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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 -

Strip Away to Faith

Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:42:12 PST

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Next Step #234: Did you survive Black Friday & Cyber Monday? Now engage in the art of belly-dancing - it's a strip -tease to uncover faith. The New Israel is not a place, so seek your mind on God's Kingdom first. Issues of identity and belonging in a pluralistic society are discussed. How to read the Bible: avoid the literal and find God. MLK Retreat and a vending machine that dispenses caviar and snails - all in the mix in this Next Step.
Pomegranate Seeds by Anush: The Nest: Half Empty or Half Full?
Song: Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia - "The sea of life always tosses me about"
Harry Hagopian blogs:
GAZA: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/israel-hamas-gaza-ceasefire
MENA: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/mena28
Compass #33 - Belonging Dilemma and the Kingdom
Caviar vending machines in Burbank
Jethro Tull 40th Anniversary TAAB
Engineered by Ken Nalik
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Thanksgiving Thoughts from Bob to Bob

Posted: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:18:17 PST

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Next Step #233: On a day remembered for the Kennedy Assassination, JFK sets the tone with thoughts on Thanksgiving. But there are more thoughts - from Bob, a homeless man on the streets of LA. Fr. Vazken explores beyond the traditions and connects with the models of thanksgiving old and new. Pilgrims to Black Friday ego-feasts, laced with Saturation Point Theology - as expressed by Christ in the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12). A plea from John Lennon to look for peace instead of the extra TV, coupled with a plea to make God real everyday - not in a Telethon Way. This is the Thanksgiving edition of the Next Step! 
"Lessons from Bob" by Anush Avejic
Song: Flora Martirosian - "Dzovastghik"  
President Kennedy's 1961 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Sun Sash: http://sunsash.blogspot.com 
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Reconciling with the senseless and the unnatural

Posted: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:40:52 PST

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Next Step #232: An emotional unwinding of ideas at the death of a little girl. Fr. Vazken explores this tragedy from a pastoral standpoint, bringing together Armenian Orthodox themes - Discovery of the Cross and the raising of the sleeping child (Luke 8).  The vastness of the universe and a solar eclipse point to a unique ministry to the childless - a calling NOBODY wants. Wars, genocide, health, this time the page won't turn. Other topics: The success of the Jehovah's Witness. Participating vs. observing - and selling the product. The Supermarket model of Orthodoxy and the need to specialize to survive in the global marketplace of religion. And the child who selected a (Coptic) Pope. 
Song: Paul McCartney's "Calico Skies" 
Selecting the Coptic Pope
Dr. Harry Hagopian on the new Pope
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Barking at Caravans

Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:30:46 PST

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Next Step #231: Extending the concept of "undanik" to "under heaven" in understanding the family of God (Storm Sandy and walking In His Shoes). Fr. Vazken explains that Matthew 12:46-50 is not a lesson in biology as rude as it may seem. Extending Christian values and Church to Genocides and wars in Darfur and Syria as well as the death in our own backyards via In His Shoes. The Obama Victory: The silly-willy Armenian politics that bark at the caravan. "As for me," says Fr. Vazken, "I was there with Obama - no brag, just fact." Youth and the Church - the problem beyond Armenian Church. More on the crimes of the priest who was defrocked. Grandpa & FDR Democrats/Grandma' baklava for James Roosevelt - it was her thanks for the last station of the caravan.
Sermon: "Politics, God & the Kingdom"   
Song: "Caravan" by Armen Chamakian  
Obama's Acceptance Speech
Sun Sash: http://sunsash.blogspot.com 
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Obnoxious Voices from the Ridge

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:39:39 PDT

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Next Step #230: Nietzche's formula for cheer applied to the Armenian Church via Armodoxy. Fr. Vazken's "Protest Manual" is revealed talking about effective protest and ill-fated varieties against the establishment. Bringing about change from within and not without. The imperfect-perfect Body of Christ. Challenges to the disenfranchised members of the Armenian Church community. Unveiling of the Datev Outreach program. Celebrating Halloween the Armodoxy way.
Get Sun Sash FREE - www.SunSash.blogspot.com
Unveiling: http://DatevOutreach.org
Window article: http://acrag.wordpress.com/1991/06/
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Abstract to the Tangible

Posted: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:59:57 PDT

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Next Step #229: En route to the Domestic Violence Walk and the unveiling of Datev Outreach, Fr. Vazken reflects on the intertwining of the abstract and tangible. Abstract ideas matterialize via tangible vehicles. Case in point, Christ and the Christian message, come to us via the Church. Discussed: The Patriarch's passing, the defrocking of a charismatic priest and the need for change. The Jethro Tull concert and Ian Anderson on world population and educating women. Rwanda 10 years after genocide and the necessity to populate.
Song: Anush Opera at St. Andrew, Cupertino
Datev Outreach: http://datevoutreach.org
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Endings: Death and Defrockery

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:36:54 PDT

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Next Step #228: Patriarch Torkom Manoogian passes; Guest Commentary by Dr. Harry Hagopian. Politics in the Church? Never more pronounced - While a priest who brings people to the Armenian Church is defrocked, another clergyman who preaches non-Orthodox theology is granted a churchman's award. Make sense? The balance has tipped, more people checking off "None." Can Love be Irrelevant? Or are we not presenting it properly? Follow up to Ani Bubles' wedding.
Song: "Armenian Medley" by Hosharian Bros. Band; "Electric Kef"
Reflections on Patriarch Abp. Torkom Manoogian "Brandy & Honey with Our Tea" by Dr. Harry Hagopian
Domestic Violence Walk: http://DatevOutreach.org
Pew findings regarding "None" Religion
Sun Sash
Fr. Vazken's Blog
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Holy Matrimony with Bubbles

Posted: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:45:18 PDT

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Next Step #227: The "Mystery" of Holy Matrimony explained by a proud godfather as Ani Bubbles gets ready to walk the aisle. Whether you're a newlywed, been married for 50 years or contemplating the plunge, this episode explains the deep meaning of love, life and unity in Christ. A meaty stew of information in this one. Kings and Queens welcome. Coming job opportunities at Epostle too.
Song: Bambir's "Two Poets" from "Armenian Scotch
Ani's Bubbles: Steps to Happiness 
Sun Sash
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A Question of Morality

Posted: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:36:40 PDT

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Next Step #226: Where does morality - our sense of right and wrong - come from? Is it possible to have a morality apart from God? Armodoxy and the In His Shoes models hold some clues to the answer. The Road to In His Shoes and to Armodoxy is just as important as arriving there. The parable of the "Good Turk" can be heard by Jesus in the Armenian Church. Ayn Rand: "Morality has to be a rational science."
Archbishop Baliozian enters Eternal Rest
Ani's Bubbles: Two Frog http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Song: Calendar Express by The Dirty Diamond
Sun Sash
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Privilege of the Cross

Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:34:01 PDT

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Next Step #225: Returning from the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, after 39 miles, Fr. Vazken shares some solitary notes that point to the power of the cross. Reflections from the walk - the responsibility and privilege of Christianity. Church-business where "business" is not a dirty word. Thoughts on a pioneer: Fr. Vartan Kasparian retires, a priest and mentor to a generation. Looking back and moving forward: 30 year Anniversary of Fr. Vazken's Ordination - the thanksgiving of a priest and Winding up 24/7- not just on Sundays. A reading by Linda Zadoian.
Fr. Vartan Kasparian - http://www.armenianchurchwd.com/news/the-priest-and-the-church-archpriest-fr-vartan-kasparian-st-mary-yettem/
Ani's Bubbles: Breast Cancer Walk (2010) http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Song: "Blue Moon" by Artash
Avon Breast Cancer Walk: www.AvonWalk.org
Team In Her Shoes
Video of 30th Anniversary: www.Youtube.com/InHisShoes
Compass #7: The Story of Days We Used to Know; Now 29 Years Later
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Team In Her Shoes

Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:41:51 PDT

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Next Step #224: The Autumnal Equinox kicks off with a Walk against Cancer - by Team In Her Shoes. In preparation for the Avon Breast Cancer 39 Mile Walk in Santa Barbara, Fr. Vazken gets up-close and personal with reflections of battles won and lost against cancer. The injustice and unfairness of disease in life, particularly in children - how do we reconcile the beauty of God next to the ugliness of mutant cells?  What can we learn from such experiences? What has Fr. Vazken learned in 30 years of challenges and rewards of the priesthood. Victimization and the call to victory. Following up on the themes of the cross and the questioning of God in the tragedy of cancer. Is it better to burn out than to rust (Neil Young)? Body/Soul Relationships.
Ani's Bubbles: "What Cancer Can Do" http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Song: "Poetry Man" by Phoebe Snow
Team In Her Shoes
London Church - 90th Anniversary
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Enough, Eli...

Posted: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:22:09 PDT

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Next Step #223: Jesus' last words on the Cross - "Eli, Eli Lama Sabactani" are the preface to the Feast of the Holy Cross. An Armodoxy explanation via St. Nersess Shnorhali.  Fanning the flames of hatred with religious intolerance throughout the world. In defense of the indefensible?
Song: Anahit Nersisian: 10 Piano Pieces by Armenian Composers
"The Cross" Blind Boys of Alabama
Harry Hagopian: www.epektasis.net
Elevation of the Holy Cross
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Threatening Justice in Big Ways

Posted: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 18:15:48 PDT

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Next Step #222: Hungary releases a killer/Azerbaijan rewards a killer and Justice is threatened everywhere. Fr. Vazken pushes the story outside of politics with a reminder of Dr. King's warning, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everyone." Catholicos Karekin II calls for action. Moving the clock from 24 hours to 140 characters and moving the Christian outside his/her comfort level. A "Baku style wedding" leaves everyone moved to tears as a King and Queen take their child to the altar of God - a true story from Fr. Vazken's journal of Deviations from Orthodox practices in favor of Armodoxy. Final thoughts on Neil Armstrong, not forgetting Michael Collins.
Hungary Azeri Hate Crime against Armenians: http://armenianchurchyouthministries.org/flyers/Hungary-Azeri-Hatecrime.pdf
Ani's Bubbles: What does it Matter. http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Song: "Ervoom Em" (Listen to My Heart) by Datevik
"Two Short Planks" by Ian Anderson
More at: http://armodoxy.blogspot.com
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Before Any More is Hijacked

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:30:53 PDT

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Next Step 221: Fundamentals of Christianity come out as we start sweating the large stuff. Following the hijacking of the Christian Church, is Orthodoxy up for a kidnapping? Misconceptions are keeping us from reaching our potential and finding Peace. Jesus and the Pussy Riots - it's about change, it's about revolution - turning over the tables of life. The Good Samaritan might have been a punk rocker or even a Turk - he was there to take us out of our comfort zone. Forget the words, listen to the concepts. Elections in the United States - what can we learn about politics and religion? What are the challenges for us today. Politics and Religion - let's talk. Put a bark into the bite so the caravan will stop and take notice of its flat tire.The Spanish Side of Aram Khatchadourian and the definition of identity.
Song - "Ayn Kisher" (Yev O Phe) by Element Band
Music - Spanish Guitar Music
Ani's Bubbles - "Juggling Life" -  http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
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Start Sweating: It's NOT all small Stuff

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:16:40 PDT

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Next Step 220: In this Next Step, Fr. Vazken challenges the notion that "it's all small stuff" by pointing to the disastrous consequence of such thinking: a church that has lost relevance. Abp. Shnork's example of the bridge that is too beautiful to cross is used as a metaphor for many traditional (read Orthodox) churches that have become breeding grounds quality picnics, dinners and Bingo, while losing the sense of Mission, the Gospel of Hope and the Path to Resurrection.
Compass with Linda Zadoian #29
Song: "Me and My Country" by Gor Mkhitarian
Ani’s Bubbles: Sand and Stone
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Finding the Jesus Tax Code

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:22:14 PDT

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Next Step 219: Why isn't juggling in the Olympics? H2O-Polo Coach Adam Krikorian on the world stage with honesty and integrity. Taking the "Next Step" beyond the words of the Bible and allowing the Gospel to live. Affecting a World with the Power of Armodoxy. Syria - a directive to help. Grapeblessing challenge. Debating Jesus' Tax Plan. Making Jesus work for your argument - it's an exercise in spinning statistics - so exercise caution!
Is Paul Ryan's Budget UnChristian?
Song: "Last Dance" by Armen Chakmakian
Ani's Bubbles: Golden House
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Split Second Expressions of Loss

Posted: Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:47:13 PDT

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Next Step #218: Taking off from the London Olympics, competition gets tougher in life. Talents & blessings: how much is left to chance? St. Mary - Assumption feast makes for conversation on what to do with fish! Thoughts on the Mars landing.
Song: Kilikia by The Beautified Project
BBC/Hagopian on Syria
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Olympic Size Divorce

Posted: Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:37:32 PDT

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Next Step #217: Olympic size problems are in the 100th of seconds. Winners and losers are defined by milliseconds. We're not as tolerant when it comes to divorce - "hard-heartedness" prevents us from opting for faith, hope and love. Following up on the "Divorce Comma" from last week's lectionary reading - Matthew 19. Armodoxy answering the questions we ask. Armodoxy as a logical approach to daily dilemmas.
Sermon: The Divorce Comma
Song: Ov Siroon Siroon, Adiss & Vatche
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Disconnects that Aren't Obvious

Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:33:10 PDT

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Next Step #216: Who said, greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends? No really, who said it? Colorado shooting - a world where violence solves so much - why doesn't the alternative make sense? Do you really want to be like Steve Jobs? Wired Magazine presents the puzzle - he was a Buddhist and tyrant, a genius and a jerk, his life is an inspiration and a cautionary tale - Fr. Vazken puts it together with our personal reflections. Olympic time, again.
Song: "Tamara" by John Bilezikjian
Ani's Bubbles: "Special Olympics" http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Wired Magazine re: Steve Jobs
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Evangelizing Apples, Life and Death

Posted: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:00:58 PDT

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Next Step 215: Armodoxy in evolution - Celebrating the Priest as the Celebrant of Life. The wisdom of vartabed/kahana structure. Hovhaness Tomanian's battle against backwardness. Transfigured trilogy - Faith, Hope and Love. Developing evangelists based on the Apple mystique. Passings: Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine and Fr. Peter Gilquist.
Song: "Gadag Bar" Vanoush Khanamirian 
Coming Home
Rethinking Armenian Protestantism
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Missing the Point - Need a Tent?

Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 23:40:00 PDT

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Next Step #214: At the Transfiguration Peter loses sight of the celebration and asks the mundane. A look at Kazantzakis' Last Temptation of Christ, and some other bothersome questions: why death? why cancer? why children die? Reconnecting with the past and finding relevance. A trip up to the Sugar Pine. More on the Higgs Boson - and not losing the point at the Transfiguration.
Ani's Bubbles: Hope - http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/
Song: Uzundara
Thoughts on Last Temptation
Why you should care about the God particle (Higgs boson)
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The God Particle We Knew About

Posted: Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:25:23 PDT

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Next Step #213: Looking beyond the known universe and finding pre-Big Bang evidence. The discovery of the Higgs boson God particle - St. Gregory anticipated it. Additions to the Creed - Pontius Pilate is absent but St. Gregory's Proclamation is in place in the Armenian tradition. Excerpts from the dinner conversation with Arman Satchyan, winner of the auction item.
Earlier than Universe from Yerevan
Higgs Boson - Discovery May Help Tell Universe's Secrets
Higgs Boson cartoon
Madame Kubah on Facebook
Compass interview with Arman Satchyan
Song: "Birth of a Star" by Torkom Saraydarian
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Phenomenon: Believing in the Faith

Posted: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:43:34 PDT

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Next Step #212: Returning from a trip to Wisconsin, Fr. Vazken explores some of the challenges of a Virtual Church. The Importance of touch, action and empathy in the Christian equation. Interview with Fr. Nareg Keutelian, pastor of St. John the Baptist Armenian Church, on technology, the church and the phenomenon of non-ethnic Armenian Church members. Is this where Armodoxy is headed?
In Milwaukee: http://milwaukeearmenians.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/one-sunday-three-priests-a-family-celebration-at-st-john/
Song: "Antza Gnatzi" by Andranik Mouradian, Ethnic Sketches
Window: http://acrag.wordpress.com/
Fr. Vazken's Sermons: http://armenianorthodoxy.blogspot.com/
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Go Ask Alice

Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:41:52 PDT

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Next Step #211: A 35 year old debt is paid back, across generations and across continents with the passing of two gracious ladies Alice & Freda.
Song: Yerginkn Ambel E by Artur Sedrakian
Compass: "Tit for Tat"
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Bumblebee Pentecost

Posted: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:05:03 PDT

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Next Step #210: 4th Anniversary Edition/Celebration. Australian Coffee - nothing down-under about it. Prove you're alive with this simple breathing experiment. The transcendence of time/space through the Church. The power of the Pentecost was the ability to transcend the temporal limitations. No need to check-in your brain to follow Armodoxy. "Etchmiadzin in Mission," said HH Karekin I, (1995-1999) - how to apply "etchmiadzin" to our daily and community life.
Song: "Good morning, defeat" by Gor Mkhitarian from United Fantasies
Ani's Bubbles: "Loving Kindness"
Hayk Foundation: http://haykfoundation.org/
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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 |
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