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The Warrior Priest Podcast
54 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
0128: Midweek Debrief - Walking Away From Our Cages
“…a totalitarian society is one in which an ideology seeks to displace all prior traditions and institutions, with the goal of bringing all aspects of society under control of that ideology. A totalitarian state is one that aspires to nothing less than defining and controlling reality.” Rod Dreher, Live Not by Lies --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
8 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #61 - Jesus is Stronger Than Death
But, don't give up. Don't lose hope. Our God is strong, and the Holy Spirit is a consuming fire that will burn away all our sicknesses, diseases, and even death. And yes, the days are hard and the nights are long. But our God is a fighter, so when it's dire, the Holy Spirit burns brighter in the dark. Remember, you're baptized into Jesus Christ, and he is the light of the world; so you're more than just a survivor stumbling around in the dark. In Christ, you are a conqueror. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
31 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
High Ground #6 - J.R.R. Tolkien - Sir Orfeo
Sir Orfeo is a 1944 booklet which reproduces the text of the Middle English poem as edited and amended by J.R.R. Tolkien, together with an editorial note also by Tolkien. Tolkien's translation of it was later published in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo. Although the booklet does not identify Tolkien's editorship, a copy held by the Bodleian Library in Oxford includes a note in Tolkien's hand which states that it was prepared for a naval cadets' course in English that ran from 1943-1944. The number of copies printed is unknown, but was probably small. In his J.R.R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography, Wayne G. Hammond reported that "Five copies have been located." The lack of known copies of Sir Orfeo may be due in part to the fact that Tolkien is not recorded as editor, making it unlikely that many booksellers would identify the Tolkien connection. The poem is a Celtic retelling of the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, King of Thrace, who went to the Underworld (here the Otherworld) to save his wife Eurydice (Heurodis) from Hades (Fairy King). In 2004, the text of the 1944 Sir Orfeo was reprinted in Tolkien Studies: Volume 1, edited by Carl F. Hostetter. A musical rendition of the Middle English text: https://youtu.be/eaEiu10DS_4 A reading of the Middle English text: https://youtu.be/kllYoonQFXI --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
76 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
0127: Midweek Debrief - Fortifying Mind & Body During Crises
“No longer to accept anything at all, no longer to take anything, no longer to absorb anything—to cease reacting altogether. This fatalism…can preserve life under the most perilous conditions by reducing the metabolism, slowing it down, as a kind of will to hibernate.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
11 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #60 - God or Mammon?
We know mammon is lying to our faces, and we know it brings unnecessary drama into our lives, but we keep buying what it’s selling. No wonder we're so confused. Fake smiles, fake friends, fake breasts, fake jewelry, fake health, fake wealth, and fake happiness. We’ve become fake people living fake lives because we don’t want to see the real truth. And if we do want the truth for a change we've got to reject what’s fake and walk away from it, and go somewhere to hear and learn the brutal truth. We’ve got to listen to the God who punctures all our illusions. But, who wants that? Who wants to buy what God's selling? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
10 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #59 - Pay Attention, My Son...
Regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing and juvenile thinking that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away "Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away "Yes, Dear." It washes away the cartoonish stereotype of the fat, buffoonish, man-child who needs a wife-mother to clean up his messes. Baptism washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our doors. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
8 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #58 - Man-made in Baptism
But, regardless of what culture teaches us, the distinction between man and woman is very real, and it not washed away in baptism. It is clarified, deepened, and called very good by God. What baptism does wash away is the cultural brainwashing that has emasculated men for decades. It washes away "Happy Wife, Happy Life.” It washes away "Yes, Dear." It washes away our depression and aimlessness. It washes away our inability and impotence. Baptism washes away our ungodly dependency on pornography, drugs, video games, and junk food; the things the world pushes on us to keep us blinded to the fact that we are not misbehaving little boys, we are washed in the blood of the Lamb; washed to live as free, godly men who are identified by strength and grit, wisdom and self-sacrifice, charity and yes, even as dangerous to the wolves at our door. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
6 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #57 - What to Expect in Jesus' Church
But in the Church, Jesus reconstructs sinners from personal destruction. He remakes us, rebuilds us, and resurrects us so the demons that hide in the cracks can't get ahold of us, the devil can't break us, and hell will never know us. And we got all this from the blood that was spilled. We get all this from the blood poured down our throats at the Lord's Supper. We get all this from Jesus in his Church. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
67 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
0126: Midweek Debrief - Ancient Addiction & Coping with Trauma
The episode uploaded before I realized I’d missed some throat clearing that needed to be taken out of the audio, so I went back and edited the episode then republished it but Spotify and Apple podcasts haven’t updated the episode yet, so I apologize if you listen to the unedited version of this 🙏 • Was Alexander the Great an alcoholic? Did Odysseus take opium in the land of the lotus-eaters? Was the romance of Anthony and Cleopatra an alcohol-fuelled orgy, and was the Oracle at Delphi the world’s first rehab? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
7 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #56 - Lord, Come Quickly to Help Us
We hear people preaching that hatred's the real problem with our society, but hating straight, white men and Christians is common. Coca-Cola is telling people they should be less white. The company's advertisements preach tolerance but if you disagree with their message, they attack and demonize you. Soldiers died for this country and every one of us benefits from their sacrifice, but we repay their service by giving welfare to the bums and forgetting about the veterans. Black folks and white folks are being divided by the news, but no one is saying how we're all made by the same Creator and loved the same by Jesus Christ. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
48 minutes | Sep 3, 2022
Bonus Episode: Stand Fast, It Gets Better
A bonus episode about sobriety, setting a standard and standing fast when others avoid conflict, consequences, and us. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
57 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
0125: Midweek Debrief - Avoid Overtraining Like The Plague
What do athletes and fitness fanatics share in common that can be their greatest asset but also their ultimate downfall? Perfectionism and obsession. When this leads to over-training. You want to be training more than everyone else. Working harder than everyone else. You put in the hours even when your body is crying out for you to stop. It’s a fine and difficult line. So how do you know when you’re overtraining? How do you know when you’re doing more harm than good? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
67 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
0124: Midweek Debrief - Quitting or Not Quitting?
No matter what goal or challenge we take on in life, there tends to be that moment that occurs along the journey where you make a decision because you are forced with a choice of quitting or not quitting. The goals, the timelines, the processes are different for each of us, but we typically have to rely on pure will, guts, determination, and remember “our why” in order to be successful with the personal or team mission you are trying to accomplish. The process that we have to consider is how do we best utilize our past, present, and even the future to help us get through what feels like sticking points in personal, professional, team, or military selection goals. - Stew Smith --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
8 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #55 - Triggered by God's Word?
This message, this confrontation between God and his people is why the prophets were executed by the people that they were sent to preach to. This message, which was born, lived, and ministered to his people, is why his people executed him on a cross. This message makes fake saints into haters and real sinners into saints. This message isn't safe, but it's good. It’s good because it points you to the God who loves you a d cares for you and not to the culture who could care less whether you live or die. It’s good because it points to the truth that is revealed to you by God’s Word; Savior Jesus. The Lion of Judah. The Protector and defender of your life and life everlasting. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
102 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
0123: Midweek Debrief - What is The Warrior Ethos?
Ethos is a derivative of the same Greek word for ethics, and for the warrior comprises a code of conduct that guides his values and actions. It is often an oral code, passed down from one warrior to the next. Warrior ethos dictates not just how a warrior should behave towards his enemies, but also how he should relate to his people and overcome his own weaknesses. It is a philosophy that must balance the encouragement of active aggression with voluntary self-restraint. This tension lies at the core of warrior ethos. https://www.thecollector.com/warrior-ethos-spartan-samurai-sioux/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
13 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #54 - We Can't Hack God's Word
God's Word creates life, so we invent abortion, suicide, and euthanasia. God's Word creates man and woman, so we invent over one hundred different genders. God's Word is the big T truth, so we invent our own truths. God’s Word gives us leaders so we invent rebellion, banana republics, and civil war. God’s Word gives us marriage and family, so we invent divorce, domestic violence, and child abuse. God’s Word gives us everything we need to care for our body and life, so we invent pharmaceutical drugs, processed foods, slavery and war. God’s Word gives us good weather and a world teeming with life, so we invent climate change, environmental movements, and doomsday cults. God’s Word sends us his preachers, so we invent other gods and religions, praying to ourselves, preaching to ourselves, worshipping ourselves, inventing our own sacraments, trying to absolve ourselves, trying to save ourselves from God’s Word and his preachers. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
75 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
0122: Midweek Debrief - Stop Affirming Lies
“First off, don’t let the force of the impression carry you away. Say to it, ‘hold up a bit and let me see who you are and where you are from — let me put you to the test’ . . .” — EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 2.18.24 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
9 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #53 - Jesus Is Not...
Jesus is not, as so many paint him, and even Christians do this now, Jesus is not an impotent, feminine, passive, weak individual. He is the Lion of Judah. He is our shield and fortress; a mighty warrior, as the psalmist writes, who fights for us against sin, death, and all evil. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
66 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
0121: Midweek Debrief - Do I Need to Freak Out?
“There are a few things to keep in mind when faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. We must try: To be objective. To control emotions and keep an even keel. To choose to see the good in a situation. To steady our nerves. To ignore what disturbs or limits others. To place things in perspective. To revert to the present moment. To focus on what can be controlled”. - Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is The Way --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
7 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
Sermunition Sunday #52 - God's Word Is A Passing Rain Shower
And you need not think that you will have God's word and gifts forever because your ingratitude and contempt will not make them stay. So seize and hold fast, wherever you can, whenever you can, to God's word and gifts because those who don't will soon discover that God has taken away even the little that they have. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/donavon-riley/support
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