Come Receive the Light
This week on CRTL, Fr. Thomas Hopko weighs in on the controversial topic of homosexuality and Orthodoxy. To read more on Fr. Hopko's opinion, order your copy of Christian Faith and Same Sex Attraction: Eastern Orthodox Reflections. Plus, Cappella Romana is embarking on a historic trip to Greece. Tune in to hear executive director Mark Powell talk about the significance of the concerts and recordings which will take place.
Former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe is on the show this week to talk about Romania’s amazing journey through Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Rosapepe discussion includes the Romanian Orthodox Church (the dominant cultural religious institution in the country) and its key role in the survival of Romania as a nation over the centuries. Buy your copy of Dracular is Dead from the author's website. But first, Ann Bezzerides, the Director of Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek School of Theology talks about choosing a career path.
A doctor who once weighed 467 pounds joins us today to talk about his incredible journey back to health and happiness. Buy your copy of My Big Fat Greek Diet from Amazon. Plus, it’s not too late to do some summer reading with your kids! Sylvia Leontaritis gives some suggestions which books to order today and which to avoid.
Listen this week to hear from Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist who asks, “Is Islam incompatible with freedom?” Join us for part one of a provocative discussion on religion’s role and responsibility in politics and social freedoms. Buy your copy of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty from Amazon. Plus, how much do you know about Orthodoxy’s history in America? An upcoming conference entitled Pilgrims & Pioneers: The Growth of Orthodox Christianity in 20th Century America will explore everything from the first Russian missionaries to 20th century American theologians. Tune in to learn more! And finally, a conference in Chicago hosted by Orthodoxy Synergy features Fr. Thomas Hopko talking about Orthodox Christianity and Homosexuality.
Listen this week to hear from Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist who asks, “Is Islam incompatible with freedom?” Join us for part one of a provocative discussion on religion’s role and responsibility in politics and social freedoms. Buy your copy of Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty from Amazon. Plus, we will hear from Mark Gruin, Capacity Development Coordinator, about the current crisis in the Horn of Africa and what’s being done to help those who are suffering. Currently 10 million people are in need of aid, and over 2 million of those are children. Visit iocc.org to learn more.
Are we sometimes tempted to water down our faith when talking with others? Fr. Barnabas Powell of of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Church in Cumming, Georgia, discusses what true faith is and the importance of embracing the fullness of Orthodoxy. Plus, do you find yourself having the same fight with your spouse over and over? Dr. Albert Rossi joins us to talk about money, children and housekeeping - the three most common points of disagreement within marriages.
Why do we need sermons in addition to our services? Fr. Alexander Goussetis offers his argument about the role of the sermon in the Church, both historically and in modern times. Click here to order Fr. Goussetis' new book, Seed for the Sower: Preaching Matters from the Holy Cross Bookstore. We’ll also be joined by Fr. Timothy Chrapko of St. Volodymyr's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Alberta, Canada, as he talks about his personal memories of being ordained, along with explaining the main sections of this sacrament.
We all know the story of Adam, Eve and the apple. But what meaning does that fateful bite have for each of us today? Fr. Steven Ritter from St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Roswell, Georgia, contrasts our Orthodox beliefs to those held by other Christians. Click here to order Fr. Ritter's book, That Your Joy Maybe Full from Amazon. But first, many people describe the event of a parent’s death as life-altering. Kh. Maggie Hock shares her understanding of why that is and also offers practical tips on coping with the grief. Grief resources books recommended by Kh. Hock: Growing Through Loss and The New Day Journal.
Sacraments are not ways we encounter God, but rather a means of living out “The Way” says Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University and a priest at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. We’ll also hear from Dr. Steven Muse about his new book entitled When Hearts Become Flame, which explores the intersection of modern counselling and ancient Orthodox teachings. Click here to buy Dr. Muse's new book from Amazon.
Most of our listeners would probably identify themselves as Orthodox Christians, but what does that really mean? Fr. Brendan Pelphrey, head priest of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, weighs in on what some of the qualifying characteristics should be. But first, infidelity is an increasing reality in our world. Dr. Albert Rossi shares some practical advice for everyone on healing the relationship, rebuilding trust and emerging closer than you’d ever imagined.
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.