February 8, 2016 Length: 23:12
First, a short telling of the life of the Holy New Martyr of Russia Priest Nicholas Prozorov, who was martyred on the eve of Transfiguration, (1930) on this day remembering all the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. His martyric feat has a direct link to the words of the Epistle read today for the martyrs. We explain what Christian belief is. It is not what the world thinks belief is, and this belief is directly responsible for the courage of the martyrs. Our words turn out to be a short primer on what "called according to his purpose" means, and an exegesis of the important theology contained in "he also did predestine to be conformed to the image of his Son" (with that misunderstood word "predestine") and in so doing describe what being made in the image and after the likeness of God means, and the application of these fundamental things to how we should live our life. One last thing: the question is asked: "Why are you here at the liturgy today?" There is one, best answer.