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St. Symeon The New Theologian Speaks

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(Due to his heavy work load, Dr. Nassif is suspending his podcast, with our gratitude for all his effort and insights.) In this closing rebroadcast, St. Symeon the New Theologian speaks of the need for justice, mercy and faithfulness to God.

Religious but lost—that’s what some of the Pharisees were in Jesus’ day. They observed all the outward rules and regulations of their religion, but missed the very heart of the Mosaic Law. They meticulously went through all their rituals, but had no real relationship with God. There was outward obedience to rules, but all the time they were internally rebellious against the Lord. There was no love in their hearts. They were religious, but lost. In Matthew…

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Desert Spirituality for City Folks - Part 17 - Anger

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At its core, anger is a dark and cruel wish for harm to come upon the person who hurt you. The Desert Fathers had at least three strategies for conquering anger: 1) don't be surprised when anger enters your soul, 2) deal with it quickly, and 3) die to your ego. A humorous story taken from the life of St. Makarios of Egypt illumines the way to an anger-free life.

Imagine this: you’re in your house and the phone rings. You go to answer it, but as you do, all you hear is static on the line. Something’s wrong with the phone, and it keeps ringing. So you frantically try to find another phone in the house before the person hangs up. So you go to the bedroom to get the portable. Now it’s the fourth ring and you rush over to the phone, and just as you reach for it, it’s gone. Someone took the phone off the…

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Christ Is Risen!  Part 2 - Now What Are We To Do?

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In this follow-up podcast, Dr. Nassif offers insights into the meaning of the resurrection for our everyday lives. Following St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, he reminds us that the gospel must always be of "first importance" in all we do as Christians. "Christ is Risen!" must always be the very core of everything we do in life and liturgy. That is one reason why the Sunday of St. Thomas offers us this lesson: We must not only confess the Orthodox faith; we must also personally entrust our lives to Jesus Christ as our Lord and our God!

Last week we focused on the New Testament’s teaching about the resurrection of Christ.  We identified three timeless truths of the resurrection, namely:

Christ is risen, and is alive now and forever. Jesus conquered death by death. Christ is coming back as the judge of all, the living and the dead.

This week, I would like to ask a followup question, and that is:  What should be our response to this stupendous…

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Pentecost: Power for Everyday Living

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Are you tired of trying to live the Christian life? Do you feel like giving up because you just can't find the strength to do what Jesus has asked you to do? Then this week's liturgical lesson is for you. An important part of the answer can be found in this brief podcast today.

This Sunday marks the high point in the Church’s post-Paschal celebrations. After proclaiming the Resurrection of Christ for the past several weeks, the Church has called our attention to several post-Resurrection appearances to underscore the reality of the risen Lord for the life of the Church.

Today marks the highpoint of those celebrations. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.…

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Christ is Risen! Part 7 - The Sunday of the First Ecumenical Council

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On first impression, it seems strange that the Church would celebrate the first Ecumenical Council during the post-resurrection season. What does the condemnation of Arianism have to do with the proclamation of the Resurrection? The answer lies in the Church's missionary message: "Go therefore and preach the gospel to all nations!" Evangelism lies at the heart of the Nicene Creed. This is a good reminder for converts who may be tempted to minimize the gospel in the wake of their new-found Orthodoxy."

“There was a time when the Son was not.”  This famous quotation comes from the mouth of a 4th century priest of Alexandria Egypt, named Arius.  Arius was a heretic.  In this one short sentence, the whole of his theology is summarized. 

What did Arius mean by this assertion, and why is it important for your life, and the Church’s life today, especially since it is celebrated on the 7th Sunday after the resurrection?


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Christ is Risen!  Part 1 - Three Timeless Truths of Christ’s Resurrection

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From Pascha to Pentecost, Orthodox Christians greet each other with the words "Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!" What do those words mean? Dr. Nassif identifies three timeless truths about the Resurrection of Christ: 1. Christ is forever alive 2. Christ conquered death 3. Christ will be the Judge of the living and the dead. Listen to what these three truths mean in the teaching of the New Testament. Next week, he will apply them to our everyday lives.

This week is called Bright Week in the Orthodox Church. What’s it all about? Well, very simply, it is about the victory of Jesus’ resurrection and its relevance to our lives today. From now to Pentecost, Orthodox Christians from all over the world are to greet each other with the triumphant words, “Christ is Risen!” To which the other person responds, “Indeed, he is risen!”

In Greek, “Christos anesti,” and “Alithos…

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