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Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary

Voices from St Vladimir's Seminary
On the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church

Episode date: February 05, 2014
Transcript published: February 14, 2014

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Vladika, Fathers, sisters and brothers present here tonight on the occasion of this convocation, let me begin by expressing my thanks to the Trustees and Faculty of this renowned, and much loved Orthodox school, who have tonight honored me with the degree of Doctor Divinitatis. It is another nailed plank in my ‘house of theology’ which I shall have to present before the Lord of Glory one day. I cherish the hope that reviewing my labors the Lord too may have a similarly happy opinion to yours, and might even say to me, as he once said to the renowned philosopher of Aquino: Bene scripsisti de me. ‘You have written well…

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Singing the Triumphal Hymn

Singing the Triumphal Hymn
Music to My Ears

Episode date: November 03, 2008
Transcript published: February 14, 2014

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Five years ago, in 2003, Conciliar Press and Again magazine celebrated it’s twenty-fifth year in publication, and they asked me to write an article reflecting on the musical journey of the former Evangelicals into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. In some ways I don’t really… I play around with words a lot, considering their meaning and their implication. We often referred to, and even referred to ourselves, as former Evangelicals. Well, am I? Am I former Evangelical? I don’t think so. I hope not! I would pray that at least my understanding of Evangelical coming from the Great Commission,…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Food, Sex, and Sports: Idols or Pathways to Salvation?

Episode date: February 10, 2014
Transcript published: February 14, 2014

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Putting words on a page often helps to clarify our thinking. In writing my recent book, The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity, I attempted to present key Orthodox insights in ways that average Americans could appreciate them, not as exotic or abstract ideas, but as invitations to the abundant life found in Jesus Christ. To connect with people today, we have to begin where they live, so to speak, which may require making some unusual connections. So…

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The Arena

The Arena
Bruno “the Loser” Mars

Episode date: February 12, 2014
Transcript published: February 12, 2014

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. [Amen.]

I am sorely tempted to deliver a homily other than that which I prepared today on the great power of fellowship. I say this because these last two weeks I’ve been really feeling terrible. I’ve been very sad, and it’s been really a horrible two weeks. As a matter of fact, not this Sunday but the Sunday before, I woke up on Sunday morning and my mind woke up before my body did. My eyes were shut, and I didn’t want to open my eyes. I said, “Lord, is there any way I don’t have to open my eyes today?” It was Sunday morning;…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Resisting Like St. Maximus

Episode date: February 05, 2014
Transcript published: February 11, 2014

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The month of January in the Orthodox Church calendar is filled with commemorations of saints, great saints who defended the doctrine of the Church and who defended the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in times when it was being massively rejected, and when there was a kind of a triumph of heresy and apostasy going on within the Church and within the Orthodox Church as well at that time… I mean, the men that we celebrate and think about and reflect on in January are Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom. Then there are also St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Theophan the Recluse in the 19th century in Russia, Sava the…

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