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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Discipline - Part 4

Episode date: August 22, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. This is Part 4 of my series on Discipline and today I’m going to be looking at Almsgiving.

Almsgiving is the third of the three great ascesis, or disciplines, in the Orthodox Church. Combined with prayer and fasting, almsgiving can be another skill we develop to bring us into greater and greater union with Christ. But, I find it’s one of the hardest disciplines to talk about—I can talk all day about your prayer rule or fasting from chocolate chip cookies, but talking about giving up your hard-earned money in this day and age is just about as taboo as it gets!


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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 6

Episode date: August 27, 2009
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Welcome to part six of the ongoing series on the death penalty.  I appreciate those who have taken the time to respond to the podcasts with good questions, challenges and comments.  A couple of folks who emailed me mentioned Jesus and the woman taken in adultery, and basically cast the anti-death penalty people in the role of Jesus and its supporters as Pharisees or legalists.  This goes back to the muddy thinking I mentioned in previous podcasts regarding the boundaries of the roles of the Church, State and the individual.  I think at the bottom line we’d all agree that it is absurd to believe that the state should…

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Close to Home

Close to Home
Enlightenment

Episode date: August 28, 2009
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“DID YOU HEAR ME?” I yell up the stairs, my voice tight with annoyance. “Wha-a-at?” comes the maddening reply from my kids, whose response time has been slowed down considerably this morning by sleepiness and a general slow-pokiness you’d think by now I’d have grown accustomed to but, judging by my high frustration level, apparently not.

“GET DOWN HERE FOR PRAYERS!” I repeat for the third time. “RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” After a second or two, I can make out the sound of footsteps – footsteps not hurrying: stomp (pause), stomp (pause), stomp (pause), and here they come, all…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
September 6, 2009: Matthew 21:33-42, Read for Older Children

Episode date: August 31, 2009
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The Lord spoke this parable. “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
“When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and the did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son”
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
September 6, 2009: Matthew 21:33-42, Told for Younger Children

Episode date: August 31, 2009
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One day, our Lord Jesus Christ told a parable, a story with a special meaning, to some of the important leaders in the Hebrew faith. He told them, “Once upon a time, there was a land owner who planted a vineyard. He worked very hard to make it nice: he planted a hedge around it to protect it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower where someone could watch over the vineyard. Then, he lent the vineyard to tenants, in exchange for some of the fruit that they would grow there, and he went away.
“When it was time for the fruit to be ready, the land owner sent three servants to the tenants to ask for his fruit. When the tenants saw…

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