Today, Fr. Anthony talks about our calling to transform our culture through repentance so that it naturally avoids what is evil and does what is good.  This includes discerning what needs to be removed, modified, and blessed.  Recorded on the second Sunday after Pentecost at Christ the Savior in Anderson, SC.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-All_SaintsofNA-2022_.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

We cover chapters five and six of Tito Caliander's "Way of Ascetics" (St. Vladimir Press), "On the Denial of Self and the Cleansing of the Heart" and "On Eradicating the Desire for Enjoyment."  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: WayofAscetics-5-6.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

In this homily offered on All Saints (and Father's Day; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30), Fr. Anthony begins by talking about the need to approach God apophatically in silence, and then to allow that perspective (and not the world) to determine our priorities, definitions, framings, etc.   He ends by encouraging everyone to foster communal relations through which we are continually pastoring and being pastored to.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-All_Saints-2022.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:59pm EDT

Fr. Anthony offers a meditation on the power the New Covenant gives humanity to live a life of beautiful harmony.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-Pentecost-2022.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks to Fr. Harry about his recent trip to Egypt, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the challenge of Orthodoxy after Communism, and the desperate need for a pan-Orthodox Council.  

Direct download: 20220605-Linsinbigler-NeedACouncil.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

In this meditation, Fr. Anthony presents the Gospel of the Samaritan Woman as a model for acquiring the Holy Spirit, focusing on the need for continual repentance from sin and worldly explanations/definitions.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-SamaritanWoman2022.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT

We cover chapters three and four of Tito Caliander's "Way of Ascetics" (St. Vladimir Press), "On the Garden of the Heart" and "On the Silent and Invisible Warfare."  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: WayofAscetics-3-4.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

We cover chapters one and two of Tito Caliander's "Way of Ascetics" (St. Vladimir Press), "On a Resolute and Sustained Purpose" and "On the Insufficiency of Human Strength."  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: WayofAscetics-1-2.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

In this homily offered on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers (and Mother's Day!), Fr. Anthony offers an almost coherent meditation on how we need both rituals and grace to live a life of integrity and holiness.  Enjoy the show!  

Direct download: Homily-RitualsandPerseverence.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT

St. Thomas Sunday.  Fr. Anthony offers a meditation (hostage situation?!) on the circle of trust and how Christ works with our fallen psychology to draw us out of darkness into the light.

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

Fr. Anthony offers a meditation on what we can learn from Christ's entrance into Jerusalem and how entering into it with Him can perfect us and heal the world around us.  He focuses primarily on the relationship between understanding and communion, how our dysfunctions have distorted it, and how Orthodoxy restores it.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-PalmSunday-2022.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD, about guruism, why it is dangerous, and how to avoid it.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20220412-Jensen-Gurus.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

In this homily, Fr. Anthony uses what voice he had left after subbing for kindergarten classes this past week to describe St. Mary's theosis and the role community can play in our own.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-StMaryofEgypt.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks with evangelical author, blogger, and podcaster, John Michalak about grace, liturgy, and the need to "surrender subjectivity."  John started attending services at Holy Resurrection in Waynesville NC a few months ago and shares some observations.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20220406-Michalak.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

In this homily given at St. Nicholas in Charlottesville, VA on the Sunday of St. John of the Ladder, Fr. Anthony reminds us that God offers us more than the power to endure or see things more clearly - He offers us union with Him.  And THAT is what we really need. Enjoy the show!
Direct download: Homily-StJohnoftheLadder.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD, about how NOT to elicit repentance during confession, some of the differences between confession, interrogation, and therapy, and why love and trust are foundational to the process of reconciliation.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20220328-FGJonConfession.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Fr. Anthony rambles a bit about the most wonderful days of services of the entire year: Royal Hours of Pascha, Vespers of Holy Friday, Matins of Holy Saturday, and the First Resurrection Service of PASCHA (Vesperal Liturgy).

Direct download: 20220329-HFrSa.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

In this meditation on the Sunday of the Holy Cross, Fr. Anthony riffs on St. Paul's warning that the Cross could be of no effect (1 Corinthians 1:17 and Philippians 3:18-21), warning us not to use the cross as a talisman or even as a balm to ease the pain, but rather to allow Christ to plant it in the garden of temple of our heart.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-PlanttheCrossinYourHeart.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:58pm EDT

We talk about the services of Holy and Great Wednesday and Thursday (kind of).  Enjoy the show!

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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm EDT

In this meditation on the witness of St. Gregory Palamas, Fr. Anthony encourages us to allow the peace of the Liturgy - rather than the chaos of the world - to define us and our relationships with others.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-LiturgicalPeace.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:16pm EDT

Join us as we discuss the service that serves as the door into Holy Week: Bridegroom Matins.  Enjoy the show!

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Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

In this all but incoherent reflection on the theme of the Triumph of Orthodoxy (icons!), Fr. Anthony draws again from the wisdom of St. Maximos the Confessor to present a vision of a creation infused with grace and perfectability and what that means for the day of judgment.  Alas that he made his main point - that the Incarnation was the best use of flesh - apophatically.  Enjoy the show!  

Direct download: Homily-TheBestUseofWood.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT

In this reflection offered on the Saturday of St. Theodore the Soldier, Fr. Anthony encourages us to take St. Theodore's warning seriously and avoid consuming content (metaphorically) polluted by blood offered to pagan gods in favor of simpler and purer fare.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-SprinklingBloodOnMediaContent.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Tonight's livestream class covers the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.  It's such a beautiful service and epitomizes the Lenten worship experience for many. Enjoy the show!
Direct download: 20220308-PSL.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

In this meditation for Forgiveness Sunday, Fr. Anthony encourages us to see and resonate with the good in everyone so that God's grace can heal our divisions.  Offered at St. Michael parish (Woonsocket RI) on the day after Fr. Michael Abrahamson's ordination - AXIOS and MANY BLESSED YEARS!

Direct download: Homily-Forgiveness-2022.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

In tonight's livestream we cover the service that is central to who we are a defines our pattern of being: the Divine Liturgy.  Enjoy the show!
Direct download: 20220301-DLb.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

Homily on the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46).  Fr. Anthony draws on his experience as a retired Army officer (USAR) and the teaching of St. Maximus the Confessor to provide perspective, consolation, and encouragement during this time of war.  Major points include the way the world and its labels darken our spiritual sight and the power Christ has given to His Royal Priesthood to heal the world's pain.  Enjoy the show! 
Direct download: Homily-LoveandWar.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:01pm EDT

In tonight's livestream class, Fr. Anthony covers the outline and some of the themes of Resurrection Matins/Orthros.  It's not pretty - he was suffering pretty mightily from a sinus infection - but there you go.  Enjoy the show!
Direct download: 20220222-Matins-OA.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Homily on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal Son).  Fr. Anthony explains how God's imprint enables community and the multiplication of grace.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-NeverAlone.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Today's class is the beginning of a series on specific services. We start with Great Vespers, the first service of the new day. It's a great way to spend Saturday evening!
Direct download: 20220215_GreatVespers.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Publican and Pharisee.  After sharing a parable on rock-climbing, Fr. Anthony encourages us to hold our opinions gently and to take some baby steps towards humility by admitting that "we might not be as right as we could have been" and that "they probably aren't as wrong as we thought they were."  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: Homily-HeightsbyHumility.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

Today Fr. Anthony reviews some of the tricks our minds play with us to believe things that aren't true and then describes the critical role humility and passionlessness play in guarding us against their worst effects and keeping us from doubling down on stupid.
Direct download: 20220208_HumilityandHeresy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

In this meditation on Matthew 15:21-28 and Corinthians 6:16-7:1, Fr. Anthony talks about the new way of holiness and the transition from smiting enemies to drawing them into the Kingdom through love.  Enjoy the show! 

Direct download: Homily-NoRoomforRascism.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

Today I present the main ideas from the research on the psychology of influence (Cialdini) and briefly describe its relevance for theological discernment.  Livestreamed on 2/1/2022.
Direct download: 20220201_Cialdini.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

1 Timothy 1:15-17.  Take two (because ... Old Calendar and New Calendar).  Another call to bring back the saying; "glory to God."

Direct download: Homily-StPaulsExample.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 9:06am EDT

Today Fr. Anthony discusses the Moscow Patriarchate's establishment of an African Exarchate in the territory of the ancient Patriarchate of Alexandria with canonist, Fr. Harry Linsinbigler.  They talk about how this differs from other parallel jurisdictions (e.g. in America) and the degree to which this will make it more difficult to effect Orthodox reconciliation.  
Direct download: 20210126_AlexandriaandCanonLaw.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

In tonight's livestream class, Fr. Anthony frames theology as communal and heresy as a breakdown of community.  He uses the example of the corrections that take place among musicians to help make the point.  Enjoy the show!
Direct download: 20220125_AvoidingHeresy.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 6:42am EDT

1 Timothy 1:15-17.  After providing his testimony, St. Paul immediately breaks into a prayer of exultation.  We would do well to imitate that habit and bring back the saying; "glory to God."

Direct download: Homily-HumblyChannelingGrace.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:40am EDT

Ephesians 4:7-13; Matthew 4:12-17.  Sunday after Theophany.  Our minds stand between us and living as God's royal priesthood and holy kingdom.  We have to repent and rebuild our minds in Christ.  Enjoy the Show!

Direct download: Homily-RepentintotheKingdom.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

This "New Year" stream of consciousness celebrates Georgia's victory over Michigan and then talks about how our prior conceptions interfere with objectivity, the relative value of mercy and forgiveness over judgment, and the need to stay away from righteous anger.  My thanks to Max, Dn. Adrian, and Rdr. Seraphim for their questions and comments during the livestream.  Enjoy the show!

Direct download: 20220101-MyFoolHead.mp3
Category:Orthodox Podcast -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT