Class - Sacramental Realism
Release Date: 09/28/2019
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 8/3/2020. In it, he shares some of the wisdom he gained from his summer job moving furniture and argues that people with authority/expertise in one field should exercise humility when making dogmatic statements outside that field. He also shares his concerns about the Jenga game being played with liberal democracy (and the engine of growing freedom and prosperity). Enjoy the show!info_outline Homily on Finding the Miracles that We Need Now
Homily on 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, St. Matthew 14:14-22 (feeding of the five thousand), and the commemoration of St. Elijah (Elias). In it, Fr. Anthony makes the case that we have exactly the miracles that we need for the problems we face today. Enjoy the show!info_outline Why Intersectionality Fails as a Religion and a Guide for Policy
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/27/2020. In it, he makes the point that identity politics is bad theology and politics. Enjoy the show!info_outline Virtue in Theology ... and Politics
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/20/2020. In it, he makes the point that virtue is ontological and its unreliability in politics necessitates limited government. Enjoy the show!info_outline Homily on Using Our Gifts Well
Homily on Romans 12:6-14. It is not enough to gave gifts, or even to want to use them well. Much harm is done by people who have the zeal and skills, but lack the ability to abhor evil, cling to the good, and love without hypocrisy. Commitment to Orthodoxy can help, but isn't enough; adding self-control and humility and really trusting God can allow us to meet the requirements of the moment. Enjoy the show!info_outline Orthodoxy and the (Intersectional) Religion of the Future
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/13/2020. In it, he talks about how stupidity is overdetermined (and not just demonic or agenda-driven), a couple of the things that make intersectionality such a perverse and counter-productive religion, and how Orthodox Christians are both culpable for it and responsible for replacing it with Authenticity.info_outline Homily - The Answer to Fear, Demons, and the Chaos of the Moment
Homily: The Demoniac at Gardenes Introduction – the context of the story Our Lord had just come across the water with his disciples. They had faced one kind of fear when they were on the water: a fear of the chaos of a storm. A great wind had come up while Jesus slept, and the disciples panicked. They woke Jesus up and he calmed the wind and rebuked them for their lack of faith. When they got to the other side, they faced a new kind of fear: the fear of ghosts. The demons in this man at Gardenese had driven him into the graveyard to play on men’s superstitions...info_outline The Solstice, Politics, and Nothing Really
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' YouTube Livestream from 7/6/2020. After talking about the (Liturgical) Summer Solstice, he talks about identity politics and the greatest patriotic sf movie ever. Enjoy the show!info_outline The Mind, Discernment, and Aliens
This is a recording of Fr. Anthony Perkins' Livestream from his back porch in Hartwell, Georgia on 30 June 2020. He talks about how the modern troubles play on the lowest part of our minds and why "Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future" is incomplete and misleading.info_outline Homily - We are doing it wrong!
Homily for the third Sunday after Pentecost (; ). 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!info_outline
Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity
Questions for consideration: does God just work through ideas and the heart, or does He work in the physical world, too? How about mankind? Is there such a thing as a blessing? A curse? How do they work?
- God is un-created. He made this world as an expression of His Love. He made man in His image to be the steward of creation. Creation was designed to respond to our touch and to our care (as a reflection of how it responds to His touch and care).
- We failed in our first calling as good stewards. We were cast out of the Paradise where blessings were meant to compound eternally. But creation still responds to our touch and to our care.
- Alas, we have become a curse to the earth; “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3: 5-7)”
- Christ is the “New Adam” (Romans 5); He has restored humanity’s ability to be the good steward of creation. Note that this is accomplished by those who unite themselves to Him in His Holy Church.
Mysteries (not as in “strange”, but as in the way the ineffable God is made known and accessible.
- Baptism. The theology of Theophany (the Baptism of Christ); “The Jordan turned back!” The Psalms are full of language about how God has tamed nature. Our baptisms are not just symbolic of an inward change. The water is blessed, the old man dies through immersion and is brought up a new man in Christ. Because it is a real change, it is meaningful for a baby to be baptized. Moreover, this allows the child to grow up in Christ and not just waiting for Him.
- Chrismation. The seal of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 1 John 2:20). The physicality is through the oil, which was prepared by the Patriarch on Holy Thursday. The anointing with chrism makes us a “christ”, an anointed one!
- Communion. The Body and Blood of Christ. This is the central Mystery of the Christian Church. Instituted by Christ Himself, the Gospel and Epistle references make is clear that it has always been the central rite of believers and more than just a symbol or remembrance. The physicality here is obvious.
- Confession. The “Second Baptism”, with tears in the place of water (God accepts even “a portion of a tear”). We are all sinners and there can be no salvation without repentance. Confession was done in the midst of the Church; now the priest stands in for all the people. The “seal of confession.” It is more than counseling and more than the repentance the believer does on his knees at home (St. James 5:16; St. John 20:23).
- Holy Unction. The healing ministry of the Church in its most iconic form (St. Mark 6:13; St. James 5:14).
- Marriage. This is one of the greatest icons of the Church: the union of two live in love through Christ (St. John 2:1-11; Ephesians 5:32).
- Ordination. The laying on of hands (1 TImothy 5:22). Bishops, priests, deacons, subdeacons, readers, taper bearers.
- Funerals. Prayer. Silence. Loving touch. Listening ear.
An Apology for Orthodoxy: It is radically Incarnational. It takes God’s call for us to be stewards - and annointed ones - seriously. It also takes our own incarnation (psycho-somaticism) seriously. It also takes our pride seriously.
Next week: Orthodoxy as the medicine for pride.