16 episodes

Have you ever doubted? In Help My Unbelief, we understand doubt is not the great enemy of faith but a meaningful part of the journey toward Christ.

Help My Unbelief Basil and Nicole Roccas and Ancient Faith Radio

    • Christianity

Have you ever doubted? In Help My Unbelief, we understand doubt is not the great enemy of faith but a meaningful part of the journey toward Christ.

    Three Gifts From Us to You! (Help My Unbelief Christmas Special 2019)

    Three Gifts From Us to You! (Help My Unbelief Christmas Special 2019)

    Christmas is a time for giving and we are giving our listeners three fun Christmas gifts. We’re deeply thankful to all who have listened to or written us about Help My Unbelief in this first season. Though the holidays can be a difficult time for folks, we wish you all the hope of Christ’s entrance into this world. P.S. This is our last episode of 2019! We’ll see you back here in January 2020. Links: Find the Official Help My Unbelief Soundtrack and other relevant playlists on our new YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCddut5-qGiCaKynBDXH8j7Q/playlists?view_as=subscriber Enter the “Time and Despondency” audiobook giveaway on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/helpmyunbeliefpodcast/ Give a Podcast for Christmas! Find the free gift card here: https://www.nicoleroccas.com/give-a-podcast/

    • 9 min
    On Callings and Doubts: Few are Chosen Part 2

    On Callings and Doubts: Few are Chosen Part 2

    Does God grant us personal callings? If our overarching calling as Christians is to learn to live to Christ and die to the world, is it silly to try to discern our individual vocations? In this second half of Basil and Nicole’s conversation about calling and doubt, they explore the tensions between our “Capital-C” Calling and little-c “callings” in the New Testament and in life. Plus, a Greek Lesson for all the Lisas out there! References and further resources: Luke 14:25-35 Acts 13:1-3 Acts 16:9-10 Ephesians 4:4-11 Matthew 28:16-17 1 Peter 2:18-21 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 1 Peter 3:9 “Becoming Human in Christ,” A lecture by Fr. John Behr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG191o60cIA&t=1021s Becoming Human (book) by Fr. John Behr https://store.ancientfaith.com/becoming-human/ “How My Crisis Can Help You Find Meaning In Your Life,” a conversation with Ravi Zacharias https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8bD7ovxIuc

    • 31 min
    Few are Chosen: On Callings and Doubts (Part 1)

    Few are Chosen: On Callings and Doubts (Part 1)

    One of the things that has caused Basil the most doubt over the years is what to do with the calling to the priesthood he's felt for most of his life. Does God even grant personal callings? If so, how can we be sure of our own calling? This episode is the first of several devoted to the intersection between vocations and doubts. Resources mentioned in this episode: κλήση (klisi) and πρόσκληση (prosklisi), Greek terms for "calling," are found roughly 148 times in the New Testament. They can be translated as to name, to invite, to ask to come, to call out. Matthew 22:1-14 (Parable of the wedding feast) "Paradox of Choice," a talk by Barry Schwartz Paradox of Choice (book) by Barry Schwartz Luke 14:25-35 (Cost of discipleship)

    • 31 min
    Marriage, Infertility, and Doubt: Introducing a New Book

    Marriage, Infertility, and Doubt: Introducing a New Book

    Basil talks with Nicole about the subject of her newest book, grieving infertility in the context of marriage. Infertility has been a part of their faith (and doubt) life for over five years. The episode ends with an excerpt of the book: Under the Laurel Tree: Grieving Infertility with Saints Joachim and Anna (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019). You can find the book on the Ancient Faith Publishing website, on Audible.com, or wherever you order books from. Available in hardcopy, paperback, and audio formats.

    • 46 min
    Dinner with the Roccases: Help My Unbelief turns 10

    Dinner with the Roccases: Help My Unbelief turns 10

    It's our tenth (episode) anniversary! To celebrate, Basil and Nicole invite you over for dinner and a few rounds of a beloved Roccas ritual: Chat Pack. This short and sweet episode is just for fun and has nothing to do with doubt . . . or does it?

    • 12 min
    Whose Side Are We On? (On Second Thought)

    Whose Side Are We On? (On Second Thought)

    Basil and Nicole duke it out (again) over James van Praagh's book, Talking to Heaven, in this week's On Second Thought. Questions that surface: whose side is Basil on? Is atheism an attracting or repelling force? Also, should we get burritos? Shout out to Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzales and their podcast, We Are Orthodoxy. Check out the episode Basil mentions, "It's Complicated."

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

Corey Seachris ,

Thank you for this very needed podcast

I was raised in a Christian family but in early adulthood, I struggled with doubt and was practically an agnostic for a few years. I ended up coming back into Christianity and am now a convert to Orthodoxy. I still struggle with faith and doubt. I am very thankful for your podcast.

ProfessorAlan ,

Love this show!

The hosts do an excellent job of having real conversations about the concept of "Lord, I believe -- help my unbelief!" Wonderful.

Ortho Jo ,

Why are you a Christian?

“Why are you a Christian?” My struggling-to-be-a-Christian friend asked out of desperation for answers. I sat there for a bit trying to think of an answer that didn’t sound like it came out of Sunday school. I was so embarrassed because this huge question challenged everything; my school, relationships, leadership, lifestyle, pretty much my identity, and I couldn’t think of why I was actually a Christian.

I told him I couldn’t think of a solid answer and that I’d get back to him; he was satisfied with my honesty.

But that question, or even that word, “why?” is a haunting one. It forces oneself to look inward, and deeper, it’s not satisfied with rote, packaged answers. The only answer I could conjure up was that I had always been a Christian, my family raised me that way. But that wasn’t a good enough reason, that didn’t mean Christianity true.

I searched high and wide for answers to objections to the faith via contemporary apologetics (mostly Protestant and Catholic) and found some satisfying responses. I bulked up on my understanding of science, philosophy, scripture, culture and it’s contemporary issues. At the same time I was asked to start working with the high school Sunday school group and I began doing this research not only for myself but for them.

Now, as the Youth Director, I receive questions all of the time from searching and unsatisfied youth. We leaders must learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable with these questions, doubts and push backs. We must do the work to actually know the answers to these questions that they are dealing with, even if we don’t wrestle with them ourselves. If we don’t know, then be honest and authentic and say you don’t know and that you’ll get back to them.

We live in an age where any answer to any question can be asked and answered. If our children and youth do not feel that they can safely ask a question or get a substantive answer, they will go some where else where they can get satisfactory answers.

I hope this podcast, with Orthodox hosts and perspectives, can engage with these issues and provide a space of healthy questioning and vulnerable doubt. I appreciate Nicole and Basil and their efforts; I know that some do not understand or appreciate the value of this sort of program. I encourage our hosts and pray for them, I think it’s high time the Orthodox publicly engage with the intellectual and existential problems that plague the faithful.

Oh and by the way, I came up with an answer and finally told my friend. I told him that I’m an Orthodox Christian because there are saints.

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