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Fr. Tom addresses a question that came in by email from a listener who is perplexed by the seemingly inequitable treatment of people by God. Why are some blessed and others experience so much turmoil? It's a common question that is often felt but not always expressed.<div class="feedflare">
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What is the place of the human body in our spiritual life?<div class="feedflare">
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As we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the victory over iconoclasm, Fr. Tom gives a personal reflection on icons and their use and misuse.<div class="feedflare">
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As the Lenten season begins, Fr. Tom Hopko reads a brief sermon penned by Fr. John Parker of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC. This sermon was written in the style and tradition of St. John Chrysostom's well known and loved Paschal Homily.<div class="feedflare">
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In part 4 of Fr. Tom Hopko's talks on the Darwinian revolution, he looks at what Charles Darwin may have experienced in terms of Christianity in his day.<div class="feedflare">
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Today Fr. Tom talks about the study and communication of the Fathers of the Church according to Archimandrite Vasileios, retired Abbot of the Iviron Monastery on Mt. Athos.<div class="feedflare">
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How should we reflect on calamity and disasters like what was experienced in Haiti from a Christian perspective? Is God exacting judgment or is there another explanation? Fr. Tom Hopko helps us think this through.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Thomas takes a second look at the story of The Prodigal Son, this time focusing on the meaning of The Father's House.<div class="feedflare">
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Today Fr. Tom talks about theological formulation and explanation in the Orthodox Christian Church.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom was unable to attend the March for Life rally in Washington DC earlier this week but he did think about what he would have said had he been given the opportunity to speak.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Hopko explains that this feast marks the end of the Winter Pascha and the beginning of the season of repentance.<div class="feedflare">
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In part 3 of the Darwin series, Fr. Tom explores the Darwin era and what was happening at that time in Christianity.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom continues his series on Darwin and Christianity. This is part 2.<div class="feedflare">
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What is the relationship between the concepts of natural selection and Christian theology? Fr. Tom begins a series of reflections on Charles Darwin and what he has learned in his research may surprise you!<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Tom Hopko talks about St. Seraphim's conversation with Nicholas Motovilov on "acquisition of the Holy Spirit."<div class="feedflare">
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St. Seraphim of Sarov taught that the aim of the Christian life is to live by the Spirit of God. Today Fr. Tom explores the acquisition of the Holy Spirit.<div class="feedflare">
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From the Speaking the Truth in Love archives, Fr. Tom Hopko offers this very helpful meditation on the feast of Theophany.<div class="feedflare">
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Enthroned on high with the Eternal Father and Your divine Spirit,
O Jesus, You willed to be born on earth of the unwedded handmaid, your Mother.
Therefore You were circumcised as an eight-day old Child.
Glory to Your most gracious counsel;
glory to Your dispensation;
glory to Your condescension, ...
In a new reflection, Fr. Thomas Hopko teaches about the virgin birth and the significance of this Orthodox dogma on the identify of Christ.<div class="feedflare">
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Fr. Thomas Hopko presents a meditation on how the liturgical services of Christmas and Epiphany pattern those of the Christ’s Holy Pascha of Easter.<div class="feedflare">
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