Recently Transcribed Episodes
Paradise and Utopia
The Ecclesio-Political System of Byzantium and Its Shortcomings
Episode date: June 06, 2013
Transcript published: August 13, 2015
It was the year 404, and St. John Chrysostom found himself in an impossible situation. As archbishop of Constantinople, he was widely loved by his flock, but in that capital of the Byzantine empire, he also found himself confronted by the imperial state. Chief among his opponents was the empress, Eudoxia. John had emerged from an early life in a more distant area of the empire, though hardly an unnoticed one: the city of Antioch. He had become a monk early on, as part of the movement of that first century of Christianity in the Roman empire, when monasticism took off. I’ll talk more about that movement in a later episode, but St. John…
Pastors and Politics
Episode date: May 18, 2015
Transcript published: August 12, 2015
Several months ago, Fr. Josiah was invited to speak at a conference in southern California entitled “Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference.” There he shared the podium with Governor Bobby Jindal and several Republican presidential candidates. Father delivered a lecture entitled “Pastors and Politics” in which he argued for the supreme importance of clergy speaking truth to politicians. This video is published with the permission of 590 AM and the organizers of the Unite Inland Empire Conservative Conference.
Too gracious and untrue, most of what he said, but I am really pleased…
Life of the Church Today
Episode date: April 15, 2015
Transcript published: July 20, 2015
Dear friends, I can think of no more contentious issue among the hierarchies of the Orthodox world than the so-called Diaspora. Diaspora, of course, is a Greek word that has its origins in the Septuagint, or Greek translation of the Old Testament. This version of the Bible enjoys unofficial, if traditional, status in the Orthodox Church, and gets its name, “Seventy,” from the legend of 70 Jewish scholars who completed the translation around the second century B.C. The story goes that Ptolemy II is responsible for the translation because of the Alexandrian Jews who knew Greek but not Hebrew. It’s quoted in the New Testament,…
Glory to God
Grace and the Psychology of God
Episode date: June 05, 2015
Transcript published: July 14, 2015
We are human beings. We think; we feel—though I like to think that my dog thinks and feels. The semi-imaginary conversations we have as we take our long, daily walks are fairly entertaining for me, even though I have to supply his side of the dialogue.
But God is not a dog. But we supply his dialog as well and we impute to him thoughts and feelings like our own. For instance, we think God is angry. God is pleased. God is gentle. God is stern. For many Christians, managing God’s emotions and thoughts can be at least as serious as the many other co-dependent struggles of their day.
So we think, “Will…
Speaking the Truth
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Episode date: May 15, 2009
Transcript published: July 13, 2015
The gospel reading at the Divine Liturgy of the fifth Sunday of Pascha is the reading about the encounter of Jesus with the woman of Samaria that he meets at the well. It was actually in Sichar, at the well that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph, and Jesus comes there in the middle of the day, the sixth hour—it’s at noon—and he meets the Samaritan woman, and he asks her for water. Then this conversation develops.
This event cannot technically be called a messianic sign in the sense that it’s not a miracle, like, for example, Cana of Galilee with the changing of the water into wine, or the healing of the paralytic…