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15 minutes | 12 hours ago
Homily: Let Go of Everything and Be with God
Ephesians: 4:1-7; St. Luke: 18:18-27. In this (much shorter!) homily, Fr. Anthony encourages us to let go of everything, be with God, and then allow the resulting peace pattern everything else. Enjoy the show!
52 minutes | 7 days ago
Homily: On False vs. Real Unity and How to Work Towards the Latter
In this homily on Ephesians 2: 14-22, Fr. Anthony talks about the difference between blessed unity (in Christ) and cursed unity (through tyranny or universalism) and the role humility plays in the Mystery of becoming One as God is One. The first seventeen minutes are snapshot of the beauty of the worship at Holy Resurrection in Waynesville. Enjoy the Show!
19 minutes | 14 days ago
Homily - Politics and How to Get out of the Ditch
In this homily on the Good Samaritan, Fr. Anthony lets slip which political tribe he is in and how his dedication to it helped put him in the ditch (along with everyone else). The main point, though is that we ARE in the ditch and need Christ to get us out. Enjoy the show!
70 minutes | 16 days ago
What I didn't learn in Seminary w/ Fr. John Charest
Join Fr. Anthony next to his back porch in Hartwell Ga as he talks with Fr. John Charest about some of the things they had to learn on the job. If you listen closely, you'll also learn something about how to tell a priest from a deacon (or from a subdeacon impersonating one or the other!). Enjoy the show!
24 minutes | 22 days ago
Homily: The Gospel and the Crisis of Institutional Legitimacy
In this homily on Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31), Fr. Anthony continues on the theme of authenticity, noting how the Gospel IS the response to chaos and the lack of reliable institutions. [Yes, he preached on the same Gospel last week; then he was on the revised lectionary at Christ the Savior Antiochian in Anderson SC; this week he was on the traditional (TM) lectionary at Holy Resurrection in Waynesville, NC; it's our old nemisis, the Lukian jump). Enjoy the show!
64 minutes | 23 days ago
Horus Heresy, the Warp, and Orthodoxy
This is the audio from Fr. Anthony's 7 November 2020 livestream discussion with longtime listener Colin Penfold (from Australia!). Join them as they talk about Warhammer, Chaos, and the love of God. Enjoy the show!
19 minutes | a month ago
Homily: We Cannot Love What We Cannot See
In this homily on First Corinthians 12:27-13:8 (on gifts and love) and St. Luke 16:19-31 (the rich man and Lazarus), Fr. Anthony encourages us to cultivate humility so that we can see the beauty in others. Without this, even our best words and actions will be off the mark. Enjoy the show!
76 minutes | a month ago
Demons, Demonology, and Discernment w/ Fr. Maximos McIntyre
Join Fr. Anthony Perkins as he talks with his friend and fellow member of the Defense Against the Dark Art Faculty at Miscatonic University, Fr. Maximos McIntyre about demons, mental illness, possession, and the problem of discernment. Enjoy the show!
32 minutes | a month ago
Knowing the Gospel of God not Man
In this (meandering!) meditation on Galatians 1:11-12, Fr. Anthony talks about how important it is that we develop an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ, informed by our parents, mentors, and spiritual fathers/mothers but not dependent on or mediated by them. Enjoy the show!
52 minutes | a month ago
COVID, Vaccines, Orthodoxy and Discernment in an Age of Deception
Join Fr. Anthony next to his back porch in Hartwell, Georgia, as he talks with scientist, theologian, professor, Associate Dean, and evangelist, Gayle Woloschak, PhD, DMin (Northwestern University) about COVID, vaccines, and discernment. This is a recording of Fr. Anthony's livestream from 10/24/2020.
67 minutes | a month ago
Live Not By Lies; a conversation on authenticity
In this recording of Fr. Anthony's livestream, he and Fr. Gregory Jensen talk about authenticity and Alexander Solzhenitsyn's (and Rod Dreher's) advice to "live not by lies." Enjoy the show!
22 minutes | a month ago
Homily: Feed the Light not the Darkness
In this homily on St Luke 10: 16-21 and Colossians 4:5-11, 14-18, Fr. Anthony reflects on what Christ's contrasting the power the disciples had over demons with their names being written in heaven might mean for us in this divisive time. He encourages us to use power with humility lest we actual feed the spirit of darkness within us and lose our place in the book of life.
66 minutes | a month ago
Talking Hesychasm with Carrie Frost, PhD
Join Fr. Anthony next to his back porch in Hartwell GA as he talks with Professor Carrie Frost, PhD about clericalism, ritual, and the risks and benefits of lay hesychasm. There were some audio problems with the YouTube livestream; our editor (Doug) made the best of it for the podcast version. Enjoy the show!
50 minutes | a month ago
Christianity, Anthropology, and Truth
Listen as Fr. Anthony talks with Sarah Riccardi-Swartz about truth, why our commitment to it has waned, and what Christians can and should be doing to bring balance and grace to our culture. Sarah is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Recovering Truth: Religion, Journalism, and Democracy in a Post-Truth Era project at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict (Arizona State University). Enjoy the show!
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Homily on the Absurdity of the Gospel
In St. Luke 5:1-11 Christ calls fisherman to be his disciples, in this homily Fr. Anthony reflects on how absurd it is that He didn't use angels or Greek philosophers to be his messengers and evangelists, going on to describe the implications for us as we evangelize and pastor our neighbors (and ourselves). Enjoy the show!
31 minutes | 2 months ago
On Transcendent Introspection and Loving our Enemies
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' Livestream from 10 October 2020. In it, he continues the themes from his discussion with Fr. Gregory Jensen on transcendent introspection and a good test of our relationship with Christ (and complexity): can we love President Trump AND Antifa? Enjoy the show!
69 minutes | 2 months ago
Transcendent Introspection and the Authoritarian Personality
This is the recording of Fr. Anthony's livestream from 09 October 2020. In it, Fr. Anthony talks with Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD, about the difference between isolation and solitude, how to cultivate transcendent introspection, the difference between pastoring and controlling, and the challenge of baptizing authoritarian tendencies. Enjoy the show!
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Homily - we cannot love commodities
In this homily on St. Luke 6:31-36, Fr. Anthony develops the idea that that our inability to love well is a result of the way we objectify and commodify things, our neighbor, and the Church. Enjoy the show! Homily: Loving vs. Commodifying (St. Luke 6:31-36) Introduction: missing the point It is hard for us to live the way we should. From our time in Eden to now, we have failed, and the consequences to our hearts, our families, and our world have been disastrous. One of our challenges is that we do not see things as they really are. We do not see their beauty and we do not see how things are connected. Even for things that are ugly and hard, we do not see the potential for beauty and the potential for blessings. Instead of seeing things in their full splendor, we evaluate them based on what they mean for us; what we can get from them. We were designed to bring out the best in everything and everyone; to heal those that are hurt and to build up those who are already well towards perfection. But instead of this, we just want to know what we can use things for and what we can get out of people. We are like a hungry man in the middle of a feast who insists on eating his seed corn. It’s destructive and we need to change. Adam and Eve: Commodifying what they were meant to love I mentioned Adam and Eve. Think of how they fell. One of the ways to understand this (from St. Nikolai Velimirovich) is that they turned the thing they were meant to tend – the garden – into a commodity; from something that deserved respect and the greatest of care to something that was useful primarily as food. Even the thing God told them not to eat became a commodity to them: they wanted what it offered. And remember what they learned? That it “tasted good.” What a loss. Hear me well: Adam and Eve were meant to eat the things that grew in the garden, but the availability of food was really just a side-effect (a “positive externality”) of being a good steward. They got it all wrong when they put what they wanted from the garden before their love for it. Instead of tending the garden, they tended to themselves. They forgot about beauty; they forgot about connectedness; they forgot about service. And We Commodity EVERYTHING! We are so much worse than they were; our commodification of people and things in this world knows no end. We are always looking for an angle; looking for the best deal. Again, don’t mishear me: being frugal is part of being a good steward of our resources, but we are missing a side-effect for the main point. Men should not love their wives because they hope for something in return, they should love their wives because they want to help nurture them to perfection (but I am not speaking of marriage but of the Church). Christ does not love us because He wants something from us. He does not sacrifice Himself for us in hopes of getting help with His plan to restore beauty to this world. As we become perfect as God is perfect, we will help Him with this plan; but He sacrifices Himself for us because He sees the potential beauty within us and wants it to grow. He does it because He loves us. We have to stop looking at one another as things to be used, things that either bring us pleasure or pain. We have to see one another the way God sees us. More on Blindness: Commodification leads to a lack of proportion Surely one of the ways we have cursed ourselves with our blindness is that we cannot see the beauty that emanates from all of God’s creatures; the blessings present in every moment. Why is this so hard? Why are we unable to enjoy the fruits of God’s love for us? Why don’t we see things the way they are? This blindness really is a curse; it pulls us further away from our purpose and robs us of the joy we were meant to have. There are so many examples in our lives where we are blind to miracles. Yes, the problems are there, but they are so minor compared to the miracles! Let me give you one example that is so big it cannot help but make this point. It is the example of the Church. So much of what we do here in Church has been commoditized. For some, our actions become part of our political protest against over-reaching authorities. For others, our rituals become a magnet for our fear of disease or distrust of the other. Even in normal times church can become less a place to experience the transcending and saving grace of God and more a place to give and receive judgment. Are we really so blind to God’s wonders? Have we no sense of proportion? God works in this place, it is His very Body and Blood that are offered here – do we understand the magnitude of this miracle? If we focus on the way it is offered – beyond the basic need to protect our health and the dignity of the act - then we have to admit that we do not. Complaining about this is somewhat like the man who is dying of poison complaining to the doctor because the cup containing the necessary antidote to the poison is blue instead of green. Have we lost our minds? Again, do not mishear me; we have to be careful and safe – but we cannot allow this to distract us from celebrating being part of such a wonderful miracle. Similarly, some people complain about Confession, saying things like; “why do I have to go to the priest for confession?” Here God has given us a way to rid our hearts of the sin that has accumulated in and polluted them, and we complain about the way He has told us to do it. Seriously? Complaints about the role of bishops, the all-male priesthood, the traditional view of marriage, - everything about the way we do things that we do not like threatens to turn the celebration of God with Us into a series of political or ideological positions that can be analyzed and judged … I do this all the time; I suspect some of you do, too. We have turned even the Church, the vessel of everything good and true, into a commodity, something to be judged, to be measured, to be evaluated like some product on a grocer’s shelf. Is it any wonder that we do the same thing with our spouses, our children…our enemies? Conclusion: Love without reservation My point is not that the things that attract our attention in this way are not important or that they should not be discussed. Going back to the example of the garden, food is important. If we don’t eat, we die. If we prepare food incorrectly, we die. But Christ reminds us; “Do not be anxious about what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.” (paraphrase of Matthew 6:25). God is right here with us, working miracles in our midst, and we miss them by focusing on His height (“Oh, is that Jesus; I imagined he’d be taller.”) Let’s not get distracted. Let’s love without reservation. Let’s love without expecting anything in return. Let me repeat the irony; if we tend this world – this garden - in love, we will receive what we need – the necessary commodities, if you will, in return. As the Lord says in almost the next breath, if you really love, if you really give of yourself without reservation, then “it shall be given unto you in return; a good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…” (St. Luke 6:38). And again in St. Matthew (paraphrase of 6:33-34); “seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, and all the things you need will be given to you as well.” Let’s open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty in this world; the beauty in our neighbor; and the beauty in the Church.
71 minutes | 2 months ago
Livestream on Civil Society, Culture, and Discernment
Audio recording of Fr. Anthony's Livestream from 10/3/2020. In it, he warms up with a talk about civil society, moves on to parish culture, and finishes with a bit on discernment and prelest. Enjoy the show!
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Homily - Politics, Polarization, and the Cross
In this homily, Fr. Anthony explains the meaning of the Cross for us today in the light of 1 Corinthians 6:12 ("All things are lawful for me..."), Philippians 2:6 ("[Christ Jesus] did not consider it robbery"), 1 Corinthians 10:33 ("...so that some might be saved."), and the Transfiguration. Enjoy the show!
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