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No Other Foundation

A Presence Not Theirs

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A presence that was not theirs.

The year is 1868; the place, Damascus. A self-taught mystic calling himself Abd el Matar left his wife, family, and home to found a group of disciples in Damascus, the Shazlis, basing it on a Sufi brotherhood established in the Middle Ages. About 40 or so people gathered about him to pray and seek God. In the words of Isabel Burton, wife of Sir Richard Francis Burton, the consul of Damascus at the time, these Syrian peasants…

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Ex Libris

Parenting Toward the Kingdom

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Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. Philip Mamalakis, the author of the new AFP book Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-Rearing.

Mr. Bobby Maddex: Welcome to Ex Libris, the podcast of Ancient Faith Publishing. I’m your host, Bobby Maddex, and today I’ll be speaking with Dr. Philip Mamalakis. He is the author of the new AFP book, Parenting Toward the Kingdom: Orthodox Christian Principles of Child-rearing. Welcome to the program, Dr. Mamalakis.

Dr. Philip Mamalakis:…

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Worship in Spirit and Truth

Clergy and Laity - Additional Reflections

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Fr. Tom takes some additional time to teach on the meaning and roles of the clergy and laity when it comes to Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth.

As we reflect on and comment on the Divine Liturgy in the Orthodox Church, we reflected last time about clergy and laity, and we said that in some sense the entire Church is clergy and the entire Church is laity, or perhaps we could put it the other way around: the entire Church is laity in the sense that we are all laos—laos is where you get the term “laity”—that we all belong to the people of God: bishops, presbyters, deacons,…

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The Orthodox Moviegoer

The Orthodox Moviegoer—Part Two

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In part two of his introduction to this podcast, Bobby explains why we should risk exposure to art originating from outside the Church.

Last week, I answered the question “Why watch movies?” Today I will explain why we should risk exposure to art originating from outside the Church. Here, I can turn to an Orthodox source for my answer, and not just any Orthodox source, but His Beatitude Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). When I first became Orthodox, I wasn’t sure what to do with the cheap prints of my favorite paintings that had followed my wife and me, as they had many a pair of pseudo-intellectuals…

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The Orthodox Moviegoer

The Orthodox Moviegoer—Part One

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In this first episode, Bobby explains why it is important to watch movies.

The fact is, I’m quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie. Other people, so I have read, treasure memorable moments in their lives: the time one climbed the Parthenon at sunrise, the summer night one met a lonely girl in Central Park and achieved with her a sweet and natural relationship, as they say in books. I, too, once met a girl in Central Park, but it is not much to remember. What I remember is the time John Wayne killed three men with a carbine…

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