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Project Updates

Posted by Bobby · Thursday, July 24, 2014

I just wanted to give you a few brief updates on some of the major projects we are working on. First on the list is AFR 5.0. As mentioned previously, we have hired an individual to tag and categorize all of our podcast episodes. I am pleased to report that our top twenty podcasts have already been completed in this regard, and we expect a huge chunk of the remaining podcasts to be finished by year's end. We are also beginning to see some of the elements of the new design, and they are fantastic. The new iteration of AFR looks as if it will be cleaner, more intuitive, and more attractive than our current site. It will also represent a more integrated approach to the various branches of Ancient Faith Ministries, offering the best in audio, video, writing, and publishing at a single location. We couldn't be more excited.

Our plan to broadcast live Divine Liturgies is also taking shape. Most of the equipment has been installed at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church (OCA) in Chicago, Illinois, and as soon as everyone involved has completed their summer trips and activities, we will be ready to calibrate this equipment and do a test run. Look for a special stream devoted to these broadcasts as early as this September.

Finally, the Ancient Faith Blogs are in the design process, and we have a number of top-notch bloggers committed to the project. Here is who we have lined up thus far:

Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy – Group blog, led by Fr. Andrew Damick

Roads from Emmaus – Fr. Andrew Damick

Glory to God for All Things – Fr. Stephen Freeman

The Morning Offering – Abbot Tryphon

Departing Horeb – Eric Jobe

Between Two Cities – Joel Miller

The Life of Faith – Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou

Close to Home – Molly Sabourin

On Behalf of All – Group blog, led by Gabe Martini

And here is a sample blog design. Each will have its own individualized theme while sharing a number of common characteristics. This is of course The Life of Faith by Fr. Vassilios Papavassiliou:

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A New Addition to AFR—Kinda

Posted by Bobby · Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My apologies for the long gap between this post and my last one. That said, I have been rather busy of late, what with the arrival of my fourth child (and first boy!). His name is Myron Zachary Maddex, and he was born on June 11th at around 5:30 AM. At birth, he weighed seven pounds and five ounces, but he has packed on some poundage since then, particularly in the neck. :) In any event, he is currently the last of the Maddex line and may very well remain so, provided my cousin doesn't take care of business. In keeping with the spirit of nepotism that we got going around here at AFR, we have already given the little guy a job title. According to my father, Myron has been named the Vice President of AFR's new Nappy Division. Clearly, the boy is excited about his promotion:



Ancient Faith Blogs

Posted by Bobby · Tuesday, May 27, 2014

If you're like me, you follow several Orthodox blogs, but you don't have the time or inclination to look into other such blogs that may or may not share the same quality. But what if the best and most reliable blogs on the internet were gathered in a single place, making it easy for you to consume and then cross-reference their content while resting assured that your reading stands on solid theological ground? I'm not talking new blogs, mind you, but rather the cream of the crop of what already exists, compiled together and carrying the imprimatur of Ancient Faith Ministries, one of the most trusted sources of Orthodox media in the world. Introducing Ancient Faith Blogs—your one-stop location for the very best Orthodox writing on the internet. Look for it this fall in conjunction with AFR 5.0, the most ambitious iteration of Ancient Faith Radio to date.

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