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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Final

Episode date: September 10, 2009
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So, last week we left off with a discussion of punishment, vengeance and retribution.  As I noted these words have fallen into disrepute in the last few decades, even among Christians, and the death penalty debate is often framed by definitions of these terms. Punishment, retribution and vengeance are seen as concepts unfit for the modern “Enlightened Man” who has evolved beyond belief in the primitive moralistic gods of religiosity.  While we would reject the notion that the God of Christianity is primitive, the problem is that, as I mentioned, Christians are often letting humanistic philosophy define our vocabulary and…

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On the Necessity of Beauty

Episode date: September 11, 2009
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I’ve been taking a lot of pictures lately. If you have known me for awhile, you might think this odd, seeing as for decades I was the girl who was forever cutting off heads, with a poorly aimed disposable Kodak, at weddings and parties, and whose in-laws provided her with doubles of their own photos lest those first important milestones of her babies’ lives remain undocumented. Out of guilt, a couple of years ago, I borrowed my dad’s digital camera hoping to better myself as a mother, but I just couldn’t quite wrap my mind around there being no actual film involved. “Are the pictures just stuck there…in the…

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The Illumined Heart

The Illumined Heart
134: Marriage As A Path To Holiness

Episode date: September 25, 2009
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Kevin Allen: Welcome to The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio. Our topic today is Marriage: a Path to Holiness, and my guest on the program is Dr. Philip Mamalakis. Philip teaches pastoral care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary and assists with the Field Education program. His professional interests are in Orthodox pastoral theology and marriage, family and parenting. His interests also include the interface of contemporary mental health theory, research and practice, and Orthodox theology, and he’s published articles on therapists and congregations, working with couples recovering from infidelity,…

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For They Shall Be Comforted

Episode date: September 23, 2009
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When he walked through our Church’s entrance, I gripped my kids a little tighter. Glen did not hang back like the others, waiting for the liturgy’s conclusion to ask for a dollar, a bus pass, or the canned food and bottled water kept next door for distributing to those in need. “Again?” I thought, cringing, as he made a beeline toward the front and center of the sanctuary, hoarsely whispering random greetings along the way.

Not intimidated by the length or sobriety of the service, Glen cannon balled into an unknown experience while the rest of us stared on dumbfounded, waiting for somebody, anybody, to blow…

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