Nightly Nous / Giving Tuesday 11.29.22

Holy Scripture says that you will know a tree by its fruit. What kind of tree will the world, non-Orthodox Christians, identify us as? In other words, will we be known as Orthodox Christians? First, we may want to ask: what makes someone a Christian? Does being baptized make one an Orthodox Christian? Well, our baptism brings us into the family and unites us to the body of Christ. It is the marriage ceremony whereby we become joined to the Church; however, like a marriage, if one does not work every day to love the one they married more and more, then that union falls apart. If one is baptized, but does not practice their faith, then there is no real marriage. It would be akin to legally marrying someone, and then never seeing them again. Would one really still be married? Recall brothers and sisters, Christ says if you love me, you will keep my commandments. So again, what makes us a Christian? To be a Christian is to love Christ, but to love Christ is to keep His commandments. Therefore, we must ask: do we really keep, or attempt to keep, Christ’s commandments? Do we follow Christ’s Church, who the Apostle says is the pillar and ground of Truth? 

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

What is the Parable of the Good Samaritan really teaching us? Father Hans sermon from November 13, 2022 takes a deep dive into the parable to explain why details & history matter and the lessons Jesus was teaching us.

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Nothing Rises Higher Than Truth

Fr Hans’ sermon for the 6th Sunday of Luke, James (Iakovos) the Apostle, brother of Our Lord, Our Righteous Father Ignatius, Patriarch of Constantinople. Father teaches on the calling of the Apostle Paul, man’s nature, God’s nature, demons, how the knowledge & love God transforms us, and what happens when we open our hearts to God & admit our weaknesses.

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Christ Being Tempted, Garden of Gethsemane & Two Wills

In this video I talk about two topics and connect them with each other: Christ being tempted in the desert and His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. I mainly answer the question of whether we can speak of Christ truly being tempted and how we can understand His prayer in the garden of gethsemane using patristic witness such as St. Maximus the Confessor and St. John of Damascus.

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Christ as the One Mediator between God and Man

Many Protestants use 1 Timothy 2:5 as an anti-ecclesial quote, this video explains the main purpose of St. Paul’s statement about Christ being the one mediator in the sense that Christ mediates the two natures: Divinity and humanity in His hypostasis/person.

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Orthodox Christology and Refutation of Nestorianism & Monophysitism

In this video I talk about patristic Christology in St. John of Damascus’ Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Book 3. St. John talks about the doctrine of the two natures, wills and energies in Christ alongside refutations of Nestorian and Monophysite beliefs about Christ. This video will help you understand the basics of Christian theology.

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On God’s Creation of the World, Angels, and Men

In this video I give a review of St. John of Damascus’ Book 2 on the Exposition of the Orthodox Faith. St. John of Damascus is one of the most significant Church Fathers, and his writings on the Orthodox faith is treated as a systematic theology book par excellence, he is highly revered both east and west and his life is inspiring, for the life of St. John of Damascus, watch this:

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Exposition of the Orthodox Faith: Nature of God, Holy Trinity, Divine Energies

As we are back to high effort powerpoint video presentations, in this video I give a review of St. John of Damascus’ Book I on the Exposition of the Orthodox Faith. St. John of Damascus is one of the most significant Church Fathers, and his writings on the Orthodox faith is treated as a systematic theology book par excellence, he is highly revered both east and west and his life is inspiring, for the life of St. John of Damascus, watch this:

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