October 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ancient Faith Presents

Tackle Poverty

Bobby Maddex interviews Fr. Justin Matthews, the executive director of FOCUS North America, and Theodora Polamalu, a FOCUS advisory board member and the wife of Troy Polamalu, strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, about FOCUS's new "Tackle Poverty" campaign.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

St. Nicholas

Rebuilding St. Nicholas at Ground Zero

On Friday, October 14, The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey regarding the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. John Maddex talks with Fr. Mark Arey about that agreement and where we go from here.


Introduction to Mysterion

Fr. Richard Rene, priest at St. Aidan Orthodox Church in Cranbrook, British Columbia, introduces us to the world of Mysterion, where his young adult fantasy series takes place. The newest book in the series, The Edge of Mysterion, was just published by Conciliar Press.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

At the Intersection of East and West

Spread the Word: Part 3

Dn. Michael Hyatt continues his series on the Conciliar Press book Spread the Word by Fr. Michael Keiser. Here he details the three ways in which the Early Church demonstrated its emphasis on evangelism.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Orthodox Christian Synergy

Orthodox Christianity and Homosexuality

Fr. Thomas Hopko delivers two lectures at Orthodox Christian Synergy's 2011 Symposium on "Orthodox Christianity and Homosexuality." Listen below to the first lecture: "Theological Vision: Orthodox Christian Faith and Human Sexuality." The gathering took place at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois, on Saturday, October 15, 2011.

Becoming a Healing Presence

The Power of the Name

When we are silently aware of the presence of Christ, the whisper of His name will bring healing to us and spill out to others. Don't miss the latest episode of Dr. Al Rossi's new podcast - Becoming a Healing Presence.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

CS Lewis

In Praise of C. S. Lewis

Fr. Lawrence Farley, priest at Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia, and the host of the AFR podcast "Coffee Cup Commentaries," offers this reflection on the famous British writer and Christian C. S. Lewis.

Frederica Here and Now

Best Friends?

On a new "Frederica Here and Now," Frederica Mathewes-Green examines the relatively recent phenomenon of men and women expecting their spouses to also be their best friends. Is this how things were meant to be?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Food, Faith, and Fasting

Establishing Behaviors That Last

St. Issac of Nineveh tells us that “a small but always persistent discipline is a great force; for a soft drop falling persistently hollows out hard rock.” In this episode of "Food, Faith, and Fasting," Rita Madden discusses ways to set realistic goals for healthy behavior change.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hearts and Minds

Be Merciful

Fr. John Oliver, priest at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, reminds us that "we are not God," and that it is better to use discernment in situations where we do not know the whole story than to leap to judgment.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Worship in Spirit and in Truth

The Mystery of Mysteries

The West identifies seven sacraments, but how does the Orthodox Church view such things? On a new Worship in Spirit and Truth, Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, teaches on the place of the Eucharist in the sacramental life of the Church.

Thursday, October 06, 2011



If Christians are to be the salt of the earth, who will be the salt of Christians? Molly Sabourin begins a series of reflections on her weekend experience at a monastery.

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