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The Arena

Rivers from the Heart for a Parched People: Holy Pentecost

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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.”…

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The Arena

Prayer for Retention: Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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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…

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Speaking the Truth

Redemption in Christ

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Fr. Thomas often receives email asking him about the Orthodox view of redemption including the topics of God's wrath, the payment of a ransom, punishment, guilt, and salvation. Listen to this episode but also refer to his Names of Jesus series where many of these themes are addressed.

I continue to receive emails and questions from the listeners of Ancient Faith Radio about that particular aspect of Jesus as our savior and redeemer that have to do with justifying us before God, Jesus as the one who pays the debt that is necessary to deliver us or to ransom us, redeem us from the curse of the Law, from the wrath of God. There’s a great controversy about how that is to be understood and to be explained. And I continue to get questions about…

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Speaking the Truth

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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After a season of elections, an inauguration, the State of the Union address, as well as social and political unrest, Fr. Thomas Hopko explores an ancient Christian perspective on the rights identified in the Declaration of Independence.

These past weeks and months, days, we, who live in the United States, have followed an election of a new president in November and then we witnessed the inauguration of the president (not the new president, but the reelection of Barak Obama as the President of the United States) and we witnessed all the goings-on at the inauguration. And we also then heard President Obama’s State of the Union Address. And all of this was happening with the background of all…

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Recollecting Glory

Interview with Dr. Holly Ordway

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Dr. John Mark speaks with his colleague Holly Ordway about her journey to Christianity. Her book is Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms.

John Mark Reynolds: Welcome to Recollecting Glory. I’m John Mark Reynolds. I’m a philosopher and a member of St. Paul’s Orthodox Church here in Houston, and it’s my pleasure to have with me one of my colleagues today, Dr. Holly Ordway.

Hello, Dr. Holly Ordway.

Holly Ordway: It is a pleasure to be here. Thanks.

John Mark Reynolds: So, you are a typer person. You’re…

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