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1 Corinthians 16: 13-24; St. Matthew 21: 33-42.

In today’s Gospel, Christ is trying to help His listeners understand who He was, who sent Him, and why it was that the religious leaders rejected Him. As Christians, we grow up understanding that Christ is “God the Son”, the second person of the Holy Trinity; that God the Father, the first person of the Holy Trinity, sent His Son to return the world to righteousness; and that the Jewish leaders rejected His Son because He did not fit into their plans. We know this to be true, and it is true. But our acceptance of these facts is facilitated by a Christian worldview that makes them seem natural; they simply fit into place. But the Jews did not have such a worldview; rather, they had developed one over time that made rejection of the Christ seem to be good and natural.

Psychologically, it is much easier for us to ignore or reject data that challenges our expectations than it is to adjust our expectations around it [sic]. Even the Jews that loved Jesus and His message were struggling with wrapping their minds around the Truth and the implications of His coming.

So Christ gave them parables like the one we heard today. Because stories are not expected to be real, people disengage their ideological filters a bit when hearing or reading them. So when people hear of the landowner, they naturally sympathize with his attempts to regain control of his property; when they hear of the actions of the vinedressers/husbandmen, they are naturally revolted by their wickedness; and their sympathy and revulsion will naturally peak when they hear about the mission, rejection, and murder of the landowner’s son. This parable [and other] created a space in their minds and gave them concepts that would eventually allow them to more fully understand everything about The Christ. [the prophecies also served this function, but their (mis)use by the religious leaders meant that not everyone would be able to see them correctly]. And once they saw Him in Truth, they had to decide what to do next: kill Him or render to Him his due.

So what does this story do for all of us who already know Christ to be the Messiah, the Son of God? Well, I have given you a rule of thumb for interpreting Scripture that I want you to use today: when the Scriptures criticize the Jews, they are really criticizing us. A bigot might use today’s reading to reinforce his self-righteousness and anti-Semitism; but the Christian uses it to learn greater humility and repentance.

Instead of the Jews, imagine us as the folks running the winepress. This should not be hard to do: we have more control over the patch of dirt that God has leased to us than any people anywhere or anytime. What would we do if the landowner sent emissaries to collect the fruit of His land from us? This may be uncomfortable, but it isn’t hard: what would we do if God asked for what should naturally go to Him as His due? Or to phrase it in a way that is easier for us to understand: what would we do if God were to ask more from us than we wanted to give? What would we do if He made demands of us that did not fit our view of what God should demand?

I can tell you what we would do because we do it every day. We ignore Him. Even when He sends His Son among us to show that He is serious: we ignore Him. Some of us do it on purpose, but most don’t even recognize Him or His authority. We don’t have room in our lives for the real God, so we ignore Him and worship a false imitation of Him that demands nothing from us and is not worthy of true adoration and sacrifice.

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers [who ignored his prophets and His Son]?…

We cannot ignore Him forever. When we see Him in Truth, we will have to decide. Why wait? The Truth is here. Christ is here. We must make our choice: violence… or repentance, humility, and worship?

The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Direct download: Homily-DontIgnoretheOwner.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD and Fr. Anthony Perkins talk about Orthodox sexuality, chastity, celibacy, and abstinence.  Along the way they also discuss the negative effects the culture wars have had on Orthodoxy and pastoral care.  They hope to make this part of a series.  Warning: it's hard to talk about this euphemistically.  Some graphic terms were used. Enjoy the show!

Direct download: TheSexTalk1.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Matthew 19:16-26

The quotes:

If thou hadst ever had an absurd desire to fly and to be borne through the air, how wouldest thou extinguish this unreasonable desire? By fashioning wings, and preparing other instruments, or by convincing the mind that it is desiring things impossible, and that one should attempt none of these things? (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 63 on the Gospel according to St. Matthew)

Every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  (St. Matthew 19:29)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (St. Matthew 16:24)

This is The Way of Salvation.  This is The Way of Eternal Life.  And God rewards those who follow it a hundredfold.  Give up everything and follow Christ.

Direct download: Homily-HowtoBeSaved.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

1 Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35.  Fr. Anthony contrasts the way of the world with the Way of Christ, compares the wicked lender with the Passion-bearer Gleb, and encourages us to nurture the Logos within through Liturgy and prayer.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-PatterningVirtuethroughLiturgy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

Fr. Anthony reminds the faithful at Holy Resurrection (Waynesville NC) or who they are, what they have been through, and what they are about.  Unity.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-EncouragementonSecondAnniversary.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34.  

Here's the text of the homily I was going to give.  Instead of it, I preached on what "the day" has declared in our lives over the last couple of years.  It was partially prompted by recent events in Afghanistan (I worked the Afghanistan situation for several years as an intelligence analyst).

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Homily – Building a House of God
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

1 Corinthians 3: 9-17; St. Matthew 14: 22-34

A building set on a firm foundation, made well and of the best materials is both more durable and more suiting than one thrown together on the weekends with leftover scraps.  Which method describes the temple that is you?

 Three points from today’s Epistle reading, each of them explores what St. Paul means when he says that ; “You are God’s building… his holy temple.”

The First Point: St. Paul is using a metaphor.  He is comparing us to a building in order to teach us something we have not realized about ourselves.  We may think we know more about what it means to be a Christian than we do about being a building, but what if we are wrong?  St. Paul – and all of our other teachers – try to bring us to the truth by stating it plainly; but one of the problems with being human is that we hear such plain speaking in a manner that matches our expectations.  It is rarely transformative in the way we need.  We think we know what it means to be a Christian, so when someone tries to tell us a better way to do it rarely sinks in.  On the other hand, we probably haven’t thought much about how we are like buildings, so the hope is that the metaphor of the building will make it through our defense systems in order to challenge us to live better.  There are many ways in which we are certainly NOT a building, but let’s see how we are, and what that says about living the Christian life.

The Second Point: every building needs a proper foundation.  If this foundation is ourselves (the “contractor’s grade” default option), or even something so noble as our families, our work, our friends, our community, or our, then no matter how well we build that house, it will not last.  The only proper foundation for the house that is each one of us, is Christ Himself.  Our imaginations may have a hard time with this.  Many of us grew up singing a wonderful song; “On Christ the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand” – now what is the child’s imagination to do with such an image?!  But this song is based on Christ’s teaching towards the end of His “sermon on the mount” (St. Matthew 5-7), where, after telling everyone to dedicate themselves completely to love and service in God’s name, He says that this kind of life will make them like the wise man who built his house on the rock, and his house survived every buffet; and those who do not are like the fool who built his house on sand, and his house fell with a great crash (St. Matthew 7: 24-27). 

Our foundation must be on Christ; and not the Christ of our imaginations or as we think He is or want Him to be (this is just sand by another name); but on Christ as He really is.  And there is no better way to learn who Christ really is than through opening ourselves completely to the prayer, worship, teachings, and experience of the Orthodox Church.  St. Paul is speaking as an Apostle of this Church when he says; “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation.”  We must center our feet squarely on the unmovable source of power, love, and truth; and that source is Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

The Third Point: it matters what sort of materials you use.  St. Paul puts it this way;

“Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” 

We understand what this means, because we have seen what happens to buildings that were made poorly of cheap materials ; and we can compare them with the buildings that were made well and of the best materials.  The best materials are sometimes harder to get, and it takes more effort to build something to last.  I remember the fort my friends and I built in the woods using left over scraps from our basements and garages.  It was so cool – but it did not last.  I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences.  Think about his: If we knew that we were meant to live somewhere for thousands of years – perhaps even forever, wouldn’t we take the time to build it well?  Or would we throw something up as the mood struck us and hope for the best?  And yet isn’t that the way we act; putting Christian spackle over the walls we threw up willy-nilly based on what are hearts desired in any given moment? 

In the metaphor, the materials are gold, silver, stones, wood, hay, and straw; but in real life, the materials are your actions.  How have we lived?  Have we been chaste?   Self-sacrificing? Charitable?  Patient with others?    Have we followed the counsel of our ego; the wisdom of the age; … or the guidance of Christ and His Church?  

We can pretend that all actions are the same (God loves us!  He can bless the things my heart truly desires!), but St. Paul is pointing out that they are not – there is an objective standard for judging our actions.  A straw house will be blown down by the first hungry wolf that comes to the door; a brick house will stand up to his huffing and puffing.  The spiritual wolves [fire] will destroy the man who has built his life in deceit and selfishness; but cannot harm the one who has built his life in love and repentance.  

So, in conclusion, I ask you: have you built your life on the solid rock that is Christ?  Is it the real Christ, or is it one that simply suits your fancy?  Are you sure? 

Have you intentionally laid the walls of your house brick by brick with humility, love, patience, long-suffering, and charity?  When a bad brick was laid in, have you repented of your misdeed, rooted it out, and repaired the damage?  Have you constantly checked for leaks and performed the maintenance necessary to keep your house secure from the constant abuse of the elements?  

And last of all, have you filled this house with the only thing worthy of such a temple: the Holy Spirit of God Himself?  For as St. Paul ends today’s lesson; “For the temple of God is holy, whose temple you are.”

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Direct download: AMeanderingHomilyonStormsandBuildings.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:20pm EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony and Fr. Harry address the often misunderstood necessity of withholding sacraments.  Framing it as a normal process (beginning with Baptism) allows us to see it less as a political power play or punishment (as the world would have us see it) and more as a valid and necessary part of our life in Christ.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: TheDutyofWithholdingSacraments.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm EDT

1 Corinthians 1:10-18.  How do people dedicated to being One (as God is One) end up being "of" Paul, Apollos, and Cephas?  As we interact and baptize a culture, we are going to disagree about the utility of various symbols, ideas, etc in the local culture.  Disagreements are useful for discernment.  It's when we dogmatize and moralize our differences that they become divisions.  So don't do they (unless our differences really are based on theological or moral necessity; something we rarely judge well).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: HomilyonDisagreementsvsDivisions.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:06am EDT

Romans 15:1-7.  There is so much need in the world; how can we bear its burden without breaking down?  How does silencing/replacing the ego help solve the problem?   What is the role of Christ in this?  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: HomilyonBearingBurdersoftheWeak.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

Romans 12:6-14.  Fr. Anthony reflects on the necessity of using the Babel Fish of Love (i.e. charity as a translation filter) when evaluating the truth claims of others, especially when they are using the vernacular of their own political tribe.  He also laments how we so easily moralize and dogmatize disputations about facts - an unfortunate misfiring of our laudable commitment to Holy Orthodoxy!

Direct download: HomilyonTruthPoliticsandtheBabelFishofLove.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

Join Fr. Anthony and Fr. Harry as they talk about how artificially romanticizing the Golden Age of the Councils contributes to the polarization of our communities, how politics are the new idolatry, and why it is so easy to anathematize heretics over vaccines and masks.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: FrHarryPerspectiveonToday.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

In this homily on the Demoniacs of Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28-9:1), Fr. Anthony contrasts the discernment of the disciples and the discernment of the Gergesenes with the vision of Christ.  He talks about the role worldviews, filters, propaganda, and evil forces of the air play in darkening our vision, warns about replacing our worldly filter with an Orthodox one, and describes how only the clear vision of Christ will allow us to understand and serve the needs of the moment.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: HomilyonDiscernmentandKentuckyWindage.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 3:03pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks frankly with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD about how the selection and training of priests affect the quality of priestly ministry.  Narcissism, the built-in preference for agreeableness - it's all grist for the mill.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: ClergySelection.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13.  Words fail us when we try to describe God and our relationship with Him.  Metaphor helps, but it can also set us up for failure, even when it is a good one like Christ is the Great Physician (something that the scriptures prove to be literally true).  Enjoy the show!   

 

Direct download: HomilyonMetaphors.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Matthew 6:22-33, Romans 5:1-10.  Homily on the reasons for our hope (as presented by St. Paul and Christ God Himself).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily_on_Living_Well_in_Hard_Times.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:23pm EDT

 
Fr. Anthony talks again with Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, the Canonist for the UOC-USA about what the Canons say (and don't say!) about clergy attire, hair, and beards.  They make the case that, unless their bishops say otherwise, priests can adjust to what they discern is best going to meet the needs of the Gospel where they are.  A bonus: you can hear just how bad Fr. Anthony is at liturgical math!  Enjoy the show!
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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Join Fr. Anthony as he talks with Dn. Timothy Kelleher about his roles on Independence Day and Star Trek - the Next Generation (he was also on Voyager and Enterprise), and how good storytelling is always evangelical.  Enjoy the show!  

Direct download: DnTimandScienceFiction.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After a sermonette on St. Pauls' words about the consciences of the Gentiles being the functional equivalent of the Law for the Jews, Fr. Anthony share the UOC-USA Episcopal Letter for US Independence Day.  Enjoy the show! 

Direct download: UOC-USA_IndependenceDay_2021.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Sunday of All Saints.  Hebrews 11:33-12:2 and Matthew 10:32-33,37-38; 19:27-30.  The prohibition against loving family more that God is, among other things, a warning against tribalism.  Fr. Anthony also talks about what the variation among saints means for loving and pastoring one another.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-PastoringDiversity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

Fr. Anthony and Deacon Michael Abrahamson talk politics and religion as they drive through the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Topics include keeping perspective and the glorious ontology of doing harmony.  Enjoy the show!

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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52, 8:12.  What is missing from on-line theological forums?  Why do they miss the mark when it comes to prophecy?  It has nothing to do with intent or the words that are shared.  The medium is lacking.  Dubious?  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-OnDiscernmentProphecyandLove.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

In this homily on a selection from Christ's High Priestly Prayer (St. John 17), Fr. Anthony encourages us to keep our theology simple.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-Whatsinaname.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

Sunday of the Blind Man

Immediate context: God has power and compassion. When He says He invites us to join Him in His plans for remaking us and the world, we can trust both His intent and His ability to deliver.

John 20:30-31.
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Symbolic context:

Matthew 6:22-24
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; 23 but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Popular song: We were blind, but now we see.

True, but incomplete. Given eyes when we accepted the reality of Christ as the Son of God and united ourselves to Him and dedicated ourselves to His plan, the Gospel.

But our eyes still see things through a mirror dimly. Why?

If we believed, were made new, then put into a perfect community – back in Eden, we could be grown well. God and the community would help us identify and root out the complex web of interconnected dysfunctions…

But is that what happened? No. So we are working out our brokenness in the midst of others who are.

So the answer? Long term - a healing culture.

Short term: the virtue of humility about our own discernment. About everything.

And trust the one that has power has included all of this in His plan

Direct download: Homily-BlindnessandaTangleofKnots.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, the Canonist for the UOC-USA, about how priests should prepare for confession, the role of penance in confession, the importance of protecting the confidentiality ("seal") or confession, and what needs to happen when that confidentiality is broken.  It's an important but difficult subject and we look forward to your questions and comments. 
Direct download: OnConfessionwFrHarry.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

In this homily on the encounter of Christ with the Samaritan woman (St. Photini) at the well, Fr. Anthony encourages us to drink deeply of the Living Water and eat the food that nourishes the Body.  The latter is a call to do the will of the God in sharing the Gospel.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-LivingWaterandHiddenSustenance.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Justin Shaun Coyle, PhD, (Mount Angel Seminary, outside Portland, OR; Ukrainian Catholic) and Fr. Anthony talk about life in New England, the joy of NC BBQ, and how studying the works of serious atheist philosophers can help develop an instinct for charity and pastoral evangelism.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: LearningfromAtheism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

Fr. Harry Linsinbigler talks with Fr. Anthony about the moving, standing, kneeling, and sitting postures of prayer and worship that Orthodoxy prescribes, some of the confusion that surrounds them, and what they do for the believers who participate in them.  The article they discuss is found at https://christinourmidst.com.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: PosturesforPrayer.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Sunday of the Paralytic

In this hostage situation homily, Fr. Anthony talks about how Orthodoxy can transform the whole person and how our habits of body and mind can either work against or in support of that process.  He also managed to talk about concealed and open carry.  Hey, it's North Carolina!  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-Paralyic2021.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Join Fr. Harry Linsinbigler and Fr. Anthony Perkins as they (mainly) talk about the actual formula decided on at Nicea, why it was important, and where we are now (hint: we are completely in compliance!).  There's also a tangental gem on the Masoretic vs. Septuagint Old Testament.  Fr. Harry has (mostly) recovered from his bout with COVID and he and Fr. Anthony are still basking in the Paschal Glow.  Enjoy the show!
 
NOTE:  the original recording was truncated during the upload (thanks for the head's up, Dave!).  It's better now.
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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

Dru Johnson is an associate professor of biblical and theological studies at The King’s College in New York City, director of the Center for Hebraic Thought , editor at The Biblical Mind, host of the The Biblical Mind podcast, and co-host of the OnScript Podcast. Before that, he was a high-school dropout, skinhead, punk rock drummer, combat veteran, IT supervisor, and pastor.

Dru is an ordained minister and accomplished academic, with several articles and books, to include Biblical Philosophy – A Hebraic Approach to the Old and New Testaments, Biblical Knowing: A Scriptural Epistemology of Error, Epistemology and Biblical Theology: from the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel, and my favorites, Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments, and Knowledge by Ritual: A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology. 

You can find out more about him at drujohnson.com and his academia.edu page.

Join us as we talk about why military induction is and should be so thoroughly ritualized, what rituals do, how to evaluate then, and the danger of over-symbolizing them.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: DruJohnsononRitualandSymbol.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:18pm EDT

John 20:19-31.  It is often said that we are saved in community.  Today Fr. Anthony offers a meditation on the interrelation of community, trust (faith), and Truth.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-TruthFaithandCommunity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt (Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 10:32-45).  This homily triangulates from the teaching of Christ on servant leadership, the example of St. Mary of Egypt, and the mystery of the Divine Liturgy to encourage us to watch for the many ways we misuse our power and fill every opportunity for service with grace.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-LovenotManipulation.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT

In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks with the COVID-stricken Fr. Harry Linsinbigler about parish life and the implications of recent survey results from Gallup (on further declines in American church membership) and Pew (on American religion and the COVID).  Enjoy the show!

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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31.  Fr. Anthony explains how the parish is different from the monastery, how parish priests are different from abbots, and how God works to bring all Christians together with Him in glory.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-Laitynotlessthanmonks.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

You may recognize Dn Timothy Kelleher from his appearances in NCIS, Independence Day, Thirteen Days and other movies and shows, but he has also published many thoughtful essays in First Things, Church Life Journal, and now the National Review (among others).  Today, he and Fr. Anthony talk about Dn. Timothy's two most recent essays; "Memories of a Staten Island Childhood" and "A Nation of Sinners."  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: DnTimKelleheronNostalgiaandBadReligion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1.  Sunday of the Adoration of the Cross.  In this homily, Fr. Anthony begins with the analogy of the "time-out" and how the Cross can allow us to come out of the COVID-time in a way that will bring reconciliation.  He concludes by talking about why the Divine Liturgy is pretty much the same thing - to include rote prayers - every week and what that means for us as we worship and pray.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-theCrossofPatienceandPrayer.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

In this interview, Fr. Anthony and Dn Nicholas talk about the rhythms of Lent and how a gentle asceticism may cultivate more lasting changes than the most stringent fasting and a packed liturgical calendar.  Along the way, Dn Nicholas shares wisdom on how this same approach builds a lasting and self-propagating harmony (even among tenors who often sing flat).  We hope you enjoy this calm and gentle conversation.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: DnNicholasKotarontheRhythmsofLent.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this homily, given on the Lenten Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas (Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Mark 2:1-12), Fr. Anthony preaches on the sequence of forgiveness and healing in the Gospel reading and in our lives, the need for nepsis and care when receiving criticism, and the role silence can play in our spiritual development.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-ForgivenessHealingNepsisandSilence.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:53pm EDT

Divine Liturgy of St. Basil (excerpts) as celebrated on 3/28/2021 in Waynesville NC.  

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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:42pm EDT

Hebrews 11:24-26,11:32-12:2; John 1:43-51.  First Sunday of Great Lent.  Today Fr. Anthony begins by talking about the need for developing pastoral relations with others so that we can have better discernment about our sins.  He finishes by talking about the Great Entrance and its relationship to Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-BecomingaPastorandGreatEntrance.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

In this homily given on the Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare; Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21), Fr. Anthony talks about the psychological and sacramental power of storytelling, and warns us against misusing that power.  Blessed Lenting!

Direct download: Homily-ForgivenessandthePowerofStorytelling.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Fr Anthony and Fr. Gabriel Rochelle overcome myriad technical problems to talk about the confluence of poetry, story, and proclamation that take place in the Divine Liturgy (and life).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: FrGabrielRochelleonPoetryandLiturgy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Join Fr. Anthony as he talks about cooperative story-telling, liturgy, and the joy of Ukrainian Orthodoxy with Fr. Yuri Hladio, the priest of St. Maria of Paris mission in West Hamilton, Ontario and the host of the wonderful "Prying Priest" podcast (pryingpriest.com).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: FrYurionImprovandthePriesthood.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Meatfare/Last Judgement Sunday (1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2; Matthew 25:31-46).  Fr. Anthony continues to take the parish through the Divine Liturgy, talking about the readings and the homily (to include an explanation for why Orthodox homilies are, well, a but more constrained than many heterodox sermons).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-thescripturereadingsandhomily.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Homily on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son (1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Luke 15:11-32).  Both the brothers were limited by their two-dimensional tactical worldview.  The Father shows that grace solves problems that no tactician can.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-GodHasaPlan.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:51pm EDT

Jesus Christ said; “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) In this retreat, Fr. Anthony describes the way the past year has polarized us and how we and our parishes can heal and become the peacemakers the world needs. A video of the presentation is available at Fr. Anthony Perkins YouTube channel.  Enjoy!  

Direct download: Retreat-HealingfromFearandPolarization.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this homily, given on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee, Fr. Anthony continues to take the parish through the Divine Liturgy.  This week he focuses on the Antiphons and the Little Entrance.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-TheAntiphonsandLittleEntrance.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Homily given of Zacchaeus Sunday (1 Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 19:1-10).  Fr. Anthony offers a meditation on how love is enabled by cutting through the labels and baggage (i.e. there is a reason God is "not a respecter of persons").  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-RespectPeopleNotIdentities.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT

In this homily, Fr. Anthony continues his series on the Divine Liturgy, offering a meditation on the benefit of singing the Divine Liturgy (the blessed integration of scripture and poetry, music, voices, incarnation, and Eucharist).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-WhyweSingtheDivineLiturgy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:06pm EDT

It was a great blessing to talk with Fr. Daniel Greeson about his new AFR blog, "Every Thought Captive" and especially his series on discernment.  Enjoy the show!

Here are my notes:

Interview with Fr. Daniel Greeson.

Rector of St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Oakridge, TN

Podcaster: “In Heaven and On Earth”

Editor and Author of the Ancient Faith Ministry Blog; “Every Thought Captive”

 

Greeting.  Tell us about yourself and how found yourself wearing a cassock and cross.

I love your new blog, Every Thought Captive.  In the introductory post, you use aggressive imagery – wrestling, dismantling, boldness, even using El Greco’s Purification of the Temple as the blog banner.  What do and don’t you mean by that – and in general where are you coming from?

New blog (November 2020), but already have several excellent series.  The main one I want to talk about is the series on discernment, but I also love you series on Orthodoxy and the Culture War (which includes a serious reflection on how we, as Christians living in America, should and perhaps should not relate to “The West”.  You also did a beautiful series on the Pandemic of Loneliness.  And you have also recruited a great cast to write on other topics.  How do you choose what to write on and what to publish?  What is the goal of the blog?

Discernment.  The Mother of Virtues – how is that possible?  Why do we need it? (false teachers).

St. Anthony the Great tells us to gain discernment, avoid extremes, and walk always on the royal road”.  How do we do this?

St Moses: “Discern money: scrutiny; reject deceptive thoughts; root out (false authority), and check the weight”

What is the role of asceticism in discernment?

Scripture?

 

Direct download: FrDanielGleesononDiscernment.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Homily on Colossians 3:12-16.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Direct download: Homily-TheKindnessofChrist.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is a recording of Fr Anthony's homily on his name day (1/30, old style), given at Holy Resurrection in Waynesville, NC (the last Divine Liturgy in their tiny starter location!).  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-LessonsfromStAnthony.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After some small talk on the pastoral value of wedding planning, Fr. Anthony and Dylan Pahman (Acton Institute) talk about what Magic the Gathering can teach us about markets and morality and about the general need for economic literacy.  For the last half of the show, they talk about the value of markets, liberal democracy, and international trade, and address some of the objections Christians have about them.  Enjoy the show! 

Direct download: DylanPahmanontheMoralityofMarkets.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today Fr. Anthony continues his series of homilies on the Divine Liturgy (offered every other week, when he serves in Anderson).  He explains some of the things the Divine Liturgy does for us and why the Great Litany starts out the way it does.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-theUtilityoftheLitaniesforPeace.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

Fr. Anthony shares thoughts on the meaning of "The Jordan turned back" and its relevance for us today.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-SundaybeforeTheophany.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Listen to find out which of the many conspiracies is occupying space in Fr. Anthony’s fool head.  Without it, the other problems (e.g. injustice, riots, elections, presidential narcissism) would have been handled as normal rather than extra-ordinary problems.  We should have seen it coming.  From Fr. Anthony's YouTube Livestream.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20210116-TheREALConspiracy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Join Fr. Anthony as he talks with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD, to get some advice on the role of the pastor in crazy times.  It's a difficult conversation, but it's important for us to have trusted friends in our lives who will tell us things we don't want to hear.  Fr. Gregory is wise, experienced, and courageous enough to say things that will satisfy precisely no one.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20210112-PastoringInCrazyTimes.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this homily given on the Sunday after Theophany, Fr. Anthony continues to take us through the Divine Liturgy, focusing on the opening blessing, "Blessed is the Kingdom" and explaining how the ritual and grace of the Divine Liturgy heals the dysfunction in our minds, our relations, and the world.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-SundayafterTheophany.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

The bulk of the homily is the Nativity Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine.  After that, Fr. Anthony offers some remarks about the seeming weakness of the Logos in the manger and how it relates to the seeming impotence of our faith in Christ.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-SundaybeforeNativity.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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