The Illumined Heart

The Illumined Heart Orthodox dialogue to illumine the heart

Start date: February 2007 175 episodes

Kevin Allen hosts The Illumined Heart podcast on Ancient Faith Radio featuring insightful interviews on subjects of faith, theology, history, comparative religion and personal faith.

The Illumined Heart podcast is a joint outreach of Ancient Faith Radio and Saint Barnabas Orthodox Church, Costa Mesa, California.

Kevin is no longer hosting The Illumined Heart podcast. He is now the host of Ancient Faith Radio’s live listener call-in program, Ancient Faith Today, heard on Sunday evenings on Ancient Faith Radio Talk.

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Episodes

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Apr 15, 2011

169 - What Does Forgiveness Really Mean?

We ask God to forgive our sins and God tells us that His forgiveness is conditional on our forgiveness of others. But what does forgiveness really mean? Does it mean forgetting the offense entirely, or is it the intention to forgive that matters? What if we forgive, but the bitterness or the memory of the sin or offense comes back - have we not truly forgiven? Are we to repent of our sin once, or is it a continual process? These and other questions are the topic of the next Illumined Heart with guest Rev. Fr Tom Soroka.

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Mar 31, 2011

168 - Eastern Catholics - Are They “Orthodox”?

There are over 20 ancient Eastern Christian churches in communion with the Pope of Rome whose liturgies and "ethos" are more "Orthodox" than their Latin-Rite brothers. Some of them claim to be "Orthodox in communion with Rome". Some Orthodox disagree, calling them (pejoratively) "Uniates" or Eastern Rite Catholics, who have made significant compromises to come into such communion. In this episode host Kevin Allen speaks with Melkite (Eastern Catholic) priest Father James Babcock about the similarities and differences between Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholics and the Roman Catholic Church.

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Mar 17, 2011

167 - Orthodoxy and the Death Penalty

On March 9, 2011 the Governor of Illinois signed a law banning the death penalty in his state, commuting the death sentence of 15 prisoners on death row. In the current episode of The Illumined Heart, Fr Peter-Michael Preble, a staunch anti-death penalty advocate, and host Kevin Allen discuss the pros and cons of capital punishment from an Orthodox perspective. Fr.Peter references the book Contemporary Moral Issues Facing The Orthodox Christian by Fr. Stanley Harakas.

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Mar 03, 2011

166 - Food and Faith

As Great Lent begins, Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen and nutrition expert Rita Madden (MPH and RD) discuss the role of food in our Orthodox spiritual life, what the Church Fathers say about food and food quantity, and practical nutritional issues related to fasting. Can we get the protein we need from a plant-based diet? Do we need supplements? Should children fast? These and many other questions - from an Orthodox patristic perspective and Rita's expertise -are the focus of this important conversation.

Be watching for Rita's new podcast on AFR about Food and Faith coming soon!!

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Feb 24, 2011

165: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware On the Record

In a very special edition of The Illumined Heart, we have an extensive conversation with His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Professor Emeritus in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University, and Bishop of Diokleia. Metropolitan Ka!istos is widely regarded as perhaps the world’s leading theologian of the Eastern Orthodox Church today. We present the entire interview here but also offer it in bite size pieces below. Kevin Allen's guest host is John Maddex.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the future of Orthodoxy

In part 6 of our interview with the Metropolitan, we ask him to address the future of Orthodoxy and whether he is pessimistic or optimistic.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on Ethnicity and Nationalism in Orthodoxy

We ask His Eminence about the role of nationalism and ethnicity in the Orthodox Church.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on Music and Hymnology in the Church

In this section, Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the question of music adaptation to the culture and modern ears.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on Gender Issues in the Church

The Metropolitan is asked about women's ordination and same sex attraction in this section of the interview.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on What Evangelicals and Orthodox Can Learn From Each Other

What can Evangelicals and Orthodox learn from each other is the subject of the 2nd section of our interview with His Eminence.

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Feb 24, 2011

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the State of the Orthodox Church

In the first section of our extensive interview with Metropolitan Kallistos, we talk about the state of the Orthodox Church both here and abroad.

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Feb 17, 2011

164: Suffering - An Orthodox Perspective

Why do we suffer after becoming Christian? How do we reconcile the suffering of innocent children with a loving God? These and other perplexing and challenging questions are the subject of this episode of The Illumined Heart with guest, poet and writer of The End of Suffering, Scott Cairns.

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Feb 03, 2011

163:  Yoga and Orthodox Christianity: Are They Compatible?

Dr. Christine Mangala was raised in India and brought up a devout Hindu. Her family was close to one of India's leading Hindu gurus and teachers. Now an Orthodox Christian writer and teacher, she and Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen speak about whether various aspects of Hindu Yoga are compatible with Christian faith and practice, or whether Yoga should be shunned entirely.

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Jan 21, 2011

162: The Quiet Cradle

Are converts to Orthodox Christianity dominating the media with their "journey stories" and "fast-paced, high-energy" perspectives, while the more quiet, perhaps lumbering, but deeply-rooted faith of cradle-born Orthodox is obscured in the process? Are traditions and customs being introduced by some convert clergy and laity that feel new and even strange to those with deep Orthodox roots? Is there a growing "cradle - convert gap" in the Orthodox Church in North America? Cradle Orthodox blogger, and writer Janice Bidwell expresses her concerns in this conversation with host Kevin Allen.

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Jan 13, 2011

161: Interfaith Dialogue: Co-Exist or Convert?

Fr. Alexander Goussetis, priest, comparative religion professor, and interfaith dialogue participant and advocate, speaks with host Kevin Allen about his views on the purpose of interfaith dialogue with Jews, Muslims, and other non-Christians. Kevin asks: Does the Gospel call us to merely understand the faiths of non-Christians, to enter into dialogue with them with no agenda, or is the goal always to try to win those we dialogue with to Christ? Is it "Orthodox" to proselytize, or simply to be a holy witness? These and other questions will be addressed in this program.

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Jan 01, 2011

160: Catechizing New Age and Eastern Religion Seekers

In this episode, the microphone is turned as AFR General Manager and founder John Maddex interviews host Kevin Allen on the catechism module he developed (with his priest's blessing) specifically for inquirers coming from New Age and Eastern spiritual backgrounds. Is the entrance of New Age and Eastern seekers perhaps a trend the Church needs to prepare for? Are the issues, concerns, and paradigms of these seekers the same as those inquiring from Evangelical backgrounds? Must the catechist know something about New Age and Eastern religions in order to catechize effectively? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this program. You may download an attachment of the course outline here. PDF Notes Attached View Attachment

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Dec 10, 2010

159: The Occult: Shining Light on Satan’s Shadow - Part 2

Listen to Part 2 of this fascinating concluding conversation between host Kevin Allen and Orthodox priest and occult-specialist, Father George Aquaro.

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Dec 03, 2010

158: The Occult: Shining Light on Satan’s Shadow

In this two-part series, Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen speaks with Eastern Orthodox priest and occult-specialist Father George Aquaro about the attractions and dangers of the metaphysics and practices of what is called the occult. From seemingly benign astrology to ghost-chasing, and Father George speaks extensively about these practices and what is behind them from the Orthodox Christian perspective. Do ghosts and apparitions exist, or are they necessarily demonic? This and other questions will be addressed in this fascinating two-part series you will not want to miss.

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Nov 19, 2010

157: The Spiritual Guide in Eastern Orthodoxy

Host Kevin Allen speaks with Father Steven Tschlis about the role of the spiritual guide - father or mother - in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and how such a guide may differ from one's parish priest or sacramental confessor. Should we look for a "spiritual father or mother" in a monastery? What role does the parish priest play? These and other questions will be addressed in this conversation.

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Nov 06, 2010

156: Orthodox & Evangelical Relations: Where are we?

Dr Bradley Nassif, a “pioneer of Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue” talks with host Kevin Allen about “where things are” formally and informally between The Orthodox Church and Evangelical Christians. Kevin asks the question: “What is an Evangelical?”

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Oct 22, 2010

155: Immortality of the soul or Resurrection of the Dead?

In this episode, Kevin and Father Steven C. Kostoff discuss two views of the afterlife that separate the New Age/Eastern/Gnostic from the central historic Christian belief.

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Oct 10, 2010

154: Metropolitan PHILIP Saliba - On the Record

The past few years have seen their controversies within the Self Ruled Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. On September 30, 2010, Kevin Allen and John Maddex traveled to Englewood, NJ to visit the headquarters of the Antiochian Archdiocese and the home of it’s Archbishop Metropolitan Philip Saliba. Our purpose was to seek clarification on several key areas that have become a concern to many, and fodder for the blogosphere. His Eminence warmly welcomed us and gave Kevin the freedom to ask any question he thought would be helpful to our audience in understanding several critical issues. There were four specific topics we wanted him to address:

1. The meaning and future of self rule in the Antiochian Archdiocese.

2. The status of the Bishops in North America and the meaning as well as the ramifications of the title “Auxiliary Bishop.”

3. The finances of the Antiochian Archdiocese and in particular the status of an audit.

4. The view point of His Eminence on the Episcopal Assembly, SCOBA, and the future of Administrative Unity in North America.

We have left the Metropolitan’s remarks intact and unedited to make them available to the audience for their own evaluation and conclusions.

This episode provides the entire interview. If you are interested in listening to the individual topics, we have also divided it up into 4 sections and those are available on The Illumined Heart page of Ancient Faith Radio. A free transcript is also available.

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Oct 10, 2010

153: Metropolitan PHILIP on the Status of Self-Rule in the Archdiocese

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Oct 10, 2010

152: Metropolitan PHILIP on the Status of Bishops in the Archdiocese

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Oct 10, 2010

151: Metropolitan PHILIP on the Financial Audit of the Archdiocese

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Oct 10, 2010

150: Metropolitan PHILIP on the Episcopal Assembly

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Oct 07, 2010

149: How Many Are We

Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen speaks with the research director of the 2010 US Orthodox Christian Census, Alexei D. Krindatch, about the first definitive census of every Orthodox body in the U.S (including Eastern and Oriental), nationally and by state. Be prepared for some suprises!

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Sep 23, 2010

148: Orthodox Christianity and Racial Reconciliation

Meet Father Paisius Altschul, the priest of Saint Mary of Egypt Serbian Orthodox Church and the Executive Director of Reconciliation Services/FOCUS Kansas City. Kevin speaks with Father Paisius about his community’s unique ministry of racial reconciliation and ministry to the poor and homeless in the inner city of Kansas City. (USA).

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Sep 09, 2010

147: Can We Really Know God? - Part 2

Host Kevin Allen and Father Michael Reagan continue their conversation about this most important of topics: Knowing God.
Next Illumined Heart: Friday, September 24, 2010

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Sep 03, 2010

146: Can We Really Know God?

In this inaugural episode of the new season of The Illumined Heart, Kevin Allen welcomes Father Michael Reagan to discuss a long-standing conversation between the Eastern Church and the Western Church: can we know God directly and what does this mean? The perspective in this conversation is practical, not academic.

In this new season of The Illumined Heart, Kevin will be providing interviews every other week. However next week (Sept 10) he will have part 2 of his interview with Fr. Michael Reagan.

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Jul 09, 2010

145: Founding an Orthodox Liberal Arts and Sciences College

Kevin interviews Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, President of the new St. Katherine College, about what it takes to start an Orthodox liberal arts and sciences college.

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Mar 13, 2010

144: The Animal Rights Movement from an Orthodox Perspective

Human exceptionalism advocate and author Wesley J. Smith speaks with host Kevin Allen about the animal rights-animal liberation movement and its insistence on the "moral equivalence" between animals and humans! How does this compare with Orthodox teachings about the "brotherhood" of humans, animals and inanimate nature (St Gregory Palamas)? Listen and find out !

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Dec 14, 2009

143: Is Your Parish Dead Or Alive?

On this encore program from 2008, Kevin speaks with Fr. Jonathon Ivanoff, Secretary of the Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) about the "life cycle" of parishes and how to know whether your parish is thriving, dying or dead on the vine -- and what can be done about it!

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Nov 23, 2009

142: Mystery and Sacramentality: East and West

What began as a conversation with Fuller Theological Seminary professor Dr. Paraskeve (Eve) Tibbs over coffee, becomes an interview on the essential differences between the ways the Christian East and West understand the fundamentals of the faith, worship, and sacraments. A great introduction to East-West Christian distinctives on this encore presentation of The Illumined Heart with Kevin Allen!

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Nov 10, 2009

141: Desert Wisdom In The City

Listen in on this sublime encore conversation between renowned spiritual elder Father Zacharias (Zakarou), spiritual child of Elder Sophrony, and Kevin's guest host Father Josiah Trenham, senior pastor of St Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, California. This is one you won't want to miss!

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Nov 02, 2009

140: Living in the Ruins of Christendom - Part 2

Dr. H. Tristram Engelehardt, Jr. concludes his fascinating interview about life in a “neo-pagan” culture with “competing moral alternatives”.

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Oct 26, 2009

139: Living in the Ruins of Christendom - Part 1

Medical doctor (M.D.) and doctor of Philosophy (PhD.), author and university professor, Dr (Herman) Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. explains why our culture is post-Christian and post-metaphysical, how it got that way, and what the implications and challenges are for the Orthodox family.

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Oct 16, 2009

138: Church Scandals And The Canons

Fr. Alexander Rentel, Orthodox canonist and Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological seminary, speaks with Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen about scandals in church history, the role the canons play, and what laity can do about their resolution.

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Oct 09, 2009

137: Turn, Turn, Turn

Chris Hillman, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and original member of the legendary sixties band The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and The Desert Rose Band, reminisces with Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen about his 40 years in the music business and the spiritual journey that led him to the Greek Orthodox Church.

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Oct 02, 2009

136: Baptist Missionary Confronts Long-held Evangelical Tenets - Part 2

Listen to part 2 of Kevin's interview with Fr. James Early

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Oct 02, 2009

135: Baptist Missionary Confronts Long-held Evangelical Tenets - Part 1

In this two-part interview, ex-Baptist seminary graduate and missionary to Bosnia, now Orthodox priest, Fr James Early, recounts with Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen the circumstances under which he had to face and eventually reject core Baptist-Evangelical tenets and come to accept the faith handed down once and for all to the Saints. His book is called From Baptist to Byzantium.

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Sep 25, 2009

134: Marriage As A Path To Holiness

Orthodox marriage and family therapist and professor at Holy Cross Theological Seminary, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, speaks about the mystery of marriage and how it is meant to be -- and can be -- a path to holiness.

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Sep 18, 2009

133: Law And Order And Orthodox Christianity

Rookie police officer, Orthodox deacon's son and priest's grandson, Joseph (Jobie) Braun speaks with Kevin about his job as a policeman in the infamous Los Angeles "South Central" area (e.g. the movie "Training Day") and how his Orthodox Christianity keeps him grounded.

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Sep 11, 2009

132: Holiness In Our Time

Fr Michael Plekon, author of newly-released "Hidden Holiness" speaks with Kevin about the "crisis of holiness in our time" and the shape and form holiness can take in our day and age, both within and outside of our Orthodox Christian Tradition. Can St. Seraphim of Sarov and the Dalai Lama equally be called "holy"? Tune in to find out!

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Sep 04, 2009

131: The Nature And Mission Of The Bishop In The Orthodox Church

In the opening program of a new series of interviews, Dr. Bradley Nassif, theologian, author and life-long member of the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America, speaks about the "The Nature and Mission of the Bishop in the Orthodox Church". You can also read Dr Nassif's one-page piece referred to in the interview from the Antiochian website.

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Jul 17, 2009

130: Death To The World, At Cornerstone Festival 2009

The Death To The World crew reports back on their week at Cornerstone 2009 - the largest Christian rock festival in the world. This is the third year DTTW has set up shop in the exhibitors area as an Orthodox outreach at this largely Evangelical youth gathering. John Valadez, Gary Allen and Julia Gatalskaya report to host Kevin Allen that the 'times they are a' changing' in the world of contemporary Christian youth, reflecting a broader trend towards ancient faith!

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Jul 09, 2009

129: Visited By St. John Maximovitch - An Epilogue

As an epilogue to his series on Saint John the Wonderworker, Kevin speaks with Fr. Wayne Wilson, who was visited twice by the departed saint during a very significant medical crisis. It is a moving and powerful witness to Vladyka John's continuing "ministry", as well as that of all of the saints and a fitting ending to Kevin's retrospective honoring the 43rd anniversary of his repose.

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Jul 08, 2009

128: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 6

Kevin Allen and Subdeacon Gregory Hendry conclude their intimate look at Saint John Maximovitch, wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco.

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Jul 07, 2009

127: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 5

43 years after the falling asleep in the Lord of Vladyka St. John Maximovitch, Subdeacon Gregory Hendry paints an intimate portrait of the beloved Saint.

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Jul 06, 2009

126: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 4

Continuing their six-part discussion on the inspiring life of American Saint John of San Francisco, host Kevin Allen and Subdeacon Gregory Hendry discuss his homilies.

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Jul 05, 2009

125: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 3

Commemorating the 43rd anniversary of his repose, Subdeacon Gregory Hendry and Kevin Allen continue their six-part series on St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco.

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Jul 04, 2009

124: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 2

Subdeacon Gregory Hendry continues his recollections of Vladyka, Saint John Maximovitch in the second of a six-part series with host Kevin Allen.

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Jul 03, 2009

123: My Days With St. John The Wonder Worker - Part 1

Share personal recollections of life and liturgy with Saint John Maximovitch - one of Orthodoxy's greatest contemporary saints - with one who knew him, in this special six-part series of The Illumined Heart with host Kevin Allen and ROCOR Subdeacon Gregory Hendry. This series commemorates the 43rd anniversary of St John's repose.

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Jun 26, 2009

122: Orthodox Christianity and Capitalism Revisited

The previous podcast on this subject stimulated comments about whether we covered the bases on this issue fully or dispassionately enough. In this conversation, Fr John Whiteford, (ROCOR) priest and frequent conservative commentator and blogger, and Dr. Amir Azarvan, (ROCOR) layman, political science lecturer, and self-described "social democrat," talk about poverty, the welfare state, whether alms-giving is spiritually effective if government mandated, and the best way to live out the Orthodox Christian life in the world.

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Jun 19, 2009

121: Insanity Or Demonic Possession?

After years of questions from concerned friends and loved ones about whether someone suffered from insanity or demonic posession (and how to discern the difference between the two), the sisters of St Barbara Monastery (OCA; Santa Paula, CA) turned to the patristic Church Fathers for answers. In this episode of The Illumined Heart, Mother Melania (Salem) tells host Kevin Allen what they discovered.

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Jun 12, 2009

120: Pascha In Cyprus - An American Convert’s Experience

Jake Lee, podcaster of Generation Orthodox and Journeys to Orthodoxy (OCN), spent Holy Week and Bright Week with his wife and baby daughter (and Mom) in a small village in Cyprus to experience Paschal life in an Orthodox culture, steeped in Orthodox history and tradition. He and Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen talk about the experience and what he learned.

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Jun 05, 2009

119: Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

This is one of the most perplexing questions for all Christians. In this episode of The Illumined Heart, host Kevin Allen engages author and theologian Dr. Jerry Sittser, author of the book "When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer", in an honest conversation about this often ignored question. His answers are not academic or simply formulaic and come from the deep and hard places.

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May 29, 2009

118: My Conversion From Islam To Orthodox Christianity - Part 2

Anthony Alai, ex-Evangelical apologist, minister and convert from Islam discusses his ministry to Muslims and the journey that led him from Evangelicalism to the door of the ancient Eastern Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in this fascinating and inspiring conclusion.

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May 22, 2009

117: My Conversion From Islam To Orthodox Christianity - Part 1

Anthony Alai, an ex-Shia Muslim discusses his profound discovery of and conversion to Christ as a teenager, against everything he was taught to believe, in this edition of The Illumined Heart. This is an amazing and inspiring story!

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May 15, 2009

116: Former Charismatic Episcopal Church Priest Starts Western Rite Orthodox Mission

Kevin talks with ex-CEC priest - and former Evangelical - Fr Mark Wallace about his journey (along with his wife Susan) to the Eastern Orthodox Church through the Western Rite. Fr Mark's mission is Saint Andrew, the First Called Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Oklahoma City.

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May 08, 2009

115: American Orthodox Christianity At A Crossroads - Part 2

Kevin concludes his discussion with George C. Michalopulos.

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May 08, 2009

114: The American Orthodox Church At A Crossroads

In June 2009 leaders of all autocephalous Orthodox Churches - excluding the OCA or any representatives from North America - meet in Cyprus or Geneva (undetermined at the date of this posting), at a meeting convened by the
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew I. This meeting is being called to discuss "the so-called Orthodox Diaspora, with a view to overcoming every possible influence that is foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology." The American Orthodox
situation and its disunity is at the top of the agenda. In this edition of The Illumined Heart, host Kevin Allen and author George C. Michalopulos discuss this meeting, the history and state of Orthodoxy in North America and possible outcomes of this potentially pivotal convocation.

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May 01, 2009

113: American Parish Builds Orthodox Church In Tanzania

Join host Kevin Allen as he speaks with Rev. Fr Steven Tsichlis, pastor of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA and parishioner Alex Gorbenko about their parish's commitment to build a church (and more) in a small rural village called Kobunshwi in Tanzania, Africa.

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Apr 24, 2009

112: A Journey From Canterbury to Antioch

Listen to the journey of former Anglican priest and early pioneer of the Charismatic Renewal in the United Kingdom to Orthodox Christianity. Fr Michael Harper is the Dean of the Antiochian Deanery of United Kingdom and Ireland, the pastor of St Botolph Antiochian Orthodox Church in London, and author of 18 books, including "A Faith Fulfilled."

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Apr 17, 2009

111: Orthodox Christianity And Capitalism: Are They Compatible?

Writer, attorney, and college professor Chris Banescu discusses the economic, moral and spiritual issues surrounding the "capitalist" economic model and whether it serves the best interests of Christians living the life of the Beatitudes.

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Apr 10, 2009

110: Raphael House And Orthodox Service To The Needy

In this interview Fr David Lowell, the Executive Director of San Francisco's first homeless shelter for families with children, takes us behind the scenes and through the history, mission and "Orthodox ethos" of this prominent and well-known Orthodox ministry.

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Apr 03, 2009

109: Orthodox Advocate For Human “Exceptionalism”

The centrality of human life in the created world is under attack on all fronts. At the very heart of the debate is whether humans have intrinsic value greater than animals, minerals and lifeless matter. Orthodox convert, lawyer, writer and "human exceptionalism" advocate Wesley J. Smith is at the vortex of this debate, and discusses the current issues that will determine whether our culture views human life as unique in the years ahead.

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Mar 27, 2009

108: Reflections on the Vocation of a Wife and Mother

Molly Sabourin, wife, mother and writer discusses her new book, Close To Home, with Illumined Heart host Kevin Allen. They talk about the craft of writing, how a mother of four found time to complete a book, and how Molly has learned to integrate all of the many jobs of a wife and mother without burning out, or forgetting "the most needful thing" - life in Christ!

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Mar 20, 2009

107: Lent - Transformation And Enlightenment - Part 2

Kevin continues his Lenten discussion with Fr. Stephen Freeman.

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Mar 20, 2009

106: Lent - Transformation And Enlightenment - Part 1

This special, two-part The Illumined Heart Lenten interview is with Fr. Stephen Freeman, popular blogger and pod caster. Fr. Stephen discusses questions like how Lent forms us for "inner knowledge of God." This is a mid-Lent "treat" you won't want to miss.

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Mar 13, 2009

105: A Christian End To Our Life

We are taught how to live and die in Christ as Eastern Orthodox Christians. In this edition of The Illumined Heart, Antiochian Auxiliary Bishop, the Right Reverend Thomas (Joseph) shares with us valuable lessons on how to prepare for and care for those who are near the end of their physical journey.

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Mar 06, 2009

104: Classic Orthodox Education in America

There is a growing movement afoot to create elementary and secondary "Orthodox schools" in the U.S. Kevin discusses this development with veteran educator Bryan Smith, the Director of the Orthodox Schools Association and the Director-Headmaster of Saint Peter's Classic School in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Feb 27, 2009

103: From Eastern And New Age Metaphysics To Orthodox Christianity - Part 2

Kevin concludes his interview with Veronica Hughes.

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Feb 20, 2009

102: From Eastern And New Age Metaphysics To Orthodox Christianity - Part 1

Veronica Hughes was a 20-year seeker, practitioner and teacher of hatha yoga, EST, Hinduism, occult, metaphysics, psychic healing, out of body travel, spirit channeling, Tibetan Buddhism and Theosophy before re-discovering her childhood faith in Christ in the Orthodox Church. She and host Kevin Allen discuss her search for personal transformation and what led her to eastern Christianity. Veronica chronicles her experience in the book The Pearl of Great Price.

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Feb 13, 2009

101: C.S. Lewis And Orthodoxy

Everyone in Christendom claims noted Christian author C.S. Lewis as one of their own! Met. Kallistos Ware calls him an "anonymous Orthodox". In this edition of the Illumined Heart, C.S. Lewis scholar Chris Jensen and Kevin Allen examine key beliefs of C.S. Lewis and find that he is far more patristic in ethos and praxis than he is a "mere" Christian! (Click here to read Chris Jensen's article on Lewis.)

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Feb 06, 2009

100: Indian And Orthodox

In this edition, host Kevin Allen speaks with Tenny Thomas, a doctoral student at Columbia/Union Theological Seminary, and member of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, also known as the Indian Orthodox Church, about the Indian Christian community and how Indian Orthodox Christians relate to and evangelize in their predominantly Hindu society.

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Jan 30, 2009

99: The Legacy of St Paul and the Church - Part 2

Kevin continues his discussion with Fr. Ted Stlylianapolous on the teachings of St. Paul

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Jan 23, 2009

98: The Legacy of St Paul and the Church - Part 1

Fr. Ted Stlylianapolous (PhD), professor emeritus at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary, St Paul scholar and author, speaks with host Kevin Allen about justification, sanctification, the sacraments and new perrspectives on St Paul. Kevin says this is one of his best interviews because it tackles the major issues which divide the patristic and Protestant understandings of the foremost expositor of the Christian faith.

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Jan 16, 2009

97: Speaking Of Sola Scriptura

Fr. John Whiteford and host Kevin Allen speak about one of American Christianity's defining doctrines - Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) - and why it is a flawed and non-biblical notion.

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Jan 09, 2009

96: The Culture War and Orthodox Christianity

Fr. Hans Jacobse, editor of Orthodoxy Today and President of The American Orthodox Institute speaks with host Kevin Allen about whether Eastern Orthodox Christians need to engage in the moral and social war that is being waged in our culture. They will also talk about whether "Religious Right" leaning ex-Evangelical converts are taking over the Orthodox churches in America! Buckle your seat belts!

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Jan 02, 2009

95: Meet Metropolitan Jonah - Part 2

Here is part 2 of this historic interview with Metropolitan Jonah who was just enthroned as Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America for the Orthodox Church in America. In this half of the interview, His Beatitude Jonah addresses matters such as Administrative Unity among Orthodox jurisdictions, evangelism, and the events that led up to his election at the All American Council in November.

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Dec 26, 2008

94: Meet Metropolitan Jonah!

On November 12, 2008, a remarkable thing happened in Pittsburgh, PA. Just 11 days after his consecration as Bishop of Fort Worth and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of the South, Bishop Jonah was elected Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All American and Canada for the Orthodox Church in America. Kevin Allen was able to spend well over an hour on the phone with His Beatitude Jonah in a candid and fascinating interview that we are bringing you in 2 parts. In this first part we learn about his background, personal interests, conversion to Orthodoxy and the monastic life. Next week we will bring you part 2.

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Dec 19, 2008

93: Orthodoxy And The African American Experience

Join guest host Turbo Qualls and OCA priest, author, and president of The Brotherhood of St Moses the Black, Fr. Moses Berry, in their conversation about Orthodox Christianity and why it is a gift to African Americans.

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Dec 12, 2008

92: If Prosperity Fails, Does The Gospel Also Fail?

Kevin and his guest, Orthodox journalist Glen Chancy, discuss the "Prosperity Gospel" and the implications of a "Gospel message" tied to material prosperity, especially in light of a failing economy.

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Dec 05, 2008

91: Viva Ortodoxia!

Hispanics comprise one of the largest and fastest-growing demographic groups in the United States. Find out what what one "inner city" Orthodox parish in Los Angeles is doing to reach out and minister to them! Dn Paul Olson, a former Protestant missionary to Columbia explains.

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Nov 28, 2008

90: The Family As The “Little Church”

Explore with Kevin Allen and his guest, Father Nicolas Speier, why Saint John Chrysostom calls the family "the little church" and what the true vocation of the Orthodox family is.

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Nov 21, 2008

89: Discovering The Whole Christ - Head And Body - In The Orthodox Church

In this edition meet post-modern John Ma'ae, who looked for truth in Theravada Buddhism and eventually found the fullness of Christ as the head and body of the Orthodox Church.

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Nov 14, 2008

88: Today’s Orthodox Church

Kevin's guest is Alexei Krindatch, the research director of the most extensive and authoritative study ever conducted on how American Orthodox view the Orthodox Church today. This just-published study is full of interesting surprises and will shatter many stereotypes about Orthodoxy in America.

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Nov 07, 2008

87: ‘Turning Around’ An Orthodox Parish

In this edition Kevin Allen speaks with priest, missionary, author and an adjunct lecturer at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College, Fr Luke Veronis, about the challenges he faced when he came home from the mission field to take over a moribund Orthodox parish that had a revolving door of former priests. This is an inspiring and instructive story that will be an encouragement to all!

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Nov 01, 2008

86: Chalcedon Revisted

In today's program Kevin and his guest, St Vladimir's Theological Seminary professor, historian, and author Fr John Erickson, discuss the near 1500-year rift between the Oriental Orthodox (Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Indian) and Eastern Orthodox churches. They will discuss the theology, history, politics, attempts at reunion and the current state of affairs between these two ancient eastern Christian churches.

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Oct 25, 2008

85: From Roman Catholic Priest To Eastern Orthodox Christian

This interview with ex-Trinitarian Order Catholic Priest Robert Jackline provides a fascinating inside look at the failures of the Post-Vatican 2 Catholic Church and why the Orthodox Church was a better fit.

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Oct 18, 2008

84: Managing Mammon - Part 2

This could be the most practical and balanced financial information you will ever hear. In part 2, Kevin and his guests, Dn. Tom Braun and Scot Larsen dig into investments and priorities for the non-financially astute.

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Oct 11, 2008

Managing Mammon - Part 1

With the near financial meltdown upon us, the next two programs discuss ways Orthodox Christians are to understand money, steward and budget their finances, and plan for their ultimate retirements (and everything in between!). Dn Tom Braun is a business owner and seminar speaker on things financial. Scot Larsen is a sofware executive, who fought his way out of crippling credit card debt and is now an advocate of Christian financial principals.

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Oct 04, 2008

The role of the layperson in the Orthodox Church

In this edition of the Illumined Heart, pioneering radio host of "Our Life In Christ" Steve Robinson talks with Kevin about the role, opportunity and challenges of lay (person) "ministry" within the Orthodox Church. Is the Orthodox Church so clerically oriented that there isn't room for lay ministry? Listen and find out in this frank interview!

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Sep 27, 2008

From Hare Krishna to Christ - Part 2

Today we bring you part 2 of Kevin's interview with Patrick Landsdowne.

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Sep 20, 2008

My Journey From Hare Krishna to Christ - Part One

Hear the fascinating story of Patrick Lansdowne, a 7-year Hare Krishna Temple devotee, about his journey to Christ and the Orthodox Church. In Part One of the interview, Patrick and host Kevin Allen discuss the Hare Krishna sect's unique metaphysics and practices (within Hindusim) and how and why Patrick adopted them! Do any of them "prefigure" Christ?

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Sep 13, 2008

As the Apostles Taught: How Orthodoxy understands apostolic succession.

In this edition Kevin tackles the tricky question of which Christian tradition can authentically claim "apostolic succession", with historian, theologian, author and Dean of St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological seminary, Fr John Behr.

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Sep 06, 2008

Orthodox Christian Psychological Therapy

Wouldn't it be wonderful to combine the "best" of classic Orthodox Christian spiritual "therapies" (praxis) with modern psychological modalities in therapy? In the first of the new fall line-up, Kevin speaks with Orthodox professor and therapist, Dr. Philip Mamalakis about the ground-breaking work in this area he is pioneering. The web site for Dr. Philip that was mentioned in the interview can be found HERE.

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Aug 30, 2008

Evangelism in America: How the Greek Archdiocese Sees It

Encore presentation: Fr. Jim Kordaris, Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Outreach and Evangelism, speaks candidly about how the GOA understands “Orthodox evangelism” in America, whether it is committed to growth outside of its ethnic heritage, the role of "Hellenism" in the GOA's evangelistic strategy, and whether he sees the GOA playing a vital role in bringing Orthodoxy to America.

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Aug 09, 2008

Christians Suffering in Iraq - Encore

Kevin’s guest in this summer encore presentation is Amal Morcos of IOCC who reports on her trip to Syria and Lebanon.

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Aug 02, 2008

Is There A “Revolving Door” In The Orthodox Church

In this encore presentation, Kevin's guest is Dr. Brad Nassif. Are converts coming into the Orthodox churches only to leave through a “revolving door” due to a lack of spiritual nourishment? Theologian Dr. Bradley Nassif’s controversial article on the subject (“Reclaiming the Gospel”) is the subject of this frank and hard-hitting interview.

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Jul 25, 2008

From Classic Evangelicalism to Orthodoxy

In this encore presentation of The Illumined Heart, hear the story of John Maddex who, along with his wife Tonya, found the Orthodox Church after nearly 40 years in Evangelical Christian radio.

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Jul 18, 2008

Toward An American Orthodox Church - Encore Presentation

If you missed it the first time, here is another opportunity to hear this very frank and open conversation with Charles Ajalat, the Chancellor of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in North America. It is about an hour long but worth the investment of your time!

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Jul 11, 2008

Mystery and Sacramentality: East and West

In this encore presentation, Kevin talks with Fuller Theological Seminary professor Dr. Paraskeve (Eve) Tibbs about the essential differences between the ways the Christian East and West understand the fundamentals of the faith, worship, and sacraments. A great introduction to East-West Christian distinctives!

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Jul 05, 2008

Calvin Forum Moderator Becomes Orthodox

Kevin interviews Robert Meyering, the former moderator of the Calvin Forum, now Orthodox Christian.

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Jun 27, 2008

By Way of Kosovo

Hunter Haynes, midwest policeman and self-proclaimed "nominal Presbyterian", spent a year in Kosovo (then part of Serbia) as a United Nations peacekeeper. The experience changed his life. Find out why in this compelling interview!

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Jun 20, 2008

Orthodox Christians Encountering Muslims

In this edition Kevin and Fr Ted Pulcini talk frankly about Orthodox Christian - Muslim dialogue and how Orthodoxy can best communicate its ineffable Truth to Muslims in a way that will resonate. Fr Ted's recently published booklet is titled Face to Face: A Guide for Orthodox Christians Encountering Muslims.

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Jun 13, 2008

One Marriage - Two Churches: Loving Your Spouse Into The Orthodox Church

A common dillemma for inquirers into the Orthodox Church is either disinterest or outright hostility to the idea of Orthodoxy by their spouse. In this edition Kevin speaks with a couple who lived this scenario. Meet Bruce and Lynn Marie Heying and learn about their family dynamic and what made Lynn Marie decide to follow Bruce into Orthodoxy seven years later.

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Jun 06, 2008

My Journey From Witchcraft To Orthodoxy - Part 2

Kevin continues his discussion with former Wicca priestess, Sara Hillis. At the end of the interview, he references her music which can be found at http://www.artistopia.com/sarahillis.

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May 30, 2008

My Journey From Witchcraft To Orthodoxy - Part 1

Meet Sara Hillis, musician and English literature scholar who became a witch priestess before encountering Christ and finding the Orthodox Church!

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May 22, 2008

Surprised by Christ

Father James Bernstein, author of the newly-released "Surprised by Christ: My journey from Judaism to Orthodox Christianity", speaks about his conversion from Judaism to Orthodoxy and why he believes Orthodox Christianity is the "fulfillment" of biblical Judaism.

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May 16, 2008

What is Authentic Orthodox Music?

You may be surprised by the answer from musicologist, composer, arranger, author and Sacred Music Department Committee member (Antiochian) Fr. John Finley!

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May 09, 2008

Finding The Right Partner For Life

Kevin speaks with author Fr. Dn. Stephen Holley about how Orthodox Christians ought to approach finding the right marriage partner. Dn. Stephen is the author of "How Do I Find The Right Partner For Life", published by Light and Life.

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May 02, 2008

Struggling With Infertility

6 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 are clinically infertile. Infertility presents a heartbreaking struggle for many Orthodox couples who wonder whether it is God's will for them to be childless, or whether new fertility technologies (and which ones?) are appropriate. In this edition Kevin speaks with Orthodox theologian and ethicist Fr. John Breck about infertility and what options Orthodox Christian couples have to deal with it within an Orthodox context.

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Apr 25, 2008

Collateral Damage: Iraq’s persecuted Christians

As many as 30%+ of Iraqi's 4.2 million displaced refugees are Christian. They are being persecuted from all sides of the conflict. Amal Morcos of IOCC recently returned from Syria and Lebanon and reports first hand on what the U.N. calls "the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world."

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Apr 12, 2008

From Rastafari to Orthodoxy!

Join Kevin in this fascinating conversation with Michael Wilson, former Rastafarian and radio reggae music D.J., about his journey from the Rastafari religion to the holy Orthodox Church!
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Apr 05, 2008

Pascha and Personal Experience

Guest: His Grace Bishop JOSEPH, Bishop of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the West.

Feeling the mid-Lent blahs, or are the Lent "purple demons" out in force? Perhaps you are not "feeling" anything and wondering what the purpose of the Church's injunctions to pray, fast and give alms are supposed to cause in us during Great Lent and Pascha? Well you're not alone! Kevin asks H.G. JOSEPH these very questions in this encouraging and consoling interview.

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Mar 29, 2008

Desert Wisdom In The City

Listen in on this sublime conversation between renowned spiritual elder Father Zacharias (Zakarou), spiritual child of Elder Sophrony, and Kevin's guest host Father Josiah Trenham, senior pastor of St Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, California. This is one you won't want to miss!

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Mar 22, 2008

Orthodoxy and the Environment

Kevin speaks with the ecological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch (the "'Green' Patriarch"!) Dn.John Chryssavgis PhD, about the connection between the ancient faith of Orthodox Christianity and contemporary ecology.

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Mar 15, 2008

Kevin Speaks With The Rabbi About Judaism And Christianity

This week Kevin re-conneects after 35 years with his old college dorm neighbor, Conservative Jewish Rabbi Alan J.Iser, about Judaism, the Jewish roots of Orthodox Christianity, and how religious Jews understand the Torah verses what Christians interpret christologically in this frank interview. Rabbi Iser is the spiritual leader of Congregation OR SHALOM in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

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Mar 07, 2008

A Conversation With Met. Kallistos Ware On The Sacramental Life

Today Kevin's guest host on the program is Father Steve Tsichlis, Senior Pastor of Saint Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, California. Fr Steve's special guest for this exclusive Illumined Heart interview is His
Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS [Ware]. Their topic is: UNDERSTANDING THE SACRAMENTS. Saint Paul’s recently hosted His Eminence, Metropolitan KALLISTOS to Southern California, for a two-day, packed-house seminar to the general public titled, “Drawing Closer to the Savior: The Sacramental Life”. CD’s of this seminar are available for purchase by calling St Paul’s Church Office at 949.733.2366. You can also contact them on St Pauls’ website:
www.stpaulsirvine.org.

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Mar 01, 2008

The Pressures of Life on the College Campus

With recent tragedies on college and university campuses, Kevin discusses college life today with Fr. Kevin Scherer, the Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Fellowship on this weekend's Illumined Heart.

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Feb 23, 2008

Western Monastic Spirituality

How old is monasticism in the west? Are there historic connections between eastern and western monasticism? What does the western monk strive to achieve? Is the praxis similar for the western (Roman Catholic) and eastern (Orthodox) monk? These are questions Kevin asks Fr. Simon O'Donnell (OSB), a Benedictine monk (and former novice master) of 42 years at Saint Andrew Abbey, Valyermo, California.

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Feb 16, 2008

Evangelism in America: How the Greek Archdiocese Sees It

Fr. Jim Kordaris, Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Outreach and Evangelism, speaks candidly about how the GOA understands “Orthodox evangelism” in America, whether it is committed to growth outside of its ethnic heritage, the role of "Hellenism" in the GOA's evangelistic strategy, and whether he sees the GOA playing a vital role in bringing Orthodoxy to America.

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Feb 09, 2008

Hardcore Christian rock ‘n roll star finds ancient faith!

Ex-member of the hard-core Christian rock band East West (2002 Dove Award Winner!) speaks about the Christian Contemporary Music Industry, the reality of touring life on the road, the spiritual and physical exhaustion that eventually led him to examine his faith and eventually discovery of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Feb 02, 2008

Abortion And Its Aftermath

Orthodox pro-life advocate, author, and Martha and Mary House Director/Housemother Sarah Elisabet Oftedal talks with Kevin about the impact abortion has had on our culture, the lingering trauma on women (and families) who have had them, and what Martha and Mary House -- the U.S.'s only Orthodox maternity home -- is doing about it.

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Jan 25, 2008

Orthodox Administrative Unity - Part 2

And here is part 2 of the interview. Each one is about 30 minutes.

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Jan 25, 2008

Orthodox Administrative Unity - Part 1

This is the same interview with Charles Ajalat only broken up into 2 parts for easier download.

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Jan 18, 2008

Orthodox Administrative Unity - What Is Holding Us Back?

In this special 1 hour edition of The Illumined Heart, Kevin talks with Charles Ajalat. Mr. Ajalat is a powerful voice for Orthodox unity with a great deal of pan-Orthodox leadership experience. Currently chancellor and board member of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America, he was also the architect of the historic Ligonier Meeting of Orthodox bishops in 1994—the first meeting of all twenty-nine bishops in North America. He is the founder of a Los Angeles law firm specializing in tax and litigation matters, and a graduate of Harvard University and the Law School at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles.

More resources on this topic:

Again Magazine (Winter 2003)
Kevin's interview with Fr. Josiah Trenham
Metropolitan PHILIP's keynote address at Antiochian Convention in Montreal (2007)

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Jan 12, 2008

Is There A “Revolving Door” In The Orthodox Church

Are converts coming into the Orthodox churches only to leave through a “revolving door” due to a lack of spiritual nourishment? Theologian Dr. Bradley Nassif’s controversial article on the subject (“Reclaiming the Gospel”) is the subject of this frank and hard-hitting interview.

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Jan 05, 2008

Multiple Orthodox ‘jurisdictions’ in America: Status quo or scandal

Orthodox churches in America are separated into multiple ‘jurisdictions’ based on ethnic-national lines. Antiochian priest Fr Josiah Trenham (PhD.) speaks frankly and passionately about the subject and its implications, both spiritual and pastoral. Everyone may not agree with his perspective, but it raises important questions for the future of Orthodoxy in America!

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Dec 24, 2007

Illumined Heart Christmas Special

Kevin Allen talks with Fr. Tom Hopko about the significance of the incarnation.

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Dec 08, 2007

Church Growth Orthodox Style

Orthodox priest Fr. Wayne Wilson shares the encouraging story of the growth of one of the fastest-growing parishes in the Antiochian archdiocese and the lessons he has learned along the way.

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Dec 01, 2007

Leaving Rome

Dr. Mary Ward (PhD.), a life-long member of the Roman Catholic Church and professor of Theology at a major Jesuit University, tells us why she left the church of her youth and joined the Orthodox Church (Greek jurisdiction) as an adult.

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Nov 24, 2007

Raised By The “Hell’s Angels” - Adopted By His Guardian Angel

Raised by the Hell’s Angel’s motorcycle gang as a youth, John Franklin lived a hell on earth before submitting to Christ and discovering The Orthodox Church while serving a third-term in prison. A story of (continuing) repentance and the grace and mercy of God, this is one you won’t want to miss!

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Nov 17, 2007

Taking It To The Streets - An Interview With IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantifilou

He served in war-torn Bosnia and Kenya before he turned 40! Now he heads Orthodoxy’s largest charitable and humanitarian aid organization – International Orthodox Christian Charities. Meet Constantine M. Triantifilou, IOCC’s Executive Director, as he speaks about a career and vocation of service. (Don’t hold it against him – he’s also a Boston Red Sox fan!)

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Nov 03, 2007

‘Classic Evangelical’ Discovers Ancient Faith

Join host Kevin Allen in his interview with Ancient Faith Radio founder and Chief Operating Officer of Conciliar Media Ministries, John Maddex, about his fascinating journey to the ancient faith of Orthodoxy after 30 years as a evangelical radio executive and self-professed "classic Evangelical Protestant Christian"!

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Oct 27, 2007

From Campus Crusade To Constantinople

The journey of the "Evangelical Orthodox" into canonical Orthodoxy.

In 1987 2,000 Evangelicals were brought into the Antiochian Orthodox Church en masse after years of searching for the "phantom Church". One of the group's leaders, Fr Jon Braun, talks about the journey, college campus ministry and the challenges and victories of the past 20 years.

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Oct 20, 2007

The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out

Mother Melania, stavrophor (little schema) nun at St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, California and author of the series, "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children", and the series, "The 3-Day Pascha" (for Great and Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday, and Pascha) discusses purity (and impurity) of heart and overcoming the passions.

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Oct 13, 2007

The New Orthodox Faithful: Why Evangelical Christian University Graduates Are Becoming Orthodox

The Orthodox Church is seeing an influx of graduates from Evangelical Christian colleges and universities, exploring traditional forms of historic Christianity. In this program Kevin Allen discusses this trend with two graduates of BIOLA University (Jesse Cone and Michael Unruh) who were recently chrismated.

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Oct 07, 2007

The Veneration of Mary and the Saints in the Holy Tradition

Today we’re going to be talking about the veneration of Mary and the Saints in the Holy Tradition. This topic is often misunderstood and can be a stumbling block for inquirers. Our guest is Father Patrick Henry Reardon, Pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, Sr. Editor of Touchstone Magazine and author of "Christ in the Saints".

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Sep 30, 2007

Toll Houses: After Death Reality or Heresy?

Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox seminary, addresses the controversial subject of "toll houses" in this highly animated half-hour discussion with our co-hosts.

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Sep 23, 2007

St John Chrysostom in the 21st Century

The 1600Th anniversary of the repose of Saint John Chrysostom - one of Orthodoxy's most venerated church fathers, theologians, moralists, and liturgists - was September 14Th. To commemorate the special occasion, Illumined Heart co-host Kevin Allen spoke with Chrysostom scholar and pastor of Saint Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, California, Father Josiah Trenham, about the venerated Saint's enduring legacy.

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Sep 16, 2007

From Wittenberg to Antioch

A fascinating interview with Fr. Gregory Hogg, an Antiochian priest in Western Michigan. Fr. Gregory was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor and professor for 22 years before coming to Orthodoxy. He also recently spoke at the Faith of our Fathers colloquium for Lutherans on Eastern Orthodoxy and his lecture along with many others will soon be available for download on Ancient Faith Radio.

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Sep 02, 2007

Fr. Seraphim Rose - Prayer and Orthodox Spirituality

In the conclusion of our 3 part series commemorating the 25TH anniversary of the repose of Fr Seraphim (Rose), Kevin Allen is seated on a wooden bench overlooking a panoranmic view of Mt. Yolla Bolly with the Abbot of St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Fr. Gerasim. Listen for valuable lessons (as well as birds chirping!) on the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting from a spiritual child of this venerated American monk and writer.

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Sep 01, 2007

Fr. Seraphim Rose - The Man, The Struggler

Enter once again into the rustic cell of Fr. Seraphim Rose with Kevin Allen as he talks with Fr. Damascene, the biographer and spiritual child of Fr. Seraphim. This is part 2 of a 3 part series and provides a unique glimpse into the life of a man who many say will someday be venerated as a Saint.

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Aug 31, 2007

Father Seraphim Rose - Spiritual Father

Join Illumined Heart co-host Kevin Allen on his pilgrimage to Saint Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California to talk with its Abbot Fr. Gerasim and Fr. Seraphim Rose legacy-keeper and biographer Monk Damascene. September 2nd marks the 25th anniversary of the repose of Fr. Seraphim Rose. In part 1 of this 3 part series, Kevin is in the cell constructed by Fr. Seraphim and now occupied by Monk Damascene where he talks with the monk about his spiritual father. For more information about the books published and distributed by the monastery, visit their website.

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Aug 26, 2007

Ask Fr. Thomas Hopko

In this monthly segment, Dean Emeritus of St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary Fr. Tom Hopko answers listener questions ranging from theories of the Atonement, to Biblical higher-critical theory.

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Aug 19, 2007

Recovering the Scandal of the Cross

Kevin and Steve discuss the rich array of interpretations of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross with Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Dr. Joel B. Green, of Asbury Theological Seminary (Methodist-Wesleyan), and why the reduction of this variety to a single, exclusive view of the atonement - "the "penal substitutionary model" - poses its own scandal, one that is foreign to the New Testament! Buckle up your seat belts!

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Aug 12, 2007

The Last True Rebellion

Why are 'sub-culture' youth embracing Orthodox Christianity? Find out in this interview with "Death to the World" 'zine editors and converts, John Valadez and Marina Crissman!

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Aug 05, 2007

Serving Christ in the poor and needy as Orthodox Christians

Kevin Allen interviews Peter Jordan, the son of the founder of Fred Jordan Mission, a major Los Angeles skid row ministry, and a recent convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Jul 29, 2007

Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Relations: Where Does It Go From Here?

Fr. Ted Pulcini, ex-Roman Catholic and now Eastern Orthodox priest and long-time Orthodox participant in Orthodox-Catholic ecumenical dialog, discusses the Vatican's recent document on the doctrine on the Church. He and Kevin Allen discuss the timing of its publication, what it really means, what it says about the current and future state of relations between the two oldest branches of Christianity, and what the divisive issues are.

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Jul 22, 2007

GOD: Essence and Energies

In this program, Steve and Kevin conduct this fascinating interview with professor and author Dr. David Bradshaw--professor of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bradshaw explains for us the distinction between God’s “Essence and Energies”. Understanding this distinction is the key to a major difference between eastern and western Christianity. You should listen to this two or three times--trust us!

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Jul 15, 2007

The True, Visible Church: Is it Eastern Orthodox? Part II

Here’s Part II of Kevin and Steve's fascinating interview with Fr. Tom on the True Church. Lots here to digest, friends! Download it and put it on your favorite player to listen to over and over. Have fun!

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Jul 08, 2007

The True, Visible Church: Is it Eastern Orthodox?

Part One of Kevin and Steve's in-depth interview with esteemed Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Fr. Thomas Hopko, on the important subject, "The True, Visible Church: Is it Eastern Orthodox"? Download this one friends--and wrestle with it at the gym!

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Jul 01, 2007

Fr. James Bernstein: From co-founder of “Jews for Jesus” to Orthodox Priest

This interview recounts the fascinating story of the dramatic conversion to Christ (from Orthodox Judaism) and the spiritual journey of a co-founder of the messianic Christian group, "Jews for Jesus" as he finds his way "home" to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Jun 24, 2007

Ask Fr. Thomas Hopko

This is the 2nd in our monthly installments of Q&A with Fr. Tom on a variety of subjects related to our faith and Orthodoxy. In this episode he tackles questions about pre-destination and Mary. This feature will be heard the last Sunday of every month. If you would like to submit a question for future programs, you may email Fr. Tom at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jun 17, 2007

Scott Cairns - A Short Trip To The Edge

Visit the "holy mountain" of Mt. Athos, and join in the quest for a spiritual elder with acclaimed poet and author Scot Cairns, who reads selections from his newly-released book and talks with two-time pilgrim to the holy mountain, Kevin Allen!

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Jun 10, 2007

The Mountain of Silence—Part Two

Kevin Allen continues his fascinating interview with Kyriakos C. Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence, Gifts of the Desert, and many more. Is it possible that Part Two could be better than Part One? You be the judge!

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Jun 03, 2007

The Mountain of Silence—Part One

Kevin Allen interviews Kyriakos C. Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence and Gifts of the Desert, talks about his life, his books, and his spiritual journey. This interview--you're going to want to listen to over and over...!

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May 27, 2007

Ask Fr. Thomas Hopko

Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, theologian and writer answers listener questions ranging from the valdity of the "charismatic" gifts (a fitting question for Pentecost Sunday!),to the Christian basis for the animal rights movement!

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May 20, 2007

Bishop Joseph+ On What is a Bishop?

In our first interview with an Eastern Orthodox Bishop, Steve McMeans talks with His Grace, Bishop Joseph+, on what a bishop is; his calling, his ministry, and the role the monastic life can play for us all! Burn this on a disc, friends!

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May 13, 2007

Fr. Patrick Reardon on Popular Monotheism

Here's a hint: It's wrong! Great stuff as Kevin Allen interviews this popular Orthodox priest, a senior editor at Touchstone Magazine.

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May 06, 2007

Fr. Josiah Trenham: St. John Chrysostom on Marriage and Monasticism

Steve McMeans talks to Fr. Josiah about St. John Chrysostom and his views on the relationship between marriage and monasticism. This show will suprise you...!

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Apr 29, 2007

Alice Linsley: From Episcopalian Priest to Her First Orthodox Pascha

Kevin and Steve ask about former Episcopalian priest, Alice Linsley's journey to Orthodoxy.

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Apr 22, 2007

Michael Whelton on the New Age

Kevin Allen interviews Michael Whelton on the characteristics of the New Age movement.

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Apr 15, 2007

Rod Dreher on The Challenges of Modern Islam and What the Media Aren’t Telling Us

Steve and Kevin interview syndicated columnist Rod Dreher about today's Islamic faith. Buckle up!

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Apr 08, 2007

Kevin Allen on Finding Christ in a Hindu Ashram

Steve McMeans interviews his co-host, Kevin Allen, about his experiences as the novice of a Hindu guru, and his journey to Orthodoxy.

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Apr 01, 2007

Fr. Peter Gilquist on Missions and Evangelism

Kevin Allen talks with Fr. Peter Gilquist about the status of Orthodox Evangelism and the Church in America.

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Mar 18, 2007

Fr. Wayne Wilson—Mid-Lent Questions Orthodox Don’t Always Ask

Kevin and Steve interview Fr. Wayne about some hard to ask questions about Lent.

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Mar 11, 2007

Dr. John Mark Reynolds on Christianity and Culture

Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Torrey Honors professor at Biola University, talks about Christianity and Culture.

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Mar 04, 2007

Fr. Michael Reagan on Common Evangelical Questions (Part 2)

Continuing the discussion with Fr. Michael Reagan, about questions evangelicals have for the Orthodox.

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Feb 25, 2007

Fr. Michael Reagan on Common Evangelical Questions (Part 1)

Questions evangelicals want to ask the Eastern Orthodox, with Fr. Michael Reagan.

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Feb 18, 2007

Frederica Mathewes-Green On Orthodox Spirituality (Part 2)

Continuing discussion with Mother Frederica Mathewes-Green, Kevin and Steve delve deeper into what it means to live life as an Orthodox Christian. Just in time for Lent!

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Feb 11, 2007

Frederica Mathewes-Green On Orthodox Spirituality (Part 1)

Mother Frederica Mathewes-Green, well-known author and public speaker, discusses the Christian life. Kevin and Steve ask her about prayer, forgiveness, and to mark our inaugural show--the Illumined Heart!

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