: Twitter, Instagram, EmailPatrick: Twitter, Instagram, EmailSupport the show

The Return of Workout Metaphors

Human formation could help us be better at spreading the gospel. Also Ethan starts lifting.Be on the Monthly Mailbag! Call: <a href="tel:785-251-3989">785-251-3989</a><br> <a href="www.thecrunchcast.com">www.thecrunchcast.com</a><br> <a...

Jesus Wants You To Know Yourself

Jesus Wants You To Know Yourself

We all have wounds. We all want to know ourselves better. Jesus wants these things, too, so how do we let Him in? Here are some cool things that are happening: Catholic Card Game: We have officially funded The Crunch booster pack! Thanks to all who gave! Catholic Balm Co: We're working with...

Blaissez-Faire Economics

Ethan tells a story about how a $38 bike changed someone's life. We launch into a discussion about the real evangelization: Evangelical Poverty. Adore Ministries: Adore does a lot of good for both the spiritually and materially poor across the contry. You can learn more here. Here are some...

Monthly Mailbag: Shmelting My Own Shword

This week, we answer your questions about evangelizing at your parish and dealing with friends who aren't helping you grow in virtue. Here are some cool things that are happening: Catholic Card Game: We have officially funded The Crunch booster pack! Thanks to all who gave! Catholic Balm Co:...

Build-A-Bear Friendship With God

Build-A-Bear Friendship With God

We've all said the words, "my prayer life isn't great right now." But can we really know the fruit of our prayer while on earth? This week, Ethan and I talk about how we psych ourselves out during prayer. Here are some cool things that are happening: Catholic Card Game: We have...

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