Homily – Bringing Grace to a Messy World

St Luke 18:35-43.  The healing of the blind beggar. Three points: Jesus did not stay in one place. Jesus Christ is and was God.  It is fitting that He reside in the throne room of God, surrounded by the cherubim and seraphim, with His holiness reflecting off all the angels and archangels around Him.  But as the being of perfect love, He had to act on behalf of his beloved children (US!).  So He took flesh and became man. Some would have expected Him to take up residence in the Temple or in the Governor's House.  But instead He lived among common men and women and, for the last three years of His life, went from town to town so that everyone would know the Good News of salvation.  His body was the temple and … [Continue reading]

Class – Interpreting Nativity Scripture through Hymnography

Nativity Bible Study Session Two: Interpretation through hymnography Review:  What is the Bible?  What isn't it? It is NOT the Logos! (St. John 1: 1-18) It is not a complete historical account (St. John 21:25) It is not self evident (Acts 8:26-35) Interpretation is of the Lord, through Christ (Genesis 40: 8; St. Luke 24: 13-32) Like the Ethiopian Eunuch, we need the Church to interpret the Scriptures for us.  The services of the Church are celebratory and poetic interpretations of the events described in Scripture.  Historical narratives speak to the head while musical poetry speaks to the heart. Let's warm up with some of the hymns from the Matins (Vigil) service of the Nativity. From the Kathisma.  The first is … [Continue reading]

Talk – Sdn. John Cummings on the 2019 St. Moses the Black Retreat

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Homily – The Good Samaritan, Discipline, and Freedom

St. Luke 10: 25-37.  Homily on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  How does discipline lead to the freedom to love?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Homily – Leave it all on the track!

St. LUKE 12:16-21.  The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build … [Continue reading]

Homily – What Swine Do They (WE!) Love?

In this homily on St. Luke 8:26-39, Fr. Anthony shows how easy it is to place our enemies as the villains of Gospel lessons... and reminds us that this is only because we see them through the log (pride!) in our own eyes.  This recording also … [Continue reading]

Class – On the Architecture of Holiness

Our Faith: Church Architecture and the Movement of the Faithful Opening Scripture:  Psalm 29:1-2; Exodus 24:9-18; John 12: 3-8 Summary of Scripture:  The Glory, Power, and Love of God. Today's Lesson:  Beauty will Save the World Questions … [Continue reading]

Homily – Why have a Samaritan be the Hero

Why did Christ pick a Samaritan as the Hero in this story?Homily on St. Luke 10:25-37  We know this lesson; we've heard it so many times! Perhaps you want to "test out of" this homily?  We know that the Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches … [Continue reading]

Class – On Silence

Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity Asceticism III: on Mysteries, Love, and Silence Review.  We have been called to a great purpose.  In Christ it is possible.  We need Him to be saved; we need Him to live the kind of lives we were meant … [Continue reading]

Homily – On the Rituals of Connection

A homily on the Parable of the Sower (St. Luke 8: 5-15).  Fr. Anthony encourages us to cultivate habits that sustain our relationships.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]