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 nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. 14 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all … [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 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 1:18; 2 Peter 2:11) Review. Moses led Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, and into the … [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]

OT Bible Study #12 – The Crossing of the Red Sea

Bible Study #13:  The Crossing of the Red Sea 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 … [Continue reading]

Homily Notes: A Pregnant Moment with the Publican and Pharisee

Publican and the Pharisee The concept of the seed (example of Ukrainian and American householders).  A small thing that can grow into something wonderful. Examples of seeds as metaphors: Luke 13:18-19. Then Jesus said, “What is the kingdom … [Continue reading]