Monday, September 29, 2008

It's back!

After a nine month hiatus, Episode #7 of the podcast can now be downloaded. Its main feature is a chat with my friend Symeon Kees on the topic of Orthodox Christianity here in the mountains of West Virginia. Included is a new theme song, as well as a clip of your humble servant playing his mountain dulcimer.

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7 comments:

Josephus Flavius said...

There was a line in the podcast I had a question about. You said the Orthodox Church is situated 'right now' to bring Christ to these people. Why now? The people? The state of the Church?

Fr. Andrew said...

Both, I think. Here in WV especially (and I think this is true throughout the country, honestly), there is a spiritual vacuum forming, and the old-timey kind of stuff that used to be the norm here is fast disappearing.

In addition, the Church has a lot of work to do to reach people, but the good news is that it's doing some of the work! I believe there's a general awakening going on, and there's certainly an explosion of Orthodox publications and media, as well as a general growing awareness that mission work is needed. I'm quite optimistic.

Josephus Flavius said...

I'd love to hear a follow up on this point and possibly a discussion on the conversion of the heart along with the mind.

The angry or know-it-all convert has been acknowledged and at times lampooned online quite a bit lately. People come into the Church and build up walls of anti-"heterodox" rhetoric. Koinonia (http://www.palamas.info/) had a few great articles on the Orthodox Church in the US's problem with convert retention and integration. Your thoughts on this in podcast format would be quite enlightening I think.

http://www.theoniondome.com/2008/08/david/

http://www.theoniondome.com/2008/09/marie/

Fr. Andrew said...

I do have my own thoughts on that subject, but I think the topic would probably work best as a conversation rather than an individual reflection. I'll keep a note of that for the future.

titus2woman said...

I am *delighted* that you entered my bloggy contest, and if you WIN you will LOVE this CD! Your blog is awesome~I am really enjoying gleaning from your thoughts and being encouraged in faith. My father's family's roots are in Appalachia, so that's an added bonus. ~smile~ (((((HUGS))))) sandi~*THANKING YOU!* for the birthday wishes!

Fr. Andrew said...

Thanks, Sandi!

Matthew the Curmudgeon said...

PRAISE BE TO GOD! YOUR STILL ALIVE! I THOUGHT YOU HAD DIED AND GONE TO SCOTLAND!!!
Welcome back.