ON THE FIRST SUNDAY of the Great Fast our Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy, the victory of true Christian teaching over all perversions and distortions thereof—heresies and false teachings. On the second Sunday of the Great Fast it is as though this triumph of Orthodoxy is repeated and deepened in connection with the celebration of the memory of one of the greatest pillars of Orthodoxy, the hierarch Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica, who by his grace-bearing eloquence and the example of his highly ascetic private life put to shame the teachers of falsehood who dared reject the very essence of.Orthodoxy, the podvig of prayer and fasting, which enlightens the human mind with the light of grace and makes it a communicant of the divine glory.

Teaching Divine Liturgy (9/26/2021)

Notes for the Teaching Liturgy Before the service.After attending the Divine Liturgy at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, emissaries of St. Volodymyr, the King of Kyivan-Rus’ reported: “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. One thing we understood, that God was in our midst!”  This is the experience that is available to […]

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!

What the Canons say about Clergy Attire and Hair

  Fr. Anthony talks again with Fr. Harry Linsinbigler, the Canonist for the UOC-USA about what the Canons say (and don’t say!) about clergy attire, hair, and beards.  They make the case that, unless their bishops say otherwise, priests can adjust to what they discern is best going to meet the needs of the Gospel […]

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!

Two Friends Talking about Politics and Religion in a Car

Fr. Anthony and Deacon Michael Abrahamson talk politics and religion as they drive through the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Topics include keeping perspective and the glorious ontology of doing harmony.  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 […]