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Speaking the Truth in Love
33 minutes | Feb 21, 2015
Re-Marriage in the Orthodox Church
In light of the debate in the Roman Catholic Church about divorce and re-marriage, Fr. Tom offers the Orthodox view of this topic as well as an explanation of the fundamental difference in how marriage is viewed in Orthodoxy. We are so happy to have Fr.Tom back recording podcasts. Please continue to pray for him.
41 minutes | Feb 5, 2015
Bishops - Part 57: Anton Chekhov
Today Fr. Tom speaks about the famous author Anton Chekhov from 19th-century Russia.
31 minutes | Jan 13, 2015
Bishops - Part 56: St. Philaret of Moscow
One of the most influential and revered figures of 19th-century Orthodox Russia was St. Philaret of Moscow. Fr. Tom also speaks about Leo Tolstoy.
36 minutes | Dec 16, 2014
Bishops - Part 55: 19th Century Clergy in Russia
In his continuing series on bishops and Church organization, Fr. Thomas speaks about various clergy figures from that time. He references the book My Life's Journey: The Memories of Metropolitan Evlogy.
36 minutes | Dec 3, 2014
Relax, God is in Control - Final Thoughts
Fr. Thomas Hopko takes one last look at the phrase "Relax, God is in Control" and provides information on additional material he has written and spoke about regarding this general topic. Here is the list: Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West by Met. Kallistos Ware And from his Speaking the Truth in Love series: Pain and Suffering The Wrath of God The Wrath of God - Part 2 Anger and Wrath in Human Life On Sadness and Grief in Christian Life Theological Reflections on Calamity Does God Play Favorites? Predestination, Providence, and Prayer Understanding Evil - 9/11 Remembered God and the World Sandy Hook God and Death
41 minutes | Oct 29, 2014
Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia
For the next few podcasts, Fr. Tom will be looking at the important 19th century in Russian Orthodox history. He recommended several books but in particular these three. The Heart of Russia by Scott M. Kenworthy The Making of Holy Russia by Fr. John Strickland Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution by Vera Shevzov
41 minutes | Oct 23, 2014
God Is In Control - Revisited
Fr. Tom returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.
36 minutes | Oct 16, 2014
Bishops - Part 53: The Impact of the 19th Century on Clergy and Laity
Last time, Fr. Tom talked about the Ottoman Empire and its demise. Today he reflects on the impact of Turkish rule on Orthodox clergy and laity.
38 minutes | Oct 6, 2014
God Is In Control - Yes or No?
We hear the phrase "God is in control" and may even use it from time to time when trying to make sense of a difficult situation. Fr. Thomas Hopko evaluates that phrase and challenges us to rethink it.
42 minutes | Sep 24, 2014
Bishops - Part 52: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire
Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.
15 minutes | Sep 14, 2014
Met. Anthony Bloom’s Homily on the Cross
During this week as we venerate the cross of Christ, Fr. Tom Hopko shares a sermon by Met. Anthony Bloom on the cross and our sin.
41 minutes | Jun 26, 2014
Awesome or Fearful?
A commonly used word today is "awesome." But, given its meaning today, Fr. Tom asks if it is the appropriate word to use in our Divine Liturgy.
35 minutes | Jun 20, 2014
What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2
This is part two of Fr. Tom's paper on what Orthodoxy would expect from Rome before communion would be restored.
39 minutes | Jun 20, 2014
What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 1
As promised in his last episode, Fr. Thomas shares with us the paper he wrote in 2005 outlining what the Roman Catholic Church would need to do to unite with the Orthodox. He broke it up into two parts and this is part one.
52 minutes | Jun 14, 2014
In light of all of the discussion about the Ecumenical Patriarch meeting with the Pope, Fr. Tom offers some of his experiences with the World Council of Churches.
44 minutes | May 7, 2014
Bishops - Part 51: 18th Century Russia
In this fascinating episode, Fr. Tom talks about the tragic influence of Peter the Great and the further westernization of the Orthodox Church in Russia.
30 minutes | Apr 11, 2014
Bishops - Part 50: 17th Century Russia
In the next in his series on Church organization and structure, Fr. Tom talks about 17th Century Russia and the influences of Patriarch Nikon and the Old Believer schism.
18 minutes | Mar 20, 2014
Archbishop Fenelon and Great Lent
Fr. Thomas talks about the writings of Archbishop François Fénelon, a Roman Catholic writer from the 17th century. Fr. Tom was particularly taken with Fénelon's spiritual writings surrounding Lent.
42 minutes | Mar 19, 2014
The Purpose of Lent
As we approach the mid-point of Great Lent, Fr. Tom reflects on the purpose of this season in the Church year.
24 minutes | Mar 18, 2014
Bishops - Part 49: 17th Century Calvinistic and Roman Influences on Orthodoxy
Fr. Tom talks about what happened in the 17th Century, when Orthodoxy in both Constantinople and Ukraine were influenced by non Orthodox thinking.
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