Synopsis

Thoughts and reflections on Orthodox theology and life - Thoughts and reflections on Orthodox theology and life from Fr. Stephen Freeman.

Episodes

  • Getting Saved on Star Trek

    Getting Saved on Star Trek

    07/05/2020 Duration: 10min

    On Star Trek, the guys wearing the Red Shirts are expendable. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us there's a lot to think about in that.

  • The Cross and the Ring of Power

    The Cross and the Ring of Power

    02/04/2020 Duration: 16min

    JRR Tolkien had a number of critiques aimed at the abuses of our modern age. That same understanding can be seen in his fiction. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the Ring of Power and the mythology of our modern world and draws lessons that every good hobbit should know.

  • The End of History

    The End of History

    21/02/2020 Duration: 12min

    Have you ever felt haunted by the past or trapped by things you could not change? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how history actually works in light of the Kingdom of God. This is truly good news!

  • Be True to Yourself

    Be True to Yourself

    31/01/2020 Duration: 11min

    Father Stephen Freeman tells us that the spiritual struggle in our life is not one of moral progress, forcing ourselves to behave better and better. Rather, it is the struggle to enter the depths of our lives and confront the truth - in the presence of Christ.

  • Clothed in the Image

    Clothed in the Image

    16/01/2020 Duration: 13min

    The clothing we wear, often with slogans and such, and other outward markings in our lives reflect a deeper spiritual need. The Scriptures speak of being "clothed with Christ." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at this in terms of covering our shame, and our growth in the image of Christ.

  • The Struggle Against the Normal Life

    The Struggle Against the Normal Life

    10/01/2020 Duration: 11min

    Much of what we mean when we say "normal" is nothing of the sort. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the clash of worldviews that surrounds us in our present day.

  • The End of Time Is Probably Not What You Think

    The End of Time Is Probably Not What You Think

    02/11/2019 Duration: 14min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the end of time and how it is thought about in Orthodox theology. It is profoundly important in our every day life.

  • The Truth of the Soul

    The Truth of the Soul

    11/10/2019 Duration: 10min

    There is a distinction between our personality and what it means to be person. Fr. Stephen Freeman explains this in terms of the soul and offers very helpful thoughts on what awaits us in heaven.

  • Get Your Soul Back

    Get Your Soul Back

    19/09/2019 Duration: 12min

    Why do the Scriptures speak so frequently about the soul? Is it the same as my personality? Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks about the meaning of soul and its importance in a psychologized society.

  • The Greatness of a Lesser World

    The Greatness of a Lesser World

    17/07/2019 Duration: 19min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman reflects on the thoughts of Thomas Hopko, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and GK Chesterton, all of whom speak of the value of smaller and more local things. He examines this within Orthodox thought as well.

  • The Poor, Debts and Your Enemies: Learning to Forgive

    The Poor, Debts and Your Enemies: Learning to Forgive

    15/07/2019 Duration: 08min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the "burden" created by the emotional and spiritual debts of things that others have done to us and how they can be forgiven.

  • The Secular Mind Versus the Whole Heart

    The Secular Mind Versus the Whole Heart

    04/05/2019 Duration: 15min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman discusses the right relationship between the mind and the body. You might be surprised.

  • A Priest’s Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body and Your Brain

    A Priest’s Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body and Your Brain

    21/03/2019 Duration: 23min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman speaks from his own experience about depression, anxiety, and a 40-year battle with panic attacks. He sets these within the wisdom of the tradition and offers a way of understanding as well as some helpful ways of moving forward.

  • Giving Thanks for All Things: The Cruciform Life

    Giving Thanks for All Things: The Cruciform Life

    04/02/2019 Duration: 14min

    When we give thanks to God, particularly in difficult times, Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us we unite ourselves with the Cross of Christ.

  • Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers

    Weak, Sick, Poor, Tired: A Story for Losers

    02/02/2019 Duration: 09min

    Elder Zacharias of Essex says that the "way of shame is the way of the Lord." Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at how our weakness is, in fact, the path of our salvation.

  • Saving My Neighbor

    Saving My Neighbor

    22/12/2018 Duration: 16min

    Just how connected are we? Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the classical understanding of human connectedness and what it means for our salvation.

  • Hell, Justice and the Heart of Prayer

    Hell, Justice and the Heart of Prayer

    12/12/2018 Duration: 11min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the story of Abraham and the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as a means of understanding our prayers for the world.

  • The Sacrifice of Worship

    The Sacrifice of Worship

    30/10/2018 Duration: 13min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the meaning of Worship, as understood in the Scriptures and the Tradition, connecting it with the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, and Christ's sacrifice on the Cross in the New.

  • The Community We All Need

    The Community We All Need

    04/10/2018 Duration: 11min

    Community is rooted in a mutual need, and so depends on our weakness. Fr. Stephen Freeman tells us that this is God's intention for the Church.

  • The Loneliness of Shame

    The Loneliness of Shame

    14/07/2018 Duration: 12min

    The heart of loneliness is broken communion. Fr. Stephen Freeman looks at the roots of this rupture and its experience as shame.

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