20170820 – Orthodox Statement on Charlottesville

Today Fr. Anthony read the Bishops’ statement denouncing the events in Charlottesville specifically and racism more generally.  A head’s up: at the end he meant to say “differences”, not “divisions”.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here is the statement: The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Response to […]

20170806 Homily on Building

St. Paul compares living well to building a house.  In this (short Summer) homily, Fr. Anthony explains what St. Paul meant and why it is such Good News. Check out this episode! Homily Notes Homily on Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Corinthian 3:9-17 We will be tested… (but all can pass) We are like a […]

Script for Teaching Liturgy (2017 UOL Convention)

Teaching liturgies can be great, but we have to be very careful that they do not adversely affect the spirit and flow of the Mystery.  This requires that we be spare with our words and that the words that we do share be well selected.  Because of the depth of our knowledge and familiarity with it […]

Homily (mp3 and notes): Bearing the Burdens of the Weak

In this episode, Fr. Anthony challenges Christians to call down grace from above by “bearing the burdens” of the weak.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode! Here are St. John Chrysostom’s words on this Sunday’s epistles’s reading (I preached from his notes). Romans 15:1-17 From St. John Chrysostom Chap. xv. ver. 1. “We then that are strong, […]

Homily on Forgiveness: Notes and MP3

Fr. Anthony argues that those who claim that Christians have to pretend that wolves are sheep make a mockery of the Gospel and open their communities to predation.  Sorry about the poor audio quality! Check out this episode! NOTES: Forgiveness is complicated. Misunderstanding sets us up for failure and makes a mockery of Christianity Exoneration: […]

Homily Notes and Audio – Open Your Mouth and Believe

In this episode, Fr. Anthony gives a short Summer homily on St. Paul’s message to believe and accept the gift of salvation. Homily Notes Romans 10:1-10 “If you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is God; and if you will believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, YOU WILL […]

Homily Notes and MP3: How to Thrive in a Hard World

Third Sunday after Pentecost Romans 5:1-10 Matthew 6:22-33 Two great teachers: let us listen to them and learn their lessons! NOT naive. They know the world groans in agony and that people suffer. NOT selling us anything. They want us to thrive. They lead from the front. ———————————————– What did they teach us today? 1. That […]

Homily Notes – St. John of the Ladder (Annual Meeting Sunday)

St. John of the Ladder (Our Annual Meeting Day) Great life. Not only did he enjoy it – and there is no doubt about his joy; (through his example and the book “The Ladder of Divine Ascent”) he made the same joy that he experienced accessible to others. In fact, that was the secret of […]

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 […]

Homily Notes: Pick up your cross and follow me!

“Take up your cross and follow me” There are many ways to understand this command. Many take it as God’s way of saying we need to put up with all the sufferings that our bodies give us. That’s true, but there’s more to it that. I want to use the example of the soldier to […]