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At the Intersection of East and West
48 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Thinking Orthodox - Characteristics of the True Orthodox Theologian
As we have learned, “the theologian is one who prays.” While that is certainly important, it’s not the only characteristic of true theologians. There’s more to it than that—much more. In this episode, Dn. Michael considers ten characteristics of true theologians. Surprisingly, they’re relevant to all Orthodox Christians not just theologians.
37 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - The Shaping of Phronema - The Fathers
An Orthodox Phronema sits on a three-legged stool: Tradition, Scripture, and the Fathers. In this episode, we consider the role of the Fathers. Specifically, we answer several questions about them: Who are they, why are they important, and how do they relate to Scripture and Tradition.
39 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - The Shaping of Phronema - Scripture
We’ve seen the important role Tradition plays in the shaping of our phronema. But what role does the Bible play in its development? To answer that question, we consider Holy Scriptures from three perspectives: Inspiration, Interpretation, and Instruction. We also look at how Tradition and Scripture relate to each other.
44 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - The Shaping of Phronema - Tradition
Tradition is the foundation of Orthodox Christianity. It permeates everything we believe and do. But when Orthodox Christians talk about Tradition, they mean something different that Protestants or Roman Catholics. In this episode, we consider five questions about Tradition, including what it is and what it’s not
44 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - Theology and Theologians
Many people view theology as a dry, academic pursuit. In the Orthodox tradition, however, we understand theology as talking to God, not merely talking about Him. In this episode, we look at the three saints in the church’s history who bear the title “Theologian.” Their examples show us what true theology is and how to make it part of our Christian experience.
52 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - Acquiring an Orthodox Phronema
Up until this point, we have focused on understanding the concept of an Orthodox phronema—what it is and how it is different from the Western phronema. In this episode, we explore five actions you need to take in order to acquire an Orthodox phronema. Thinking Orthodox by Dr. Jeannie Constantinou
50 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - The Orthodox Phronema
Now that we’ve discussed the two major expressions of the Western phronema (episode 122), Dn. Michael returns to the Orthodox phronema to compare and contrast it. If we are going to acquire it, we need to know what we’re looking for. In this episode he discusses the five main attributes of an Orthodox phronema.
52 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - Phronema in the Western Tradition
The concept of “phronema” (a mindset, approach, stance, or way of thinking) is inescapable. Everyone has one. However, the phronema of the West is very different from that of the East. In this episode, Dn. Michael unpacks the two major expressions of the Western phronema: Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. While they seem very different, they are more similar than you might think.
37 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - What is Phronema?
In this week’s class, Dn. Michael considers Orthodox Thinking from four different perspectives: Ancient Greek literature, the Biblical text, the writings of the fathers, and the practice of ordinary Orthodox Christians.
42 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - The Distinctiveness of Orthodox Christianity
Dn. Michael Hyatt begins looking at chapter 2 of Thinking Orthodox by Dr. Jeannie Constantinou. It's called The Distinctiveness of Orthodox Christianity.
44 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Thinking Orthodox - Introduction
A new church school class has started at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN taught by Dn. Michael Hyatt. Dn. Michael is teaching through the popular book by Dr. Jeannie Constantnou - Thinking Orthodox. This is the introductory lesson. If you don't have a copy, order one today. Available in print, eBook, and Audiobook formats.
45 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - Letter to Diognetus
What was different about those early Christians. The little known Letter to Diognetus gives us a glimpse as Dn. Michael Hyatt continues his class on the Apostolic Fathers.
47 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - The Didache
If there was a catechism manual you could read that dates back to the time of the Apostle John or very soon thereafter, would you be interested? Believe it or not there is! Learn about The Didache as Dn. Michael Hyatt continues his series on the Apostolic Fathers.
49 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - Martyrdom of Polycarp
Continuing his series on the Apostolic Fathers, Dn. Michael Hyatt looks at the Martyrdom of Polycarp, one of the most inspiring and instructional accounts of martyrdom in Church history.
54 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Get to Know Fr. Chad Hatfield
Dn. Michael Hyatt interviews Fr. Chad Hatfield, the President of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Learn about his coming to Orthodoxy, his experience in Alaska, and the seminary he leads.
55 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - The Letters of St. Ignatius
Ignored by much of Western Christendom, these letters give us insight into how the very early Church viewed the role of the bishop as well as the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
54 minutes | Feb 8, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - First Clement
Dn. Michael Hyatt continues his series on the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, those 2nd generation Christian writers who learned at the feet of the Apostles themselves. Dn. Michael is using The Apostolic Fathers in English by Michael W. Holmes. This episode looks at the First Epistle of St. Clement. You will be amazed at how contemporary it is.
43 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
The Apostolic Fathers - Introduction
Dn. Michael Hyatt begins a new series on the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, those second-generation Christian writers who learned at the feet of the Apostles themselves. Dn. Michael is using The Apostolic Fathers in English by Michael W. Holmes.
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
How To Be a Sinner: Author Interview
In this concluding episode in the How to Be a Sinner series, Dn. Michael Hyatt interviews the author, Dr. Peter Bouteneff.
44 minutes | Nov 21, 2019
How to Be a Sinner: Mercy, Forgiveness, and Divine Judgment
What is the difference between mercy and grace? Dn. Michael Hyatt continues going through the book How to Be a Sinner by Dr. Peter Bouteneff.
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