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The Arena

The Arena
What Jesus Wants from Us

Episode date: January 29, 2015
Transcript published: February 03, 2015

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

I greet you all, brothers and sisters, on this Lord’s day, on this day of the Resurrection—thank you, Fr. Peter; what a delight to be with you and to serve at the holy table here in this magnificent church and this wonderful shrine of St. John. This Sunday you should hear in your mind a bell tolling, because this is the Sunday of Zacchaeus. For those of you who only speak English, you could have heard it. It was the second gospel reading; it was done in Slavonic. It was the story of the Lord Jesus coming into Jericho and meeting Zacchaeus. This…

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Glory to God

Glory to God
Get Out of Your Mind

Episode date: October 09, 2013
Transcript published: January 31, 2015

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I’m not certain at what point modern Christians began to believe that spiritual and mental were the same thing. I know that it’s a commonplace to interpret John 4:24, that says, “God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth,” to mean that outward actions and vocations are of no value, that only those things that take place in the mind are truly spiritual. The older English word “ghost” was often used to translate “pneuma” or “pnevma,” that is, “spirit” or “breath,” in the Greek, thus the English praised God: Father,…

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Lord, Send Me

Lord, Send Me
The House of God: A Consecrated Temple and a Consecrated People, Fr. Josiah Trenham

Episode date: October 27, 2014
Transcript published: January 31, 2015

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In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Well, dear brothers, thank you for the invitation to be with you. This is my last talk, which I want to spend a more careful time, reading a lecture, actually, to you, because it’s on a more complicated subject than what we’ve talked about so far. I’ve entitled this talk: “The House of God: A Consecrated Temple and a Consecrated People.” What I hope to do is talk about our theology of church consecration and how it relates to our theology of human consecration and how the two go hand-in-hand in our tradition.

I’d like to start by telling you the…

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Food, Faith, and Fasting

Food, Faith, and Fasting
Sacred Eating in the Workplace

Episode date: June 22, 2011
Transcript published: January 15, 2015

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Welcome to another session of Food, Faith, and Fasting. It’s great to be together again. And today, believe it or not, we are going to still focus on the area of portion control. The reason that we have to stay here a bit longer is because of the teachings that we have from the wisdom of the saints. When we tire our bodies from eating too much, our soul also weakens. We have mentioned this teaching of St. Seraphim of Sarov quite often in the past few sessions that we’ve had together, but the main point of this teaching is that eating too much does have an ill effect on our soul and also on our body. And what do we know…

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Sermons at St. Nicholas

Sermons at St. Nicholas
The Light which Overcomes Darkness (Eph 4:7-13)

Episode date: January 11, 2015
Transcript published: January 12, 2015

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus Christ! [Glory to him forever!]

I don’t know if you’ve looked up in the sky lately, but it’s been very rare for us in the past six or more weeks that we’ve seen the sun. It’s been grey; it’s been dark. And yesterday I was driving to vespers, and I looked up and the sky was almost completely clear. And there was the sun, and it was so refreshing. It seemed as though I hadn’t seen the sun in weeks, and there’s something about seeing that bright light that enlivens us and lifts our spirits. We even know that…

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