Speaking The Truth In Love



Compelling Commentary on Christian Belief and Behavior - Teaching and reflections by Fr. Thomas Hopko


  • Re-Marriage in the Orthodox Church

    21/02/2015 Duration: 32min

    In light of the debate in the Roman Catholic Church about divorce and re-marriage, Fr. Tom offers the Orthodox view of this topic as well as an explanation of the fundamental difference in how marriage is viewed in Orthodoxy. We are so happy to have Fr.Tom back recording podcasts. Please continue to pray for him.

  • Bishops - Part 57: Anton Chekhov

    05/02/2015 Duration: 41min

    Today Fr. Tom speaks about the famous author Anton Chekhov from 19th-century Russia.

  • Bishops - Part 56: St. Philaret of Moscow

    13/01/2015 Duration: 31min

    One of the most influential and revered figures of 19th-century Orthodox Russia was St. Philaret of Moscow. Fr. Tom also speaks about Leo Tolstoy.

  • Bishops - Part 55: 19th Century Clergy in Russia

    16/12/2014 Duration: 36min

    In his continuing series on bishops and Church organization, Fr. Thomas speaks about various clergy figures from that time. He references the book My Life's Journey: The Memories of Metropolitan Evlogy.

  • Relax, God is in Control - Final Thoughts

    03/12/2014 Duration: 35min

    Fr. Thomas Hopko takes one last look at the phrase "Relax, God is in Control" and provides information on additional material he has written and spoke about regarding this general topic. Here is the list: Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West by Met. Kallistos Ware And from his Speaking the Truth in Love series: Pain and Suffering The Wrath of God The Wrath of God - Part 2 Anger and Wrath in Human Life On Sadness and Grief in Christian Life Theological Reflections on Calamity Does God Play Favorites? Predestination, Providence, and Prayer Understanding Evil - 9/11 Remembered God and the World Sandy Hook God and Death

  • Bishops - Part 54: 19th Century Russia

    29/10/2014 Duration: 41min

    For the next few podcasts, Fr. Tom will be looking at the important 19th century in Russian Orthodox history. He recommended several books but in particular these three. The Heart of Russia by Scott M. Kenworthy The Making of Holy Russia by Fr. John Strickland Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution by Vera Shevzov

  • God Is In Control - Revisited

    23/10/2014 Duration: 40min

    Fr. Tom returns to the subject of his recent episode "God Is In Control. Yes or No?" He responds to the listener feedback and clarifies his thoughts on the subject.

  • Bishops - Part 53: The Impact of the 19th Century on Clergy and Laity

    16/10/2014 Duration: 35min

    Last time, Fr. Tom talked about the Ottoman Empire and its demise. Today he reflects on the impact of Turkish rule on Orthodox clergy and laity.

  • God Is In Control - Yes or No?

    06/10/2014 Duration: 37min

    We hear the phrase "God is in control" and may even use it from time to time when trying to make sense of a difficult situation. Fr. Thomas Hopko evaluates that phrase and challenges us to rethink it.

  • Bishops - Part 52: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    24/09/2014 Duration: 41min

    Fr. Tom takes up his series on the bishops and structure of the Church and moves to the 19th Century fall of the Ottoman Empire.

  • Met. Anthony Bloom’s Homily on the Cross

    14/09/2014 Duration: 14min

    During this week as we venerate the cross of Christ, Fr. Tom Hopko shares a sermon by Met. Anthony Bloom on the cross and our sin.

  • Awesome or Fearful?

    26/06/2014 Duration: 41min

    A commonly used word today is "awesome." But, given its meaning today, Fr. Tom asks if it is the appropriate word to use in our Divine Liturgy.

  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 2

    20/06/2014 Duration: 35min

    This is part two of Fr. Tom's paper on what Orthodoxy would expect from Rome before communion would be restored.

  • What Does Rome Need To Do? - Part 1

    20/06/2014 Duration: 39min

    As promised in his last episode, Fr. Thomas shares with us the paper he wrote in 2005 outlining what the Roman Catholic Church would need to do to unite with the Orthodox. He broke it up into two parts and this is part one.

  • Ecumenical Efforts

    14/06/2014 Duration: 52min

    In light of all of the discussion about the Ecumenical Patriarch meeting with the Pope, Fr. Tom offers some of his experiences with the World Council of Churches.

  • Bishops - Part 51: 18th Century Russia

    07/05/2014 Duration: 44min

    In this fascinating episode, Fr. Tom talks about the tragic influence of Peter the Great and the further westernization of the Orthodox Church in Russia.

  • Bishops - Part 50: 17th Century Russia

    11/04/2014 Duration: 29min

    In the next in his series on Church organization and structure, Fr. Tom talks about 17th Century Russia and the influences of Patriarch Nikon and the Old Believer schism.

  • Archbishop Fenelon and Great Lent

    20/03/2014 Duration: 18min

    Fr. Thomas talks about the writings of Archbishop François Fénelon, a Roman Catholic writer from the 17th century. Fr. Tom was particularly taken with Fénelon's spiritual writings surrounding Lent.

  • The Purpose of Lent

    19/03/2014 Duration: 41min

    As we approach the mid-point of Great Lent, Fr. Tom reflects on the purpose of this season in the Church year.

  • Bishops - Part 49: 17th Century Calvinistic and Roman Influences on Orthodoxy

    18/03/2014 Duration: 23min

    Fr. Tom talks about what happened in the 17th Century, when Orthodoxy in both Constantinople and Ukraine were influenced by non Orthodox thinking.

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