Homily on Truth, Politics, and the Babel Fish of Love

Romans 12:6-14.  Fr. Anthony reflects on the necessity of using the Babel Fish of Love (i.e. charity as a translation filter) when evaluating the truth claims of others, especially when they are using the vernacular of their own political tribe.  He also laments how we so easily moralize and dogmatize disputations about facts – an […]

Homily – Discernment and Kentucky Windage

In this homily on the Demoniacs of Gergesenes (Matthew 8:28-9:1), Fr. Anthony contrasts the discernment of the disciples and the discernment of the Gergesenes with the vision of Christ.  He talks about the role worldviews, filters, propaganda, and evil forces of the air play in darkening our vision, warns about replacing our worldly filter with […]

Homily on the Limitations of Metaphor

Romans 6:18-23; Matthew 8:5-13.  Words fail us when we try to describe God and our relationship with Him.  Metaphor helps, but it can also set us up for failure, even when it is a good one like Christ is the Great Physician (something that the scriptures prove to be literally true).  Enjoy the show!    […]

Homily – Living Well in Hard Times

Matthew 6:22-33, Romans 5:1-10.  Homily on the reasons for our hope (as presented by St. Paul and Christ God Himself).  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – Independence Day 2021

After a sermonette on St. Pauls’ words about the consciences of the Gentiles being the functional equivalent of the Law for the Jews, Fr. Anthony shares the UOC-USA Episcopal Letter for US Independence Day.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily for All Saints – Pastoring Diversity

Sunday of All Saints.  Hebrews 11:33-12:2 and Matthew 10:32-33,37-38; 19:27-30.  The prohibition against loving family more that God is, among other things, a warning against tribalism.  Fr. Anthony also talks about what the variation among saints means for loving and pastoring one another.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily for Pentecost – The Orthodox Path to Discernment and Prophecy

Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52, 8:12.  What is missing from on-line theological forums?  Why do they miss the mark when it comes to prophecy?  It has nothing to do with intent or the words that are shared.  The medium is lacking.  Dubious?  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – What’s in a Name?

In this homily on a selection from Christ’s High Priestly Prayer (St. John 17), Fr. Anthony encourages us to keep our theology simple.  Enjoy the show! Check out this episode!

Homily – Blindness, Culture, and a Tangle of Knots

Sunday of the Blind Man Immediate context: God has power and compassion. When He says He invites us to join Him in His plans for remaking us and the world, we can trust both His intent and His ability to deliver. John 20:30-31. 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the […]

A Canonist Talks about Priests and Confession

Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, the Canonist for the UOC-USA, about how priests should prepare for confession, the role of penance in confession, the importance of protecting the confidentiality (“seal”) or confession, and what needs to happen when that confidentiality is broken.  It’s an important but difficult subject and we look forward to […]