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Musings from the High Desert

Musings from the High Desert
Christianity as Philosophy?: Part 7

Episode date: April 03, 2013
Transcript published: February 26, 2014

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I want to move this time on different ground with regard to the whole question of God. I begin with a quote from St. Augustine:

God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.

What I want to talk about this time moves beyond other philosophical approaches to the question of God. I guess that was obvious from the opening quote. It seems to me that there’s more stuff out there that simply doesn’t work, to put it bluntly. We can talk all we want about the so-called attributes of God, that God is all wisdom, God is omnipresent, God is omniscient, God is omnipotent.…

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Becoming a Healing Presence

Becoming a Healing Presence
Gentleness as a Mindset

Episode date: June 28, 2013
Transcript published: February 25, 2014

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Today I will say a few words about gentleness as a mindset, and I’ll begin where we always begin, with the Person Jesus Christ, who tells us that he is the Way, and then what the Way is like. He said, “Learn of me, for I am meek”—and that’s often translated as “gentle”—“and humble.” That’s our call. St. Seraphim of Sarov puts it in wonderful perspective. He says:

You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Radiant joy streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives. All…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Singing the Triumphal Hymn
Spirituality Through Song

Episode date: August 02, 2012
Transcript published: February 25, 2014

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I would like to begin this morning recalling several stories from the Holy Scriptures and from Church history that deal with people dedicated to God at a young age. And as we move through this, I really only have one main point, and I think it will be obvious before I even state it.

“It came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son and called his name Samuel saying, Because I have asked for him from the Lord” (Samuel 1:20-28).

Samu-el: “el”—when a word in the Old Testament in Hebrew ends with ‘el’, that’s God. Isra-el, Gabri-el, the angel of God,…

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Ancient Faith Presents

Ancient Faith Presents
Protests in Ukraine

Episode date: February 22, 2014
Transcript published: February 22, 2014

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Over the past three months, Ukrainian protesters have occupied Kyiv’s Independence Square. They’re demanding closer ties to the European Union, changes to the constitution, and an altering of the government’s power structures. There’ve been recent, violent clashes, with hundreds of people killed by government forces and protesters in the past few weeks. Orthodox and Catholic priests have courageously ministered to both protesters and government forces. The protests have been framed by many Western media as a “Russia versus the West or European Union” conflict. To help all of us sort through this…

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Let My Prayer Arise

Let My Prayer Arise
Psalm 87

Episode date: February 25, 2011
Transcript published: February 21, 2014

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Psalm 87 in the Hebrew (Psalm 88 LXX)

O Lord God of my salvation, by day have I cried and by night before Thee.
Let my prayer come before Thee, bow down Thine ear unto my supplication,
For filled with evils is my soul, and my life unto hades hath drawn nigh.
I am counted with them that go down into the pit; I am become as a man without help, free among the dead,
Like the bodies of the slain that sleep in the grave, whom Thou rememberest no more, and they are cut off from Thy hand.
They laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Against me is Thine anger made strong,…

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