Toxic Charity

Toxic Charity

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Listen Now. Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to missions, it’s called toxic charity. Modern missionaries are sensitive to this reality and are careful to make new Christian communities self-sufficient according to their local traditions and culture. Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Presvytera Renee Ritsi from the Orthodox Christian Mission Center as they discuss ways OCMC is encouraging self-reliance in the mission field.

And stay tuned as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, as they continue to discuss the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) This month, they discuss the lives of Saints Priscilla and Aquila. This couple is ranked Equal to the Apostles in the Orthodox Church and commended for their virtues. Close friends with the Apostle Paul, they are often mentioned in the Book of Acts and in St. John Chrysostom’s homilies.

Here are two books mentioned in the interview that you may find of interest.

When Charity Destroys Dignity

Marriage as a path to holiness

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

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.