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Ancient Faith Commentaries Observations and Opinions on Issues That Matter to Orthodox Christians

Start date: July 2012 49 episodes

Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to present one-off commentaries on pressing issues and current events by Orthodox clergy and laymen.

 

Episodes

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Nov 24, 2014

Is the LGBT a New Reality?

On a new "Ancient Faith Commentaries," Fr. Lawrence Farley explains that the LGBT reality is not really new; it is the same old darkness that St. Paul encountered in his time. And Paul's word to the Church then still stands for us today.

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Nov 05, 2014

Choices of Joni and Brittany

Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that Brittany Maynard took only this life—and not the life to come—into consideration when deciding to commit suicide.

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Oct 22, 2014

The Jesus Seminar and Gospel Accuracy

Fr. Lawrence Farley critically examines the hermeneutic of suspicion that marks modern liberal biblical scholarship.

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Jul 30, 2014

St. Timon and Assisting the World

On the occasion of the Sunday of St. Timon and his congregation's ongoing support of its sister parish in Bosra-Hauran, Syria, Fr. Philip LeMasters encourages us to avoid despair and work to alleviate the suffering of our neighbors wherever they are in the world.

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Jun 29, 2014

“Congratulations, You’ve Given Birth to a Baby Girl—Maybe”

Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that we must show love for all people—male or female, straight or gay or transgendered—but as we articulate and transmit our Christian culture to our young and to our catechumens, we must also take care to include a traditional understanding of gender.

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Jun 06, 2014

Rape on College Campuses

Fr. Philip LeMasters, a professor of religion at McMurry University, argues that the shocking statistics on the number of female college students who are victims of rape provide a window on the moral and spiritual corruption of our society.

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May 26, 2014

Pacify the Ragings of the . . . Who?

Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that when the fourth-century Christians prayed in their liturgy that God would "pacify the ragings of the pagans," they were taking a public stand against the majority of the world around them. The same is true of us today, only in our case the pagans are better known as secularists.

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May 05, 2014

Light from Antioch

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick shares his hopes for the future of the Antiochian Archdiocese and Orthodoxy in America. The text version of this commentary can be found here.

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Apr 02, 2014

God Is Our King Before the Ages

Fr. Lawrence Farley points out that the Church associates the destruction of the Temple with the Cross to demonstrate how prophecy becomes history.

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Mar 18, 2014

Why Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Work

Gabe Martini, a blogger on Orthodox Christianity and subdeacon at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Bellingham, Washington, explains why the Scriptures must be read in the context of tradition.

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Mar 05, 2014

Is Orthodoxy the Same Everywhere?: Understanding Theological Controversy Within the Church

There is variety in Orthodox theology, but there is no plurality in dogma—and that is where the unity of the Orthodox faith lies. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick explains.

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Mar 03, 2014

Lenten Homily

Fr. John Parker is the Chair of the Dept. of Evangelization for the Orthodox Church in America. He wrote this homily to begin Lent based on the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom.

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Feb 24, 2014

The Church in Bethlehem

On a new episode of "Ancient Faith Commentaries," Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, B.C., describes and recounts the history of the Church of the Nativity in the now embattled and besieged town of Bethlehem.

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Feb 21, 2014

The Repentance of the Prodigal Son

Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that repentance is not simply feeling bad for having broken God's rules; rather, it is a return to yourself and a return to your home.

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Feb 13, 2014

Male Converts and Female Saints: Strong Women in Orthodoxy and in My Family

Fr. Philip LeMasters marvels at how central the balance of the masculine and the feminine is to our Orthodox faith and spiritual life.

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Feb 12, 2014

Honesty

Fr. Philip LeMasters reflects on the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.

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Feb 11, 2014

Russia, Christianity, and the Olympics

Fr. John Parker, Chair of the Dept of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America, comments on an Op Ed piece in the New York Times about Russia and the Olympics. An edited version of Fr. John's comments can be found in the The Post and Courier.

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Feb 10, 2014

Food, Sex, and Sports: Idols or Pathways to Salvation?

Fr. Philip LeMasters reminds us that our Orthodox faith does not require us to abandon or condemn any dimension of life, but instead to offer all that we are and do for fulfillment and blessing and healing.

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Feb 04, 2014

Zacchaeus

Fr. Lawrence Farley explains how the running and climbing of Zacchaeus should challenge us during Great Lent. Zaccheus left behind his pride for Lent; what will we leave behind?

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Jan 16, 2014

Stiff Backs and Firm Handshakes

Fr. Lawrence Farley explains why Orthodox Christians prostrate in front of icons of saints.

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Jan 09, 2014

Forgetting Christianity: Baptism, Sin, and the Devil

Nathan Duffy reflects on the Church of England's altering of its baptismal rite. Nathan attends St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California, and works as a land and hydrographic surveyor.

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Jan 07, 2014

John the Scandalous Baptist

Fr. Lawrence Farley discusses what it was that made the Child of the Desert so controversial—namely, baptizing Jews.

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Dec 23, 2013

In Fairness to Herod

Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that Herod had more insight into the significance of Jesus than do most moderns.

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Dec 09, 2013

Re-evangelizing the Nation

With the Church of England just one generation from extinction, the call has gone out for re-evangelization. Fr. Lawrence Farley asks whether this particular church still possesses the evangel of Saints Cuthbert and Aidan.

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Nov 05, 2013

Bread and Peanut Butter and the Forgiveness of Sins

Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that the man who trusts God and does what is pleasing to him, such as giving alms to the poor, will experience His favor when his own time of need comes.

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Oct 17, 2013

That’s Not Logical

Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that our God is the God who rises above logic and nature and frustrates laws which mere creation finds inflexible.

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Sep 05, 2013

You Don’t Know Which Way the Wind Blows

Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that the resolution to our fearful inability to know and plan for the future lies in trusting Jesus.

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Aug 13, 2013

Who Am I to Judge?

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, examines Pope Francis's controversial response to homosexuality and gay marriage.

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Aug 06, 2013

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Fr. Lawrence Farley reviews Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, calling it "a tired rewriting of the same nonsense that pseudo-scholars have been churning out for some time now."

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Aug 02, 2013

Satisfied

Ancient Faith Ministries CEO John Maddex comments on a controversy involving the lyrics of a new hymn widely used in the Evangelical world.

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Aug 02, 2013

India

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, reflects on a recent trip to India and the many different faith communities and configurations that he encountered there.

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Jul 22, 2013

On the Pope, Twitter, and Maximalism

Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that the real story behind the Pope and his Twitter followers is the death of maximalism in the Roman Catholic church and the modern rush to lower the bar for pretty much everything.

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Jul 15, 2013

In Praise of Old Women

Fr. Lawrence Farley comments on a strange wedding ceremony and the role of elderly women in guarding the faith.

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Jun 27, 2013

Sex and Political Action

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, tries to account for why homosexuality has become the defining issue of our time, arguing that it was the civil rights movement and the sexual revolution that has turned us all into political hedonists.

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May 25, 2013

Impressions of the Holy Sepulcher

Following his visit to the Holy Land, Fr. Lawrence Farley offers some of his impressions of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Apr 22, 2013

The Friendly Giant

How did normal American kids become the Boston bombers? How did the friendly giant become the terrorist? Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, reminds us that this sort of thing always happens one poor decision at a time—and that we should guard against doing the same.

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Apr 16, 2013

The Arrow That Flies

Fr. Lawrence Farley reflects on the twin bombings at yesterday's Boston Marathon in light of the promises of God.

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Mar 28, 2013

The Anaphora of St. Basil

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, explains that St. Basil's Anaphora calls us to live out practically what we enact liturgically in response to the needs of the human beings whom we encounter every day.

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Mar 23, 2013

The Pope and the Patriarch

Fr. Peter Michael Preble, host of the AFR podcast Shepherd of Souls and priest at St. Michael's Romanian Orthodox Church in Southbridge, MA, makes some observations about the recent meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Mar 14, 2013

Two Chairs of Peter

Following yesterdays pontifical election, Fr. Andrew Damick comments on this most recent event as well as the recent election of Patriarch John X of the Holy Synod of Antioch.

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Dec 18, 2012

Christmas in Connecticut

Christmas in Newtown, CT will not be the same this year. Fr. Lawrence Farley comments on the tragic events of December 14 and reminds us of the senseless nature of sin.

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Dec 15, 2012

Finding Comfort in Time of Sorrow

There are no words to express the depth of our sorrow when we think of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. Fr. Tom Soroka provides a Christian perspective on sorrow as he reminds us of our utter dependance on God.

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Nov 28, 2012

After the Election

Fr. Philip LeMasters, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University, argues that the primary political action of Orthodox Christians is not found in voting, carrying signs, spouting slogans, or putting bumper stickers on cars. Rather, our most fundamental political witness is to participate in the Divine Liturgy.

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Oct 17, 2012

Asceticism

Fr. Philip LeMasters points out that our society more readily accepts discipline and sacrifice for sports than it does for religion.

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Oct 16, 2012

Women in the Altar

Fr. Lawrence Farley addresses some misconceptions about allowing women to go behind the altar in the Orthodox Church. You can read more about his views on the role of women in the Church in his new book published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press: Feminism and Tradition: Quiet Reflections on Ordination and Communion.

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Oct 02, 2012

Character

Fr. Philip LeMasters argues that if raising everyone's self-esteem by watering down substantive visions of the good life is our preferred mode of operation, then heaven help us if we want our kids to worship anything other than their own self-centered desires.

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Sep 04, 2012

Not in Praise of Single Motherhood

Fr. Philip LeMasters maintains that it is no insult to successful single parents to point out the misguided nature of arguments that praise single motherhood as the new norm.

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Aug 02, 2012

Food and Fasting

Fr. Philip LeMasters explains that our diet and eating habits have a profound spiritual and moral significance as they shape who we become as people and how we relate to others and to the Lord.

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Jul 18, 2012

Reproductive Technology

Fr. Philip LeMasters argues that today’s reproductive technologies raise serious concerns about the relationship between conceiving children and actually parenting them.

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