Recently Transcribed Episodes
Life of the Church Today
Episode date: April 15, 2015
Transcript published: July 20, 2015
Dear friends, I can think of no more contentious issue among the hierarchies of the Orthodox world than the so-called Diaspora. Diaspora, of course, is a Greek word that has its origins in the Septuagint, or Greek translation of the Old Testament. This version of the Bible enjoys unofficial, if traditional, status in the Orthodox Church, and gets its name, “Seventy,” from the legend of 70 Jewish scholars who completed the translation around the second century B.C. The story goes that Ptolemy II is responsible for the translation because of the Alexandrian Jews who knew Greek but not Hebrew. It’s quoted in the New Testament,…
Glory to God
Grace and the Psychology of God
Episode date: June 05, 2015
Transcript published: July 14, 2015
We are human beings. We think; we feel—though I like to think that my dog thinks and feels. The semi-imaginary conversations we have as we take our long, daily walks are fairly entertaining for me, even though I have to supply his side of the dialogue.
But God is not a dog. But we supply his dialog as well and we impute to him thoughts and feelings like our own. For instance, we think God is angry. God is pleased. God is gentle. God is stern. For many Christians, managing God’s emotions and thoughts can be at least as serious as the many other co-dependent struggles of their day.
So we think, “Will…
Speaking the Truth
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Episode date: May 15, 2009
Transcript published: July 13, 2015
The gospel reading at the Divine Liturgy of the fifth Sunday of Pascha is the reading about the encounter of Jesus with the woman of Samaria that he meets at the well. It was actually in Sichar, at the well that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph, and Jesus comes there in the middle of the day, the sixth hour—it’s at noon—and he meets the Samaritan woman, and he asks her for water. Then this conversation develops.
This event cannot technically be called a messianic sign in the sense that it’s not a miracle, like, for example, Cana of Galilee with the changing of the water into wine, or the healing of the paralytic…
Episode date: June 02, 2015
Transcript published: July 06, 2015
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.] Blessed Pentecost to all of you, brothers and sisters. Thank you.
Our Savior told his disciples not to give their pearls to swine. This is a reference in which our Savior is describing the apostolic teaching, the word of God, the Scriptures that he had imparted to his disciples and that he had commissioned them to impart to the world. He calls that teaching “pearls.” Is that how you think of it? Did you come this morning to get rich? I hope so, because you are rich. David hymned the word of God in the psalter and said it’s more precious…
Episode date: May 27, 2015
Transcript published: July 06, 2015
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]
You might know, brothers and sisters, that in Christian art, in sacred art, the evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—have images associated with them that are often depicted in the icons of the evangelists. These images are the lion, the eagle, a man, and a calf. They are associated with particular evangelists, so, for instance, Matthew is the lion. Perhaps he’s associated with the lion, his gospel, because he presents Jesus as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. His gospel was written to show that Christ is the fulfillment of all the…