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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder

Love Wins: An Orthodox View of Salvation

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In response to Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins, Steve ventures into the world of video and gives a short summary of the difference between the mainstream Protestant view of salvation and an Orthodox view. Listen to the short audio introduction below, then watch the video.

Welcome to this edition of Steve the Builder. It’s been a while. Recently a pastor named Rob Bell came out with a book called Love Wins which, from what I understand, basically challenges the “pen-sub” view of salvation so popular among Protestant Evangelicals. I admit I haven’t read the book and probably won’t, but I’ve read enough reviews and discussions of it on the internet to know that you’d probably…

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Death in the Desert, On the Road with Steve the Builder

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This is the second podcast of a series recorded while travelling through the deserts of Arizona and Nevada to St. John's Monastery. Something caught my eye and I stopped.
This is what I found about 80 miles from civilization.

I just pulled over to the side of the road. I was driving along, [and] I was somewhere between Hawthorne and some little burned-out ghost town, probably about 40 miles from anywhere in either direction. I saw this little roadside grave, and this one looks really old. There’s a white cross made out of two pieces of steel, and there’s four stakes, probably six or eight feet apart, that form a little quadrant, a little square around the gravesite. Then there’s…

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The Will of God for My Life, On the Road with Steve the Builder

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Steve the Builder is on the road. Join me on my trip to St. John's Monastery in Manton, California, where I will be working on their new church for the next few weeks. I just traveled through about 1,000 miles of desert and stopped at a lot of interesting and sobering places along the way. Companion pictures for this podcast and more from the trip are on my blog at http://pithlessthoughts.blogspot.com/2009/05/in-desert-of-sorrow-and-sin.html.

Welcome to Steve the Builder. The next series of podcasts—I don’t know how many—are going to be “Steve on the Road.” I recorded a couple of podcasts on my way to Manton, California, where I’m going to be doing the sheet rock work on the Monastery of St. John’s new chapel. I listened to the podcasts that I recorded in my truck while I was driving, and the quality was just so bad and so distracting that I decided to…

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On Growing Old

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Steve reflects on turning 59, the past, work, family, a change of careers and facing old age.

I’m turning 59 in five days. I’ve never been much into birthdays and milestones and “passages”.  The big 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0s went pretty much by without any sense of “gee or wow-ness” or movement toward or away from anything.  By twenty I was married, by thirty I had kids, a mortgage, a couple college degrees, had lost my jobs in my fields and ended up in construction.  By forty I’d been through the cliche Red…

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Miracles or Deceptions?

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Steve discusses his experiences with miracles as a Protestant and now as an Orthodox Christian.

I don’t know when my skepticism of miracles began.  I was raised hearing Biblical stories of miracles and I never doubted their authenticity or reality.  I still don’t. I don’t buy into the Jesus Seminar deconstruction of the Gospel miracles or the scientific speculations of the parting of the Red Sea etcetera etcetera etcetera.  The rationalistic and scientific explanations always seemed more contrived to me than the original story as it is told…

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Cleaning House

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What REALLY happens when the wife is gone for ten days and the husband realizes he has 24 hours to prepare for her homecoming? Listen to Steve give away the "man secrets" and why cleaning house is a part of our salvation.

[Music: She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain when she comes. She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain when she comes. She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain, She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain, She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain when she comes…]

Well I missed last week’s podcast because, well, my wife’s been out of town, and, frankly, when she goes out of town,…

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The Story of Joe

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What happens when someone puts a gun to your head and you don't believe in Jesus?

I guess if I was going to title this podcast it would be “Part One of the Joe Chronicles.” Joe worked for me for, gosh, probably five or six years, and I won’t reveal the ending of the chronicles, but I’ll tell you about the beginning. But before I tell you about the beginning, I want to tell you a little bit about construction.

Construction is kind of a rude and crude world, but after working in people’s offices and homes in various…

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Fr. Meletios Webber on Priesthood and Spiritual Fathers, Part Three

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Steve finishes his interview with Fr. Meletios and discusses spiritual directors, accountability groups and obedience.

Steve: And welcome to this edition of Steve the Builder. It’s the third and final installment of my interview with Fr. Meletios Webber of St. John’s Monastery in Manton, California, and we’re going to continue our discussion of everything you wanted to know about the priesthood and spiritual fathers that you were afraid to ask or didn’t know to ask. So without any further ado, the interview with Fr. Meletios:


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Demolition, Canons and Spiritual Direction

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Steve reflects on the limitations and dangers of the tools of his trade and how it applies to how we approach the Canons of the Church.

About half my career in construction has been fixing other people’s bad work. If it can be done wrong, I think I’ve seen it, but even after 30 years I still see things done so badly or so wrong that I’ve never imagined anyone could possibly think of a way to do something so wrong. Sometimes it takes every minute of my 30 years of experience to figure out how to make something someone else messed up look right without tearing down the entire project and starting…

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If I Were a Rich Man… Dadadadada….

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Steve the Builder is on the road again and spent a week insulating and remodeling the Abbot's cell, a 60 year old building at St. Michael's Monastery in northern New Mexico.

It came down to the wire. I was supposed to leave for St. Michael’s to insulate and sheetrock the Abbot’s cell, but with Christmas, all of our kids and the grandchild staying with us for the holidays, the youngest’s 18th birthday bash, and a new daughter-in-law to be to celebrate, our finances got stretched thinner than angel hair pasta.  Fortunately, I picked up a couple last minute jobs that I could collect a daily check so I could afford to buy some…

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