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Welcome to OrthoAnalytika, Fr. Anthony Perkins' podcast of homilies, classes, and shows on spirituality, science, and culture - all offered from a decidedly Orthodox Christian perspective. Fr. Anthony is the mission priest of Holy Resurrection Church (a mission of the UOC-USA in Waynesville, NC), a full-time PhD student in Political Science at UGA, and a Professor at St. Sophia Seminary (UOC-USA). He has a diverse background, a lot of enthusiasm, and a big smile. See www.orthoanalytika.org f ...
 
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This homily was given on the day of the celebration of St. Michael and the Hosts of Heaven. Although it was never explicated, it is a meditation triangling in from on Hebrews 13:2; "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares", Christ's words (Matthew 25:40); "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I s…
 
After talking about the heresy of decaf coffee, Fr. Anthony triangulates from three verses of scripture: "I said in my amazement every man is a liar" (Psalm 116:11), "If You O Lord should mark iniquities who shall stand, but there is forgiveness with You" (Psalm 130:3) and "What is truth" (John 18:38) to talk about framing, confirmation bias, and w…
 
Meditation on St. Paul (2 Corinthians 9:8) "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." Somewhere in the midst of all those words (30 minutes!!!), Fr. Anthony is making an important point: our judgments are clanging gongs because we skipped l…
 
[Videos and livestreams: https://www.youtube.com/user/74snipe] Inquiry Class 001: IntroductionHoly Resurrection (Waynesville NC) Christ the Savior (Anderson, SC) Introduce self. Married for thirty- one years. Orthodox twenty-one years. Priest for fourteen. Taught at seminary for thirteen. I’m on my third parish assignment. Role of Orthodoxy. Purpos…
 
Homily on Luke 5:1-11. Introduction: How Christ Builds the Church This is a beautiful story from the ministry of Jesus Christ. It comes on the heels of his Baptism, his temptation by the devil in the wilderness, and the beginning of his preaching ministry in the synagogues of Galilee. In this Gospel, Christ has started building something very speci…
 
2 Corinthians 4: 6-15; St. Matthew 22: 35-46. We have power, but lack discernment. Seeing things clearly cannot be achieved through even the most objective scientific analysis. The problem is found in the etymology of the very word "objective". When we objectify things, we remove them from their context and connections. While this allows us to mani…
 
Fr. Gregory Jensen PhD and Fr. Anthony begin by talking about three (no four!) indicators of whether a man is a suitable candidate for seminary, then segue into the importance of a healthy marriage and family life (e.g. 1 Timothy 3). They use the Ecumenical Patriarchate's "For the Life of the World; Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church" as …
 
1 Corinthians 16: 13-24; St. Matthew 21: 33-42. In today’s Gospel, Christ is trying to help His listeners understand who He was, who sent Him, and why it was that the religious leaders rejected Him. As Christians, we grow up understanding that Christ is “God the Son”, the second person of the Holy Trinity; that God the Father, the first person of t…
 
Fr. Gregory Jensen, PhD and Fr. Anthony Perkins talk about Orthodox sexuality, chastity, celibacy, and abstinence. Along the way they also discuss the negative effects the culture wars have had on Orthodoxy and pastoral care. They hope to make this part of a series. Warning: it's hard to talk about this euphemistically. Some graphic terms were used…
 
Matthew 19:16-26 The quotes: If thou hadst ever had an absurd desire to fly and to be borne through the air, how wouldest thou extinguish this unreasonable desire? By fashioning wings, and preparing other instruments, or by convincing the mind that it is desiring things impossible, and that one should attempt none of these things? (St. John Chrysos…
 
1 Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34. Here's the text of the homily I was going to give. Instead of it, I preached on what "the day" has declared in our lives over the last couple of years. It was partially prompted by recent events in Afghanistan (I worked the Afghanistan situation for several years as an intelligence analyst). +++ Homily – Buil…
 
In this episode, Fr. Anthony and Fr. Harry address the often misunderstood necessity of withholding sacraments. Framing it as a normal process (beginning with Baptism) allows us to see it less as a political power play or punishment (as the world would have us see it) and more as a valid and necessary part of our life in Christ. Enjoy the show!…
 
1 Corinthians 1:10-18. How do people dedicated to being One (as God is One) end up being "of" Paul, Apollos, and Cephas? As we interact and baptize a culture, we are going to disagree about the utility of various symbols, ideas, etc in the local culture. Disagreements are useful for discernment. It's when we dogmatize and moralize our differences t…
 
Romans 12:6-14. Fr. Anthony reflects on the necessity of using the Babel Fish of Love (i.e. charity as a translation filter) when evaluating the truth claims of others, especially when they are using the vernacular of their own political tribe. He also laments how we so easily moralize and dogmatize disputations about facts - an unfortunate misfiri…
 
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