Our culture shies away from death, but every year, as we Orthodox participate in Holy Week and Pascha, we recalibrate our relationship with death. We face death squarely, and we enter into grief and find that Christ conquers death. Listen to Elissa Bjeletich discuss this and more on a new "Raising Saints."
Adam Lowell Roberts and Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth discuss a common quote: "A quiet church is a dead church." What does this mean? Is there a danger in this quote? These questions and more are discussed in depth as Fr. Wilbur examines this quote from an uncommon angle.
On a new "Ex Libris," the podcast of Ancient Faith Publishing, host Bobby Maddex interviews Presv. Constantina Palmer, the author of the new AFP book The Sweetness of Grace: Stories of Christian Trial and Victory.
Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez take a look at NBC’s new hit show This is Us. They discuss how men are portrayed in pop culture, the role of the virtuous person in a family, and the reality that families make us who we are. They close their conversation with their Top 5 Fictional Dads.
Bobby Maddex interviews Melinda Johnson, the Marketing Director of Ancient Faith Ministries, about the 2017 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference, which will take place at Antiochian Village this coming June 15-17.
Seraphim Danckaert of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, speaks at the Second Annual Lenten Lecture and Fundraising Reception hosted by the Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University on March 12, 2017.
Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos, adjunct faculty member of the Orthodox School of Theology, speaks at a panel discussion titled "Resurrection of Logos: the Divine, the Individual, and Finding Our Bearings in a Postmodern World," held at Trinity College in Toronto, Ontario, on March 7, 2017. Fr. Theodore addresses the basic understanding of Orthodox anthropology as man striving to attain the image and likeness of God.
On February 27–28, 2017, Priest David Mezynski, associate dean for Student Affairs at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, presented four lenten reflections during the two days of intensive liturgical services that annually mark the beginning of Great Lent for the seminary community. Using a story-telling format and employing a variety of sayings from the desert monastics, Father David focused on the theme of gratitude as the fruit of repentance, and especially pinpointed two main obstacles to true repentance: 1) feeling no awareness of sin, with a consequent refusal to change; and 2) possessing a despairing attitude, with a consequent inability to receive forgiveness.