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The Seeking Heart

The Seeking Heart
How Not to be an Annoying Christian

Episode date: May 20, 2014
Transcript published: June 06, 2014

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Sometimes people have the best of intentions but a very great lack of perspective. This can be true about most of us, but it can be particularly true about zealous people.

Religious zeal can give a person a fairly one-dimensional perspective on the world. I can say this because I am prone to it myself, and have been quite guilty of it in the past. This is why it is so important to temper zeal with discipline, especially the disciplines of silence, repentance, humility, and prayer.

But if you want to know why many people find many Christians so obnoxious and intolerable, simply consider the following:

Believing it is your…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries

Ancient Faith Commentaries
Pacify the Ragings of the . . . Who?

Episode date: May 26, 2014
Transcript published: June 06, 2014

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You have probably noticed that we are no longer in the fourth century. In that century the great rival of Christianity was paganism, the worship of the old gods still worshiped by much of the population then, a few of whom were powerful and well-heeled — the population that is, not the gods.

Some scholars estimate that when Constantine declared himself on the side of the Christians earlier in that century, only ten per-cent of the population were actually Christian. The rest, apart from a small slice of Jewish population, were pagan. Some of these pagans were wealthy, well-connected and not planning to go anywhere. Obviously,…

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Coffee with Sister Vassa

Coffee with Sister Vassa
Third Week Of Lent - Palamas

Episode date: March 21, 2014
Transcript published: May 15, 2014

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Hello. I’m Sister Vassa, and I’m having my coffee before going to work today here in Vienna in Austria. I’m sorry: I know this episode is coming out a bit late, but, you know, our writers are a little bit overwhelmed with all the church services during Lent and their usual Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and everybody’s come down with a case of the mid-Lent blues [despondency], so they’re a little bit tired, and we are grumpy and so on.

But the good news is that it is the third week of Lent, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve already lost three kilos, a little bit over six pounds. [Applause] Please…

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Coffee with Sister Vassa

Coffee with Sister Vassa
Week 4 of Lent - The Cross

Episode date: March 29, 2014
Transcript published: May 15, 2014

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Hello. I’m Sister Vassa, and I’m glad you’re watching our award-winning show live from Vienna in Austria. It is now the fourth week of Lent, which means we have now reached the very middle of Lent, and it is a beautiful spring morning here in Vienna. [Cat Steven sings “Morning Has Broken”]

By the way, some people around here have been saying that I shouldn’t call this an “award-winning” show just because these trophies here were won for table tennis. Yes, my personal trainer, Edeltraut, and David, from the sound department, did indeed win these beautiful trophies for table tennis…

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The Seeking Heart

The Seeking Heart
You Should Be Orthodox

Episode date: May 13, 2014
Transcript published: May 14, 2014

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Has anyone ever told you that you should be Orthodox? If not, let me be the first one. Yeah, you heard me right. You should be Orthodox. I say this because I’ve seen you around—young, Christian hipster—and I sympathize with the fact that your church is trying really hard to be relevant to you. They want to create an atmosphere in which you will feel comfortable and affirmed because, well, they’re afraid you will eventually become bored and just leave. From the outside it looks like your church is doing everything possible to make church seem not so much like… church. The narthex… lobby? Well, the…

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