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What if Sid and Nancy came to your church? Reflections on Orthodox Evangelism

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Fr. John makes four points about what Orthodox evangelism is - and isn't.

In a keynote address of the 13th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, Orlando, Florida, Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko said the following words:

“An Orthodox Christian parish, however it was founded, and for whatever purpose it was organized, must understand itself to be an apostolic community with a missionary purpose. Its members, especially its leaders, must be conscious of themselves as people, sent by Christ…

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Zombies - Part 1

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Come for the zombies. Stay for the insights and "Apophatic Anthropology"

Fr. John: Welcome back to Paradosis. I’m Fr. John Hainsworth, and you’re listening to a special edition of this podcast. And I’m hoping, in the next few podcasts, to be discussing a sort of special topic, a unique topic in a perhaps unique way. The topic is “apophatic anthropology.” Now, usually people talk about “apophatic theology,” and by that they usually mean, at least in the…

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Redemption Songs - God’s Grandeur

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Fr. John recites and explains the meaning of the famous sonnet from Gerard Manley Hopkins.

I want to begin this podcast with a brief biographical note, for reasons which I will shortly elucidate. I haven’t always been an Orthodox priest, of course I wasn’t born with a phelonion on. I haven’t always been an Orthodox Christian or a Christian of any variety. I spent nearly half of my life blithely ignorant of all Christian teachings and I certainly did not live a Christ-like life in any way.

While I grew up in a very warm and supporting…

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The Last Judgment

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In his first episode, Fr. John offers reflections on the Last Judgment with an interesting analogy from Homer.

Our topic that we are going to be discussing today, is the last judgment. Now, the last judgment is one of those topics that is misunderstood. It is feared. It is a topic that we do not really know a tremendous amount, and yet, seemingly, have a lot to say, about, at least in some Christian circles. And just about everybody who knows something about Christianity knows that, as a major teaching within our Church, within the Christian teaching, we believe that God will…

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This Is Not A Safe Book

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Like the hero of the book, "The Never Ending Story," Orthodox Christians enter into the Holy Week scriptures, participating in them here and now.

Every year in Holy Week I read to my congregation an eye-witness account of  a certain Paschal night on Solovki Island in 1925. For centuries, this island in the White Sea had been the home of a venerable and very remote monastery. After the Bolshevik revolution in Russia the monks were replaced by political, and especially religious, prisoners. The once beautiful monastery became a concentration camp. The climate of that region was especially harsh and the island…

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