October 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ancient Faith Commentaries

Moving the Boundary Marker

Every age has its own errors, says Fr. Lawrence Farley, and in every age, therefore, the Church faces a different set of challenges, distortions, and lies. Today voices are raised calling for the landmarks regarding the nature of gender and sexuality to be moved.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


iSermon 300!

This is the 300th episode of iSermon, recorded at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, Canada, and featuring guest Fr. Theologos Drakos of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Mississauga, Canada. Fr. Theo is the national camp director of Canada and a long time friend and colleague of Fr. Ted. In this special-edition episode, we both reflect on the last 300 episodes and how they have shaped our experience of ministry, preaching, social media, and technology.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Midwest Clergy Wives Retreat

2015 Midwest Clergy Wives’ Retreat

Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green was the guest speaker at the 28th annual Midwest Clergy Wives’ Retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery from October 9-11, 2015. A pan-Orthodox event designed for clergy wives, this event has become a sacrosanct time for worship, fellowship, and sisterhood.

Orthodox Christian Synergy

The Cross and the Crescent

Fr. Josiah Trenham, the priest at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California, speaks at Orthodox Christian Synergy’s Annual Symposium. The gathering took place at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, October 17, 2015, and the topic was Islam.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Healing Addictions

Praying for the Departed

Fr. Christophe Lepoutre, the Executive Director of the nonprofit ministry "The Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup," emphasizes the very important need to break the chains of addiction, which begins, he explains, with prayers for the repose of our ancestors.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Purpose of Suffering

It is an inescapable fact that suffering is a part of the fallen human condition. In a powerful message, Fr. Tom Soroka describes three important principles to help us form our perspective on suffering.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint

The Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint

Each Lent, the Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint, Michigan, join each other for Great Vespers, a light lenten meal, and a lecture. Parishes include Assumption (Greek), St. George (Antiochian), St. Mary Magdalene (OCA), and St. Nicholas (OCA). This past Lent's speaker was Fr. Silviu N. Bunta, PhD, and his topic was "The Bible: An Orthodox Perspective."

Monday, October 12, 2015

That They May Be One

That They May Be One: The Past, Present, and Future of Orthodox-Catholic Relations

From October 9-10, 2015, the St. Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute, in partnership with Saint Louis University, presented a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the mutual lifting of excommunications by Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I. Speakers included Metropolitan Tarasios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America, and Fr. Brian E. Daley, the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the Univeristy of Notre Dame.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Ancient Faith Presents

Doctor of Ministry

Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. Sergius Halvorsen, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and the Director of the school’s new Doctor of Ministry program. Joining him are two DMin students—Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos and Mr. Greg Abdalah.

Voices from St. Vladimir's Seminary

Our Common Father: Saint Cyril

The Very Rev. Dr. John Anthony McGuckin, renowned author of 25 books, several of which are published by SVS Press, presented the keynote address at this year's Education Day at St. Vladimir's Seminary. Fr. John outlined a brief history of St. Cyril, highlighting the point that the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox traditions agree with much of the saint's theology.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Eastern Christian Insights

St. Timon

Fr. Philip LeMasters reminds us that Christ does not ask us to fix our own personal problems, much less to end wars or feed thousands. All that he asks us to do is offer what little we can to Him for blessing with the faith that He will do with it what is best.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Paradise and Utopia

The Possessor Controversy and Its Consequences

Fr. John Strickland discusses an important and fateful development in the history of Russian Christendom before modern times—the Possessor Controversy—on a new "Paradise and Utopia."

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