The Areopagites tackle the question of how religious communities engage in internal criticism, when and how that criticism can be received, as well as how and why it might be rejected. The discussion ranges throughout Protestantism, Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, with both drawing on their own experiences in multiple traditions.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael answer your questions, finally revealing the secrets behind Michael's relationship to the UCC, Fr. Andrew's thoughts on woodchucks who won't just chuck wood like they're supposed to, and how they both feel about secret agent Michael Scarn.
The Areopagites have the tables turned and get asked questions by their friend the 'Lost Areopagite,' Dr. Mike Petrow! Together they discuss liturgy both in its more technical sense and also in the sense that nearly everything we do in life is liturgical. They also discuss their first encounters with liturgical worship, how it changed them, and also struggles with reforming the liturgy of their daily lives.
Fr Andrew and Pastor Michael welcome Brian Gillispie, worship leader at Wolfforth United Methodist Church in Lubbock, TX, and an avowed Areopagite, to talk about all things worship. What is worship and what does it do? Is there some value in contemporary worship? Are younger people turning to more traditional forms of worship? Is Timothy Dalton the unappreciated James Bond? Find out on this episode of the Areopagus!
For the first time, Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael record with a live audience, hosted by the Eastern University Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the St. Basil Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture. Featured are two guests as well as a Q&A with the audience, discussing what the Church's mission in the world is and how it moves in that context.
The Areopagites welcome Fr. Stephen De Young, Orthodox priest, Biblical scholar and Ancient Faith podcaster and blogger, to discuss his work on understanding the Bible and the Church Fathers better in terms of the ancient religious mindset, especially Second Temple Judaism. Topics discussed: The Holy Trinity, venerating the Theotokos, giants, Voltron and William Shatner.
Fr. Andrew and Pastor Michael begin Season 2 of the Areopagus with a wide-ranging chat covering clergy scandals, worship and church styles, catechism, and clergy marriage in the Orthodox Church. It's classic coffee talk with just our two hosts!
Fr. Theodore Petrides returns to the Areopagus for the second part of this two-part discussion focusing on the Jesus Prayer. What are the conditions needed for this prayer? How is it practiced? What does it accomplish? Dr. Mike Petrow also joins for this intimate and in-depth conversation.
The Areopagites welcome back Fr. Theodore Petrides to discuss the topic of prayer, particularly the Jesus Prayer. In this first part of two, Dr. Mike Petrow sits in for Pastor Michael, who will return for part 2 of this illuminating discussion on a central piece of Christian life.
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.