The Areopagites recorded their 27th episode while also broadcasting live on Facebook video. They start by discussing Evangelical preacher Andy Stanley's claim that Christians need to 'unhitch' their faith from the Old Testament but then get into taking live questions from the Facebook audience.
Welcoming back Professors Jenkins and Tighe, the Areopagites engage with them in a free-for-all on the Reformation, beginning with some surprising survey results about American Protestants, who increasingly no longer believe in key distinctive Reformation doctrines.
The Areopagites welcome Professors Cyril Jenkins and William Tighe to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien and the summer program of the St. Basil Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture, which is focused on Tolkien's works.
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew welcome Fr. Theodore Petrides, a frequent pilgrim to the Holy Mountain of Athos and the Holy Land (and who led Fr. Andrew's recent pilgrimage to Athos) to discuss his experiences with miracles, pilgrimage and spiritual fatherhood. Dr. Mike Petrow also joins in, and they explore this beautiful spiritual space together.
The Areopagites welcome Arthur Hatton, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, a counselor, a former Mormon and now Orthodox Christian. They talk faith, doubt and feelings as they are expressed in both Mormonism and classical Christianity.At the end of the interview, Arthur mentioned his music project which can be accessed HERE.
The Areopagites bring back Dr. Mike Petrow to talk Star Wars: The Last Jedi (spoilers!), but mostly to discuss their lives over the past year, what they've learned, and how they've changed. Secrets will be revealed, and Fr. Andrew has way too much fun with a sound effects app.
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew welcome Michael's dad, Dr. Michael Landsman. They talk about his conversion from Judaism to Christianity and his experience in the Charismatic movement, as well as dealing with disappointment and longevity over 45 years of ministry. They also talk about Fr. Andrew's new book - Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius of Antioch the God-Bearer.
Five-time Emmy award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson joins Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael to discuss his spiritual journey as well as how Christians can minister directly with those whom they encounter in their everyday life.
Welcoming Lutheran Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis (LCMS), the Areopagites discuss the beginning of the Reformation, what drove Martin Luther, and the path of Lutheranism today, including its relationship with other Christian bodies.
Steven Christoforou, a lifelong Orthodox Christian, joins Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael to discuss his encounters with non-Orthodox theology and practice. Together, they talk about whether and how the Orthodox can learn from other religious groups (and vice versa).
Christian Gonzalez and Steven Christoforou from Pop Culture Coffee Hour join forces again with the Areopagites for a crossover episode discussing controversies that each show recently experienced. They talk about how the questions raised by those controversies flow from issues of trying to remain pure and trying to engage the world.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael welcome Peter Brubacher to the Areopagus, and they discuss Peter's many pilgrimages, including walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and also walking from Europe to Jerusalem. Far from just giving a travelogue, however, they discuss the meaning of pilgrimage and its place in the Christian life.
Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew discuss a recent blog post by Fr. Andrew, titled 'Church Work is Mostly Disappointing,' talking about how and why that is, proposed solutions that don't actually work, and what can really be done about it. They also comment on the one question people ask them the most.
After mentioning him on the podcast multiple times, the Areopagites finally welcome Jamey Bennett, who talks about his journey from Mormonism (including his family's history in an alternative Mormon sect) through several kinds of churches and finally to Orthodoxy, featuring discussion of Christian rap and focusing especially on the question of conversion and all that it means.
Ancient Faith author, podcaster and blogger Angela Doll Carlson joins Pastor Michael and Fr. Andrew to talk about her book 'Nearly Orthodox,' her experience in the Emergent Church movement and finding authentic Christian faith in the modern world.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael welcome Dr. Nicole Roccas, 'Time Eternal' podcaster and blogger and author of 'Time and Despondency' from Ancient Faith Publishing to talk early Protestant Reformation apocalypticism, as well as the place of time in Christian theology and life. Calendars, liturgy, times of prayer and even baby noises all come up!
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael welcome back the guys from Pop Culture Coffee Hour for an in-depth discussion of what good ministry looks like in our current age (including youth ministry), with a wide-ranging discussion of secularism, James K. A. Smith, ministry frustrations, how liturgy shapes who you are, and lots of personal experience. Finishes up with a Top 5 at the end.
The Areopagites welcome Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez of Pop Culture Coffee Hour in a crossover episode to talk God and Sci-Fi, including their favorite and least favorite religious moments in science fiction (including Firefly!), as well as a Top 5 at the end.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael answer your questions, ranging from whether Christianity is a religion to what Protestantism and Orthodoxy have to offer each other. They first catch up a little, including Fr. Andrew's experiences at #AFCon and Pastor Michael reflecting on his time as an interim pastor.