Ancient Faith Commentaries Observations and Opinions on Issues That Matter to Orthodox Christians
Start date: July 2012 56 episodes
Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to present one-off commentaries on pressing issues and current events by Orthodox clergy and laymen.
|Date||Title & Description||Duration|
|May 20, 2015||
Dr. Brad Nassif, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University in Chicago, reminds us that no matter how monotonous, unseen, or ordinary, our jobs can powerfully transform us into Christlikeness. This is an audio version of an article that first appeared at christianitytoday.com.
|Apr 20, 2015||
Given the importance of true dialogue to our civilization's health, argues Fr. Lawrence Farley, it is only more distressing to find that the willingness to dialogue is dying—especially when it comes to the topic of homosexuality.
|Feb 11, 2015||
Fr. John Parker, Chair of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America, encourages us to replace any impulse we might have to either see Fifty Shades of Grey or read the book with charitable acts done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
|Jan 13, 2015||
Fr. Philip LeMasters: "One would hope that nations influenced by even mildly historic forms of Christianity would see the folly of secular salvation by warfare, but the crusading spirit apparently does not die easily."
|Dec 31, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, B.C., and the host of "Coffee Cup Commentaries," thoroughly dismantles the recent Newsweek article by Kurt Eichenwald titled The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin.
|Dec 28, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that while looking at the nature of evil under a philosophic microscope is okay, far more important is the knowledge of how to avoid being involved in it.
|Dec 09, 2014||
Is Orthodoxy really somehow immune to the liberalism and worldiness that afflicts everyone else in North America? Fr. Lawrence Farley argues, "No!"
|Nov 24, 2014||
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.
|Nov 05, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that Brittany Maynard took only this life—and not the life to come—into consideration when deciding to commit suicide.
|Oct 22, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley critically examines the hermeneutic of suspicion that marks modern liberal biblical scholarship.
|Jul 30, 2014||
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.
|Jun 29, 2014||
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.
|Jun 06, 2014||
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.
|May 26, 2014||
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.
|May 05, 2014||
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.
|Apr 02, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley points out that the Church associates the destruction of the Temple with the Cross to demonstrate how prophecy becomes history.
|Mar 18, 2014||
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.
|Mar 05, 2014||
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.
|Mar 03, 2014||
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.
|Feb 24, 2014||
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.
|Feb 21, 2014||
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.
|Feb 13, 2014||
Fr. Philip LeMasters marvels at how central the balance of the masculine and the feminine is to our Orthodox faith and spiritual life.
|Feb 12, 2014||
Fr. Philip LeMasters reflects on the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee.
|Feb 11, 2014||
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.
|Feb 10, 2014||
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.
|Feb 04, 2014||
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?
|Jan 16, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley explains why Orthodox Christians prostrate in front of icons of saints.
|Jan 09, 2014||
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.
|Jan 07, 2014||
Fr. Lawrence Farley discusses what it was that made the Child of the Desert so controversial—namely, baptizing Jews.
|Dec 23, 2013||
Fr. Lawrence Farley argues that Herod had more insight into the significance of Jesus than do most moderns.
|Dec 09, 2013||
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.
|Nov 05, 2013||
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.
|Oct 17, 2013||
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.
|Sep 05, 2013||
Fr. Lawrence Farley reminds us that the resolution to our fearful inability to know and plan for the future lies in trusting Jesus.
|Aug 13, 2013||
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.
|Aug 06, 2013||
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."
|Aug 02, 2013||
Ancient Faith Ministries CEO John Maddex comments on a controversy involving the lyrics of a new hymn widely used in the Evangelical world.
|Aug 02, 2013||
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.
|Jul 22, 2013||
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.
|Jul 15, 2013||
Fr. Lawrence Farley comments on a strange wedding ceremony and the role of elderly women in guarding the faith.
|Jun 27, 2013||
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.
|May 25, 2013||
Following his visit to the Holy Land, Fr. Lawrence Farley offers some of his impressions of the Holy Sepulchre.
|Apr 22, 2013||
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.
|Apr 16, 2013||
Fr. Lawrence Farley reflects on the twin bombings at yesterday's Boston Marathon in light of the promises of God.
|Mar 28, 2013||
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.
|Mar 23, 2013||
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.
|Mar 14, 2013||
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.
|Dec 18, 2012||
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.
|Dec 15, 2012||
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.
|Nov 28, 2012||
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.
|Oct 17, 2012||
Fr. Philip LeMasters points out that our society more readily accepts discipline and sacrifice for sports than it does for religion.
|Oct 16, 2012||
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.
|Oct 02, 2012||
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.
|Sep 04, 2012||
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.
|Aug 02, 2012||
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.
|Jul 18, 2012||
Fr. Philip LeMasters argues that today’s reproductive technologies raise serious concerns about the relationship between conceiving children and actually parenting them.