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Engaging with the Non-Orthodox: Reflections with Notes from the Church Fathers

9/13/2018
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Addressing alumni and seminarians at St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania, during the year-opening retreat, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick challenges them to have conversations with the non-Orthodox and not to settle for falling into either polemic or compromise, showing how engagement is instead the traditional Orthodox patristic posture.

Duration:00:55:16

Is John 3:16 About My Salvation? (Sept. 9, 2018)

9/12/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick meditates on one of the best-loved verses of the Bible, looking at it in the context of the full secret conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.

Duration:00:15:44

A Hedged Vineyard (Aug. 26, 2018).

9/6/2018
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Using the image of the vineyard placed in a hedge by a householder, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick preaches on all the elements of the placing of that vineyard, and then expands his thoughts on what it means to be separate from the world and why that is a positive experience for Orthodox Christians.

Duration:00:21:37

Are You a Christian Lunatic? (Aug. 5, 2018).

8/11/2018
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The man who brings his son with seizures to Jesus tells Him that the boy is a lunatic, that he is being controlled by the moon. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick asks, do we act like lunatics ourselves? Do we have to?

Duration:00:17:14

The Viking and the Fisherman (July 29, 2018).

8/6/2018
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With the feast of St. Olaf of Norway, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick discusses the Gospel of Peter walking on the water and interprets both in the light of St. Paul's teachings on synergy with God.

Duration:00:17:43

What Do You Believe In: Reaching for the Transcendent on the Streets of New York

7/17/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick and Steven Christoforou take to the streets of Manhattan and ask people what they believe in. What they hear surprised them and might surprise you, too.

Duration:00:50:49

Blessing’: Does It Actually Meaning Anything? (July 8, 2018).

7/14/2018
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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick tells us we use the word 'blessing' all the time in religious talk. But does it mean anything other than just good religious vibes? And what about 'blessing' God Himself?

Duration:00:14:26

No Love? No Church. No Christianity. (July 1, 2018).

7/6/2018
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St. Paul's famous Love Chapter in 1 Cor. 13 follows on the closing verses of 1 Cor. 12, which are about the gifts God gives the Church in her people. So what is love? Where do we get it? And how does that express itself in these gifts? What about love in daily life?

Duration:00:19:23

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