Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

Ancient Faith

Description: Fr. John Oliver's thoughtful perspective on culture, society and the Orthodox faith.

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Responding To Same Sex Marriage - Part 3

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In part 3 of his series on same sex marriage, Fr. John reflects on what a civil right is and how that applies to the question of same same unions...

Responding To Same Sex Marriage - Part 2

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Fr. John sees our sexuality as a gift from the Divine Logos...

Responding To Same Sex Marriage

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As our culture grows more and more accepting of things that trouble us as Orthodox Christians, Fr. John Oliver shares the example of St. Paul to guide our response...

The Essential New Year’s Resolution

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What are your goals for 2014? Lose weight? Save more? Stop smoking? Get organized? Fr. John would like to remind us of the one goal that surpasses all others...

Foolish Controversies

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Fr. John Oliver reflects on the importance of keeping justice, mercy, and faithfulness preeminent, as opposed to foolish controversies, genealogies, and dissension...

Reading God’s Books

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A talk Fr. John Oliver gave at a symposium titled "God's Books: Reading Scripture in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" held at the Murfreesboro Mosque in November...

Our Words and The Word

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The words that come out of our mouths have a direct connection to the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us...

Black Friday and the Desires of the Heart

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Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, shoppers and stores gear up for the busiest day of the shopping year. Fr. John reflects on what drives the passion for that day and how it relates to our quest for peace...

Advent - Bridging the Chasm to the Divine

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As we begin the Advent Fast, Fr. John Oliver reflects on the chasm that divides us from the Divine and the uniqueness of Christianity in bridging that gap...

Let His Enemies Be Scattered

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Fr. John relays a story about a Monk in Greece struggling with alcohol and relates it to the Psalmist's words and the words of the Paschal hymn, "Let God Arise and Let His Enemies Be Scattered."...

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