A Homily on the Spiritual Life (lessons from The Ladder)

Every Sunday of Great Lent is dedicated to person or event, with the sequence of these commemorations designed to prepare us for a deeper participation in Christ’s passion and resurrection. This Sunday is dedicated to the life and work of St. John of the Ladder. Saint John was an ascetic, a spiritual athlete, and a trainer of other spiritual athletes. He was a monk and he trained other monks, but we are all called to be spiritual athletes. Saint John wrote down his guidance for achieving spiritual perfection in his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Each chapter presents a step in the ladder to perfection, starting with the basics and working its way up to theosis… parking of the Divine Nature. This is a sort of “how-to manual” on … [Continue reading]

GGWB Episode #26 – Saving Ourselves from (Virtual) War

Saving Ourselves from the Damage of (Virtual) War by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 18, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony talks about Great Lent in the Lehigh Valley (PA) and about how the Lenten disciplines - and especially the Prayer of St. Ephraim - can protect and heal us from the damage of war. … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study: Forgiveness Sunday

Home Bible Study Forgiveness Sunday (and the Expulsion of Humankind from Paradise) Romans 13:11-14:4 (NKJV) Theme: Put on Christ 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #14 – Jethro (and the Bible) on Leadership

Bible Study #14 Jethro on Leadership Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed … [Continue reading]

Fr. Anthony interviewed on Orthodoxy Live!

Fr. Evan hosts a live call-in show on Ancient Faith Radio.  Last night, he invited me to be his guest.  Hilarity ensues (in that subdued Orthodox kind of way).       … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: Sunday of Judgment… Is Worship Useful?

Sunday of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) Connecting the dots between the call to do good … and Sunday worship. Introduction: we are supposed to make the connection The judgment takes place IN THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD More a place … [Continue reading]

Old Testament Bible Study #14 – Miracles in the Desert

Bible Study #14 Miracles in the Desert Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your Gospel. Instill also in us reverence for Your blessed … [Continue reading]

Home Bible Study – The Sunday of the Last Judgement

Home Bible Study The Sunday of the Last Judgement 1 Corinthians 8:8-9:2 8 But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse. 9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes on the Prodigal: Let’s Break Something!

[Warm up on metaphors: Learning the right lesson... not the wrong one.] Luke 15:11-32 Today's message; “Let's get out there and break something!” The lesson of the Prodigal is that when we mess up our lives we need to wake up and come to our … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: The Feast of the St Sophia Seminary Chapel

Homily on the Love of Clergy The homily was given on 2/11 at the celebration of the chapel feast. Hebrews 13:7-16 (Hierarchs) Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of … [Continue reading]