Bible Study #35: Judges seen through the Great Canon

Bible Study #35: Judges from the Great Canon Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 15 May 2018 Opening Prayer: 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 commandments, so that overcoming all worldly desires, we may pursue a spiritual life, both thinking and doing all things pleasing to You. For You, Christ our God, are the Light of our souls and bodies, and to You we give the glory, together with Your Father, without beginning, and Your All Holy, Good, and Life- Creating Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen. (2 Corinthians 6:6; Ephesians … [Continue reading]

Homily on Spiritual and Psychological Blindness

The Sunday of the Man Born Blind (St. John 9:1-38) Psychologists and theologians agree: In their default setting, our minds are wired not for discerning truth but social standing.  The path to objectivity involves humility, immersing ourselves in discerning communities (e.g. of science and traditional Orthodox faith), and developing a relationship with the source of all Truth, the Incarnate Logos (through whom all things are made). Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #34: Joshuan Tidbits and a bit from Judges

Bible Study #34: Joshua and Judges Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 08 May 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we may … [Continue reading]

Homily on Sowing (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Homily on Sowing St. John 4:5-42 The metaphor of agriculture. 1 (Introduction). You have to reap when the crop is ready. If it's ready and you don't reap it ? what happens? Something ? or someone ? else will reap it (e.g. birds w/ … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #33: The Wars of Joshua (Jesus)

Bible Study #33: The Kherem Wars of Joshua/Jesus Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 01 May 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds … [Continue reading]

Daily Prayers for Married Couples

Prayer of Repentance O God, remit, pardon and forgive our sins whether voluntary or involuntary, whether by word or deed, whether committed in knowledge or in ignorance, whether by day or night and whether of reason or imagination; Forgive us all … [Continue reading]

Homily – The Way of the Paralytic

Sunday of the Paralytic John 5:1-15 Prologue: the Gospel only makes sense within its context. Rules for living well: Do the best you can. Always strive to do better. When you mess up, admit it, clean it up, and repent. The … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #32: The Curse after Jericho

Bible Study #32: The Curse of Jericho Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 24 April 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we … [Continue reading]

Homily on Rituals, Myrrhbearers, and Insult to Injury

Ritual, Myrrhbearers, and Dealing with Insult to Injury St. Mark 15:43-16:8 Notes (that I mostly ignored) We have a concept: adding insult to injury. It describes how tough it is when something bad has already happened and then something happens … [Continue reading]

Bible Study #31: The Battle of Jericho

Bible Study #31: The Battle of Jericho Fr. Anthony Perkins, St. Mary's (Pokrova) in Allentown 17 April 2018 Opening Prayer: Make the pure light of Your divine knowledge shine in our hearts, Loving Master, and open the eyes of our minds that we … [Continue reading]