Tocatta and Fugue in D minor (Accordian version)

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A handful of podcasts

 

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I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I’m always looking for new ones.  Here’s five good ones-  you can find them all on iTunes.

  • Christ in the Mountains.  This is the podcast of an Orthodox priest whose parish is in the Appalachians.  His blog is especially interesting.  He is a great fan of Lord of the Rings and has some terrific articles on this topic.  The best thing on his blog is his mp3 series comparing  Orthodoxy and other religious traditions.
  • Pilgrims from Paradise, from the author of the popular Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells,  Matthew Gallatin.   If you liked the book, you will enjoy the podcast, which focuses on Evangelical / Orthodox issues.
  • Speaking the Truth in Love.  Father Thomas Hopko’s podcast is authoratative and informative.  Fr. Thomas is a joy to listen to.  I can’t recommend this podcast enough!
  • History According to Bob. This podcast is produced daily by the relentlessly cheerful Bob Packett.  He has series on everything from the French Revolution to outlaws of the American West.  
  • The BBC History Magazine is chatty and informative.   Lots of British gushing over castles, battles and cathedrals.   Sometimes it’s a bit much, but always worth a listen.  (By the way, do you realize that if you have Windows Vista you can install a gadget on your desktop that gives instant access to the BBC?)

Some relections on the past six years, part 1

domes_redI’ve been an Orthodox Christian for six years now.  I remember a few nay-sayers predicting that my conversion was just a phase but folks, I think it’s stuck.   🙂   I think over the next few days I’ll post a few reflections on my journey.

For the first few years, my thoughts were consumed with comparisons.    “Calvary Chapel did this but the Orthodox do that.”   Everything I encountered  in my exotic new world,  from Communion to clerical garb,  became the subject for my dialectical musings.   Some of this can be excused as educational-  I really was trying to grasp the differences between two very different traditions-  but often it was very self-congratulatory in nature.  “Oh how pious and smart I am to have joined this wonderful Church,”  as if I could take any credit for any of it.

I don’t make quite as many comparisons anymore, which is a relief because it frees up my soul to appreciate and participate more fully in the life of the Church.  I am not sure if I will ever be completely free of it, though.  It’s like there’s a part of my brain whose function is to take note of everything that happens in church and to compile a list of differences and similarities, compare them with their Evangelical counterparts, and draw conclusions.  I wish this part of my brain had a switch and I could flip the switch to the OFF position.  I think this part of my brain uses too many resource for such a meager return.   It’s mostly static,  I think. 

Today is the day we commemorate St. Gregory of Nyssa and  St. Theophan the Recluse.

I yam back

2007-02-13-hot-yamI haven’t posted in nearly a year, since Great Lent.  I am glad WordPress didn’t  plow up Xenia’s Garden!

I am in the mood to blog again.    Our family is going through some deep waters right now.    There are happy things and there are some very sad things.

More later.