Class - On Prayer
Release Date: 10/12/2019
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 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!info_outline 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!info_outline Homily - St. John Chrysostom on how the media manipulates and divides us
Homily for All Saints 2020Continuing 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...info_outline 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.info_outline
Our Faith: Orthodox Christianity
Prayer as a Mystery and Medicine for Pride
Questions for consideration: what happens when we pray? What is the purpose of prayer? How does pride (noetic effect of the fall!) affect our prayer?
- Pride divides us from one another and from God. It makes honest communication and healthy relationships with even people who love us and whom we love difficult (much less everyone else). How can you communicate and have relationship with someone we “see” so poorly?
- The absurd puppet show in our mind (with us as the star and hero or victim…).
- Unless we are willing do some serious work, God is just another puppet in that show.
- “Work?! We aren’t saved by works?!” Becoming “perfect as God as perfect” is more than being forgiven, redeemed, and saved.
- How do we get to know our family and friends? How can we get to know God?
- How SHOULD we communicate (and commune) with our family? How SHOULD we communicate with God? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an instruction manual for prayer?
An Apology for Prayer… and for using a Prayer Book
- Prayer is one of the best ways to develop and maintain our relationship with God. “Reading” these prayers (is reading the right term? It’s not like reading a novel!) does that for us.
- Prayer is the way we thank God for blessings and ask for His help. These prayers do that well and in the proper way.
- We CAN use our own words, but these were the words of saints preserved and passed down (and tested and confirmed) through many, many generations (note that they are often labeled according to the saint). These can serve as models even for when we use “our own words.” These prayers teach us how to pray! “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father…” St. Luke 10:1-2a).
- “Rote” prayer trains our minds (and this also speaks to REPITITION!).
- Train the reasoning brain. Teaches us words, phrases, and approaches that pattern our thoughts and responses. It also crowds out immature and self-centered approaches to prayer.
- Train the passions. For the next ten to fifteen minutes, I am going to focus on THESE things and nothing else. This is a controlled arena; a weight room; a rifle range. Humility must be earned. This helps us deal with the problem of pride!
- Train the nous. Humility, awe, and thankfulness; these are the only rational responses to being a human in the presence of God. More on this in a future class.
- Back to repetition. Why is this not “vain repetitions” (St. Matthew 8:6)? What keeps us praying as the Publican and not the Pharisee? Submission. Love (we MUST have love; that’s complicated).
- Requires repetition of scales arpeggios, and practice pieces to 1) learn how the musical world is structured and 2) how to attune your senses and your actions to it; first self-consciously but over time more automatically.
- Without this, there is only what one hears… to the extent one’s “ear” is good, one might begin to intuit some patterns… but what about the voice? What about performing? What about composing?
- This is the way it is with us and our moral actions. We will intuit some patterns from the world; this will forming our own “conscience” (DON’T “trust your feelings, Luke!”) and affect our ability to know and communicate (remember: the fallen world makes the problem of pride worse).
- Repetition builds up a reliable pattern. It establishes a healthy order. It builds a wall around our minds to provide a safe place for us to interact with ideas and challenges. We need that sense of order and reliability.
Final point for tonight. We begin prayers; “In the Name…” This is scriptural, but what does it mean? We are God’s imagers. We re-present Him. We act in His name. Done with confident humility. Here’s a mind-bender: the Logos prayed to the Father (a witness of them being “One” as we should be one)!
Next week: Asceticism as training for perfection.