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Is the LGBT a New Reality?
Episode date: November 24, 2014
Transcript published: November 26, 2014
Is the LGBT a new reality? The battle between those who condemn homosexual activity as sinful and those who celebrate it as a valid alternative is heating up, and the sound of its fury is shaking the walls and rattling the windows even of the Orthodox Church. It’s like Dylan prophesied long ago: The times, they are a-changin’. And though our official Church pronouncements remain consistent with our patristic past, such as the episcopal pronouncement on marriage circulated, for example, by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America over two decades ago, our practice has changed, and in many places now reflects secular norms…
Worship in Spirit and Truth
Joshua, Judges, and the Kings of Israel
Episode date: April 21, 2011
Transcript published: November 17, 2014
We have been reflecting on the Old Testament preparations and prefigurations of worship in spirit and truth that come to the world in Jesus the Messiah, the Christ. So far we have meditated about how human beings were created for worship, how the apostasy of humanity against God is a failure of worship, a failure of being doxological and eucharistic, giving glory and gratitude. We reflected on the sacrificial worship of Cain and Abel and that whole story in Genesis, and then we spoke about Noah and worship in Noah’s time. Then we spoke about Abraham and the worship of God after the calling of the quintessential believer, the patriarch…
The Morning Offering
Episode date: November 14, 2014
Transcript published: November 15, 2014
Theosis: Becoming by grace what God is by nature.
The Orthodox Church does not accept the doctrine of original sin as espoused in the West, yet this in no way suggests that we do not need to be born anew. We Orthodox believe, as did the early Church Fathers, that we inherit only the results of Adam’s sin, not his guilt. This is known as ancestral sin because the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, resulted in our inheritance of death, sickness, and an inclination towards evil. Christ’s death on the cross has its power, not in an atonement sacrifice, but in the conquering of the power of death. Death is trampled down by…
Episode date: November 06, 2014
Transcript published: November 09, 2014
Welcome to Raising Saints. First of all, I’m excited to announce that we’ve set up a Raising Saints blog right here on the Ancient Faith site. If you click the little “blogs” button at the top of the main page at ancientfaith.com, you’ll find that Ancient Faith is hosting a number of really great blogs now, and I’m honored to be included. The blog is also called Raising Saints, so it’s easy to find, and it will be focused on passing the faith on to our youth, at home and in the parish, just like this podcast. But the…
Hearts and Minds
Morally Wrong? Politically Right?
Episode date: November 03, 2014
Transcript published: November 05, 2014
This story comes to us from a monastery. A woman had begun visiting the monastery, and, over the years and after many conversations with the abbot, sensed a call to become a nun. So she took the first formal steps to do so, and with those steps came the traditional attire a nun wears: long, black robe and a black covering that covers the entire head except for the face. When she put on the attire for the first time, after years of participating in the community, the abbot looked intently at her face and said, “There’s the person I’ve been waiting for.” He did not mean that she wasn’t a person before she became…