From Unchurched to Disciple: the dynamic of discipleship

The continuum of commitment and membership in the Church looks like this: The Unchurched.  According to survey research, “none” is the fastest growing religion in America.  We should not be surprised.  People who have not truly given their lives to Christ and accepted His salvation have no reason to come to church when society no longer values religion and other, more entertaining things (like sports, vacationing, or sleeping in) compete for their attention.  Their kids don’t know God from the “Great Spaghetti Monster.”  This is a huge opportunity - these are the people Christ told us to love, baptize, and evangelize, because there is no salvation or life outside of Him and His will is that all be saved!  All it takes is an invitation and … [Continue reading]

Podcast: Rapturemania and the Underground Church w/ Fr. John Peck

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20140929  Rapturemania and the Underground Church   The rapture: why are people excited about it and what's it all about?  Why is the Church facing hard times and how can/should it respond?  Fr. John Peck and I talk about these things, an alternative approach to catechizing and doing missions, and the best Nicolas Cage movies on THIS exiting episode - enjoy the show! Here is the book Fr. John wrote with Fr. Barnabas about the Rapture: Rejecting Rapturemania: Making Sense of the Second Coming by Fr. John A. Peck & Fr. Barnabas Powell In anticipation of the major Hollywood movie “Left Behind” which will hit theaters Oct. 5th, Preachers Institute is offering a booklet to help Orthodox Christians (and any others) understand … [Continue reading]

Homily on Stewardship (the talents)

Homily on the Talents: What is (getting to) Heaven Like?St. Matthew 25:14-30 Main point: What do do with the riches God has given us? Multiply them! How? By investing all those riches in spiritual activities that provide a strong return on … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes for the Sunday of All Saints

Sunday of All Saints St. Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30 Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes for Pentecost: How to Acquire the Holy Spirit

How to acquire the Holy Spirit Come to Church and follow the Orthodox Way.  A fruit of the Orthodox Way is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit. Won’t happen; can’t happen outside of Church. Look at the icon; look at the scripture It … [Continue reading]

Genealogy: Perkins Ancestors in Colonial America

Abraham Perkins' grave in South Kingston, RI

ABRAHAM PERKINS (1608-1683) was born on 28 January 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England. He was christened on 28 January 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.  He married Mary Wythe in 1638 in Hillmorton and emmigrated to the New World in 1638. … [Continue reading]

Homily notes on the man born blind – Hope for the Hopeless

Homily Notes on the Man Born BlindSt. John 9:1-38 [Memorial Day weekend: self-sacrifice among soldiers, self-sacrifice in the family, self-sacrifice in the Church] Meme in a demotivational poster:  It could be that [the purpose] your life is only … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes – Christ’s Ministry to the Samaritan Woman

St. John 4:5-42 This encounter gives us an account of Christ’s showing us on how to live a human life. The way He shared the faith:  He has [is!] something beautiful; he shares it simply with others – not out of ego but so that there would be … [Continue reading]

Notes on Christian Meditation and Living the Good Life

Talk on Christian Meditation and Living the Good LifeSt. Michael UOC Ladies' Sodality RetreatFr. Anthony Perkins, 13 May 2014 There is within us, a yearning for something better. We feel ourselves to be refugees in a land that isn't quite right. We … [Continue reading]

If Putin were President of Mexico: the Reconquista

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The Background: Before Putin came to Power in MexicoDue to the annexation of large portions of Mexican territory in the 19th century and generations of immigration, a significant portion of the population of US border areas was comprised of … [Continue reading]