Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 | Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -

Big Giants is not a Redundancy

Posted: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:09:00 PST

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Next Step #288: The Armenian priest advocates for you, even unto death. Nelson Mandela's memorial services - Dancing and singing is a celebration of life. Here is an opportunity to share the Christian message and the joy of Christianity as LIBERATOR, as FREEDOM, as VICTORY. Elevating the human spirit to timelessness by transferring the dash between the dates on the grave to the infinite. Remembering "A Saint is a sinner who keeps on trying." (Stevenson) Pope Francis as Man of the Year. Lessons for us all in the lives of these two giants.
Obama's reflections at the Mandela Memorial
Links - 100 Year Pilgrimage
Datev Toy Drive
Jethro Tull Christmas Album 
Jethro Tull at Oxford Cathedral 
Cathia Hamparian Newsletter 
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How Much for Your Love?

Posted: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 18:41:00 PST

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Next Step #287: How much do you want for your love? "I'll buy your a Cadillac... If you just give me some of your love..." say the minstrels Burdon & Aroustamian - but what about your love? Should you have an expectation for the giving-receiving-taking dynamics? Fr. Vazken asks along and challenges listeners for some candid conversation about expectations and demands from our Church. (More to come). Also - Priests stepping out at night: Gossip? or more? The minstrels as the priests of music and the arts. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) - some early reflections as the news of passing breaks during this recording session.
Song: "Free all the People (South Africa)" by Carlos Santana
Pope at night ministering to homeless
Cadillac by Ashot Aroustamian
Nelson Mandela Quotes
Sermon on the Apostles by Fr. Vazken
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The President, Thanksgiving & Just Doing What's Right

Posted: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:43:00 PST

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Next Step #286: A couple of Thanksgiving stories that intersect in a special way. President Obama stands across the Armenian Church, which inspires a message of thanksgiving for Fr. Vazken, but not without a jab at the victimization process. The second story is personal, as good deeds from the past are remembered years later: Just do the good, is the Christian message of hope - Setting sights on God's Kingdom, Jesus says, and all else will follow. Listen in to this special Thanksgiving broadcast.
Song: Anatolian Memories by Al Bardezbanian
Happy Thanksgiving Mr. President 
Intro song - Danny Kaye 
In His Shoes: http://inhisshoes.org
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Kennedy & the Armenian Church

Posted: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:55:00 PST

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Next Step #285: A personal look at the Kennedy Assassination 50 years later. This is a story of Fr. Vazken in the making - the influences and the drives that formulated his world view and how Armenian Orthodoxy is being shaped today. This is about a process of being born again as a person and as an institution. Stories about a roller coaster ride with the priest on-board: Landing on the track or ready for another ride around the coaster, its pretty scary.
Song: "Too Young to Die" by David Crosby 
Fr. Vazken's blog about the week 
Killing of Kennedy 
Datev Outreach: http://datevoutreach.org
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100YJ - First Steps

Posted: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:13:00 PST

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Next Step #284: In preparation for the 100th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, Fr. Vazken begins with some preliminary steps of definition. Can a commemoration of such an evil be also a commemoration of life? Here's the beginnings of the "100 Year Journey"™ you're invited to take. The change of expression becomes a means of survival and hopefully growth. After all, the Resurrection was NOT the ONLY thing that followed the Crucifixion; here then is an Armodoxy model for the route from Genocide to Life. Expressions from Rwanda to the Philippines accent this discussion.
Song: "Halo" by Beyoncé
Help Haiti Now 
Blog: http://armodoxy.blogspot.com
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Transcriptions: Family and Religion

Posted: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:03:00 PST

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Next step #283: In a world of change religion evolves with challenges for defining family. Fr. Vazken takes the listener to some uncomfortable places in this discussion. Are we ready to go there? Is it necessary to go there as part of the evolutionary process? Transcriptions in music and Christianity. Datev Outreach - domestic abuse and children.
Song: Rachmaninoff by 0lga Kern
www.Armodoxy.blogspot.com
www.DatevOutreach.org
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Succeeding in Mask Management

Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:13:00 PDT

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Next Step #282: The Halloween Edition of the podcast on Armodoxy. In this episode - follow up to Glendale's restriction on free-speech - Fr. Vazken gets a call. All Saints Day and Halloween. Identity in a Global Community - delineating between ethnic and religious identity. Looking under the mask of our life and finding ourselves, looking under the mask of the church and finding Christ - the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. YWCA and KFC - what's the branding all about? Great Treats in this edition!
Song: Aragil by Margar Eghiazarian
Catholicos Karekin II's speech in Korea
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Kinetic Update via Artsakh

Posted: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:25:14 PDT

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Next Step #281: Fr. Vazken prepares for the annual walk against Domestic Violence through the streets of Glendale & Burbank. Hear his thoughts as organizations and political parties turn their heads from the menacing and ugly realities in the community. Next - a discussion with Gala Danilova, from Artsakh on a variety of life & death issues, violence & peace, the value of life and updating to Windows 8.1 and life beyond the iPhone. Candid & meaty discussions help make way for the Step.
Song: "New Life" by Gor Mkhitarian 
Landmine Free Artsakh: http://landminefreeartsakh.com
Datev Outreach: www.datevoutreach.org
Fr. Vazken's blog: www.armodoxy.blogspot.com
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Correcting the P-Correctness of "Jesus"

Posted: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:35:30 PDT

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Next Step #280: When Glendale (California) Attorney tells Fr. Vazken he can't use the name of Jesus Christ in a public forum it's more than an annoyance of political correctness. A look at the constitutional right and freedom to free speech, the separation of the church & state. In the spirit of Niebuhr's prayer - understand the difference between things we can change and those we can't. The 60's - the counter culture and the need for Sanctuary in the Body of Christ are all discussed.
Song: 49 Bye-Byes, For What It's Worth, America's Children - Stephen Stills
Datev Outreach Presentation to the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, 10/14/13
More on Datev Outreach: DatevOutreach.org
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Social Doctrine on the Shoe

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:33:18 PDT

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Next Step #279: Moving forward from the Bishop Synod, a look at matters of social doctrine. A review of "In His Shoes" as a philosophy and a natural solution/alternative to victim-based strategies of life. Holy Etchmiadzin's Department looking at Social Doctrine. Killing in 2013 - for baseball teams?
Song by Norayr Kartashyan "Tzarastan"
Bishop Bagrat Galusdanian
Loyola Abortion Link 
Condoleezza Rice & Adam Schiff
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Disappointment to Purpose

Posted: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:36:58 PDT

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Next Step #278: The historic Bishop's Synod of the Armenian Church, took place behind closed doors as is the perogative of the overseers of the Church. Here's a follow-up to last weeks' look at the Synod, filled with frustrations for us looking-in, but also a wonderful opportunity to look at the Sacred Mission entrusted to us. "Yelp" and the opportunity to use technology to go beyond those closed-doors. The 140 characters and the concise nature of the Gospels. Prayer request for Abp. Mesrob Mutafyan, Patriarch of Constantinople. And much more - as Fr. Vazken takes a next step...
Vardan Ovsepian "Hymn" from Aragast album
Etchmiadzin on the Bishop's Synod
SunSash - http://www.sunsash.blogspot.com/
Yelp - http://www.yelp.com
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Business as Usual? Or Just the Plan?

Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:06:46 PDT

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Next Step #277: A first look at the Bishop's Synod in Etchmiadzin, along with background info on the catholicoi at the dias. A special treat for listeners with a uncovered gift to celebrate Fr. Vazken's anniversary. The evolution and synthesis of Armenian and Orthodoxy toward Armodoxy, in this edition. To be continued...
Song: "Life's a Long Song" by Jethro Tull 
Compass #7-SE (to claim "gift" press on the "Special Edition" tag)
Bishop's Synod - Message of Catholicos Karekin II and Catholicos Aram I
Pictures from Bishop's Synod
Pope Francis Interview, "America" Magazine
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Buildings and Building Faith

Posted: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:56:27 PDT

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Next Step #276: Developing on a sermon he gave about mythology and Light, Fr. Vazken separates the power of Christ from Old Testament mythology. He sets up an antenna to catch the sounds that transcend time and space. He challenges listeners to find Christ outside the normal bounds of the norm. Salvation is not tied into ethnicity. In this episode: The Holy Cross, Voyager outside the Solar System,and the Building of the Moscow Cathedral - the sins of Gregory, Dirtad and us.
Holy Cross Sermon 
Moscow Cathedral Pictures 
Song: Payloun Arousyag - Minstrels of Armenia
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Thought Process toward Peace

Posted: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:31:51 PDT

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Next Step #275: Fr. Vazken takes the listeners on a thought process regarding war and peace. It's absurd to believe that violence against violence will breed peace, but it's equally as absurd to believe that love and goodness against acts of violence can even survive. Here are some thoughts and a Christian answer to the evil that destroys hope. Also in this episode, Abp. Rowan Williams' thoughts on "persecution" and "growing up." Afterthoughts to the Avon Cancer Walk.
Song: Nune's "Cka Kesi Nman
Links: Inside the Pomegranate
Blog: The Other South, America
Compass: Anti War Protest
Video - Cancer, the War and The Candle
Archbishop Rowan Williams on the Persecution
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The Better Candle

Posted: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:00:35 PDT

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Next Step #274: Lighting a candle is much better than cursing the darkness. Fr. Vazken looks at two darknesses - cancer (breast) and war (Syria) in this light. He follows the light from Jesus to us, and our responsibility to be beacons of peace and love. Rev. Martin Luther King's stand on Vietnam is used as inspiration for today.
Song: Peaceful World by Lara Derbedrosian
Compass - Anti War (#39)
Team In Her Shoes
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Dreaming Beyond a Speech and into Syria

Posted: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 01:15:14 PDT

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Next Step #273: 50 years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr's "I have a Dream Speech," Fr. Vazken shares some thoughts and offers a challenge to dream of peace - bringing about peace without the use of violence. With the imminent threat of war in Syria, a candid look at our faith - do we really believe that we can overcome evil with love? Do we believe there are non-violent alternatives to threats of death and annihilation? Also a discussion of chickens and headless existence (in the context of the Armenian Church and Armodoxy)
Song: "Dream Song" by Joan Baez
The Speech
Transcript: http://www.inhisshoes.org/documents/MLK_dream.pdf
Harry Hagopian Podcast MENA: http://www.premier.org.uk/mena
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Salty Blessings Abound

Posted: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:07:08 PDT

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Next Step #272: St. Mary's Assumption Feast was truly a 3M-er: Memorable, Mystical and Magical. Fr. Vazken reflects on the feast which included the blessing of the harvest. Linda Zadoian, owner of Madame Kubah (and of Compass fame) joins a candid discussion about blessings and goodness. A small bowl of rice and flavorful conversation add to a mix about faith. Also in the episode: Myth Busting - the truth about grapeblessing service beyond the Northern Hemisphere.
Song: Krisdos ee Mech - New release of Gomidas Badarak by the Western Diocese
Sermon on Assumption
Madame Kubah: http://www.madame-kubah.com/
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Speaking Words of Wisdom

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:00:26 PDT

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Next Step #271: Fr. Vazken starts this episode by an attempt at myth-busting grape-blessing with the help of old-Iraqis and the folks down-under. Where this podcast ends up is a true reflection of Armodoxy - taking the essence of the Holy Mother of God, St. Mary, and finding a verse of pop culture that focuses on the importance of Saints in our everyday life. Is this a redirection or dismissal of her virginity? You decide. But before you do, listen to the list of names ascribed to St. Mary, from "Antaram" to "Makrouhi" to "Yerjanik" and find a message that talks to you. Also, a look at the Grape Blessing service; the Armenians were sanctifying food before Kosher became a standard. Don't miss this special edition of the Next Step.
Song of the Week: "Birth of a Star" by Torkom Saraydarian 
Source for Torkom Saraydarian's Creative Works 
What's missing from the Nicene Creed? Next Step #270
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Missing from the Nicene Creed

Posted: Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:21:06 PDT

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Next Step #270: Discovering a missing element from the Nicene Creed. Is there more than the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and the Church? Listen in as Fr. Vazken finds the missing piece to the puzzle of Orthodoxy and Armodoxy. Balancing the roller-coasters of life - the cries and laughs - with a hug-proposal - how about a week long hug-fest? Beginning the 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide with some sanity. Also: In what language do you think? A look from the ghetto.
Song: Khatchadour Avetissian "Djermag Aghavnie" - White Dove
100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide Monument Groundbreaking speech by Fr. Vazken
In His Shoes "Leveraging Love": http://inhisshoes.org
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A Kiss for You: Laughs to Cries and Back Again

Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:00:00 PDT

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Next Step #269: A lost kiss finds its way to where it belongs. Join Fr. Vazken as mood swings and different life puzzles play into this podcast. A blast from Armenia and a stop at the orphanage for special need children. Armodoxy is the message of Armenian Orthodoxy and there's no better place to hear it. Pope Francis borrows a page from Armodoxy too.
Song: John Bilezikjian "Art of the Oud" 
Fr. Vazken on Same Sex Marriage (Act #10x
Pope Francis and the Armodox position
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Rediscovering Something Never Lost

Posted: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:25:51 PDT

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Next Step #268: Starting off with "remarkable" comments by the Roman Pontiff, HH Pope Francis regarding the "flimsy structures" in the Church and buying humbler cars. The authority that comes from sincerity. Medications for dealing with pain - find a natural solution within the Christ. Keeping Faith during Genocide by using symbols and the Rosary to connect us with Mystery.
Song: New Age Armenia by Artur Sedrakian & Albina Hambartzumian
Pope Francis Comments: Buy Only "Humble" Cars
Rwanda Blog: http://dervaz.blogspot.com/ 
Surviving Genocide & the Rosary
Torkom Saraydarian "New Dimensions in Healing"
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No Chosen Lands Either

Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:15:43 PDT

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Next Step #267: Back from the Holy Land, Fr. Vazken explains the Armodox understanding of chosenness and holiness, along with an explanation of evolutionary reality. No brain-checking in this one. The healing process is furthered and expanded and at the end there is peace.
Song: Nina Nay Nay by Hosharian Brothers 
Sun Sash - www.Sunsash.blogspot.com
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Bridges, Tents & Rivers

Posted: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:33:24 PDT

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Next Step #266: From Arizona - the "hair cut" dilemma (almost) - connecting dots with a River Runs through it. After analysis, doing it. The Transfiguration - Did you miss the point? A mellow look at some difficult ideas.
Song - "Noubar, Noubar" by Element Band
Inside the Pomegranate
Sun Sash - http://sunsash.blogspot.com/2013/07/sun-sash-late.html
Armodoxy Blog: http://armodoxy.blogspot.com/
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Freedom of Possibilities

Posted: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 13:35:34 PDT

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Next Step #265: Fourth of July editions with freedom to explore possibilities. Answers to same sex commentary (from last week) - the dimensions of sin, while "plankated." Epostle at age 5. America and freedom.
Song: America the Beautiful by Keb' Mo' 
Last week's: "Next Step #264"
Inside the Pomegranate with Anush Avejic
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Gateway to the Homeland

Posted: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:35:08 PDT

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Next Step #264: The Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriages - put into perspective, in the context of Orthodoxy and the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Definitions and laws in the Armodox tradition. In this episode, Fr. Vazken discusses issues of homosexual marriages, unions, family, and the horrifying realities experienced through Datev Outreach, namely domestic violence and "unwanted" children. Also - a look at Armenia - as a pilgrim travels on the CYMA program in contrast to a young seminarian in the Soviet State in 1977.
Links...
Suicide-Domestic Violence victim in Armenia
Anush's Pomegranate
Compass with Linda Zadoian
Song: Mariam Matossian's "Hayastani Aghchigner"
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Millennials and the/are the Youth

Posted: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:17:13 PDT

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Next Step #263: The perennial question and concern for the youth is explored in view of the Millennials, technology and human search for meaning. Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant look for youth outside of the reality of life, and of course, will never find it outside. Youth are closer than we may realize - just need to look in the right place. Take a Next Step in this direction.
Anush's "Inside the Pomegranate" Blog launches in a new format as an audio blog. The premiere episode is included in today's Next Step.
Song: Nina Simone "Ain't Got No; I Got Life"
Inside the Pomegranate: Remembering Dad
Time Magazine, "The Me Me Me Generation"
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Commencement: Water Bottles to Living Waters

Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:30:46 PDT

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Next Step #262: The 5th Anniversary Edition - Looking inward at the Next Step and the phenomenon of an "open" Church where ideas are expressed and explored. Commencement at the Graduation. Morning Evangelists peddling filtered water and more. SUN CEO McNealy told us over a decade ago to "Get over it." So why are we still concerned about privacy? And what about an All knowing God?
Message to the Graduates
Anush's Pomegranate - "Not all who wander are lost"
Song: "Gakavik" by Gor Mkhitarian on the Acoustic Folklore Album
McNeal - an end to privacy (1999)
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Season 1: Episodes 1-26 | Season 2: Episodes 27-52 | Season 3: Episodes 53-78 |
Season 4: Episodes 79-104 | Season 5: Episodes 105-130 | Season 6: Episodes 131- 157 |
Season 7: Episodes 158 - 182 | Season 8: Episodes 183 - 209 | Season 9: Episodes 210 - 234 |
Season 10: Episodes 235 - 261 |Season 11: Episodes 262 - 288 | Season 12: Episodes 289 - 318 | Season 13: Episodes 319 -