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Praying in the Rain

Praying in the Rain
St. Isaac, Gehenna, and Hope

Episode date: April 21, 2015
Transcript published: April 30, 2015

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Hello. This is Fr. Michael Gillis, and we’re Praying in the Rain. Probably the most controversial teaching of St. Isaac the Syrian is his teaching on Gehenna, or hell. Homily 27 begins with the following statement and explanation of St. Isaac’s thoughts on sin, Gehenna, and death. It goes like this (and I’m quoting):

Sin, Gehenna, and death do not exist at all with God, for they are effects (or acts), not substances. Sin is the fruit of the will. There was a time when sin did not exist, and there will be a time when it will not exist. Gehenna is the fruit of sin. At some point in time,…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
The Tenderness of God; the Tenderness of the Poor

Episode date: September 24, 2014
Transcript published: April 28, 2015

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Part of the challenge and the beauty of living Orthodox mission is to learn to accept the tenderness of the God in our lives through the poor. One evening I was taking a walk through the neighborhood of the mission. I observed families and friends walking together enjoying one another and that evening I was feeling particularly alone. Out of nowhere Lucy crossed the street towards me.

Lucy is a beautiful elderly woman who for a while lived at St. Xenia house, one of the houses of the mission that practices hospitality. She lived at St. Xenia house but had to leave because she couldn’t handle the alcohol. And since that time I believe…

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The Illumined Heart

The Illumined Heart
From Wittenberg to Antioch

Episode date: September 16, 2007
Transcript published: April 27, 2015

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Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to this edition of The Illumined Heart radio program. I’m Kevin Allen, and this program is titled, “From Wittenberg to Antioch: The Journey of a Lutheran Pastor to Find the True Visible Church.” Our guest today is the Reverend Gregory Hogg, founding pastor of Holy Cross Antiochian Church in Byron Center, Michigan. Fr. Gregory was a pastor and teacher in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod) before converting along with his family to the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was well-known within the Lutheran world as one of the leaders and proponents of confessional Lutheranism,…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Zeal of Faith

Episode date: April 17, 2015
Transcript published: April 21, 2015

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Christ is Risen!

“What would Jesus do?” I remember that phrase that was popular a few years ago. I confess to being a bit amused by this fad of “easy religion.” One of the main reasons was that the life of Jesus is not easily categorized as the comfortable Jesus we moderns many times prefer. You know the Jesus I"m talking about, don’t you: the meek Jesus that pats everybody on the head and tells them that they"re OK “just the way you are,” or the Jesus of modern therapy that gets us in touch with our feelings… You know that Jesus that has all the little children come around and sit on His lap,…

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Be The Bee

Be The Bee
Salvation in Christ

Episode date: April 10, 2015
Transcript published: April 20, 2015

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Salvation can be summarized in three words: Christ is Risen!

The most important thing to realize about Salvation is that it happens in Christ. Ever year, during Holy Week, on Great Friday, we observe the crucifixion of Christ. He died, just like everybody eventually dies. His body and soul were separated from each other. His body ended up in the tomb, and his soul ended up in Hades. Hades is the literal dead-end, that awaited every human being from Adam and Eve, down to Christ.

Everyone, rich and poor, holy and not-so-holy, ended up trapped in this terrible state. It was a consequence of the Fall. By separating themselves from…

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