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 is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Our program begins with a brief conversation with Dr. David Ford, who continues his series on married saints with the story of Saint Angelis the Goldsmith. His story from centuries ago is remarkably like that of Christians today who are persecuted by Muslims. Fr. Chris and Dr. Ford also reflect on martyrdom as a component of marriage. Click to obtain a copy of Dr. Ford’s book, Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints.
We hear next from Professor Nicolai Petro, who discusses the flourishing growth of the Orthodox Church in Russia. He explains the outlook and efforts of Patriach Kirill and how his stands on, for example, abortion, homosexuality, and nationalism, are influencing the culture of Russia as a whole. The Orthodox Church in Russia has a strong and complex relationship with the Russian government. Patriarch Kirill believes a strong church makes a strong Russia, and Professor Petro talks about how the Patriarch is working toward that goal.
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