Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1.
The month of April presents us with so many opportunities to remember and cherish what is precious about our faith. Today, at least in America, we have the freedom to worship as we choose in the church we choose. Do we sometimes forget that not everyone is so blessed? Listen this month to the voice of an Orthodox priest serving in Pakistan. We have kept his identity a secret to protect him and his sacred work. But on our broadcast, you can hear his voice and learn how his faith causes him to risk everything in order to spread the gospel.
We are going to look deeper though this month. It is not enough to wear our faith on our shirt sleeves. Faith must give birth to action. How does your faith live in your actions? What have you done to draw closer to what is most important? As you listen this month, you can ask yourself these questions as you listen to our guests describing their own journeys of faith. One guest you know well: Nia Vardalos, the star of the blockbuster movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Nia will share with us her personal story of faith and her recent adoption of a young child. You may be surprised at how many things you have in common with her as she tells her story.
Faith is an integral part of the proper development of every human being, spiritually and even physically. We look forward to sharing with you a fascinating interview with a medical correspondent from ABC News Network, who explains his understanding of the ways faith is an integral part of every human being and his or her well being.
Faith is the cornerstone of our essence. This is a fundamental and stunning reality, but it is not such a new idea after all. If you haven’t read the first chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, now is a good time to do so.
32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
We invite you to think deeply about these words, and to listen to the heart-felt stories you will hear on Come Receive the Light this month.
Wishing you strength and peace for the journey,