Come Receive the Light
A lot of people pick and choose religious ideas, accepting only the ones that "feel right" to them. Frederica Mathewes-Green is back on the program to talk about the pitfalls of limiting God by what we think is right. Plus, can a person be saved even after they have passed away? Fr. Tim Chrapko lays out both sides of the argument on this divisive and provocative topic. He recommends Metropolitan Kallistos Ware's book called The Inner Kingdom for further study. Click here to order from Amazon.
What advice could a single man, orphaned at a young age have about how to run a household? You may be surprised to hear some of the touching and practical suggestions from our beloved St. John Chrysostom. Dr. David Ford will offer six tips from this Saint on how to bring your whole household closer to Christ. Plus, we’ll hear from author - Fr. John McGuckin on one of his latest publications, The Prayer Book of the Ancient Church. You can preorder your own copy of Fr. McGuckin's new book from Amazon. Click here to order.
Why is the person who can walk to your church not a member of it? Fr. Barnabas Powell looks at the meaning of Pentecost in our Church today. But first, there’s a video on YouTube that’s gotten lots of attention in the Orthodox World. We’ll talk with the producer of the “Jesus is Risen Song” about what inspired this amazing piece. Plus, we’ll hear from author - Demetrious Glimidakis on his first book, The Crimson Knight.
This week on CRTL, we tackle dating and marriage. Join Thomas Ruthford, author of Heaven Help the Single Christian, for tips on what to do and what to avoid! Plus, the phrase "til death do us part" isn't anywhere in the Orthodox marriage ceremony. Does that mean we're married to our spouse in heaven? Canon Law specialist Fr. Patrick Viscuso shares with us what the Holy Fathers have to say. To study more on this subject read: Sexuality, Marriage, and Celibacy in Byzantine Law: The Alphabetical Collection of Matthew Blastares: Selections from a Fourteenth-Century Encyclopedia of Canon Law or Heaven Help the Single Christian: Your (Practical) Guide to Navigating Church as You Search for a Godly Mate.
Horoscopes, Tarot cards and talking to the dead are often thought of as “New Age” ideas, but none of it is very new! Fr. Brendan Pelphrey is here to talk about our human obsession with the paranormal, desire to control our own lives and how it all fits in with our Orthodox faith. And we’ll conclude our series with Dr. George Parsenios on Christ in the 4 Gospels. We end with the Gospel of John, which differs greatly from the other Gospels in several aspects. If you have enjoyed Dr. Parsenios series on the 4 Gospels, you might check out his book, Departure and Consolation: The Johannine Farewell Discourses in Light of Greco-Roman. This book is available from Amazon - visit http://www.amazon.com/Departure-Consolation-Greco-Roman-Supplements-Testamentum/dp/9004142789/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1304176851&sr=8-1.
What counts as an affair? What are emotional affairs? Dr. Rossi is back with a frank discussion on the sanctity of relationships blessed by God, the temptations that face all couples and the remedies to thwart these snares. We’ll also continue our walk through the Gospels with Dr. George Parsenios, this time looking at the Gospel of Luke - the only one that includes the parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.
Continuing our journey in the Gospels this week, Dr. George Parsenios is back to talk about the book of Matthew, which focuses largely on issues of Jewish law. But first, when should we start teaching our kids about the Bible? Fr. John Peck gives practical examples on making scriptural learning fun for the whole family.
During Lent, many of us grow closer to Christ, His Church and to one another, but that progress is quickly lost as we return to our “real lives.” Let Fr. Steven Ritter offer you some suggestions and encouragement on how to continue walking towards our Risen Lord. Plus, this week we start our exploration of Christ in the 4 Gospels with Dr. George Parsenios, beginning with the Gospel of Mark! Click here to listen to the first interview with Dr. Parsenios on the similarities and differences within the 4 Gospels.
St. Grergory the Theologian said that "Matthew wrote the miracles of Christ for the Hebrews, Mark for Italy, Luke for Greece; John, the great herald who walked in the heavens, for all." Prof. George Parsenios joins us for the first installment of a 5 part series on Christ in the Gospels. But first, Fr. Oliver Herbel looks at change in Orthodox services, and warns against grabbing on to something that is ancient and old simply because it is ancient and old.
Many of us know the parable of the Prodigal Son, but today we’ll hear from a prodigal daughter! Award-winning author Myrna Kostash recounts her journey back to the church of her childhood. Plus, as we prepare ourselves for Holy Friday’s services commemorating Christ’s death and entombment, we’ll ask Fr. Timothy Chrapko what our Lord did during the time between His death and resurrection.
A priest is persecuted decades ago and his family keeps the message alive. Join Fr. Chris and Claire Brandenburgh as they discuss the release of a new CD dedicated to the memory of a modern day saint - Fr. Sergius of Kasimov. Plus, is honesty always the best policy? Prof. Telly Papanikolaou connects our willingness to acknowledge the truth of ourselves with our ability to encounter God.