Posts by Fr. David Smith

Orthodoxy Explained

Saint John Chyrsostom Exhorts Us to Pay Attention to the Sermon

Few people, sitting down with friends to watch a major sports event, would remind each other to pay attention. When we are being entertained, it isn’t…

Jun 27, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Does the Sermon Matter?

What is a sermon? Is it a sacrament? Is it a liturgical act? If not, why is it important? A sermon is very important, but it is just as important that…

Jun 17, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Christian Struggles Then and Now

On Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David tells the story of two Christians who have stood up in the public sphere for what they believed – one in the courts…

Jun 16, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

On the Fear of God

Join Fr. David Smith this week on Harmony of Thunder. In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear…

Jun 15, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Poems about the Theotokos

In preparation for the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Fr. David Smith shares two of his favorite poems on the Theotokos: Rainer Maria Rilke’s…

Jun 11, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Miracles, the Scripture, and Salvation

“If you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation, do you remember what convinced you to do so?” Thus begins this interesting episode of Harmony…

Jun 10, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Saint Gregory Palamas Makes a Surprising Point

Every now and then, one comes across a sermon that has something genuinely surprising in it. On this episode of Harmony of Thunder, Fr. David looks at…

Jun 10, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

St. Gregory Palamas and The Prodigal Son

St. Gregory Palamas preached a sermon on the Sunday of the Prodigal Son and interpreted the parable according to a very complex method. Listen to Harmony…

Feb 12, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

Zacchaeus, Sin, and Salvation

St. Gregory Palamas paints a picture of Zacchaeus (St. Luke 19:1-10) as a man who wanted both sin and salvation, the old law and the new testament, riches…

Jan 15, 2014
Orthodoxy Explained

The Eucharist

On Harmony of Thunder, we hear the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem expounding the fact that the Eucharist is in fact the Body and Blood of Christ, a doctrine…

Nov 14, 2013
Orthodoxy Explained

Interpreting the Gospel of John

In honor of St. John Chrysostom’s Feast Day on November 13, we will explore that great Saint and Preacher’s excellence in homilies. On Harmony of Thunder,…

Nov 13, 2013
Orthodoxy Explained

Interpreting the Gospel of John

In honor of St. John Chrysostom’s Feast Day on November 13, we will explore that great Saint and Preacher’s excellence in homilies. On Harmony of Thunder,…

Nov 07, 2013
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