Be the Bee Finding God in Everything, Everyday
Start date: November 2013 4 hours, 23 minutes, 23 seconds in 70 episodes
A production of the GOARCH Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries and a presentation of Ancient Faith Radio, this brief weekly video podcast will focus on the various ways in which God has infused all of creation with goodness and beauty. The title refers to the metaphor of the bee and the flies that was used by Elder Paisios to describe how Christians should approach life. The host of the program is Steven Christoforou, the Interim Director of the GOA Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
April 24, 2015
Liturgy is the work of the people: our work. It brings us from a bunch of "me's" to a single "we" in Christ. Every episode is a great reminder of this, since Be the Bee comes from the love and work of so many people, including you!
April 10, 2015
We can summarize salvation in three words: Christ is Risen! Salvation, our participation in God's true and eternal life, only happens in the divine-human person of Christ. He took on all that is ours so we could have all that is His.
April 03, 2015
Many people think that heaven and hell are the places God sends us to either reward or punish us. But Orthodox Christians don't believe in this "two story" model of the universe. We believe that God is "present in all places and filling all things," and that what we interpret as salvation or damnation is actually our response to, and experience of, God's unconditional love.
March 28, 2015
Jesus Christ is our savior, but what does He save us from? To answer that, we need to take a closer look at Creation and the Fall. God made us neither mortal nor immortal, but with freedom: we could choose to either move closer to God, the source of life, or away from Him, and find death. When Adam and Eve sinned they separated themselves from God and each other, creating the wounded, sick humanity that they passed down to us.
March 12, 2015
Who is Jesus Christ? He's the God-man, the eternal Son of God who, in the fullness of time, took on flesh and became fully human--while remaining fully God. This is so important because of what it means for our salvation. If we understand who Christ really is, we can understand who we really are.
March 06, 2015
Being a Christian and living the Gospel isn't always easy; in fact, it's usually challenging. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr experienced that as he fought for justice. So did Archbishop Iakovos when, despite opposition, he chose to stand with Reverend King in Selma. Fifty years after the Selma marches, let's look ahead to how we can live with the same spirit of courage and love.
February 23, 2015
How can God be both 3 and 1? Christians are monotheists—we believe in one God—but many people don't understand how the Holy Trinity fits in with that. The Holy Trinity is One God, three divine Persons who express one divine Nature.
February 13, 2015
How can we even begin to talk about belief in God? We need to start by making something clear: we're not talking about belief in something; we're talking about belief in someone. That changes the way we see the question. It means God isn't something we think about. It means He's someone we're invited to encounter.
February 06, 2015
Some say Orthodox Christianity is one of the world's best kept secrets. So let's talk about what Orthodoxy is. At it's core, Orthodoxy is about the Gospel, the Good News of our new life in Christ. And there's a lot more to say, so we're going to spend a few weeks answering some of the basic questions people have about the Faith.
January 30, 2015
When we look at snow with the eyes of a bee, we can learn an important lesson for our spiritual lives. Snow is a beautiful metaphor for our ideal spiritual state, as we read in Psalm 50(51). If we're not careful, snow can slowly be transformed into disgusting muck. Thank God, the Church offers us a reset button!
January 26, 2015
Faith needs to be something we put into action. A wonderful example of this is the life and person of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The Christian Faith teaches the equality of all people—and Dr King acted on that belief.
January 16, 2015
Sometimes, the Church can seem . . . boring. Is that because of the Church or the way we see and present it?
January 09, 2015
As Christians, we're called to union with each other and God. Yet we're constantly stuck in divisions, both external and internal. So how are we supposed to achieve true union? The answer is forgiveness: God's invitation to share the same space with Him.
January 08, 2015
It's a brand new year, a chance to look back on where we've struggled and look ahead to how we can improve. How can we draw closer to God in 2015, and share Him with the world?
December 19, 2014
We all know incense smells nice, but why do we use it in our services? It's an important reminder about what God gives us, and what we offer to God.
December 12, 2014
Love isn’t just a feeling; it’s a choice, an action. We can show our love for our neighbors (and live our Faith) by getting involved with philanthropic groups like FOCUS North America.
November 23, 2014
What are icons, and why are they important?
November 14, 2014
The Truth can be hard to see. What are we doing to help people see it better?
November 07, 2014
A look back at last year's Halloween episode, and what can happen when we're too concerned with being right.
October 24, 2014
What the St. Nicholas Ground Blessing can teach us about God's triumph over death.
October 17, 2014
What a prayer rope is, and how it can help us.
October 11, 2014
October 04, 2014
We don't light candles in Church. Here's why.
September 19, 2014
What does it mean to be the bee?
September 13, 2014
On September 11th, an Orthodox Church was destroyed under the collapsing Twin Towers. What can its rebuilding teach us about being the bee?
August 29, 2014
How do Christ and the Church teach us to read the Bible? Here are three things you need to know!
August 23, 2014
Christ tells us that faith like a mustard seed is enough to move mountains. But how can something so small do something so huge?
August 21, 2014
I love summer camp! Do you?
August 10, 2014
What can the Transfiguration teach us about being the bee?
August 01, 2014
Who is the Theotokos, and why is she so important?
July 16, 2014
Coming together with amazing Orthodox Christians from across the country is a powerful reminder that there's no "me" in "bee."
July 10, 2014
God has appointed us all to be stewards in His Kingdom. What does that mean for our lives?
June 29, 2014
People have a lot of ideas about sin. What does the Orthodox Church say?
June 24, 2014
What can sports teach us about being Christians? What have sports taught you?
June 13, 2014
We're answering another viewer question. Why is the Sacrament of Confession so important?
May 30, 2014
Why was the meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew so important? We're looking at Catholic-Orthodox history in this week's Be the Bee!
May 16, 2014
Women have been important saints and leaders in the Church from the very beginning!
May 09, 2014
We're answering one of your questions, about how we can overcome laziness. How can changing our perspective help?
May 02, 2014
We all struggle with doubt sometimes. Is that a problem, or something that can help our faith?
April 25, 2014
Christ is Risen! What does that mean for the rest of us?
April 18, 2014
Who is the first human being? The answer may surprise you!
April 11, 2014
The Cross was an instrument of death. How did it become an instrument of life? And what can that teach us about being the bee?
April 04, 2014
We've all stumbled during Lent. St. Mary of Egypt shows us that it's not too late to get back up again.
March 31, 2014
Fasting can fatten up our wallets. What should we do with that extra money? And how else can we give?
March 22, 2014
Sometimes we talk about "giving up" something for Lent. Is the Church asking us to give up what we want or inviting us to build the discipline we need to make the right choices?
March 14, 2014
When fasting, we focus on what goes into our mouths, what we eat. But what about what comes out of our mouths, what we say?
March 07, 2014
Before we start fasting during Great Lent, we start forgiving. Why do we ask forgiveness from everyone, even people we may not know?
February 28, 2014
We talk a lot about our souls. But what about our bodies? Are they important? Are they saved?
February 21, 2014
We share things that are important to us. Do we ever share God with our family and friends?
February 14, 2014
What does it mean to be a servant of God? How do we serve?
February 07, 2014
This week we're answering another of your questions! What should we do when we try showing love to people and don't get anything positive in return?
January 31, 2014
This week we're answering another of your questions! What should we do when people make us feel ashamed or awkward for being Christians?
January 24, 2014
This week we answer one of your questions! How do we control our thoughts and deal with the temptations we face everyday?
January 16, 2014
If we don't keep our car's gas tank full, it will stall. Do we keep our spiritual gas tanks full?
January 10, 2014
Sometimes we divide the world into things that concern God and things that don't. What can holy water teach us about that?
January 02, 2014
Most people don't keep their new year's resolutions. Is it because we're too busy trying to do more rather than be more?
December 26, 2013
The universe is full of wonderful things. But perhaps nothing is more wonderful that Christmas, when God became man!
December 20, 2013
Why is gift-giving such an important part of Christmas? What does it have to do with our lives as Christians?
December 13, 2013
When a new presbyter is ordained, he's told to "guard the Church." Does he do that by building walls around it? Or by sharing it with the world?
December 06, 2013
Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint! Are the rest of us called to be saints, too?
November 29, 2013
When blessings are temporary, sadness follows thankfulness. But does God want our blessings to be so short-lived?
November 21, 2013
Why do we fast? What can that teach us about food?
November 14, 2013
Do we overcome the darkness by fighting against it? Or is there an easier way?
November 07, 2013
Does labeling people help us understand them better, or does it hide the God-given beauty within us all?
October 31, 2013
Christians don't need to be afraid of Halloween. We can celebrate it as a day for fun, friends, and family, and use it as a chance to grow closer to God and each other.
October 24, 2013
Prayer doesn't need to be about hours, or even minutes. It's about the moments throughout the day that we spend with God.
October 10, 2013
Prayer isn't a numbers game, it's about experiencing Christ's joy!
September 26, 2013
Do we sometimes focus on what's wrong with people, instead of what's right about them?
September 19, 2013
Be the bee. Focus on the beauty that God has put in everyone and everything.
For more on the bee metaphor, see St. Basil's Address to Young Men on Greek Literature and Advice from Elder Paisios.