Fr. Evan Armatas begins with a conversation with Fr. Tom Tsagalakis, from Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle. They discuss together a sensitive question written in by a father who is struggling to communicate with his daughter. She has expressed confusion about her sexual identity
Fr. Philip LeMasters argues that it has always been a component of Orthodox teaching that the uniquely life-giving union of man and woman is unspeakably holy and a sign of the relationship between Christ and the Church.
The killing of Cecil the Lion is a bad thing. On a new "Human Exceptionalism," Wesley J. Smith explains why while differentiating between animal rights and animal welfare.
On a new "A Voice from the Isles," Fr. Gregory Hallam, Dean at the Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland and priest at St. Aidan's Orthodox Church in Manchester, demonstrates how St. Seraphim of Sarov, the translation of whose relics we celebrate today, remains one of the outstanding examples of Christian holiness.
Often the Orthodox Church is criticized for practicing what is sometimes called "closed communion," which means only Orthodox Christians are permitted to receive the Eucharist. Using the story of the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Fr. Tom Soroka reminds us that God shares his fullness with us in Holy Communion. And since we experience unity with one another at the chalice, the implications are enormous!
Young people, Fr. Michael Gillis's daughters included, often say that there are no good candidates among the Orthodox Christians they know. Fr. Michael understands this problem, and on a new "Praying in the Rain," he comments on how Orthodox Christian churches are often small with limited choices.
Frederica Mathews-Green begins reading selections from her new book Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, published by Paraclete Press. Here she shares the book's introduction.
Fr. John Strickland draws upon several scholarly works to show how hesychasm protected eastern Christendom from the forces that had begun to lead the new Christendom of the west away from traditional Christianity. He also includes for the first time a video companion episode that shows, with the use of powerful, full-color icons such as those of Andrey Rublev, how hesychasm inspired some of the greatest art in the history of eastern Christendom.
Bobby Maddex interviews Dn. Stephen Muse, Director of the Pastoral Counselor Training program and Clinical Services for the D.A. & Elizabeth Turner Ministry Resource Center of the Pastoral Institute, Inc., in Columbus, Georgia, and the author of the book Being Bread, published by Saint Tikhon's Monastery Press.
Dr George E Demacopolous, wrote on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog that through the increasing expansion of 'Orthodox fundamentalism' in ordinary parishes, "the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists". Father John Whiteford, ROCOR priest and blogger wrote a robust rebuttal to this article. They both join Kevin in today's episode.