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Sermons at St. Nicholas
Beware of Cheap Imitations (2 Cor 4:6-15)
Episode date: October 09, 2013
Transcript published: January 07, 2014
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’m going to tell you a quick story about a very dear friend of mine. When I was in college, I was blessed to have a professor—his name was Dr. Robert Shankovich, and he’s still a very dear friend. I became very close to him. He was at my ordination. He was at the baptism of some of our children. He’s been to this parish before. In fact, I talked to him this week, and he’s going to the Holy Land today. He’s a very fine man. He was someone that I wanted to emulate. He really became like…
Hearts and Minds
The Essential New Year’s Resolution
Episode date: December 30, 2013
Transcript published: January 06, 2014
There is a reason we always return to the ancient texts. They have stood the test not just of time but of experience.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous or boastful. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way. It is not irritable…
Hearts and Minds
Episode date: December 13, 2013
Transcript published: December 18, 2013
From the third chapter of the New Testament book of Titus: “Avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.” Often a serious point comes wrapped in a funny story. This one, from comedian Emo Philips, comes to us from a couple of decades ago.
I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.”…
All Saints Homilies
A Crippled World
Episode date: December 09, 2013
Transcript published: December 16, 2013
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today’s story of Jesus healing the crippled woman, beloved in the Lord, is read as part of our proximate preparation for Christmas. Indeed, what God’s Son did for this crippled woman he came to earth to do for all mankind, to raise us up, to straighten out our twisted lives. Christmas carols mention this theme from time to time. Thus:
Above its sad and lonely plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o’er its Babel sounds,
The blessed angels sing.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
A Word from the Holy Fathers
From the Bone of Adam: St. Irenaeus on the Creation of Eve
Episode date: September 06, 2013
Transcript published: December 12, 2013
I would like today to offer a brief word from the writings of our father among the saints, Irenaeus of Lyons, a father that I mentioned in the very first of our broadcasts in this series, nearly forty episodes ago. Today I would like to look specifically at St. Irenaeus’ words, not on the fashioning of man, but particularly the fashioning of woman, and the very nature of God creating a world in which man and woman comprise the human race.
The quotation I shall read is drawn from the shorter of the two extant texts by St. Irenaeus, the text known as The Proof of the Apostolic Preaching, or, at times, The Demonstration…