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English, Christianity, 1 season, 494 episodes, 1 day, 21 hours, 24 minutes
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Thoughts and reflections on Orthodox theology and life with Fr. Stephen Freeman
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Behind Every Rock and Tree - An Allegory

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the “allegorical” or “symbolic” reading of Scripture - and its importance for our daily life.
7/22/20240
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Love and Freedom

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the mystery of love and freedom, and the limits God places on Himself as He raises us, by love, to be His “equals."
6/22/20240
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Love and Freedom

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the mystery of love and freedom, and the limits God places on Himself as He raises us, by love, to be His “equals."
6/22/20240
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A Mediated Presence - Thank God

Fr. Stephen Freeman shares about the importance of the sacraments in our lives - particularly in light of the Bible verse that says, “There is but one mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus.”
12/1/20230
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A Mediated Presence - Thank God

Fr. Stephen Freeman shares about the importance of the sacraments in our lives - particularly in light of the Bible verse that says, “There is but one mediator between God and man, the man, Christ Jesus.”
12/1/202311 minutes, 32 seconds
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Transformation and Forgiveness

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at our transformation into the image of Christ and the forgiveness of our sins in terms of concrete reality - thinking through the work that God is doing in us.
10/13/20230
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Transformation and Forgiveness

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at our transformation into the image of Christ and the forgiveness of our sins in terms of concrete reality - thinking through the work that God is doing in us.
10/13/202317 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Singular Goodness of God

It is one thing to believe that God exists. But beyond that, it is important, even vital, that God is good. Fr. Stephen Freeman explores this importance.
9/11/20230
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The Singular Goodness of God

It is one thing to believe that God exists. But beyond that, it is important, even vital, that God is good. Fr. Stephen Freeman explores this importance.
9/11/202314 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Peaceable Kingdom in a World at War

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on the nature of the Kingdom of God and its distinct reality when compared to the wars and struggles of the secularized world.
9/2/20230
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The Peaceable Kingdom in a World at War

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on the nature of the Kingdom of God and its distinct reality when compared to the wars and struggles of the secularized world.
9/2/20230
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The Meekness of God

We rarely think of God as meek. Instead, we picture Him as mighty, powerful, and overwhelming. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at a number of clear indications in Scripture concerning what we know of God through the revelation of Christ. God is meek.
5/11/20230
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The Meekness of God

We rarely think of God as meek. Instead, we picture Him as mighty, powerful, and overwhelming. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at a number of clear indications in Scripture concerning what we know of God through the revelation of Christ. God is meek.
5/11/20239 minutes, 25 seconds
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Providence and the Music of All Creation

Ever wonder what the phrase, “the Divine Energies,” means? Fr. Stephen looks at its inner depths and its constant place in our lives. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His mercy endures forever!
12/15/20220
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Providence and the Music of All Creation

Ever wonder what the phrase, “the divine energies,” means? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at its inner depths and its constant place in our lives. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good! His mercy endures forever!
12/14/202218 minutes, 42 seconds
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Marriage Is a Lifetime of Suffering

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some honest thoughts on the sacrament of marriage and its importance in our culture.
10/3/20220
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Marriage Is a Lifetime of Suffering

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some honest thoughts on the sacrament of marriage and its importance in our culture.
10/1/202220 minutes, 43 seconds
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Will there be Faith on the Earth?

Fr. Stephen speaks of the difficulties and trials of those coming to faith in God and the challenges facing our children.
9/16/20220
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The One-Storey Universe and Icons: Music from Another Room

Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks on icons as doors that open onto other rooms. He also speaks about how we view evil in this understanding of God's world.
9/7/20220
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Nothing But the Whole Truth

Fr. Stephen looks at Orthodoxy and our lives as a matter of the "whole" truth, rather than a "one-sidedness." He urges us to press forward into the whole truth of Christ.
8/26/20220
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All the Fullness of God

In this podcast, Fr. Stephen speaks about the Orthodox use of the word "fullness," both as a description of the Church but also, and especially, as a description of what we long for in the Christian life.
8/25/20220
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Walking in a Lost World

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes a reading project, comparing the writings of Richard Leigh Fermor (1933), to those of Nick Hunt (2011) as they made walks across Europe. Fermor's descriptions belong to a world that has disappeared, while those of Hunt seem thin and attenuated. They point towards much deeper realities of our modern world.
8/24/20220
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Walking in a Lost World

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes a reading project, comparing the writings of Richard Leigh Fermor (1933), to those of Nick Hunt (2011) as they made walks across Europe. Fermor's descriptions belong to a world that has disappeared, while those of Hunt seem thin and attenuated. They point towards much deeper realities of our modern world.
8/24/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Goal of a Lesser Life

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers thoughts on the virtue of contentment and its place in the spiritual life.
8/1/20220
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The Goal of a Lesser Life

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers thoughts on the virtue of contentment and its place in the spiritual life.
7/28/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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Drag My Soul to Paradise

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some thoughts on one of the more common Morning Prayers for the Orthodox, in which we pray, “O Lord, Save me whether I want it or not.” It is a hopeful meditation.
7/15/20220
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Drag My Soul to Paradise

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some thoughts on one of the more common Morning Prayers for the Orthodox, in which we pray, “O Lord, Save me whether I want it or not.” It is a hopeful meditation.
7/15/202212 minutes, 8 seconds
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Second Thoughts on Success

Fr. Stephen Freeman examines in some depth why success and progress are not the right measures of the spiritual life.
12/25/20210
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The Community We All Need

Community is rooted in a mutual need, and so depends on our weakness. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that this is God's intention for the Church.
12/25/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 3; God in the Ordinary

"It's not until we cease to divide the world into ordinary and extraordinary, into usual and unusual, into sacred and secular, that we will have either the possibility of knowing God, much less living the Christian life." — Fr. Stephen Freeman
12/25/20210
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Literalism and the Other Word

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the notion of "allegory" as it is used in the New Testament and in the Orthodox worldview. He also considers the true nature of "literalism" and how we should understand it.
12/22/20210
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Second Thoughts on Success

Fr. Stephen Freeman examines in some depth why success and progress are not the right measures of the spiritual life.
11/22/202116 minutes, 16 seconds
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Scarcity and Abundance in a One-Storey Universe

In this talk Fr. Stephen continues with the imagery of the One-Storey Universe, but uses it to challenge our sense of finitude and scarcity and instead boldly proclaims that the risen Christ has raised us to a kingdom where we are not bound by limits, but by the endless abundance of His love.
11/3/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 5; Windows to Heaven

Fr. Stephen looks at the way icons help us to see the world as it truly is rather than as a window to a "second story."
11/3/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 4; Christian Atheism

Continuing with his illuminating series, in part four Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses those (both non-Orthodox and Orthodox) for whom knowledge of God is but a relationship with a book (albeit a sacred book) or with ideas about God. These people are what Fr. Freeman calls "practical atheists." "Although a person may espouse a belief in God, it's quite possible for that belief to be so removed from everyday life that God's non-existence would make little difference."
11/3/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 2

Fr. Stephen continues his look at the world from an Orthodox perspective.
11/3/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 1

In his inaugural podcast, Fr. Stephen describes the Orthodox view of the world in terms we can all understand.
11/3/20210
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Is Relationship with God What We Want?

Fr. Stephen looks at the words "relationship" and "fellowship" and notes that they are very "weak" translations of the Greek word koinonia in Scripture. He suggests how we should understand this word in its true, Orthodox sense.
11/3/20210
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Grace and the Inverted Pyramid

Father Stephen comments on some of the thoughts found in a recent work by Archimandrite Zacharias of England. He looks at the "inverted pyramid," the humility of Christ in which authority is to be found not at the top but at the bottom of things, in Christ's bearing the sins of the whole of humanity.
11/3/20210
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The Silent Sentinels Among Us

Fr. Stephen looks at the quiet role played by grace-filled persons in our world. In many ways, God preserves us through the presence of such saints.
11/3/20210
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How to Read the Church

Fr. Stephen continues his thoughts on the Church as the proper interpretation of Scripture. In this talk he looks at how we "read" the Church.
11/3/20210
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The Orthodox Interpretation of Scripture

Fr. Stephen sets for a case for an "Orthodox Interpretation of Scripture" in which the Church itself is seen as the proper way to interpret the Sacred Writings.
11/3/20210
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The Ecclesiology of the Cross

Fr. Stephen speaks about the doctrine of the Church (ecclesiology) and how it is best understood by looking at the cross of Christ.
11/3/20210
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Is Hell Real?

Fr. Stephen discusses the Orthodox understanding of the difference of heaven and hell and some of its implications for how we speak about them.
11/3/20210
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Learning to Sin

In this podcast Fr. Stephen looks at the importance of "learning to sin," meaning the importance of learning what it is as a Christian that keeps us from the Kingdom of God.
11/3/20210
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The Sacrament of the Present Moment

In this podcast Fr. Stephen speaks of the God who is "everywhere present and fills all things," and the importance of our being open to Him everywhere, always, in all things.
11/3/20210
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Salvation by Grace and Just Showing Up

Fr. Stephen talks about one aspect of the Orthodox understanding of salvation by grace, and notes that a very large part of it consists in "just showing up," learning to be present to God and to accept faithfully the means of grace given to us.
11/3/20210
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My Right Brain

The Triumph of Orthodoxy is also a triumph of the wholeness of God.
11/3/20210
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Giving Thanks in All Things

In this podcast, Fr. Stephen speaks about giving thanks to God and its foundation in the belief that God is good. He focuses on four aspects of that goodness.
11/3/20210
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At the Edge of Tradition

In this podcast Fr. Stephen speaks about the experience of standing at the "edge" of Tradition as people look at the Tradition of the Church and discuss it, seek to appropriate parts of it, but remain outside of that Tradition. He emphasizes that the Tradition of the faith is nothing other than our union with the True and Living God and His union with us.
11/3/20210
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Eight Things I Should Know

Fr. Stephen talks about eight different ways that the divided, "two-storey" universe, a world divided between sacred and secular, affect us as Christians, and offers reflections on how we should see and cope with each of them. This is the largest summary of his work to date.
11/3/20210
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Orthodoxy and Culture

Fr. Stephen looks at the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and culture and argues that since Orthodoxy is the fullness of the faith, it should also be productive of the fullness of what it is to be human. Healthy Orthodox nations have always had a healthy Orthodox culture.
11/3/20210
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Christianity in a One-Storey Universe - Part 6: Where Do We Begin?

Fr. Stephen looks at the aspect of seeing the world in wonder—an experience shared by both Christian and non-Christian—and suggests, following St. Gregory of Nyssa, that it is the place where our faith should begin.
11/3/20210
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Right and Wrong in the One-Storey Universe

Fr. Stephen looks at morality and virtue, particularly as understood during the so-called "Age of Enlightenment," and compares it with an Orthodox understanding of right actions in the life of a Christian.
11/3/20210
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What Faith Shall I Defend?

Fr. Stephen makes a distinction between the truth of the Christian faith and the many distortions and misperceptions of the Christian faith that surround us. He makes the case that we need only defend the search for the true and living God.
11/3/20210
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A Faith Worth Believing

Fr. Stephen describes the one-storey universe as a faith worth believing and addresses the difficulty that people in the modern world have in transitioning from the secularized religions that dot our landscape to a truly integrated religion such as the Orthodox faith.
11/3/20210
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Things Are Not Always As They Seem

In this week's podcast Fr. Stephen notes that things are not always as they seem. In our busy world we often only see things in a blur. We want things quickly. He notes that grace has a slowness about it and urges us to "be still" and "know" God.
11/3/20210
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Getting Saved in the Church

In this podcast, Fr. Stephen speaks about salvation and the Church in the Orthodox understanding. He states that: "the Church is what salvation looks like," and explains how the Tradition of the Church sees our salvation in Christ as something we work out in the context of the believing community rather than as mere individuals.
11/3/20210
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The Church in the One-Storey Universe

Fr. Stephen continues his series on the One-Storey Universe and looks at what it means for the Church. The Church is concrete and real. The "Fullness of Him that Filleth All in All" is not an abstraction or an "invisible" Church, but rather the very real Church established by Christ.
11/3/20210
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Struggling in a One-Storey Universe

Fr. Stephen describes the spiritual warfare that Christians are to engage in as a battle within the heart—which is where we find the very depths of heaven.
11/3/20210
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Time in a One-Storey Universe

Fr. Stephen continues his series on the modern world's division between things secular and things spiritual, showing that the Orthodox life should be lived not in a "two-storey" universe but in a "one-storey" universe. This talk looks at our modern understanding of time and how it runs counter to the Church's traditional understanding.
11/3/20210
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The Habit of Prayer

Fr. Stephen speaks this week about the "habit of prayer" and the understanding of prayer as communion with God.
11/3/20210
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The Truth of Ourselves

Fr. Stephen observes that the real truth of our lives before God is best found in our weaknesses rather than in our strengths.
11/3/20210
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The Passion to Consume

Fr. Stephen looks at the role the classical Christian passions play in our modern culture—how they shape what we think, how we feel, and many of the decisions we make—even on the unconscious level.
11/3/20210
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The Slow Road to Heaven - Why the Spiritual Life Doesn't “Work”

The Orthodox understanding of the spiritual life is unlike most things that we think about in our culture. There is not a "technique" that produces "results." Instead, it is a way of life. Fr. Stephen Freeman explores this understanding.
10/30/20210
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The Slow Road to Heaven - Why the Spiritual Life Doesn’t “Work”

The Orthodox understanding of the spiritual life is unlike most things that we think about in our culture. There is not a "technique" that produces "results." Instead, it is a way of life. Fr. Stephen Freeman explores this understanding.
10/30/202115 minutes, 59 seconds
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What To Do With What You Know

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the role of knowledge in our Orthodox faith, including the importance of what we do not know.
10/9/20210
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What To Do With What You Know

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the role of knowledge in our Orthodox faith, including the importance of what we do not know.
10/9/202114 minutes, 48 seconds
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Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

In the liturgy we pray that we have a "Christian ending to our life: painless, unashamed, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ." Father Stephen Freeman looks carefully at the true nature of that judgment seat. It might surprise you.
9/24/20210
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Before the Judgment Seat of Christ

In the liturgy we pray that we have a "Christian ending to our life: painless, unashamed, and peaceful; and a good defense before the dread judgment seat of Christ." Father Stephen Freeman looks carefully at the true nature of that judgment seat. It might surprise you.
9/24/202114 minutes, 47 seconds
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Humble and Meek and Middle Class Morality

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes some of the problems that arise when our morality is a "mere morality," marked only by our outward behavior rather than inward healing and transformation.
9/9/20210
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Humble and Meek and Middle Class Morality

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes some of the problems that arise when our morality is a "mere morality," marked only by our outward behavior rather than inward healing and transformation.
9/9/202118 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Cross and the Ring of Power

J.R.R. Tolkien had a number of critiques aimed at the abuses of our modern age. That same understanding can be seen in his fiction. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the Ring of Power and the mythology of our modern world and draws lessons that every good hobbit should know.
9/1/20210
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Literalism and the Other Word

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the notion of "allegory" as it is used in the New Testament and in the Orthodox worldview. He also considers the true nature of "literalism" and how we should understand it.
8/31/202119 minutes, 55 seconds
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At the Heart of the Capitol

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers thoughts on the place of the heart during our nation's struggles. Along with the example of St. John Chrysostom, he points us toward the role our own shame plays in the turmoil of our lives. There is a better way.
1/13/20210
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At the Heart of the Capitol

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers thoughts on the place of the heart during our nation's struggles. Along with the example of St. John Chrysostom, he points us toward the role our own shame plays in the turmoil of our lives. There is a better way.
1/13/202114 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Danger and Shame of Forgiveness

Fr. Stephen looks at the difficulties of forgiveness and what it is, exactly, that is being asked of us in Christ's commandments.
10/4/20200
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The Wound of Shame

Fr. Stephen continues this series of the experience of shame and looks particularly at how it can be driven by "global" statements.
10/4/20200
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When Chaos Ruled the World - Part 2

In these two podcasts, Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the theme of deliverance from chaos that is found buried in Old Testament texts and how it continues in the New. It is an important way of understanding Christ's teaching of the gospel.
9/9/20200
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When Chaos Ruled the World - Part 2

In these two podcasts, Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the theme of deliverance from chaos that is found buried in Old Testament texts and how it continues in the New. It is an important way of understanding Christ's teaching of the gospel.
9/9/202014 minutes, 12 seconds
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When Chaos Ruled the World - Part 1

In these two podcasts, Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the theme of deliverance from chaos that is found buried in Old Testament texts and how it continues in the New. It is an important way of understanding Christ's teaching of the gospel.
9/7/20200
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When Chaos Ruled the World - Part 1

In these two podcasts, Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the theme of deliverance from chaos that is found buried in Old Testament texts and how it continues in the New. It is an important way of understanding Christ's teaching of the gospel.
9/7/202014 minutes, 5 seconds
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Of Kings and Things and What Matters

We often imagine that kings and generals and great battles are the turning points of history. Fr. Stephen Freeman points us towards much smaller things and tells us why.
8/9/20200
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Of Kings and Things and What Matters

We often imagine that kings and generals and great battles are the turning points of history. Fr. Stephen Freeman points us towards much smaller things and tells us why.
7/25/202011 minutes, 12 seconds
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The End of History

Have you ever felt haunted by the past or trapped by things you could not change? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how history actually works in light of the Kingdom of God. This is truly good news!
6/6/20200
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Getting Saved on Star Trek

On Star Trek, the guys wearing the Red Shirts are expendable. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us there's a lot to think about in that.
5/7/20200
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Getting Saved on Star Trek

On Star Trek, the guys wearing the Red Shirts are expendable. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us there's a lot to think about in that.
5/7/202010 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Cross and the Ring of Power

J.R.R. Tolkien had a number of critiques aimed at the abuses of our modern age. That same understanding can be seen in his fiction. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the Ring of Power and the mythology of our modern world and draws lessons that every good hobbit should know.
4/2/202016 minutes, 4 seconds
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The End of Time Is Probably Not What You Think

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the end of time and how it is thought about in Orthodox theology. It is profoundly important in our every day life.
2/21/20200
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The End of History

Have you ever felt haunted by the past or trapped by things you could not change? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how history actually works in light of the Kingdom of God. This is truly good news!
2/21/202012 minutes, 31 seconds
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Be True to Yourself

Father Stephen Freeman tells us that the spiritual struggle in our life is not one of moral progress, forcing ourselves to behave better and better. Rather, it is the struggle to enter the depths of our lives and confront the truth - in the presence of Christ.
2/14/20200
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Be True to Yourself

Father Stephen Freeman tells us that the spiritual struggle in our life is not one of moral progress, forcing ourselves to behave better and better. Rather, it is the struggle to enter the depths of our lives and confront the truth - in the presence of Christ.
1/31/202011 minutes, 25 seconds
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Clothed in the Image

The clothing we wear, often with slogans and such, and other outward markings in our lives reflect a deeper spiritual need. The Scriptures speak of being "clothed with Christ." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at this in terms of covering our shame, and our growth in the image of Christ.
1/22/20200
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The Struggle Against the Normal Life

Much of what we mean when we say "normal" is nothing of the sort. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the clash of worldviews that surrounds us in our present day.
1/22/20200
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The Truth of the Soul

There is a distinction between our personality and what it means to be person. Fr. Stephen Freeman explains this in terms of the soul and offers very helpful thoughts on what awaits us in heaven.
1/22/20200
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The Greatness of a Lesser World

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on the thoughts of Thomas Hopko, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and GK Chesterton, all of whom speak of the value of smaller and more local things. He examines this within Orthodox thought as well.
1/22/20200
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The Poor, Debts and Your Enemies: Learning to Forgive

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the "burden" created by the emotional and spiritual debts of things that others have done to us and how they can be forgiven.
1/22/20200
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Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers

Elder Zacharias of Essex says that the "way of shame is the way of the Lord." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how our weakness is, in fact, the path of our salvation.
1/22/20200
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Hell, Justice and the Heart of Prayer

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the story of Abraham and the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as a means of understanding our prayers for the world.
1/22/20200
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The Sacrifice of Worship

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the meaning of Worship, as understood in the Scriptures and the Tradition, connecting it with the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, and Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in the New.
1/22/20200
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Goodness and a Word in Due Season

The truth of words is much deeper than the "facts" they may represent. A true word is found in the heart of God, and in our hearts when we dwell in God.
1/22/20200
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Shame in the Public Arena

From ancient Rome to the present, public shaming has been a means of controlled violence. What is the Christian place in all of this?
1/22/20200
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The Sins of Our Fathers - The Epigenetics of Shame

Much of the "baggage" we carry in our lives is something into which we were born. Understanding this and God's place in healing it is the subject of this talk by Fr. Stephen Freeman.
1/22/20200
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The Soul is a Mirror

Reflecting on his many podcasts and articles on shame, Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at its place in the soul.
1/22/20200
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The Healthy Shame at the Heart's Core

We tend to think of shame only in negative terms. However, there is such a thing as "healthy shame." It plays an essential role in awe and wonder and in the giving of thanks. Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some thoughts on this important aspect of our inner life.
1/22/20200
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You Were Created for Pascha

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the unique Gift that God gives us in Christ's Pascha: the revelation of our true self.
1/22/20200
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Look Who's Talking

The negative voice we hear in our head. Who is it that is talking? What does it mean? Where does it come from? Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some reflection on this noise.
1/22/20200
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Benedict in the Suburbs

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on Rod Dreher's book, The Benedict Option. He suggests that the virtues that shape our lives are largely formed in their context. How do we shape the parish for acquiring Christian virtues?
1/22/20200
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The Image of Unfallen Suffering

Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the the goodness of creation and the place that suffering holds within it - including a form of suffering that is not evil.
1/22/20200
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Getting to the Point

Fr. Stephen Freeman muses on the nature of English in our worship life, especially some of its problems. He points towards something beyond the words.
1/22/20200
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To Serve God

Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that the culture we live in teaches us to want "good service," to expect things to suit our desires. To serve God, however, requires something very different. Acceptance and thanksgiving are key components of the spiritual life.
1/22/20200
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You Are Not Alone, And Neither Is God

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the "conciliar" nature of God's actions and our response to Him in our lives. God delights in sharing His work with us.
1/22/20200
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Clothed in the Image

The clothing we wear, often with slogans and such, and other outward markings in our lives reflect a deeper spiritual need. The Scriptures speak of being "clothed with Christ." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at this in terms of covering our shame, and our growth in the image of Christ.
1/16/202013 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Struggle Against the Normal Life

Much of what we mean when we say "normal" is nothing of the sort. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the clash of worldviews that surrounds us in our present day.
1/10/202011 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Loneliness of Shame

The heart of loneliness is broken communion. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the roots of this rupture and its experience as shame.
12/27/20190
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The Erotic Language of Prayer

Fr. Stephen offers a meditation on the theme of desire and ecstasy in the writings of the Fathers, and its importance for the gospel.
12/27/20190
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The End of Time Is Probably Not What You Think

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the end of time and how it is thought about in Orthodox theology. It is profoundly important in our every day life.
11/2/201914 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Truth of the Soul

There is a distinction between our personality and what it means to be person. Fr. Stephen Freeman explains this in terms of the soul and offers very helpful thoughts on what awaits us in heaven.
10/11/201910 minutes, 22 seconds
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Get Your Soul Back

Why do the Scriptures speak so frequently about the soul? Is it the same as my personality? Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the meaning of soul and its importance in a psychologized society.
9/23/20190
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A Priest's Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body, and Your Brain

Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks from his own experience about depression, anxiety, and a 40-year battle with panic attacks. He sets these within the wisdom of the tradition and offers a way of understanding as well as some helpful ways of moving forward.
9/19/20190
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Get Your Soul Back

Why do the Scriptures speak so frequently about the soul? Is it the same as my personality? Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the meaning of soul and its importance in a psychologized society.
9/19/201912 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Greatness of a Lesser World

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on the thoughts of Thomas Hopko, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and GK Chesterton, all of whom speak of the value of smaller and more local things. He examines this within Orthodox thought as well.
7/17/201919 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Poor, Debts and Your Enemies: Learning to Forgive

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the "burden" created by the emotional and spiritual debts of things that others have done to us and how they can be forgiven.
7/15/20198 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Secular Mind Versus the Whole Heart

Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses the right relationship between the mind and the body. You might be surprised.
5/22/20190
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The Secular Mind Versus the Whole Heart

Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses the right relationship between the mind and the body. You might be surprised.
5/4/201915 minutes, 51 seconds
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A Priest’s Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body, and Your Brain

Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks from his own experience about depression, anxiety, and a 40-year battle with panic attacks. He sets these within the wisdom of the tradition and offers a way of understanding as well as some helpful ways of moving forward.
3/21/201923 minutes, 10 seconds
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Saving My Neighbor

Just how connected are we? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the classical understanding of human connectedness and what it means for our salvation.
3/15/20190
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Giving Thanks for All Things: The Cruciform Life

When we give thanks to God, particularly in difficult times, Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us we unite ourselves with the Cross of Christ.
3/15/20190
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Giving Thanks for All Things: The Cruciform Life

When we give thanks to God, particularly in difficult times, Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us we unite ourselves with the Cross of Christ.
2/4/201914 minutes, 40 seconds
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Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers

Elder Zacharias of Essex says that the "way of shame is the way of the Lord." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how our weakness is, in fact, the path of our salvation.
2/2/20199 minutes, 28 seconds
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Saving My Neighbor

Just how connected are we? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the classical understanding of human connectedness and what it means for our salvation.
12/22/201816 minutes, 18 seconds
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Hell, Justice and the Heart of Prayer

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the story of Abraham and the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as a means of understanding our prayers for the world.
12/12/201811 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Sacrifice of Worship

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the meaning of Worship, as understood in the Scriptures and the Tradition, connecting it with the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, and Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in the New.
10/30/201813 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Community We All Need

Community is rooted in a mutual need, and so depends on our weakness. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that this is God's intention for the Church.
10/4/201811 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Loneliness of Shame

The heart of loneliness is broken communion. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the roots of this rupture and its experience as shame.
7/14/201812 minutes, 48 seconds
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Goodness and a Word in Due Season

The truth of words is much deeper than the "facts" they may represent. A true word is found in the heart of God, and in our hearts when we dwell in God.
7/3/201813 minutes, 3 seconds
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Shame in the Public Arena

From ancient Rome to the present, public shaming has been a means of controlled violence. What is the Christian place in all of this?
7/1/20189 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Sins of Our Fathers - The Epigenetics of Shame

Much of the "baggage" we carry in our lives is something into which we were born. Understanding this and God's place in healing it is the subject of this talk by Fr. Stephen Freeman.
6/9/201810 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Soul is a Mirror

Reflecting on his many podcasts and articles on shame, Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at its place in the soul.
6/7/20189 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Healthy Shame at the Heart’s Core

We tend to think of shame only in negative terms. However, there is such a thing as "healthy shame." It plays an essential role in awe and wonder and in the giving of thanks. Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some thoughts on this important aspect of our inner life.
5/10/201813 minutes, 22 seconds
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Comfort to a Child - Speaking Peace to Shame

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some insight on dealing with the dark thoughts that often fill our minds.
4/18/20180
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You Were Created for Pascha

Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the unique Gift that God gives us in Christ's Pascha: the revelation of our true self.
4/14/20188 minutes, 42 seconds
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Comfort to a Child - Speaking Peace to Shame

Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some insight on dealing with the dark thoughts that often fill our minds.
4/1/20188 minutes, 38 seconds
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Look Who’s Talking

The negative voice we hear in our head. Who is it that is talking? What does it mean? Where does it come from? Fr. Stephen Freeman offers some reflection on this noise.
3/10/201811 minutes, 52 seconds
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Benedict in the Suburbs

Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on Rod Dreher's book, The Benedict Option. He suggests that the virtues that shape our lives are largely formed in their context. How do we shape the parish for acquiring Christian virtues?
3/6/201817 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Image of Unfallen Suffering

Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the the goodness of creation and the place that suffering holds within it - including a form of suffering that is not evil.
2/12/201818 minutes, 3 seconds
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Getting to the Point

Fr. Stephen Freeman muses on the nature of English in our worship life, especially some of its problems. He points towards something beyond the words.
2/7/201810 minutes, 32 seconds
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To Serve God

Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that the culture we live in teaches us to want "good service," to expect things to suit our desires. To serve God, however, requires something very different. Acceptance and thanksgiving are key components of the spiritual life.
2/3/20188 minutes, 57 seconds
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That Thing You Do - Right Worship

Father Stephen Freeman argues that the near-unchanging shape of the Liturgy is part of the "givenness" of our lives. Like many other things in the Orthodox faith, it imparts a stability. Learning to embrace this is important.
1/31/20180
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That Thing You Do - Right Worship

Father Stephen Freeman argues that the near-unchanging shape of the Liturgy is part of the "givenness" of our lives. Like many other things in the Orthodox faith, it imparts a stability. Learning to embrace this is important.
1/27/201812 minutes, 6 seconds
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You Are Not Alone, And Neither Is God

Fr. Stephen Freeman describes the "conciliar" nature of God's actions and our response to Him in our lives. God delights in sharing His work with us.
1/20/20187 minutes, 5 seconds
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Justice, Forgiveness, and Bearing a Little Shame

With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a series in which he looks at the reality of shame and its place in our emotional and spiritual lives. He introduces us to the teaching of the Elder Sophrony that we must learn to "bear a little shame."
12/5/20170
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No Opinions Needed

Fr. Stephen looks at the role of the passions in the formation of the modern soul. There is a better way to live.
11/21/20170
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Christmas Throughout the Ages

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on the daily consequences of the "Word made flesh" and suggests ways that we might live Christmas every day of our lives.
11/10/20170
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An Atonement of Shame

Fr. Stephen continues his thoughts on the topic of shame—looking at its place in Christ's death on the Cross.
8/14/20170
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An Atonement of Shame

Fr. Stephen continues his thoughts on the topic of shame—looking at its place in Christ's death on the Cross.
8/4/201713 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Danger and Shame of Forgiveness

Fr. Stephen looks at the difficulties of forgiveness and what it is, exactly, that is being asked of us in Christ's commandments.
6/23/20177 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Wound of Shame

Fr. Stephen continues this series of the experience of shame and looks particularly at how it can be driven by "global" statements.
6/9/201711 minutes, 20 seconds
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Old Friends

The spiritual life values being old and gives lessons to the young.
6/4/20170
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Justice, Forgiveness, and Bearing a Little Shame

With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a series in which he looks at the reality of shame and its place in our emotional and spiritual lives. He introduces us to the teaching of the Elder Sophrony that we must learn to "bear a little shame."
5/31/201714 minutes, 24 seconds
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Old Friends

The spiritual life values being old and gives lessons to the young.
5/24/20178 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Marriage of Love and Hate

Fr. Stephen reflects on the complexity of the human heart through the work of Dostoevsky.
11/29/20160
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We Will Not Make the World a Better Place

Fr. Stephen looks at one of the most treasured notions of the modern world.
11/29/20160
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The Marriage of Love and Hate

Fr. Stephen reflects on the complexity of the human heart through the work of Dostoevsky.
11/25/201611 minutes, 34 seconds
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We Will Not Make the World a Better Place

Fr. Stephen looks at one of the most treasured notions of the modern world.
11/8/201615 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Erotic Language of Prayer

Fr. Stephen offers a meditation on the theme of desire and ecstasy in the writings of the Fathers, and its importance for the gospel.
11/5/201613 minutes, 40 seconds
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Legal Problems

Fr. Stephen examines the use of legal imagery and the problems it causes when we try to apply it to our relationship with God. Instead, he looks at the language of "being" used in the Fathers.
5/23/20160
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Legal Problems

Fr. Stephen examines the use of legal imagery and the problems it causes when we try to apply it to our relationship with God. Instead, he looks at the language of "being" used in the Fathers.
5/20/201616 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Song of a Good Creation

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on the providence of God—His will working good for us all despite what we may see or think.
2/1/20160
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A Particular Scandal

Fr. Stephen explains how God is the Ultimate Particular, not "God in General," and what this means for our lives.
1/30/20160
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The Song of a Good Creation

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on the providence of God—His will working good for us all despite what we may see or think.
1/12/201610 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Particular Scandal

Fr. Stephen explains how God is the Ultimate Particular, not "God in General," and what this means for our lives.
12/10/201510 minutes, 1 second
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Making Known the Mystery

In this podcast, Fr. Stephen contrasts the “literal” reading of Scripture with the practice of the Orthodox Church, in which we seek to discern the “mystery hidden from all the ages.”
12/9/20150
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Making Known the Mystery

In this podcast, Fr. Stephen contrasts the “literal” reading of Scripture with the practice of the Orthodox Church, in which we seek to discern the “mystery hidden from all the ages.”
12/4/201515 minutes, 59 seconds
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Male and Female - Part Three

Fr. Stephen completes his short series on the true meaning of male and female in Orthodox teaching.
12/1/20150
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Male and Female - Part Three

Fr. Stephen completes his short series on the true meaning of male and female in Orthodox teaching.
11/30/201510 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Soul as Mystery

Fr. Stephen looks at the human soul and what it means that it is a mystery—known to God—but not fully known to us.
11/6/20150
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Male and Female - Part Two

In part two of this three part talk on male and female, Fr. Stephen looks at the "hidden" character of this aspect of our lives.
8/27/20150
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Male and Female - Part Two

In part two of this three part talk on male and female, Fr. Stephen looks at the "hidden" character of this aspect of our lives.
8/21/201511 minutes, 30 seconds
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Whose Psyche Is It?

Is the me in my head, the voice that rattles on, the same thing as my soul? What is my identity in Christ?
8/19/20150
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Male and Female Created He Them – Part One

This podcast is part one of three where Fr. Stephen explores the topic of Orthodoxy and our sexual/gendered existence.
8/1/20150
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Male and Female Created He Them – Part One

This podcast is part one of three where Fr. Stephen explores the topic of Orthodoxy and our sexual/gendered existence.
7/31/201515 minutes, 31 seconds
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Grace and the Psychology of God

Does God have feelings? Can we influence how he feels? Fr. Stephen looks carefully at the theology of grace and the idea of the psychology of God.
7/14/20150
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Whose Psyche Is It?

Is the me in my head, the voice that rattles on, the same thing as my soul? What is my identity in Christ?
6/20/201510 minutes, 50 seconds
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Grace and the Psychology of God

Does God have feelings? Can we influence how he feels? Fr. Stephen looks carefully at the theology of grace and the idea of the psychology of God.
6/5/201512 minutes, 25 seconds
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Finding the God Within

St. Paul describes the mystery of the faith as: Christ within us, the hope of glory. Fr. Stephen looks at the meaning of God in us and the life of grace.
5/9/20150
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No Opinions Needed

Fr. Stephen looks at the role of the passions in the formation of the modern soul. There is a better way to live.
5/5/20158 minutes, 19 seconds
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Finding the God Within

St. Paul describes the mystery of the faith as: Christ within us, the hope of glory. Fr. Stephen looks at the meaning of God in us and the life of grace.
5/2/20158 minutes, 44 seconds
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Evolution, Creation, and the Hidden Cause

Fr. Stephen reflects on the hidden nature of God's work.
4/5/20150
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With Envy and Justice for All

Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of envy and its deep connections with ideas of justice.
4/5/20150
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The Modern Vocation

The frightful pressure felt by the young as they struggle to find their vocation is deeply enmeshed in the Modern Project. Fr. Stephen looks at those expectations as well as the true vocation of Christians.
4/5/20150
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A Modern Conversion

Continuing his series on the "Modern Project," Fr. Stephen looks at the role "choice" plays in the modern world and contrasts that with older disciplines in the Christian life.
4/5/20150
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The Modern Project

With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a small series of reflections on the character of the modern world and the particular difficulties it presents to the Orthodox faith.
4/5/20150
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The Final Destruction of Demons

Fr. Stephen uses the language of Baptism to describe the "mystical reality" of the Christian life.
4/5/20150
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The Fire of Christmas

Christ is the fire of God that comes among us. May He burn brightly in our hearts!
4/5/20150
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My Daddy's Demon

Fr. Stephen looks at the connectedness of our lives: of our sin and of our salvation.
4/5/20150
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Beyond a Purpose-Driven Life

How do we lose God in the midst of our plans? How can we keep Him?
4/5/20150
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Get Out of Your Mind

Are "mental" and "spiritual" the same thing? Fr. Stephen looks at how modern misunderstandings of the spiritual life can distort our Orthodox practices.
4/5/20150
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No Wedding Vows

Fr. Stephen notes that in an Orthodox wedding, there are no wedding vows. This stands in stark contrast to the central place vows hold in Western tradition. He suggests that the West has come to think of marriage as a "contract" between two people while the Orthodox Church thinks of it as a "union." The difference is important.
4/5/20150
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How the Church Reads the Church

People, regardless of their background, sometimes fall into arguments about the Scripture. Fr. Stephen looks at why the Orthodox need to avoid such arguments and explains how the Orthodox should rightly read the Word of God.
4/5/20150
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History, Post-Modernism, and Orthodoxy

Fr. Stephen speaks at length about the place of Orthodoxy within the modern world. Orthodox history is unknown to most Americans but has something to say to them and to help them in the healing of their own culture.
4/5/20150
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Do You Hate Your Father?

Fr. Stephen looks at several of Christ's difficult sayings and what they mean. Why is it permissible to call a priest "Father"?
4/5/20150
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Everything is in Motion

Fr. Stephen offers a meditation on the Father's understanding that everything is in motion. What does this mean for the direction of our lives?
4/5/20150
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Justice Enough?

The desire for justice is infinite - because such a desire is one of the passions. Fr. Stephen looks at the problems created by wrong thinking on the topic of justice.
4/5/20150
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Life in a Sacramental World

Fr. Stephen looks at our role as "priests of creation" in a world understood as sacrament.
4/5/20150
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The Sacrament of the Heart

"The whole world is a sacrament," according to Patriarch Bartholomew. Fr. Stephen explores what this means as he examines the Eucharist in the Scriptures.
4/5/20150
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Rational Sheep and the Word of God

When the Church's hymns describe us as "rational sheep," what does it mean? Fr. Stephen offers this meditation on language and humanity. Language is part of our deepest nature - and it is a reflection of God.
4/5/20150
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Speaking to the Heart

Fr. Stephen completes his series on the true and false self, with thoughts on how we can go about "speaking to the heart."
4/5/20150
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Evangelism and the Ego

In his recent series on the true and false self, Fr. Stephen looks at evangelism of the heart.
4/5/20150
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Yet Not I

Fr. Stephen continues to look at issues between the false self and our true life in Christ.
4/5/20150
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The Death of the Moral Man

Fr. Stephen continues with the topic of the battle between the true self and the false self, looking this week at what it means to be "moral."
4/5/20150
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The True Self and the Story of Me

The true self is "hid with Christ in God," St. Paul tells us. What then is the "self" that we live with every day? Fr. Stephen looks at how we create our own identity and how we should seek our true self in Christ.
4/5/20150
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A Secular Death

Our modern world is increasingly finding ways to avoid the uncomfortable reality of death. Orthodoxy faces death directly and sees within it the triumph of Christ and His affirmation of His good creation.
4/5/20150
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The Invisible Christian

One of the temptations of our secular age is the public drive to make religious faith a "private" matter. Fr. Stephen looks at this tension within our culture and the importance of the Christian public response.
4/5/20150
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The Disappointment of Religion

Our feelings and desires are trained by our culture to seek satisfaction. In our spiritual life, we often need to learn how to be disappointed. Fr. Stephen looks at the "disappointment of religion."
4/5/20150
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To Know What You Cannot Know

The goal of the Christian life is true knowledge of God (Jn. 17:3). Fr. Stephen speaks about the mysterious character of this knowledge.
4/5/20150
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The Secret Life

What is the soul? Fr. Stephen speaks about the "secret life" and the mystery of our selves.
4/5/20150
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The Christian Crisis

Fr. Stephen speaks about the crisis of a "Churchless" Christianity
4/5/20150
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Smashing Icons

On the first Sunday of Great Lent, Orthodox Christians celebrate the return of icons to the Churches. Fr. Stephen looks at the spirit of icon smashing that occasionally infects Christians and various political movements and contrasts it with the spirit of authentic Christianity.
4/5/20150
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The Sacrament of Mercy

God engages our world in concrete, practical ways. These "sacraments" are a means of sharing in the Divine Life. Fr. Stephen speaks about the "sacrament" of mercy.
4/5/20150
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The Song of God

St. Gregory of Nyssa speaks of man both as singer and song. Fr. Stephen explores how we are the "song of God."
4/5/20150
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Waking Up

Drawing on a passage from the writings of the Elder Sophrony, Fr. Stephen looks at the spiritual importance of "waking up." St. Paul reminds us, "Arise, O Sleeper, awake from the dead..."
4/5/20150
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Forty Days Before Christmas - Why We Fast

Fr. Stephen looks at the very heart of fasting—not the foods, not the 'how to's'—but why we fast.
4/5/20150
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“The Great Cloud of Witnesses”

Fr. Stephen looks at the meaning of the "Great Cloud of Witnesses" whom St. Paul describes as surrounding us as we go about the struggle of the Christian life.
4/5/20150
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In the Shadow of Death

Fr. Stephen, having experienced a time of grief in the loss of his father, writes about the faith of Pascha and what it is to which we should look as we await our reunion with those we love.
4/5/20150
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The Unnecessary God

Fr. Stephen looks at what it means to live in a relationship of love and freedom, and the problems it creates for our ideas of what is and is not necessary.
4/5/20150
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The Unknown God

Fr. Stephen focuses on what we mean when we say, "I know God," and what we do not mean. We must know God - it is our salvation - but what does it mean?
4/5/20150
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Choice, Existence, and God

Fr. Stephen considers what it means to be a "convert" to the Orthodox faith within the context of modern American culture.
4/5/20150
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Getting Past Religion

Fr. Stephen suggests that the heart of our faith and our relationship with God can be found more quickly in such things as music and beauty. We often seek to substitute language about religious doctrine in the place of these more primary expressions of our Christian life.
4/5/20150
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The Things We All Share

Fr. Stephen speaks about the concept of anadoche - the spiritual communion and responsibility we have in one another's lives.
4/5/20150
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The Hard Reality of the Kingdom of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the teaching of Christ on love for enemies and sets it in its proper spiritual context.
4/5/20150
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The Exchange that Awaits Us

Fr. Stephen speaks about the difference between feast days as mere events of the calendar and the reality of the Kingdom of God that awaits us in the Feasts.
4/5/20150
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The Temptations of Church

Fr. Stephen examines what it means that the Church is the nexus of the crucified Christ's love.
4/5/20150
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The Scandal of Salvation

Fr. Stephen looks at particular points within the gospel teaching that are sometimes "scandalous," that is a "rock of stumbling" for believers. He examines how important these points are and how essential for our salvation.
4/5/20150
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Living In-Between

Many efforts are made to convince modern Christians that they live "in between" Christ's first coming and His second - and that this "in between" period is somehow different and requires new understandings of the gospel. Fr. Stephen refutes this false understanding and describes where it is we now live.
4/5/20150
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You Never Pray Alone

Human beings have their true existence only in communion with God. Our prayer is also a communion - both with God and the whole Church.
4/5/20150
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Why Would Anyone Want to Forgive an Enemy?

The forgiveness of enemies is a commandment of Christ and yet something we find almost impossible to do? Why has Christ asked such a thing of us?
4/5/20150
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Now That We Have Come to the End of the World

Fr. Stephen looks at the implications for the "end of the world" found in Christ's preaching and incarnation, and what they mean for us.
4/5/20150
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Mere Existence and the Age to Come

What is it that we hope for? Fr. Stephen suggests that there is a true life that can only be had in Christ - which is far more than mere existence.
4/5/20150
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Existence and Truth

Fr. Stephen examines the association between existence and truth as set forth in the work of a number of modern Orthodox writers, as well as the Fathers.
4/5/20150
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Knowing What We Do Not Know

To know God is the essence of the Christian life according to Scripture - though how we know God is sometimes difficult to describe. Fr. Stephen looks at the moment of hesitation with the words "nevertheless" and "and yet" and the room they provide for such knowledge to be acquired.
4/5/20150
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The Tree Heals the Tree

The use of allegory within the Scriptures and the hymns of the Church provides this meditation on how, in Christ, nothing is wasted.
4/5/20150
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Treasure in a Box

Fr. Stephen uses the image of a treasure in a box to describe the problems of a purely "historical" approach to the Christian faith.
4/5/20150
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Time and History

Returning to a topic that is often mentioned on Glory to God, Fr. Stephen suggests that Christianity is not just a "historical" religion, but something far more.
4/5/20150
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Giving and Receiving

Human beings were created to offer all of creation up to God in an act of thanksgiving. Fr. Stephen explores this life of praise.
4/5/20150
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The Double Mystery of the Cross

Reflecting on a sermon of St. Gregory Palamas, Fr. Stephen looks at the significance of the Cross as reflected in the writings of the fathers.
4/5/20150
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You Are Not a TV Show

Our digitalized world has created what we now call "virtual reality." The reality that we are called to know is not a construct of our own imagination, but the truth of ourselves as found in Christ.
4/5/20150
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The Mystery of Goodness

What does it mean to be good? Fr. Stephen speaks about the mystery of goodness and how it is only known in Christ.
4/5/20150
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To Tell the Truth

Fr. Stephen looks at telling the truth as a matter that goes to the heart of our true existence.
4/5/20150
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The Crisis of Religion

Fr. Stephen reflects on a few quotes from Fr. Alexander Schmemann's For the Life of the World - and the crisis of secularism in which we live.
4/5/20150
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The Price of the Liturgy

A meditation on the words of Elder Sophrony, "Our lives are an endless martyrdom," gives rise to thoughts on the true character of the liturgy.
4/5/20150
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A Secular Communion

Fr. Stephen looks at the pressures created by our secular culture, particularly how they affect our communion with God.
4/5/20150
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Hidden Saints

Fr. Stephen looks at the "hidden saints" and the hiddenness of our life with God.
4/5/20150
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Within a Mandorla

Fr. Stephen looks at one of the unique features found in several icons to explore how the Scripture treats these same events. Icons and Scripture carry us much deeper than mere literalism.
4/5/20150
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Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies

Fr. Stephen looks at the importance of understanding our relationship with God as involving all of who and what we are and not reducing our relationship to a set of ideas.
4/5/20150
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Praying for the World

Numerous elders of the Orthodox Church speak about the common responsibility for sin that we share through our humility and love for one another. Fr. Stephen examines how this can be so.
4/5/20150
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Making Choices

Our culture champions our ability to choose. Fr. Stephen suggests that choices are not quite as central in our lives as we imagine.
4/5/20150
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The Mystery of Pascha

Fr. Stephen looks at the timeless and eternal aspects of the feast of Pascha and how it effects our daily lives.
4/5/20150
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The Weakness of Man

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on how it is we are saved in our weakness rather than our strength.
4/5/20150
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Publicans and Harlots and the Last Banquet

Fr. Stephen looks at the image of Christ with the unrighteous gathered around Him and recalls a famous passage in Dostoevsky.
4/5/20150
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Redeeming the Time

Fr. Stephen speaks about "redeeming the time" through the constant remembrance of the name of God.
4/5/20150
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Just a Shell

Fr. Stephen looks at the proper Othodox understanding of the relation between soul and body and some of the distortions of our modern culture.
4/5/20150
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The Instinct of Repentance

Fr. Stephen contrasts the Scriptural understanding of repentance with many of the modern misunderstandings that crowd our world and suggests ways that our hearts may learn the "instinct" of repentance.
4/5/20150
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Looking for Self in all the Wrong Places

There is a modern construct of the self that is something of a delusion. Fr. Stephen speaks about our true life "that is hidden with Christ in God" as taught by St. Paul.
4/5/20150
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The Existence of God

Fr. Stephen offers a reflection on what it means to say that "God exists."
4/5/20150
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The Opacity of Sin

Sin is opaque - it does not allow the light of God to enter and be reflected from our lives. Fr. Stephen looks at the work of God's light within our lives and suggests ways in which we may understand our relationship with God through what the Scripture says about light and darkness.
4/5/20150
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To Remember God

The simplest and sometimes most difficult task of the Christian life is to remember God: always, everywhere and at all times. Fr. Stephen looks at this simple practice that lies at the heart of the Orthodox faith.
4/5/20150
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Having Then Gifts Differing

It is something of a commonplace for modern Christians to think about their "ministry" and place within the Church. Fr. Stephen looks at this idea in the light of Tradition and offers a different approach.
4/5/20150
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What the Heart Reveals

The heart can see what the eye cannot and can take this unseen things into itself. Fr. Stephen looks at the possibility of joy even when the eye sees nothing joyful.
4/5/20150
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The Treasures of the Heart

Every day we contribute to the "treasure of our heart," for good or evil. Fr. Stephen looks at this and suggests how to nurture the good within our heart.
4/5/20150
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The Good Confession

In these brief remarks on this Thanksgiving weekend, Fr. Stephen looks at the essential Christian confession of thanks, "God is good."
4/5/20150
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To Believe the Truth

What do the Scriptures ask of us when they speak of "believing?" Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of true believing and its importance for our lives.
4/4/20150
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I Don't Know About That

If you have ever felt like the right words in an argument simply won't come, perhaps you should read these thoughts.
4/4/20150
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The Argument

Fr. Stephen shares two stories from the lives of the desert fathers and offers reflections. The grace of God given to us in forgiveness and the Spirit of peace involve the healing of the soul.
4/4/20150
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Poor in Spirit

What does Christ mean when He says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven?" Fr. Stephen looks at this familiar verse in the context of St. Paul's teaching on weakness and necessity.
4/4/20150
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Knowledge of God

The Orthodox faith is grounded in the experience of knowing God. Fr. Stephen looks at the boundaries of such knowledge and simple path to such knowledge given to us in the Tradition of the Church.
4/4/20150
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The Theology of the Image

Fr. Stephen reflects on the "theology of the image," particularly its importance in St. Paul.
4/4/20150
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The Icon as Truth

Fr. Stephen looks at how it is possible to distort an icon and how the distortions within our own hearts affect what we see.
4/4/20150
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Icons and Words

Fr. Stephen looks at language and how it can be seen as an icon, serving as a "Window to Heaven."
4/4/20150
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Is the World Literal or Iconic?

How we see the world has much to do with our capacity for wonder. Is what we see all there is—or does it point to something beyond itself?
4/4/20150
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Doctrine and Opinion

Fr. Stephen looks at how the teaching of the Church differs from opinion and the process of argument. Doctrine is a "verbal icon of Christ."
4/4/20150
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Prayer - A Personal Thing

Fr. Stephen reflects on the meaning of Dostoevsky's statement, "Each man is responsible for the sins of everyone," and its meaning for prayer.
4/4/20150
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The Face of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the deep importance that Christ as the "image of God" carries for our faith and how that image teaches us about the nature of all images.
4/4/20150
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The Last Battle

Fr. Stephen suggests that the truly great things are those that are most hidden from our sight - and that the last battle may be fought in the silence of a human heart.
4/4/20150
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Speaking with Authority

Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of authority and its root in the reality of the Cross.
4/4/20150
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In the Grasp of Wonder

Fr. Stephen looks at the role wonder should play in the Christian life.
4/4/20150
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The Chief of Sinners

Fr. Stephen looks at what it means to be the "chief of sinners" and the solidarity Christ has with us—even in our sin.
4/4/20150
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Prayer as Communion

Fr. Stephen speaks on prayer as an aspect of our participation in the life of God, taking it from words spoken to a presence shared.
4/4/20150
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Salvation in a Cloud of Witnesses

Fr. Stephen looks at the difference between individual salvation and personal salvation and the deep importance found in the distinction.
4/3/20150
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The Longest Liturgy

Fr. Stephen speaks about the "liturgy of the heart" as the longest liturgy of all and the true nature of worship.
4/3/20150
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Bowing in Bethlehem

Father Stephen looks at the history and architecture of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and draws lessons for our own humility.
3/24/20150
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The Smallness of God

Fr. Stephen turns our thoughts during this week of the Nativity to the "smallness" of God. God has come to save us through His "weakness" as St. Paul says and invites us to share in that humility.
3/24/20150
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Sitting in a Cave

Fr. Stephen reflects on the monastic cave in which St. John of Damascus dwelt and compares it to the "cave" of our heart.
3/24/20150
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The Role of Icons

Fr. Stephen talks about the importance of icons in our modern world - helping us to see and understand clearly the truth of creation and God.
3/24/20150
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The Agent of Change

Fr. Stephen looks at the Christian understanding of power and the marvelous works of God. God's power is utterly unlike that of the world.
3/24/20150
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Cynicism and the Goodness of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the problems presented by cynicism for belief in God. Worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God are very different things.
3/24/20150
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The Normal Course of Things

Fr. Stephen contrasts what we think of as "normal" with the vision of the Christian life described in Scripture and the Orthodox faith.
3/24/20150
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The Voice of Creation

Fr. Stephen looks at creation and its "voice" as described in Old and New Testament and sees what it means for our realtionship with the world around us.
3/24/20150
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Cultures of Remembrance

Fr. Stephen speaks of the Church as a culture of remembrance—not of a dead past—but of death trampling down death.
3/24/20150
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Remembrance

Fr. Stephen speaks of the power of remembrance—both the remembrance of wrongs done to us and the remembrance of God. He speaks of how it is that the remembrance of God alone establishes us in the Truth.
3/24/20150
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Me, You, and the Other Guy

The strange relationship of prosperity and piety.
3/24/20150
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How Simple Should Christianity Be?

Despite a drive to simplify everything - Fr. Stephen contends that Orthodoxy describes not a simplicity but a fullness of life and invites into that fullness and not just a small religious corner.
3/24/20150
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Truth and Existence: the Consequences

Fr. Stephen looks at last week's podcast on truth and existence and the impact it should have on how we live.
3/24/20150
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Truth and Existence

Fr. Stephen looks at the Orthodox connection made between truth and our existence and what it means for our life.
3/24/20150
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Humility - The Only Path Forward for Orthodoxy

Fr. Stephen looks at the virtue of humility and its place in the life of Orthodox Christianity, suggesting that it is our only path towards union with God.
3/24/20150
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Healing the Heart

This week, Fr. Stephen focuses on the healing of the heart as the most essential work in our spiritual lives.
3/24/20150
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The Paradox of Prayer and the Revelation of Beauty

Fr. Stephen speaks about the paradox of prayer and the personal character it has in our life as well as the personal character of beauty and the resolution of all paradox.
3/24/20150
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In the Last Days

Fr. Stephen reflects both on his own generation's fascination with the "last days" and with much of modern Christianity's fascination with the same. He argues that Orthodox Christians should focus on Christ in the Eucharist who is the "One Who Is To Come."
3/24/20150
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The Consequences of a Full Faith

In this podcast Fr. Stephen looks at the implications involved in living the "Fullness" of the Faith, as taught by the Orthodox Church.
3/24/20150
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The Secret Place of the Most High God

Fr. Stephen explores the importance of holy places both in the temple and in the heart.
3/24/20150
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Evolution, Creation, and the Hidden Cause

Fr. Stephen reflects on the hidden nature of God's work.
12/6/201411 minutes, 51 seconds
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With Envy and Justice for All

Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of envy and its deep connections with ideas of justice.
11/29/20147 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Modern Vocation

The frightful pressure felt by the young as they struggle to find their vocation is deeply enmeshed in the Modern Project. Fr. Stephen looks at those expectations as well as the true vocation of Christians.
7/13/20149 minutes, 47 seconds
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A Modern Conversion

Continuing his series on the "Modern Project," Fr. Stephen looks at the role "choice" plays in the modern world and contrasts that with older disciplines in the Christian life.
5/23/201413 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Modern Project

With this podcast, Fr. Stephen begins a small series of reflections on the character of the modern world and the particular difficulties it presents to the Orthodox faith.
3/12/201414 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Final Destruction of Demons

Fr. Stephen uses the language of Baptism to describe the "mystical reality" of the Christian life.
1/8/201410 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Fire of Christmas

Christ is the fire of God that comes among us. May He burn brightly in our hearts!
12/23/20134 minutes, 53 seconds
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Beyond a Purpose-Driven Life

How do we lose God in the midst of our plans? How can we keep Him?
11/10/20135 minutes, 30 seconds
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My Daddy’s Demon

Fr. Stephen looks at the connectedness of our lives: of our sin and of our salvation.
11/7/20137 minutes, 46 seconds
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Get Out of Your Mind

Are "mental" and "spiritual" the same thing? Fr. Stephen looks at how modern misunderstandings of the spiritual life can distort our Orthodox practices.
10/9/201310 minutes
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No Wedding Vows

Fr. Stephen notes that in an Orthodox wedding, there are no wedding vows. This stands in stark contrast to the central place vows hold in Western tradition. He suggests that the West has come to think of marriage as a "contract" between two people while the Orthodox Church thinks of it as a "union." The difference is important.
10/5/201311 minutes, 39 seconds
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How the Church Reads the Church

People, regardless of their background, sometimes fall into arguments about the Scripture. Fr. Stephen looks at why the Orthodox need to avoid such arguments and explains how the Orthodox should rightly read the Word of God.
6/4/201316 minutes, 44 seconds
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History, Post-Modernism, and Orthodoxy

Fr. Stephen speaks at length about the place of Orthodoxy within the modern world. Orthodox history is unknown to most Americans but has something to say to them and to help them in the healing of their own culture.
4/25/201324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Do You Hate Your Father?

Fr. Stephen looks at several of Christ's difficult sayings and what they mean. Why is it permissible to call a priest "Father"?
4/9/201311 minutes, 18 seconds
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Everything is in Motion

Fr. Stephen offers a meditation on the Father's understanding that everything is in motion. What does this mean for the direction of our lives?
3/9/20137 minutes, 40 seconds
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Justice Enough?

The desire for justice is infinite - because such a desire is one of the passions. Fr. Stephen looks at the problems created by wrong thinking on the topic of justice.
3/3/201311 minutes, 47 seconds
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Life in a Sacramental World

Fr. Stephen looks at our role as "priests of creation" in a world understood as sacrament.
2/25/201312 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Sacrament of the Heart

"The whole world is a sacrament," according to Patriarch Bartholomew. Fr. Stephen explores what this means as he examines the Eucharist in the Scriptures.
1/28/201313 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rational Sheep and the Word of God

When the Church's hymns describe us as "rational sheep," what does it mean? Fr. Stephen offers this meditation on language and humanity. Language is part of our deepest nature - and it is a reflection of God.
12/14/201210 minutes, 5 seconds
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Speaking to the Heart

Fr. Stephen completes his series on the true and false self, with thoughts on how we can go about "speaking to the heart."
12/11/20128 minutes, 45 seconds
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Evangelism and the Ego

In his recent series on the true and false self, Fr. Stephen looks at evangelism of the heart.
12/6/20128 minutes, 47 seconds
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Yet Not I

Fr. Stephen continues to look at issues between the false self and our true life in Christ.
11/20/201215 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Death of the Moral Man

Fr. Stephen continues with the topic of the battle between the true self and the false self, looking this week at what it means to be "moral."
10/22/201211 minutes, 21 seconds
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The True Self and the Story of Me

The true self is "hid with Christ in God," St. Paul tells us. What then is the "self" that we live with every day? Fr. Stephen looks at how we create our own identity and how we should seek our true self in Christ.
10/10/201212 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Secular Death

Our modern world is increasingly finding ways to avoid the uncomfortable reality of death. Orthodoxy faces death directly and sees within it the triumph of Christ and His affirmation of His good creation.
9/26/20128 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Invisible Christian

One of the temptations of our secular age is the public drive to make religious faith a "private" matter. Fr. Stephen looks at this tension within our culture and the importance of the Christian public response.
9/1/201213 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Disappointment of Religion

Our feelings and desires are trained by our culture to seek satisfaction. In our spiritual life, we often need to learn how to be disappointed. Fr. Stephen looks at the "disappointment of religion."
7/1/20129 minutes, 21 seconds
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To Know What You Cannot Know

The goal of the Christian life is true knowledge of God (Jn. 17:3). Fr. Stephen speaks about the mysterious character of this knowledge.
6/1/20127 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Secret Life

What is the soul? Fr. Stephen speaks about the "secret life" and the mystery of our selves.
5/21/20126 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Christian Crisis

Fr. Stephen speaks about the crisis of a "Churchless" Christianity
4/25/20128 minutes, 42 seconds
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Smashing Icons

On the first Sunday of Great Lent, Orthodox Christians celebrate the return of icons to the Churches. Fr. Stephen looks at the spirit of icon smashing that occasionally infects Christians and various political movements and contrasts it with the spirit of authentic Christianity.
3/3/201214 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Sacrament of Mercy

God engages our world in concrete, practical ways. These "sacraments" are a means of sharing in the Divine Life. Fr. Stephen speaks about the "sacrament" of mercy.
2/23/20127 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Song of God

St. Gregory of Nyssa speaks of man both as singer and song. Fr. Stephen explores how we are the "song of God."
1/21/20128 minutes, 1 second
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Waking Up

Drawing on a passage from the writings of the Elder Sophrony, Fr. Stephen looks at the spiritual importance of "waking up." St. Paul reminds us, "Arise, O Sleeper, awake from the dead..."
1/14/20126 minutes, 7 seconds
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Forty Days Before Christmas - Why We Fast

Fr. Stephen looks at the very heart of fasting—not the foods, not the 'how to's'—but why we fast.
11/16/20117 minutes, 14 seconds
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“The Great Cloud of Witnesses”

Fr. Stephen looks at the meaning of the "Great Cloud of Witnesses" whom St. Paul describes as surrounding us as we go about the struggle of the Christian life.
10/29/20117 minutes, 41 seconds
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In the Shadow of Death

Fr. Stephen, having experienced a time of grief in the loss of his father, writes about the faith of Pascha and what it is to which we should look as we await our reunion with those we love.
10/6/201112 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Unnecessary God

Fr. Stephen looks at what it means to live in a relationship of love and freedom, and the problems it creates for our ideas of what is and is not necessary.
8/11/20116 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Unknown God

Fr. Stephen focuses on what we mean when we say, "I know God," and what we do not mean. We must know God - it is our salvation - but what does it mean?
8/5/20119 minutes, 37 seconds
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Choice, Existence, and God

Fr. Stephen considers what it means to be a "convert" to the Orthodox faith within the context of modern American culture.
7/11/20116 minutes, 43 seconds
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Getting Past Religion

Fr. Stephen suggests that the heart of our faith and our relationship with God can be found more quickly in such things as music and beauty. We often seek to substitute language about religious doctrine in the place of these more primary expressions of our Christian life.
6/17/201114 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Things We All Share

Fr. Stephen speaks about the concept of anadoche - the spiritual communion and responsibility we have in one another's lives.
5/17/20118 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Hard Reality of the Kingdom of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the teaching of Christ on love for enemies and sets it in its proper spiritual context.
5/15/201110 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Exchange that Awaits Us

Fr. Stephen speaks about the difference between feast days as mere events of the calendar and the reality of the Kingdom of God that awaits us in the Feasts.
5/1/20116 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Temptations of Church

Fr. Stephen examines what it means that the Church is the nexus of the crucified Christ's love.
3/26/201111 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Scandal of Salvation

Fr. Stephen looks at particular points within the gospel teaching that are sometimes "scandalous," that is a "rock of stumbling" for believers. He examines how important these points are and how essential for our salvation.
2/26/20118 minutes
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Living In-Between

Many efforts are made to convince modern Christians that they live "in between" Christ's first coming and His second - and that this "in between" period is somehow different and requires new understandings of the gospel. Fr. Stephen refutes this false understanding and describes where it is we now live.
1/19/201112 minutes, 42 seconds
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You Never Pray Alone

Human beings have their true existence only in communion with God. Our prayer is also a communion - both with God and the whole Church.
12/18/201013 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why Would Anyone Want to Forgive an Enemy?

The forgiveness of enemies is a commandment of Christ and yet something we find almost impossible to do? Why has Christ asked such a thing of us?
12/4/20107 minutes, 52 seconds
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Now That We Have Come to the End of the World

Fr. Stephen looks at the implications for the "end of the world" found in Christ's preaching and incarnation, and what they mean for us.
11/29/201010 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mere Existence and the Age to Come

What is it that we hope for? Fr. Stephen suggests that there is a true life that can only be had in Christ - which is far more than mere existence.
11/6/20108 minutes, 53 seconds
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Existence and Truth

Fr. Stephen examines the association between existence and truth as set forth in the work of a number of modern Orthodox writers, as well as the Fathers.
11/2/20108 minutes, 50 seconds
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Knowing What We Do Not Know

To know God is the essence of the Christian life according to Scripture - though how we know God is sometimes difficult to describe. Fr. Stephen looks at the moment of hesitation with the words "nevertheless" and "and yet" and the room they provide for such knowledge to be acquired.
10/9/20106 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Tree Heals the Tree

The use of allegory within the Scriptures and the hymns of the Church provides this meditation on how, in Christ, nothing is wasted.
10/2/20105 minutes
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Treasure in a Box

Fr. Stephen uses the image of a treasure in a box to describe the problems of a purely "historical" approach to the Christian faith.
9/25/20108 minutes, 3 seconds
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Time and History

Returning to a topic that is often mentioned on Glory to God, Fr. Stephen suggests that Christianity is not just a "historical" religion, but something far more.
8/28/20109 minutes
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Giving and Receiving

Human beings were created to offer all of creation up to God in an act of thanksgiving. Fr. Stephen explores this life of praise.
8/21/20105 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Double Mystery of the Cross

Reflecting on a sermon of St. Gregory Palamas, Fr. Stephen looks at the significance of the Cross as reflected in the writings of the fathers.
8/14/20108 minutes, 5 seconds
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You Are Not a TV Show

Our digitalized world has created what we now call "virtual reality." The reality that we are called to know is not a construct of our own imagination, but the truth of ourselves as found in Christ.
7/24/20108 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Mystery of Goodness

What does it mean to be good? Fr. Stephen speaks about the mystery of goodness and how it is only known in Christ.
7/19/201010 minutes, 6 seconds
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To Tell the Truth

Fr. Stephen looks at telling the truth as a matter that goes to the heart of our true existence.
7/3/20108 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Crisis of Religion

Fr. Stephen reflects on a few quotes from Fr. Alexander Schmemann's For the Life of the World - and the crisis of secularism in which we live.
6/26/20108 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Price of the Liturgy

A meditation on the words of Elder Sophrony, "Our lives are an endless martyrdom," gives rise to thoughts on the true character of the liturgy.
6/19/20104 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Secular Communion

Fr. Stephen looks at the pressures created by our secular culture, particularly how they affect our communion with God.
6/15/20106 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hidden Saints

Fr. Stephen looks at the "hidden saints" and the hiddenness of our life with God.
5/30/20106 minutes, 58 seconds
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Within a Mandorla

Fr. Stephen looks at one of the unique features found in several icons to explore how the Scripture treats these same events. Icons and Scripture carry us much deeper than mere literalism.
5/22/201011 minutes, 28 seconds
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Our Selves, Our Souls and Bodies

Fr. Stephen looks at the importance of understanding our relationship with God as involving all of who and what we are and not reducing our relationship to a set of ideas.
5/15/20108 minutes, 2 seconds
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Praying for the World

Numerous elders of the Orthodox Church speak about the common responsibility for sin that we share through our humility and love for one another. Fr. Stephen examines how this can be so.
5/11/20106 minutes, 5 seconds
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Making Choices

Our culture champions our ability to choose. Fr. Stephen suggests that choices are not quite as central in our lives as we imagine.
4/29/20105 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Mystery of Pascha

Fr. Stephen looks at the timeless and eternal aspects of the feast of Pascha and how it effects our daily lives.
4/10/20106 minutes
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The Weakness of Man

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on how it is we are saved in our weakness rather than our strength.
3/28/20105 minutes, 10 seconds
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Publicans and Harlots and the Last Banquet

Fr. Stephen looks at the image of Christ with the unrighteous gathered around Him and recalls a famous passage in Dostoevsky.
3/13/20105 minutes, 59 seconds
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Redeeming the Time

Fr. Stephen speaks about "redeeming the time" through the constant remembrance of the name of God.
3/6/20104 minutes, 6 seconds
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Just a Shell

Fr. Stephen looks at the proper Othodox understanding of the relation between soul and body and some of the distortions of our modern culture.
2/27/20105 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Instinct of Repentance

Fr. Stephen contrasts the Scriptural understanding of repentance with many of the modern misunderstandings that crowd our world and suggests ways that our hearts may learn the "instinct" of repentance.
2/20/201012 minutes
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Looking for Self in all the Wrong Places

There is a modern construct of the self that is something of a delusion. Fr. Stephen speaks about our true life "that is hidden with Christ in God" as taught by St. Paul.
2/13/20109 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Existence of God

Fr. Stephen offers a reflection on what it means to say that "God exists."
1/30/20107 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Opacity of Sin

Sin is opaque - it does not allow the light of God to enter and be reflected from our lives. Fr. Stephen looks at the work of God's light within our lives and suggests ways in which we may understand our relationship with God through what the Scripture says about light and darkness.
1/16/20109 minutes, 33 seconds
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To Remember God

The simplest and sometimes most difficult task of the Christian life is to remember God: always, everywhere and at all times. Fr. Stephen looks at this simple practice that lies at the heart of the Orthodox faith.
1/9/20107 minutes, 23 seconds
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Having Then Gifts Differing

It is something of a commonplace for modern Christians to think about their "ministry" and place within the Church. Fr. Stephen looks at this idea in the light of Tradition and offers a different approach.
1/2/201010 minutes, 14 seconds
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Christmas Throughout the Ages

Fr. Stephen offers thoughts on the daily consequences of the "Word made flesh" and suggests ways that we might live Christmas every day of our lives.
12/19/20097 minutes, 16 seconds
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What the Heart Reveals

The heart can see what the eye cannot and can take this unseen things into itself. Fr. Stephen looks at the possibility of joy even when the eye sees nothing joyful.
12/15/20096 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Treasures of the Heart

Every day we contribute to the "treasure of our heart," for good or evil. Fr. Stephen looks at this and suggests how to nurture the good within our heart.
12/5/20096 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Good Confession

In these brief remarks on this Thanksgiving weekend, Fr. Stephen looks at the essential Christian confession of thanks, "God is good."
11/28/20093 minutes, 14 seconds
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To Believe the Truth

What do the Scriptures ask of us when they speak of "believing?" Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of true believing and its importance for our lives.
11/21/20095 minutes, 58 seconds
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I Don’t Know About That

If you have ever felt like the right words in an argument simply won't come, perhaps you should read these thoughts.
11/7/20097 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Argument

Fr. Stephen shares two stories from the lives of the desert fathers and offers reflections. The grace of God given to us in forgiveness and the Spirit of peace involve the healing of the soul.
10/31/20097 minutes, 53 seconds
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Poor in Spirit

What does Christ mean when He says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven?" Fr. Stephen looks at this familiar verse in the context of St. Paul's teaching on weakness and necessity.
10/24/20099 minutes, 38 seconds
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Knowledge of God

The Orthodox faith is grounded in the experience of knowing God. Fr. Stephen looks at the boundaries of such knowledge and simple path to such knowledge given to us in the Tradition of the Church.
10/17/200911 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Theology of the Image

Fr. Stephen reflects on the "theology of the image," particularly its importance in St. Paul.
10/10/200911 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Icon as Truth

Fr. Stephen looks at how it is possible to distort an icon and how the distortions within our own hearts affect what we see.
10/5/20096 minutes, 34 seconds
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Icons and Words

Fr. Stephen looks at language and how it can be seen as an icon, serving as a "Window to Heaven."
9/26/200911 minutes, 57 seconds
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Is the World Literal or Iconic?

How we see the world has much to do with our capacity for wonder. Is what we see all there is—or does it point to something beyond itself?
9/19/20096 minutes, 28 seconds
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Doctrine and Opinion

Fr. Stephen looks at how the teaching of the Church differs from opinion and the process of argument. Doctrine is a "verbal icon of Christ."
9/12/20096 minutes, 21 seconds
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Prayer - A Personal Thing

Fr. Stephen reflects on the meaning of Dostoevsky's statement, "Each man is responsible for the sins of everyone," and its meaning for prayer.
9/7/20096 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Face of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the deep importance that Christ as the "image of God" carries for our faith and how that image teaches us about the nature of all images.
8/22/20096 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Last Battle

Fr. Stephen suggests that the truly great things are those that are most hidden from our sight - and that the last battle may be fought in the silence of a human heart.
8/15/20096 minutes, 6 seconds
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Speaking with Authority

Fr. Stephen looks at the nature of authority and its root in the reality of the Cross.
8/8/20098 minutes, 30 seconds
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In the Grasp of Wonder

Fr. Stephen looks at the role wonder should play in the Christian life.
7/31/20096 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Chief of Sinners

Fr. Stephen looks at what it means to be the "chief of sinners" and the solidarity Christ has with us—even in our sin.
7/18/20096 minutes, 24 seconds
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Prayer as Communion

Fr. Stephen speaks on prayer as an aspect of our participation in the life of God, taking it from words spoken to a presence shared.
7/11/20099 minutes, 14 seconds
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You are Not a Bible Character

Fr. Stephen looks at a common abuse of the Scriptures, as individuals imagine themselves to be characters in the Bible.
7/4/20099 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Sacrifice of Emptiness

Fr. Stephen looks at Christ's act of "self-emptying" as described by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians as a way of understanding of how His death frees us from our bondage to sin.
6/27/200910 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Desire for Justice and the Mercy of God

Fr. Stephen, drawing from St. Isaac and other sources, looks at the Orthodox understanding of the mercy of God and how certain modern ideas of God's "justice" have sought to undermine this Orthodox teaching.
6/20/200912 minutes, 29 seconds
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Liturgical Knowing

Fr. Stephen looks at worship as a means by which God makes Himself known to us.
6/13/20098 minutes, 59 seconds
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Heaven on Their Minds

Fr. Stephen looks at how we should see heaven breaking in on the world in which we live and how the "dim vision" of the face of Christ informs our daily lives.
6/6/20098 minutes, 30 seconds
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Engaging Creation

Fr. Stephen offers a suggestion for how we should engage the world around us. Rather than living as thinking beings surrounded by inanimate objects—we live as eucharistic people, leading creation in its eternal song of praise to the Creator.
5/30/200910 minutes, 8 seconds
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Beauty and the Salvation of the World

Fr. Stephen looks at Icons and Scripture and what they hold in common, in particular their use of beauty to teach us the reality of God.
5/23/20099 minutes, 51 seconds
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Personal Issues

Fr. Stephen takes a look at how concern for various "issues" often distracts us from the true task of tending to the health of our soul.
5/16/200910 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Bells

Fr. Stephen looks at the rich texture of Orthodox life and tradition and the peculiar, sacramental place that bells hold within it.
5/9/20099 minutes, 6 seconds
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Unbelief and the Two-Storey Universe

Fr. Stephen offers his observations on the split in our world between sacred and secular (the "two-story universe) and the role it plays in causing unbelief and the role unbelief may play in allowing us to be healed.
5/2/20097 minutes, 25 seconds
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Singleness of Heart

Fr. Stephen looks at singleness of heart—simply learning to say what is in our heart, practicing integrity within ourselves. Its importance to one's spiritual life cannot be overstated.
4/25/20098 minutes, 2 seconds
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Take, Eat

Fr. Stephen looks at Holy Thursday and the sacrament of the Eucharist and the meaning of Christ's words, "Take, eat."
4/18/200913 minutes, 59 seconds
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For the Sake of Envy

Fr. Stephen speaks about the role played by envy in the events of Holy Week. Seeing envy as a primary sin in our world, he looks at how the Gospel confronts this error in human thought.
4/14/200914 minutes, 37 seconds
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Careful Devotion to Christ

Fr. Stephen returns to some of his thoughts on life in a world divided into sacred and secular—a world he describes as the "two-storey universe." He offers practical steps on how to practice the presence of Christ at all times and places in a careful devotion to Christ.
4/4/20099 minutes, 13 seconds
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Personhood and Love

Fr. Stephen looks at the teaching of the Elder Sophrony and St. Silouan and what it is they mean by "person." Our existence is rooted in love.
3/28/20095 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Does God Sing?

Fr. Stephen makes the observation that the Scriptures say that God sings. He then goes on to ask about the place of music in worship and why it is that some modern Christians do not sing.
3/21/200914 minutes, 26 seconds
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Forgiveness - The Hardest Love of All

Fr. Stephen looks at the forgiveness of our enemies and suggests some small steps we can take to cultivate a heart of mercy and extend it towards others.
3/15/20099 minutes, 25 seconds
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Know God or No God

Fr. Stephen speaks on the utterly essential relationship with God. We must truly know Him.
3/7/20099 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why We Fast

Fr. Stephen looks at the deeper meaning of fasting and its true place in our Christian life.
3/1/200910 minutes, 37 seconds
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Scripture and the Church

Fr. Stephen speaks about the unique relationship between the Church and Holy Scripture. They are integral to one another. We do not remove the Church from Scripture, but neither do we remove Scripture from the Church.
2/23/200910 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Unholy Land

Fr. Stephen looks at the temptations of our secular culture and its invitation to live in an "unholy land."
2/15/20097 minutes, 52 seconds
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Orthodoxy and Science Fiction

Fr. Stephen explains why he considers science fiction as a form of modern theological thought.
2/7/200912 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Wrath of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the Orthodox understanding of the wrath of God and the patristic teaching that His wrath is nothing other than His love given to us. The wrath is our own hatred for His love. It is an understanding of the good God who loves mankind.
1/31/200910 minutes, 10 seconds
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Salvation in a Cloud of Witnesses

Fr. Stephen looks at the difference between individual salvation and personal salvation and the deep importance found in the distinction.
1/17/200915 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Longest Liturgy

Fr. Stephen speaks about the "liturgy of the heart" as the longest liturgy of all and the true nature of worship.
1/10/200913 minutes, 48 seconds
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Bowing in Bethlehem

Father Stephen looks at the history and architecture of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and draws lessons for our own humility.
1/4/20099 minutes, 1 second
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The Smallness of God

Fr. Stephen turns our thoughts during this week of the Nativity to the "smallness" of God. God has come to save us through His "weakness" as St. Paul says and invites us to share in that humility.
12/20/20084 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Soul as Mystery

Fr. Stephen looks at the human soul and what it means that it is a mystery—known to God—but not fully known to us.
12/13/20087 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sitting in a Cave

Fr. Stephen reflects on the monastic cave in which St. John of Damascus dwelt and compares it to the "cave" of our heart.
12/7/20089 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Role of Icons

Fr. Stephen talks about the importance of icons in our modern world - helping us to see and understand clearly the truth of creation and God.
11/29/20089 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Agent of Change

Fr. Stephen looks at the Christian understanding of power and the marvelous works of God. God's power is utterly unlike that of the world.
11/22/200819 minutes, 28 seconds
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Cynicism and the Goodness of God

Fr. Stephen looks at the problems presented by cynicism for belief in God. Worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God are very different things.
11/15/20087 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Normal Course of Things

Fr. Stephen contrasts what we think of as "normal" with the vision of the Christian life described in Scripture and the Orthodox faith.
11/10/20087 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Voice of Creation

Fr. Stephen looks at creation and its "voice" as described in Old and New Testament and sees what it means for our realtionship with the world around us.
11/1/20088 minutes, 29 seconds
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Cultures of Remembrance

Fr. Stephen speaks of the Church as a culture of remembrance—not of a dead past—but of death trampling down death.
10/25/20088 minutes, 17 seconds
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Remembrance

Fr. Stephen speaks of the power of remembrance—both the remembrance of wrongs done to us and the remembrance of God. He speaks of how it is that the remembrance of God alone establishes us in the Truth.
10/18/20085 minutes, 31 seconds
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Me, You, and the Other Guy

The strange relationship of prosperity and piety.
10/11/20086 minutes, 55 seconds
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How Simple Should Christianity Be?

Despite a drive to simplify everything - Fr. Stephen contends that Orthodoxy describes not a simplicity but a fullness of life and invites into that fullness and not just a small religious corner.
9/20/20088 minutes, 55 seconds
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Truth and Existence: the Consequences

Fr. Stephen looks at last week's podcast on truth and existence and the impact it should have on how we live.
9/13/20085 minutes, 56 seconds
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Truth and Existence

Fr. Stephen looks at the Orthodox connection made between truth and our existence and what it means for our life.
9/6/20087 minutes, 19 seconds
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Humility - The Only Path Forward for Orthodoxy

Fr. Stephen looks at the virtue of humility and its place in the life of Orthodox Christianity, suggesting that it is our only path towards union with God.
8/23/20088 minutes, 22 seconds
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Healing the Heart

This week, Fr. Stephen focuses on the healing of the heart as the most essential work in our spiritual lives.
8/16/200810 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Paradox of Prayer and the Revelation of Beauty

Fr. Stephen speaks about the paradox of prayer and the personal character it has in our life as well as the personal character of beauty and the resolution of all paradox.
8/9/200810 minutes, 58 seconds
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In the Last Days