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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 for show notes and additional content.

OrthoAnalytika Fr. Anthony Perkins

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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 for show notes and additional content.

    Homily - We are doing it wrong!

    Homily - We are doing it wrong!

    Homily for the third Sunday after Pentecost (Romans 5:1-10; Matthew 6:22-33).  Do we have anxiety or peace?  Are our tribulations bringing us anger and despondency or hope?  In this homily, Fr. Anthony makes the case that we are suffering from the chaos around us because we skipped a step: we went straight to virtue without first seeking God and His righteousness.  This was Fr. Anthony's audible homily; it's not polished, but there you go.  Enjoy the show!

    • 26 min
    We CANNOT Trust Our Feelings (even when we call them our conscience)

    We CANNOT Trust Our Feelings (even when we call them our conscience)

    This talk was recorded and streamed at 10AM EST on 22 June 2020 on Fr. Anthony Perkins' Youtube Channel.  In it, Fr. Anthony talks about what St. Paul’s letter to the Romans teaches us about the utility of feelings and science for discerning and healing the world’s pain.  Enjoy the show!

    • 59 min
    Homily - Neither the Law nor our Conscience make us Good

    Homily - Neither the Law nor our Conscience make us Good

    Fr. Anthony preaches on the epistle reading (Romans 2:10-16), explaining St. Paul's take on the utility of The Law (for the Jews) vs. the Conscience (for the Gentiles) and what it means for us now.  Enjoy the show!

    • 21 min
    Homily - St. John Chrysostom on how the media manipulates and divides us

    Homily - St. John Chrysostom on how the media manipulates and divides us

    Homily for All Saints 2020
    Continuing on the theme of Division
    Call to unity.  But we experience division.  The devil loves to divide us [and to solve that division with hedonism and tyranny]. 
    [Review the three parts of the mind]
    Rather than taking the unity of God into our minds (through the heart), and spreading it through our families, friendships, communities and the world; we do the opposite: we take the divisions and tyrannies of the devil in the world, bring them into our minds (through our emotions; justified by our brains), and spread them through our families and friendships and communities and the world [giving it back with usury].
    We have entire industries devoted to sowing this division through our emotions, under the guise of entertainment and news.
     Everything is turned upside down (in the theater). Who is it that plots against our marriages? Is it not the theater?  Don’t you see how this makes it impossible for women to love their husbands?  Don’t you see how this leads husbands to disdain their wives?  Don’t you see how this encourages insatiability, adultery, and divorce?  This is how it is not just with the theater itself; the theater-goers themselves are subversive of our families and community; they bring a grievous tyranny among themselves and into our midst.  St. John Chrysostom, “Homily 37”.
    [Restate that in terms of race.  It also works for politics, sex, etc.]
    The media make money by playing up our divisions [and then offering hedonism and tyranny as a solution].  They know how to use the emotions that the images and stories they craft generate to manipulate us to watch more news.  That’s their model for making money.  They devil rejoices in this because it takes people who have SO MUCH in common to distrust and even hate one another.  This is true of the entire news and media system.  We can’t think that we have opted out because we have found an unbiased source or balanced one set against another.  They are still manipulating us and dividing us for market share.
    So what is the solution?
    God gave us our psychology for our salvation.  The evil one uses it to manipulate and divide us; the Church works with our psychology to save and unite us.
    First. Cut way back on our screen time, to include news and social media.  Don’t let them feed the emotions. Second.  Pray.  Read pious and useful literature.  Watch pious and useful entertainment. Third.  Love.  Don’t judge.  Be charitable. It is easier for Christians who actually pray the prayers of the Church in their daily prayer rules, surrounds themselves with icons, and avoid the excesses of the media to live well because they know from the depths of their heart that they live in a beautiful world among the saints.  Such people have has set themselves up for success.
    One final thought [drawing on the parallel between marriage and the Church]:
    What would you think of a married man who spent more time hanging out at the bar with his bachelor and adulterous friends than with his wife?
    What would you think of a wife who spent more time complaining about men with her friends than nurturing her marriage?
    How long would you expect their marriages to last?  And if they lasted, how happy would you expect that marriages to be?
    [Restate this with regard to our nation and community.]
    We have to be intentional about our relationships with one another in order to find peace and joy within them.  It is the same for our relationship with Christ.  We cannot live healthy Christian lives without nurturing our relationship with Him.  He is Incarnate in His Church.  That means that we must devote ourselves to the life of Christ here in this God-protected parish.

    • 18 min
    Homily for Pentecost 2020 - Peace against and in Chaos

    Homily for Pentecost 2020 - Peace against and in Chaos

    At Pentecost we celebrate the Holy Trinity and the restoration of unity from the division of Babel.  How are we to understand the present division within that frame?  Fr. Anthony provides some context and gives three pieces of advice for these difficult times:  1) cultivate peace in the heart and in relations 2) be charitable towards the intentions of others and 3) trust God's plan on redemption for all of us.  

    • 21 min
    Homily - Our Division Goes Against God's Will

    Homily - Our Division Goes Against God's Will

    This homily was given on the Sunday after the Ascension (St. John 17:1-13; Acts 20:16-18, 28-36) and after a week of our shared outrage over police brutality and a growing concern about the rioting that has occurred in response to that brutality.  God wants us to be one; how are we doing with that?!

    • 19 min

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Mr. Greve ,

Wonderful!

Laid back, spiritually nourishing and practical. Fr Anthony hits that balance between upholding the vocation of a priest as teacher and example while recognizing himself as a regular guy learing to follow Christ like every other Orthodox. He covers a wide range of issues in both a practical and spiritual way without forcing either one. Great podcast!

Moeinyoface ,

Good sermons audio too quiet

I enjoy listening to these homilies, but I can barely hear it. I have to max out the Audio on my phone and car to hear anything. Can you please raise the volume levels before uploading. Thank you God bless

blackbilledmagpie ,

Splendid Podcast

These splendid podcasts exhibit Fr. Anthony Perkins's wit, wisdom, and winning good humor. I could listen to them for hours (and occasionally, they take that long!). I have listened to some of them several times, and they remain interesting and worthwhile. Fr. Anthony's unique constellation of perspectives generates lots of food for thought.

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