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Fear

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Dn. Michael discusses fear and its antidote: thanksgiving.

Deacon Michael Hyatt: I have been thinking a lot lately about fear. In fact, I was a little afraid to talk about it, but I thought this is a problem, I think, that not only I face, but that a lot of people I know face.

We had a couple over for dinner the other night and the woman was expressing the struggle that she had faced with fear. I have to say that fear has been a dominant part of my own personal journey and personal story. In junior…

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Constantinople - 3

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In this episode, Dn. Michael provides an overview of the Sixth Ecumenical Council and reminds us that Christianity involves an internal battle of the will.

Dn. Michael Hyatt: I’m getting back into the swing of it at work this week. I took about ten days off. And I had set up a meeting last Fall, kind of close to Christmas, but I set up a meeting last week to talk with a guy who had developed a software product that would protect children on the Internet from porn and even worse child solicitation and abduction from pedophiles and so forth.

Part of the issue was that this guy was recounting…

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The Ecumenical Councils - Part 2

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Dn. Michael continues his introduction to the Ecumenical Councils and asks the question "Why does truth matter?"

Last week we began a study on the Seven Ecumenical Councils, which I entitled Keeping the Faith in a World of Religious Confusion. And one of the points I made last week, and I think bears repeating and I think you’ll really get a sense of it this week, is that there really has never been a Golden Age of the Church. Satan has warred against the Church since its inception and created confusion and pandemonium. And the faithful have had to fight to hold…

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The Ecumenical Councils - Part 1

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In the first of a series, Dn. Michael introduces us to the Ecumenical Councils and their importance in Christian history and theology.

Dn. Michael: Good morning. Well, I’m excited about this class and if you read in the bulletin that we’re going to study the Seven Ecumenical Councils, I’m amazed that you’re here. Because that kind of sounds like a dusty, crusty topic, but I did that on purpose to scare off all but the really serious.

Maybe a better title for this series, this fall, would have been Keeping the Faith in a World of Religious Confusion,…

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Overcoming Anger

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Using personal experiences, the Bible and teachings of the Church, Dn. Michael discusses the importance of handling our anger appropriately.

At our last session together, we talked about overcoming fear. And I wanted to move on today to the topic of anger. I think this is also an emotion that derails a lot of us and is poisonous to our spiritual health. I’ve certainly had a lot of experience with anger—both being the recipient of it and dishing it out.

I remember in junior high school, which is always a particularly vulnerable age, my family moved from Nebraska to Texas. And I was in…

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The Seventh Ecumenical Council

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Dn. Michael Hyatt discusses the seventh and final Ecumenical Council, which focuses on the use of icons in the Church.

Deacon Michael Hyatt: Well, we finally made it, thank God, to the Seventh Council. This particular council is, in theory at least, affirmed by all Orthodox, all Roman Catholics, and Protestants. You’d be hard pressed to talk to a Protestant that wouldn’t just kind of affirm it. And yet, really, it’s one of the more controversial ones particularly among Evangelicals today and really since the Reformation. There’s so much to…

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Constantinople - 2

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Today, Dn. Michael unpacks the Fifth Ecumenical Council which addressed Monophysitism and Origen.

Dn. Michael Hyatt: Well, let’s go ahead and get into Ecumenical Council number five. We’re making progress, and this is the Second Council of Constantinople held in 553. And I want to begin this morning with a verse I think I’ve shared before but it’s from Deuteronomy 29:29. And this is a verse that sometimes in our desire for knowledge or theological precision, we think, we forget. It says, “The secret things belong…

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Constantinople - 1

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What is the final criterion of Truth? Our experience or that which we have received and has been tested by time? Dn. Michael begins his look at the Second Ecumenical Council.

Dn. Michael Hyatt: Last week we dealt with kind of the aftermath of Nicaea and the run up in the Second Ecumenical Council, the first council in Constantinople. And just by way of review, the Nicaean Council was held in 325. By 327, Constantine is already regretting the decisions of the council, and he grants amnesty for the Arian leadership. And during that time, Arianism had also morphed into semi-Arianism. Basically, the Arian leadership, who were…

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Chalcedon

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What was settled at Chalcedon served as a watershed for future doctrinal controversies even up until today. Dn. Michael reminds us that truth matters.

Dn. Michael Hyatt: Good morning. Well, today I want to get to the Fourth Ecumenical Council. Wow, this is really a watershed. First of all, when we finish this, we’ll be more than halfway done. But this is really one of the most important councils. You know there’s a sense in which Chalcedon represents the apex of the work, and what comes afterwards is a further exposition of the work that was done at Chalcedon. Although I think the Fathers…

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Ephesus

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As Dn. Michael begins exploring the Council of Ephesus, he observes some commonality between Evangelicals and Orthodox in the "cult of the Saints."

Deacon Michael Hyatt: I got this book this week from St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, part of their popular patristics series called “The Cult of the Saints” by St. John Chrysostom. Is anyone familiar with this book? It’s really fascinating because it talks about the cult of the saints and the role of the saints in the church. And this was written in a really pivotal time in the history of the church, and it was written by one…

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