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Lord, Send Me

Lord, Send Me

Start date: December 2011 55 episodes

“Lord Send Me!” is named for that beautiful passage in the Prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 6, wherein, when asked by the Lord, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” the Prophet replies, “Here am I, send me!”  In the podcast Send Me! Fr John Parker shares his thoughts and reflections on evangelization—sharing the Good News—in North America.  He encourages all listeners to share Isaiah’s bold humility to bear witness to the work of the One True God in their lives in word and in deed.

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Episodes

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Nov 10, 2014

An Interview with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Fr. John speaks with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware about the importance of preaching, worship, and books in our call to evangelism.

Here is one of the books His Eminence recommends for those wanting to learn more about the Orthodox faith: For the Life of the World by Fr. Alexander Schmemann.

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24:12
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Nov 07, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality

In this episode (which originally aired on May 15, 2012), Fr. John Parker address same-sex marriage and homosexuality, in response to the frenzy of discussion on these topics today in the public sphere. PDF Notes Attached View Attachment

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Nov 03, 2014

Missionary Labors in High Point, North Carolina

Fr. John interviews Fr. Christopher Foley of Holy Cross Orthodox Church, High Point, North Carolina.

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14:19
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Oct 29, 2014

Preaching and the Great Commission, interview with Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. John interviews Fr. Josiah Trenham about the importance of preaching in fulfilling the Great Commission.

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22:33
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Oct 27, 2014

The House of God: A Consecrated Temple and a Consecrated People, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about the connection between church building consecration and people consecration at a clergy retreat for the Carolina Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America.

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55:22
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Oct 27, 2014

Our Past and Our Present with Islam, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about Islam at a clergy retreat for the Carolina Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Oct 27, 2014

How to Make an Orthodox Christian, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about catechism at a clergy retreat for the Carolina Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Oct 24, 2014

Our Present with Islam, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about Islam at a parish retreat earlier this month at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This is Part 2 of his talk.

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45:48
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Oct 21, 2014

Our Past with Islam, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about Islam at a parish retreat earlier this month at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This is Part 1 of his talk.

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1:09:38
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Oct 18, 2014

What Makes Marriage Christian, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Fr. Josiah Trenham speaks about marriage at a parish retreat earlier this month at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Sep 22, 2014

The Four Marks Of A Disciple

Fr. John Parker gives his 2nd reflection on his participation on the Faith Encouraged Live inaugural call-in program and shares four marks of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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Sep 16, 2014

What Is Our Purpose As An Orthodox Parish?

Fr. John Parker reflects on his appearance on the new live call-in program entitled Faith Encouraged Live with Fr. Barnabas Powell. This is the first of 2 podcasts where he talks about effectively reaching out as a parish.

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Aug 04, 2014

The Hoppes In Albania

Fr. John Parker visited Albania in May of 2014 and while there interviewed OCMC missionaries Nathan and Gabriella Hoppe.

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Jun 24, 2014

Report From Istanbul - 4

In his last report from Istanbul, Fr. John reflects on how hidden Christianity is in this country which once was the center of Christianity.

9:48
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Jun 20, 2014

Report From Istanbul - 3

In this brief episode, Fr. John is report from inside the Hagia Sophia remembering the visit from the Russian emissaries who "knew not if we were in heaven or on earth."

3:51
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Jun 15, 2014

Report From Istanbul - 2

In his 2nd report from Istanbul, Fr. John is sitting on the roof of his hotel reflecting on the Muslim call to prayer which is heard 5 times daily. He wonders about our own devotion to prayer in comparison.

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Jun 11, 2014

Report From Istanbul - 1

Fr. John Parker has just returned from his trip to both Albania and Istanbul and files several reports and interviews. In this first report from Istanbul, he describes his surroundings and first impressions.

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Apr 04, 2014

The Life of St. Mary of Egypt

You no doubt know of St. Mary of Egypt but have you read her story? Today on Lord Send Me, Fr. John reads the miraculous story of this saint's life. You can also read it here:
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/maryegypt.asp

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Mar 25, 2014

The Evangelism of Mary

On this holy day when we celebrate the Annunciation of the Mother of God, Fr. John Parker reflects on the evangelistic meaning of the feast.

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Feb 28, 2014

Meet Fr. Jason Foster - Former Southern Baptist

In this episode, Fr John interviews Fr Jason Foster, pastor of Holy Nativity Orthodox Mission in Shreveport, LA. Fr Jason is doing amazing and catalytic missionary work in Louisiana.

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Dec 03, 2013

Further Reflection on Rick Warren

On his way back home from the OCMC board meeting, Fr. John reflects on his recent visit and interview with Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church.

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Oct 11, 2013

A Conversation with Rick Warren

In this special edition of Lord, Send Me, Fr. John Parker sits down with best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren. They talk about Orthodoxy, evangelism, and the current state of the Evangelical movement.

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Sep 26, 2013

Fishers of Men

Fr John considers a recent Sunday Gospel Text—Fishers of Men—and reminds us that driving a boat around hoping that fish will jump in is not sufficient for Christian Evangelization.

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Sep 03, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Alaska - Live Concert from Monk’s Rock Cafe

Fr John had the chance to record the world-famous singers from St Innocent’s Academy, live at the Monk’s Rock Coffee Shop in Kodiak, AK. The first two songs are Georgia folk songs. The third is Bulgarian. The fourth is a folky song local to Kodiak, and the last, a traditional American Spiritual.

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Aug 28, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Alaska - St. Innocent’s Academy

Fr John is at the Monk's Rock Cafe to interview Fr Paisius DeLucia of St Innocent’s Academy, an Orthodox Home and School for troubled youth in Kodiak. Read more at: http://www.stinnocentsacademy.org/

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Aug 26, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Alaska - Interview with the Dean of St. Herman’s Seminary

Fr John interviews Fr John Dunlop, Dean of St Herman’s Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska, about the Seminary, the incredible Archives (which include the handwritten documents of St Innocent as well as the journals of St Iakov Netsvyetov), and his own missionary work in the villages.

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Aug 22, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Alaska - Interview with the Chancellor

Fr John Parker interviews Archimandrite David Mahaffey, Chancellor and Administrator of the Diocese of Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America.

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Aug 20, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Alaska - Introduction

Fr John Parker recently traveled to Kodiak, Alaska, and Spruce Island, Alaska, for the Feast of St Herman of Alaska. While there, he had the chance to speak with all sorts Orthodox Christians who minister in this beautiful, Holy Land of America. Today he introduces this series and then we will post updates every couple of days.

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Jul 08, 2013

Fr. Chad Hatfield - Basic Christian Discipleship Part 3

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May 22, 2013

Fr. Chad Hatfield - Basic Christian Discipleship Part 2

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May 17, 2013

Fr. Chad Hatfield - Basic Christian Discipleship Part 1

Fr. Chad Hatfield, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, gave a Lenten retreat at Fr. John Parker's Holy Ascension Orthodox Church. He spoke on Basic Christian Discipleship - Three Proven Methods for Holy Living. This is part 1.

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Apr 25, 2013

Interview with Fr. Chad Hatfield

Fr. John Parker interviews Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, about missions and evangelism.

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Apr 04, 2013

Preaching and Evangelism

In this episode, Fr John interviews Fr Sergius Halvorsen, professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Fr Sergius discusses the vital link between solid preaching and Evangelization.

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Mar 29, 2013

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven - Part 2

In these episodes, Fr John Parker reads “Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven” by Saint Innocent of Alaska, a beautiful, simple, and short book on the basics of Christianity, authored by one of our North American Saints. Part Two: How Jesus Christ lived on Earth, and What He Suffered for Us. pp 11-16.

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Mar 25, 2013

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven - Part 1

In these episodes, Fr John Parker reads “Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven” by Saint Innocent of Alaska, a beautiful, simple, and short book on the basics of Christianity, authored by one of our North American Saints. Part One: The Blessings that Jesus Christ has granted Us By His Death, pp 8-11.”

For permission to read, Fr John thanks Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY. “Indication”, ISBN 0-88465-075-8, can be purchased at http://www.holytrinitypublications.com or at good bookstores and websellers everywhere.

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Mar 21, 2013

Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven

In these episodes, Fr John Parker reads “Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven” by Saint Innocent of Alaska, a beautiful, simple, and short book on the basics of Christianity, authored by one of our North American Saints. Introduction, pp.5-7.

For permission to read, Fr John thanks Holy Trinity Publications, Jordanville, NY. “Indication”, ISBN 0-88465-075-8, can be purchased at http://www.holytrinitypublications.com or at good bookstores and websellers everywhere.

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Mar 07, 2013

OCMC Banquet Talk - Here Am I, Send Me

In this episode, we join Fr John Parker at a fundraising dinner for the OCMC sponsored by the DC Metro Area Pan-Orthodox Missions Council. Fr John's keynote address was entitled, "Here I am, send me: how every Christian can answer the Great Commission".

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Dec 07, 2012

Worship As Evangelism

In this episode, Fr John Parker discusses the difference between ‘worship evangelism’ and ‘worship as evangelism’, and encourages us to offer to God the most beautiful worship of which we are capable, and to ‘get out of the way’ for visitors—so that they can encounter God.

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Nov 27, 2012

Annapolis College Ministry

In this episode, Fr John Parker interviews Fr Robert Miclean, pastor of Holy Archangels Mission in Annapolis, MD. Fr Robert is the founding pastor of this new mission, and the founder of Annapolis College Ministry, which is an intentional, discipleship driven, missionary outreach to three Maryland colleges: the US Naval Academy, St John’s College, and Anne Arundel Community college. For more info, visit http://www.annapoliscollegeministry.org and http://www.orthodoxannapolis.org.

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Oct 16, 2012

Fishers of Men and the Mormons

In today’s episode, Fr John Parker addresses “becoming fishers of men” using Mormon practice as a catalyst to Missionary work.

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Aug 29, 2012

One Year Memorial - Archbishop Dmitri

Fr John Parker today reflects on what the Ever-memorable Archbishop Dmitri taught him in the 9 years during which Fr John served His Eminence...lessons about love, economia, stewardship, and above all, Christ crucified and raised from the dead. His Eminence fell asleep in the Lord 1 year ago.

21:58
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Aug 07, 2012

A Discussion on Outreach and Evangelism

Fr. John leads a discussion at a Diocese of the South (OCA) luncheon where attendees share their experiences.

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Jul 23, 2012

St. Katherine College

Fr John Parker interviews Fr John Strickland, newly appointed Professor of History at the newly-founded Orthodox Christian College, St Katherine. Listen and learn about this vital missionary “College” plant in Encinitas, CA.

19:23
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May 31, 2012

The Feast of Holy Ascension

In this episode, Fr John reflects on the Scripture readings for the Divine Liturgy of the Feast of the Holy Ascension—and their impact on our mission and commission as Orthodox Christians.

26:59
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May 16, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage and Homosexuality

In this episode, Fr John Parker address Same-sex Marriage and Homosexuality, in response to the frenzy of discussion on these topics today in the public sphere. PDF Notes Attached View Attachment

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Apr 28, 2012

A Missionary Journey to Mexico

Fr John recently travelled to the OCA’s Exarchate of Mexico at the invitation of His Grace, the Rt Rev. Bp Alejo. In today’s podcast, he recounts his journey.

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Apr 03, 2012

Meet OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz in Romania

Fr. John Parker traveled to Romania and sat down with OCMC missionary Floyd Frantz who works with the Church to help people with addictions.

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Mar 06, 2012

Sunday of Orthodoxy Reflections

Fr. John recorded these comments in his car on the way to the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers service in his region. He asks "What is the difference between Triumph and Triumphalism?"

21:12
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Feb 28, 2012

Meet OCMC Missionary James Hargrave

On Forgiveness Sunday, Holy Ascension Orthodox Church was visited by missionary James Hargrave. James serves with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in Tanzania. Fr. John Parker interviews James about his work there.

31:27
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Feb 07, 2012

Cyber Evangelism

Today Fr. John Parker reads a letter from a lady he met who was effectively using cyber technology to evangelize.

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Jan 24, 2012

Beaufort Mission

Travel with Fr John as he heads to Beaufort, SC, for an organizational meeting of a new mission, and shares about the whole process.

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Jan 12, 2012

Response to Dr Peter Bouteneff’s; ‘Post-Episcopalian Stress Disorder’

Fr John reflects on Dr Peter Bouteneff’s podcast concerning “Post-Episcopalian Stress Disorder”, and suggests a course-correction.

24:43
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Jan 10, 2012

Mega-Themes in Christianity

Fr John explores a Barna Group study on the state of Christianity in North America and asks how the observations impact us as Orthodox Christians. The study can be found HERE.

27:48
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Dec 27, 2011

What’s In A Name?

Fr John explains why “Lord, send me!” has its name, and challenges us with Isaiah 6.

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Dec 13, 2011

Evangelism means “Good News”

In a world which feasts and frenzies on the bad news and misfortunes of others, Fr John Parker encourages us to keep ever before us the truly and eternal Good News: that Jesus Christ became man and took on flesh for the salvation of the world.

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