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The Illumined Heart

The Illumined Heart

From Wittenberg to Antioch

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A fascinating interview with Fr. Gregory Hogg, an Antiochian priest in Western Michigan. Fr. Gregory was a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor and professor for 22 years before coming to Orthodoxy. He also recently spoke at the Faith of our Fathers colloquium for Lutherans on Eastern Orthodoxy and his lecture along with many others are available for download on Ancient Faith Radio.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to this edition of The Illumined Heart radio program. I’m Kevin Allen, and this program is titled, “From Wittenberg to Antioch: The Journey of a Lutheran Pastor to Find the True Visible Church.” Our guest today is the Reverend Gregory Hogg, founding pastor of Holy Cross Antiochian Church in Byron Center, Michigan. Fr. Gregory was a pastor and teacher in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod) before…

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160: Catechizing New Age and Eastern Religion Seekers

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In this episode, the microphone is turned as AFR General Manager and founder John Maddex interviews host Kevin Allen on the catechism module he developed (with his priest's blessing) specifically for inquirers coming from New Age and Eastern spiritual backgrounds. Is the entrance of New Age and Eastern seekers perhaps a trend the Church needs to prepare for? Are the issues, concerns, and paradigms of these seekers the same as those inquiring from Evangelical backgrounds? Must the catechist know something about New Age and Eastern religions in order to catechize effectively? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this program. You may download an attachment of the course outline here.

Mr. John Maddex: Welcome to this episode of The Illumined Heart on Ancient Faith Radio. This is not the voice you usually hear. This is John Maddex of AFR, and today I’m hosting The Illumined Heart so that we can turn the microphone on our regular host, Kevin Allen, because our topic today is on catechizing Eastern religion and New Age inquirers. Catch that title very carefully: Eastern religion and New Age inquirers.

Just…

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Fr. Josiah Trenham: St. John Chrysostom on Marriage and Monasticism

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Steve McMeans talks to Fr. Josiah about St. John Chrysostom and his views on the relationship between marriage and monasticism. This show will suprise you...!

Steve McMeans: Today we will be talking about marriage and monasticism in St. John Chrysostom. And for this topic we’re very proud to welcome to the program Father Josiah Trenham, pastor of St. Andrew Antiochian Church in Riverside, California. Father Josiah, welcome to The Illumined Heart program.

Father Josiah Trenham: Thank you, Steve.

Steve: And by way of introducing you, Father,…

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The Passions: How we get into this mess and how we get out

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Mother Melania, stavrophor (little schema) nun at St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, California and author of the series, "The Twelve Great Feasts for Children", and the series, "The 3-Day Pascha" (for Great and Holy Friday, Great and Holy Saturday, and Pascha) discusses purity (and impurity) of heart and overcoming the passions.

Kevin Allen: Welcome to this edition of The Illumined Heart radio program. I’m Kevin Allen, and today we’re going to be talking about the passions. How did we get into this mess? And with us to discuss this is Mother Melania.

Mother Melania is a member of St. Barbara Monastery OCA in Santa Paula, California and she has lectured on this very subject. She is also the author of a beautiful series of books for children called…

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Orthodox Christian Psychological Therapy

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Wouldn't it be wonderful to combine the "best" of classic Orthodox Christian spiritual "therapies" (praxis) with modern psychological modalities in therapy? In the first of the new fall line-up, Kevin speaks with Orthodox professor and therapist, Dr. Philip Mamalakis about the ground-breaking work in this area he is pioneering. The web site for Dr. Philip that was mentioned in the interview can be found HERE.

You know, I’ve always been interested in how modern psychological therapy relates to the classic spiritual disciplines of Orthodox Christianity and if there’s such a thing as an Orthodox model of psychological therapy. Well, my guest today should be able to provide us with some answers.

Doctor Philip Mamalakis is the Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Philip teaches classes on pastoral care,…

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157: The Spiritual Guide in Eastern Orthodoxy

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Host Kevin Allen speaks with Father Steven Tschlis about the role of the spiritual guide - father or mother - in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, and how such a guide may differ from one's parish priest or sacramental confessor. Should we look for a "spiritual father or mother" in a monastery? What role does the parish priest play? These and other questions will be addressed in this conversation.

Kevin Allen: You know, one of the prominent threads running throughout Orthodox Christianity and our tradition is the spiritual guide; either the spiritual father or the spiritual mother. And you’ll see this theme frequently in our patristic and spiritual literature. In Russian the guide is called the starets and in Greek the geron or the geronta. And in today’s program my guest and I will be discussing both…

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104: Classic Orthodox Education in America

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There is a growing movement afoot to create elementary and secondary "Orthodox schools" in the U.S. Kevin discusses this development with veteran educator Bryan Smith, the Director of the Orthodox Schools Association and the Director-Headmaster of Saint Peter's Classic School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kevin Allen Welcome to this edition of The Illumined Heart. In a world where educational values and norms are quickly changing to reflect the world’s standards and values, rather than classic values, we’ll be discussing a very important subject today – Orthodox Christian Education and especially the idea of what a Classic Orthodox Education means.

My guest is eminently qualified to speak to this topic. He’s an expert…

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102: From Eastern And New Age Metaphysics To Orthodox Christianity - Part 1

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Veronica Hughes was a 20-year seeker, practitioner and teacher of hatha yoga, EST, Hinduism, occult, metaphysics, psychic healing, out of body travel, spirit channeling, Tibetan Buddhism and Theosophy before re-discovering her childhood faith in Christ in the Orthodox Church. She and host Kevin Allen discuss her search for personal transformation and what led her to eastern Christianity. Veronica chronicles her experience in the book The Pearl of Great Price.

Kevin Allen: Welcome to this addition of The Illumined Heart. I have long wanted to do a program, or programs, on the subject of contemporary New Age movements, from the perspective of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, of course.

My guest today more than qualifies as an experiential expert. My guest, Veronica Hughes, set out on a spiritual journey over 20+ years ago that has taken her through more spiritual movements than anyone I have ever interviewed.…

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118: My Conversion From Islam To Orthodox Christianity - Part 2

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Anthony Alai, ex-Evangelical apologist, minister and convert from Islam discusses his ministry to Muslims and the journey that led him from Evangelicalism to the door of the ancient Eastern Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in this fascinating and inspiring conclusion.

Kevin Allen: This is Part II of my conversation with Muslim convert to Christianity, Anthony Alai. In Part I we discussed Anthony’s fascinating and inspiring story of how he came to believe the claims of Christ and came to see Christianity as an even higher religious standard than Islam. In Part II, this addition, we will be discussing the road that led him through evangelicalism and to the door of the ancient Eastern Orthodox Church through…

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169 - What Does Forgiveness Really Mean?

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We ask God to forgive our sins and God tells us that His forgiveness is conditional on our forgiveness of others. But what does forgiveness really mean? Does it mean forgetting the offense entirely, or is it the intention to forgive that matters? What if we forgive, but the bitterness or the memory of the sin or offense comes back - have we not truly forgiven? Are we to repent of our sin once, or is it a continual process? These and other questions are the topic of the next Illumined Heart with guest Rev. Fr Tom Soroka.

Kevin Allen: Along with the command to repent, forgiveness is another commandment that we, as Orthodox Christians, are called to practice on an ongoing basis. We ask for God’s forgiveness every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer. But forgiveness is conditional upon us forgiving others who mistreat us, and in fact, forgiveness is so important that the Orthodox Church has a special service that liturgically begins Great Lent, called Forgiveness…

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