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Why Christianity Must Have Saints (June 3, 2018).

6/4/2018
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On the feast of All Saints, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick discusses what it means to be a saint, both for us and for those we usually think of as 'saints,' as well as why saints are actually critical to Christianity.

Duration:00:16:10

Pentecost: Christ Has Not Left Us (May 27, 2018).

5/31/2018
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Far from being a substitution at Pentecost, swapping Christ with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit makes Christ present to us for ever. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick meditates on this and related themes.

Duration:00:20:08

Of Exorcisms and Earthquakes (May 13, 2018)

5/29/2018
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What do an exorcism and an earthquake have in common? What about attempted suicide and mud? Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick connects all these together.

Duration:00:15:46

Jacob and His Well: Baptism for the Nations (May 6, 2018).

5/10/2018
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Jacob is invoked by the Samaritan Woman who encounters Jesus at the well. What does this father of the Old Testament mean in this conversation and for us who read it?

Duration:00:18:57

The Paralysis of Life on the Go (Apr. 29, 2018).

5/3/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick reflects on a major milestone in his own life -- finally living in one home for more than 5 1/2 years -- and uses that to explore how life on the go can actually be quite paralyzing.

Duration:00:15:48

That Very Body (Apr. 22, 2018).

4/25/2018
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Preaching on the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick shows how both the encounter of Joseph and Nicodemus with the body of Jesus and the lack thereof with the myrrh-bearing women make a crucial point about Christianity.

Duration:00:15:30

20 Years of Being Orthodox: 6 Things I’ve Learned

4/20/2018
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Reflecting on the 20th anniversary of his reception into the Orthodox Church, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick talks about 6 things that he's learned along the way, most of them things he couldn't quite imagine 20 years ago.

Duration:00:11:21

The Triumphal Entry of Christ into the Heart (Apr. 1, 2018).

4/9/2018
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Jesus enters triumphantly into the Holy City of Jerusalem, as celebrated on Palm Sunday. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick relates that to His entry into the Jerusalem that is our hearts and talks about what happens when that occurs.

Duration:00:12:31

The Old Gods Had Been Too Small (Mar. 25, 2018).

4/1/2018
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On the great feast of the Annunciation, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick speaks of how very different was the God Who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ than the lesser deities who had been worshiped before.

Duration:00:18:13

A Renewing Ministry: Orthodox Christian Witness and Ministry in this Secular Age

3/23/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick speaks on the kind of secular age we are actually in (it may be not what you think!), how we evangelize and minister in this context, and how we life a true Christian life here. (This talk was given on Mar. 17, 2018, for the OCA Diocese of New York & New Jersey annual teen retreat.)

Duration:00:41:00

Self-Denial Is an Invitation (Mar. 11, 2018).

3/13/2018
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Jesus said that anyone who would come after Him should deny themselves and take up their crosses. We may think this is about doing hard, painful things, but Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick tells us it's actually an invitation.

Duration:00:18:17

Everything and All is Christ (Mar. 4, 2018).

3/9/2018
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Sharing more of the wisdom he learned from his experience Athonite monasticism, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick discusses how even at the heart of where everything is being done 'right,' the Orthodox Christians there are focused completely on Jesus Christ.

Duration:00:17:17

Lent and Judgment are About Jesus (Feb. 11, 2018).

2/13/2018
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With the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick makes the point that both the question of what we eat during Lent and how we understand the coming Judgment are really about our orientation toward Jesus.

Duration:00:16:00

The Prodigal’s Prayer and Repentance: A Single Movement (Feb. 4, 2018).

2/12/2018
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Reflecting on his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick connects some of the wisdom he heard there with the parable of the Prodigal Son and what that means for our own prayer and repentance.

Duration:00:14:43

Why Repent? What Kingdom? (Jan. 14, 2018).

1/18/2018
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After His baptism, the Lord Jesus begins His preaching: 'Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,' and Fr. Andrew unpacks what that means for us. He also gives further comment and talks about his anticipation for going on a very special pilgrimage.

Duration:00:15:43

The Four-Point Spiritual Life (Dec. 31, 2017).

1/2/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick focuses on the four phrases in 2 Tim. 4:5 ('Be watchful in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry') and uses that verse as a summary of what it means to be Christian.

Duration:00:17:48

There is No Christmas and No Church Without History (Dec. 24, 2017).

12/26/2017
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With his Christmas Eve sermon, Fr. Andrew emphasizes that history is not just an aspect of the Church but key to the whole Christian Gospel. In his additional commentary, he shares a meditation titled 'Who Shall I Be at Christmas?'

Duration:00:12:33

Why Do We Do Ministry Without God? (Dec. 10, 2017).

12/12/2017
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Using St. Paul's image of putting on the whole armor of God in wrestling against spiritual powers of darkness, Fr. Andrew applies this to how we do ministry in church and in our own lives.

Duration:00:14:50

Walk Wise (Dec. 3, 2017).

12/8/2017
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In looking at St. Paul's exhortation to 'walk not as unwise, but as wise,' Fr. Andrew talks about what that means and contrasts it with how we usually use our wisdom.

Duration:00:15:30

Is Our Giving Worthy of Our Calling? (Nov. 26, 2017).

11/30/2017
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Connecting both St. Paul's command to 'walk worthy' of the calling we received with the Gospel account of the rich man who asks Jesus about eternal life, Fr. Andrew takes on the question of how we give to God in our churches.

Duration:00:19:32