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From the Amvon

From the Amvon
What is the Significance of the Feast of the New Martyrs of Russia?

Episode date: February 09, 2015
Transcript published: February 12, 2015

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Particularly if you’re not from a Russian background, you might ask, “What is the significance of celebrating the new martyrs and confessors of Russia to us here today in Houston, Texas?” The answer to that question is found in one of the earliest accounts of the martyrs, actually the very earliest account of the martyrs outside of the New Testament: the martyrdom of Polycarp. It says, after it recounts how the hieromartyr Polycarp was martyred and then his body was burned because the unChristian or the unbelieving Jews that had rejected Christ incited…

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iSermon

iSermon
Taking the Journey

Episode date: February 03, 2015
Transcript published: February 07, 2015

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Many people have the—I guess you could say—common assumption that Lent begins with Clean Monday, which this year falls on February 23, and that that is the beginning of the Fast which leads to the Great Feast, the center of our faith, which is Holy Resurrection—Pascha, Easter. But really, if we look at the ecclesiastical year, and we look at the cycle of services and the themes that are being introduced to us, that journey towards the resurrection of Christ begins today, with the beginning of the cycle called the Triodion. The Triodion, it’s named after a book that we use—the psaltis use and the priests…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Arguing About Freedom

Episode date: February 03, 2015
Transcript published: February 07, 2015

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Arguing About Freedom.

A lot of the stress comes nowadays from within, from within ourselves, but today this stress is sometimes totally theoreticized. Our world has names or other words for everything: concepts that people use to identify or to be identified by others with them; first identified and consequently diagnosed. That, it is said, should help us to better understand ourselves and so to support our constant need for change. The mental health field is a reality that simply cannot be disregarded. When professionals show us the statistics, they are overwhelming, especially when we see the children and youth, or the young population…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
Why Are You Hiding?

Episode date: January 30, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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“Get out of the way!” My daughter is in the back seat, yelling at the cars in front of us as we were on our way to her dance class. She was frustrated at the amount of traffic in front of us and reacted like she had seen someone else react in the same situation. And, no, I’m not going to say who that “someone” was, because I have a right not to incriminate myself! [Laughter]

But that frustration is so familiar to all of us, isn’t it? Unfortunately it flows from the all-too-common misconception that what I’m doing right now is more important than anything anyone else is doing—so…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
He’s Not On Our Team!

Episode date: January 29, 2015
Transcript published: February 06, 2015

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I remember as a boy dreading recess time at school. You see, I was a bit of a bookworm and not very athletic, and so when it came to be picked for teams, I was usually the kid who got picked last. Ugh! I hated that. It was embarrassing and it made me feel like a loser! Well, of course, when report card time came, all the jocks wished they were me! [Laughter]

We humans really do like to pick sides, don’t we? We find it easier to think of “groups” and make nice and tidy distinctions between people based on race, or ideology, or nationality, or economics, or education, and so on. It seems the list is endless of the groups…

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