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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
The Man in the Mall

Episode date: February 13, 2009
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I just happened to be on that side of Phoenix. I was waiting for a contractor to cut checks and needed to kill some time, so I went to the mall for lunch.  This particular mall was my old stomping grounds during high school.  Dave and I almost wore a path in the terrazzo floor during our senior year of high school.  It was the only indoor mall in town at the time so you could walk around for hours and not sweat so much you looked like you just finished a swim meet.  We went there nearly every evening, we had driver’s licenses and Dave had wheels, but we didn’t have jobs and money, so mostly we did stupid high…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
The Prodigal Son, the Elder Brother, the Merciful Father

Episode date: February 13, 2009
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The second Sunday in the Pre-Lenten Season in the Orthodox Church, which would be the third before the actual beginning of the great Lenten 40 days, is dedicated to the Parable of the Prodigal Son. On that particular Sunday at the Divine Liturgy, the Gospel Reading is the Gospel of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. During that Sunday as well as throughout that week at the Vesper Services and then Matin Services with the Canons at Matins and the hymns of those particular liturgical worship services, the parable returns, is sung about, commented on, brought before the attention of the faithful for their meditation as they prepare themselves to…

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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Bishops’ Vestments

Episode date: February 16, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. Today I would like to give a brief history of bishops vestments within the Orthodox Church and then speak in a little detail about the vestments I recently made for Metropolitan Jonah’s enthronement.

As I’ve mentioned in previous podcasts, the first few centuries of the Orthodox Church do not provide much illumination about the beginnings of vestments. What we know about the origins of Christian liturgical dress come primarily from two sources: the first being our iconographic tradition and the second being the secular dress of late antiquity and the Byzantine…

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Frederica Here and Now

Frederica Here and Now
The Voice Beneath the Altar

Episode date: February 19, 2009
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When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne; they cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before thou wilt judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell upon the earth?”( Revelation 6:9-10)

During the first centuries of Christianity, the church was battered within and without. Pseudo-Christians distorted the faith and misled the faithful, while the powerful Roman Empire persecuted Christians with torture and death. When local church members were able to gather the remains of their…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Homeless, Hungry, God Bless

Episode date: February 20, 2009
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It was close to Christmas in 1971. I remember because of the bitter cold, at least bitter for Phoenix and cold enough to freeze to death in.  I remember too because I was wearing my new long black overcoat, something you rarely get to do in Phoenix. My friend Randy and I were hanging out as usual at Hobo Joe’s coffee shop after his night shift ended, drinking coffee, righting the world’s injustices, talking about Jesus and watching people, sometimes until dawn. We saw a lot of severe humanity late at night at Hobo Joe’s. Cruising gays, hookers, groups of servicemen, rowdy cowboys, monosyllabic drug addicts, lonely businessmen…

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