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Fr. Dustin Lyon explores scripture to rediscover Christianity so that we can walk in the Way of the Lord.

The Way The Ephesus School

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 6 Ratings

Fr. Dustin Lyon explores scripture to rediscover Christianity so that we can walk in the Way of the Lord.

    "Thank you, O Lord!"

    "Thank you, O Lord!"

    As many of you probably know, one of the most famous Orthodox theologians of the 20th century was Fr. Alexander Schmemann. He was dean of the seminary I went to (St. Vladimir's), and his life's work was to teach about the Eucharist (which means, "thanksgiving").

    He died on December 13, 1983, but his last liturgy was on Thanksgiving Day. Since Thanksgiving was this week, I thought it'd be appropriate to recount his words here. It was entitled, "Thank you, O Lord!"

    • 3 min
    The Impossible Burger and the Fast

    The Impossible Burger and the Fast

    This week, the Nativity Fast began for Orthodox Christians around the world. This 40-day period, is a time in which we prepare for the Nativity of our Lord according to the flesh.

    But, as we watch our diets and take meat out of our lives, an important question comes up: is the impossible burger permissible? It’s not technically meat, but it looks, smells, and tastes like meat …

    So, does it fit the fast?

    The Bottom Line: when we fast, we have to be sure we don’t miss the forest for the trees.

    • 7 min
    Theophanies (Type-Scene 4)

    Theophanies (Type-Scene 4)

    If I were to ask you what feast Christians celebrate on January 6th, what would you say?

    It probably depends on which Christian tradition you were brought up in. If you are a western Christian, you’d probably say “Epiphany.” But, if you’re an eastern Christian, you will probably respond “Theophany” instead.

    Now, they are the same feast and, at the same time, they aren’t. There are some major theological differences in the emphasis between east and west, but, I’m much more interested in the difference between the words.

    What exactly does “Epiphany” mean and what exactly does “Theophany” mean? And, what does the difference in definition tell us?

    The Bottom Line: Our 4th type scene is “Theophanies,” which is a revelation of God.

    • 16 min
    The Woman at the Well (Type-Scene 3)

    The Woman at the Well (Type-Scene 3)

    In the Gospel of John, we hear the story of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well. Most sermons focus on the foreignness of the Samaritan woman: her identity as a “Samaritan” is contrasted with Jesus’s identity as a “Judean.” This then leads the preacher to speak about the inclusive nature of the Gospel.

    However, this scene is a type-scene, one that goes back to Genesis. So, if it’s a type-scene, we must ask: what is the hearer supposed to recognize about this scene?

    Well, the answer is that we’re supposed to recognize that two future spouses are meeting. This is their introduction to each other, an introduction that’ll eventually lead to wedding bells.

    Now, this story—about Jesus and the Samaritan woman—just got interesting. If this scene is really an “encounter with a future spouse,” what then is John trying to say? What’s his point?

    The Bottom Line: When two folks at a well meet, their just might be wedding bells about to ring!

    • 24 min
    The Barren Women in Scripture (Type-Scene 2)

    The Barren Women in Scripture (Type-Scene 2)

    One motif that appears over and over again in the Bible is the image of the barren woman.

    All the matriarchs of Genesis had problems having children: Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel; and
 the motif appears again in the New Testament: St. John’s mother had a hard to time having children too.

    Why would this motif appear so often in scripture?

    What literary purpose does it serve for the authors of scripture?

    What’s the spiritual meaning?

    The Bottom Line: The motif of the barren woman reminds us that it’s God who bestows life.

    • 15 min
    The Cross, Archaeology, and Orthodox Hymns

    The Cross, Archaeology, and Orthodox Hymns

    If you could go back in time and speak with a 1st-century Roman about crucifixion and how the empire used them, what would they say?


    They might say that "... By [the cross] barbarian nations are subdued, by it the scepters of kings have been secured …"

    Or, they might say that the cross, “"... grant[s] victory to the faithful over the enemy …"

    If they had said either of those things, they would be absolutely correct!

    The cross was an instrument of torture that the Romans used to keep subjected peoples—such as Galileans, Judeans, and other nations—in line. The Romans wanted to instill fear to prevent uprisings and revolts against them.

    But, isn’t that we Christians also say about the cross? That it grants victory and subdues barbarian nations?

    Yes … yes it is. So, how can both the Romans and the Christians say the same thing about the cross? After all, one put people on crosses while the other hung on them.

    The Bottom Line: For Christians, God’s victory comes through defeat!

    • 11 min

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Jporjohnny ,

Great teaching

Love this podcast and everything on the Ephesus School. Great contextual analysis through the biblical languages. Right on Father Dustin!

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