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The Greeks who Changed the World

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What happened when newly evangelized Greek merchants shared their newfound faith in their new homeland? It's grassroots evangelism at its best, and it helped spread Christianity far and wide. Fr. Patrick Reardon tells their story.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

High in the Swiss canton of Valais, the Rhône Glacier feeds a river of the same name. It flows south and west, through the lake of Geneva, out of the Alps and down through southern Gaul where, before receiving, continuing to the Mediterranean, it receives its largest tributary, the Saône. The confluence of these two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, is a hill known in antiquity as Lugdunum.…

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Our Thoughts and Mental Health: An Orthodox Perspective

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Archimandrite Maximos Constas, Senior Research Scholar at Hellenic College/Holy Cross, speaks at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Toronto, Ontario.

Evangelos Sotiropoulos: Your Grace, Bishop Christoforos; Fr. Maximos; reverend fathers; distinguished guests; family and friends: good evening. My name is Evangelos Sotiropoulos, and I want to welcome you—it’s a great honor to do so—to this church of St. Nicholas here in Scarborough. With the blessings of His Eminence, Metropolitan Sotirios, we’re very fortunate and blessed to have our second annual lenten spiritual homily…

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How Should Orthodox Parents Talk to Their Kids About Homosexuality?: Part Two

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One of the extremely complicated issues with which Orthodox parents must contend these days is that of homosexuality. How do we talk to our kids about same-sex desires and relationships and how do we do so with the sensitivity, nuance, and frankness that the topic requires? At the request of Carole Buleza, the Director of the Antiochian Department of Christian Education, Bobby Maddex once again interviews Dr. Philip Mamalakis, an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, about how to talk about marriage, intimacy, and homosexuality with your children. This is part two!

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ancient Faith Presents. I’m Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager of Ancient Faith Radio. You may recall that in April of 2016 I had the distinct honor and pleasure of interviewing Dr. Philip Mamalakis. He is, of course, an assistant professor of pastoral care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and we talked a little bit about how…

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Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing

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Bobby Maddex interviews Peter Schweitzer, a board member of the new Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing Orthodox assisted-living facility, located in Clearwater, Florida.

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ancient Faith Presents…. I’m Bobby Maddex, Operations Manager at Ancient Faith Radio, and today I will be speaking with Peter Schweitzer. Peter is a board member of an important new ministry called Most Holy Theotokos Rescuer of the Perishing. Welcome to the program, Peter.

Mr. Peter Schweitzer: Thank you, Bobby.

Mr. Maddex: Well, let’s begin with…

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Transfiguration

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On this special edition of Ancient Faith Presents, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware speaks on the Transfiguration during the course of a weeklong pilgrimage to Mull and Iona that was organized by Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona.

His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia: First of all, I want to show you a picture. This is from the apse of the church of Sant’Apollinare in Classe in Ravenna. What you see in the center of the apse is a great cross, and it’s only when you look more closely at the picture that you realize that this is in fact a depiction of the Transfiguration. Usually we are accustomed to a picture of the Transfiguration showing a full-length…

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How Should Orthodox Parents Talk to Their Kids About Homosexuality?

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One of the extremely complicated issues with which Orthodox parents must contend these days is that of homosexuality. How do we talk to our kids about same-sex desires and relationships and how do we do so with the sensitivity, nuance, and frankness that the topic requires? At the request of Carole Buleza, the Director of the Antiochian Department of Christian Education, Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Philip Mamalakis, an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, about how to talk about marriage, intimacy, and homosexuality with your children. If you would like to submit a question for a follow-up program on this topic, please email Bobby at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ancient Faith Presents. I’m Bobby Maddex, operations manager of Ancient Faith Radio, and today I will be speaking with Dr. Philip Mamalakis. He is an assistant professor of pastoral care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Mamalakis’ interests are in Orthodox pastoral theology and marriage, family, and parenting. They also include the interface of contemporary mental health theory,…

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Elevator Speech Contest Winner

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Bobby Maddex interviews Valerie Ann Zrake, the winner of the Elevator Speech Contest conducted by the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese.

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ancient Faith Presents. I’m Bobby Maddex. You might recall that this past summer the Department of Missions and Evangelism of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese conducted what’s called an elevator speech contest, and in this contest the competitors were asked to write a 30-second-or-less explanation of what the Orthodox Church is.…

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Ownership by All, Control by None

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At the dinner following the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Dr. Charles Ajalat, the former chancellor for the Antiochian Archdiocese and the co-founder of International Orthodox Christian Charities, presented a plan for a governing structure of the world wide Orthodox Church. Also see transcript below. Earlier in the evening, Dr. Ajalat received an honorary doctorate in Canon Law. Here he is with his January 31, 2016, proposal.

Ownership by All, Control by None Your Beatitude, Your Graces, reverend clergy, Fr. Dn. John, beloved Christi and Big Charles and Luca, Richard (an SVS graduate) and brothers and sisters in Christ:

God has blessed many things that the clergy and the laity have worked on together here in America. Look at some of the activities which God has allowed me, unworthy though I am, to participate in, like IOCC, which has distributed over $500 million of aid in…

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A Hard Promise to Keep

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Joel Smith and Fr. Moses Berry join us to talk about a video documentary planned to tell the remarkable story of Fr. Moses Berry and his coming to Orthodoxy. Also mentioned was the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black conference coming up in October. Learn more about A Hard Promise to Keep and stay connected with progress.

Mr. John Maddex: This is John Maddex, and today I have the privilege of talking with Joel Smith. Joel is the president of Comprehensive Media. He’s a board member for Ancient Faith Ministries. He’s in Nashville, and, Joel, you’ve been producing videos for quite a long time, as long as I’ve known you. What’s your history in video production?

Mr. Joel Smith: Well, John, it’s great to be with…

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Two Wolves

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On July 5, 2015, the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, both in greater Indianapolis, came together in a combined service. Fr. Nabil Hanna from St. George gave the sermon entitled "Two Wolves: Good and Evil, Truth vs. Delusion, Love vs. Inaction.

We’re back! Indeed it’s great to be back, celebrating our unity in the one Body of Christ.

Spoiler alert: Some of you have probably seen the movie Tomorrowland. It was a great movie, if you look to the deeper messages it presented and not merely the surface plot. Since it’s out of major theatres now, though, I don’t feel too bad giving away some of it. Tomorrowland presented us with and old Indian riddle: “Two wolves are fighting. Which one…

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