Orthodoxy in Romania

Orthodoxy in Romania

On Special Moments in Orthodox, Dr. Keith Massey presents a video podcast report from Romania. Many Americans hear “Romania” and immediately think of Dracula. In fact, you’ll learn that Romania is a thriving Orthodox country. It suffered under Communist oppression for many years, but the Church survived and now is...

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Why Are You In Church?

Why Are You In Church?

Countless men and women over the centuries have defended the Truth of Orthodox Christianity, sometimes offering their blood in martyrdom. Why would someone stand up with such boldness? Why Orthodoxy and not some other Church? Why are you a member of the Orthodox Church and not some other Church? Have...

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The Orthodox Church and the Book of Revelation

The Orthodox Church and the Book of Revelation

Many people are so confused by the Book of Revelation that they don’t read it. But did you know that it speaks about the Orthodox Church? It does! In this intriguing episode, Fr. Thomas Hopko explains how the Book of Revelation depicts the Orthodox Church and what takes place during...

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Peace, Faith, and War

Peace, Faith, and War

Why is peace so important to us, as human beings? The world around us is full of war, disaster, hatred, and struggle. Our own inner world can be scarred by sadness and anxiety. Yet no matter how hard it is to find, we keep seeking peace. Why? And where can...

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Welcome Home – There Are No Strangers in God’s House

Welcome Home – There Are No Strangers in God’s House

In God’s house, there are no strangers, but what about in our day-to-day world? Most of us are literally surrounded by strangers. How many of us know the people who live in every house in our own neighborhood, even on our own street? Fr. Athanasios Haros recounts a meeting with...

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Pentecost and Temple Judaism

Pentecost and Temple Judaism

When we think about Pentecost, we are looking back at it from our modern Christian perspective. How might the Apostles themselves have experienced it? On this episode of Theologically Thinking, Fr. Demetrios Tonias speaks with us about Pentecost and the church as it was before and after this spiritual watershed....

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Does the Sermon Matter?

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 we understand what it is and what we are to receive from it. Fr. David Smith shares what St....

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Christian Struggles Then and Now

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 and one in the media. Would St. Basil the Great have done the same thing? Would he approve of Christians demanding...

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On the Fear of God

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 of God, and faith, and love, draw ye near.” Does it seem odd to you that the first thing mentioned is fear? In...

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Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

Saint John of Damascus: Transfiguration and Prayer

On Turning to the Fathers, noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin discusses St. John of Damascus, a powerful apologist for Icons in the face of the Iconoclast heresy. Many of St. John’s teachings focused on the Transfiguration of Christ, and he refers to that in the text on prayer that Fr....

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Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony on the Three Wars

Abba Anthony, also known as Saint Anthony the Great, said, “Whoever sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: the war of hearing, the war of speaking, the war of seeing. Then there is only one war left to fight. That is the battle for your own...

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Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

Comparing Married Life and Monastic Life

In Orthodox Christianity, both marriage and monasticism are understood to be vocations. Each of these two great callings can be a pathway to God, and both are holy and sacred. Listen now as Fr. Nicholas Apostola draws on his memories of Romanian monastics in exile during the Communist period to...

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