Tag Archive for: Jesus

Under Wraps

Next Step #751: From coverups to false narratives, from truth to Truth, a look at how we are being impacted from forces around us. Halloween is only a part of it, and only the beginning. “Celebrating the Schism” leads to a deep dive into some uncomfortable areas for uncomfortable times.
Jesus as a Lunch Date?
The Search
1927 Picnic
Elon Musk, First Day at Twitter
Arcadi Volodos Piano Transcriptions
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Lunch Date

Armodoxy for Today
Lunch Date

Several years ago, I was interviewed by one of the local newspapers here in the Southland. One of the questions they asked me was, given the chance to have lunch with anyone, historic or contemporary, dead or alive, who would I choose?

These types of questions come with some expectations, especially of the clergy. The obvious historical character for clergy is Jesus Christ. Even in secular circles, among non-religious people, the influence of Jesus and Christianity on human history and thought is undeniably tremendous. And so, in a sense, it’s a loaded question when asking a clergy person to pick out a person, from all of time, with whom to spend the lunch hour.

I disappointed the interviewer, and perhaps you, the reader or listener, not because I didn’t want to take the bait but because there’s nothing more that needs to be asked of Christ. At the Crucifixion, Jesus is recorded as saying, “It is finished.” (John 19:30) He had come to the world as a gift from God as the ultimate expression of love. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) It is finished. He has given us everything we need to know, everything that is necessary to make “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” He has given us nothing less than what is necessary to enjoy life, live it abundantly.

Part of the joy of life is the wonder, the mystery, the search and discovery for ourselves. Jesus has given us the Truth, which applies across generations and civilizations. As Christians, we all come with our own set of circumstances and are touched by the Truth. We search, make mistakes, mark accomplishments, wonder, marvel, cry, laugh and in the end, we live. It is the process of that gives life meaning. Our prayer is for the wisdom, to live in harmony with all that is around us. St. Nersess’ prayer is, “Jesus, [you are] the wisdom of the Father, grant me your wisdom that I may speak, think and do that which is good in your sight. Save me from evil thoughts, words and deeds. Amen.

And, who would I have liked to have lunch with, dead or alive, historic or contemporary? Well, my father, of course. We lost him at an early age. I would love to see him one more time, share with him the wonders of life, the magic, the music, laughs and sorrows that I have discovered… and perhaps compare notes.  

Bishop Daniel Interview

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #749: “We are sitting on a treasure” says Bishop Daniel Findikyan, and admits that the value of that treasure is “inconceivable.” Listen in on this interview that goes beyond administrative issues and talks about Faith, Christ, God, and our spiritual life. Discuss: Truth through Jesus, the Prosperity Gospel, Old and New Testaments and Bible in the light, the gender of God, translating beyond language, and much more.
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Links
Bishop Daniel at St. Leon Cathedral (10/9/22)
The Next Step Interview with Bp. Daniel (2018)
Holy Spirit Building the Church
Cover Photo: Vahe Sargsyan at the 40th anniversary
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Open Cafe

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #711: Ordering and consuming exactly what you want and need – whether a meal, a matter of faith, a hamburger, a bowl of soup. Vantage points, geography and life circumstances in defining our religious understandings. The scorecard on chosenness.
Samaritan Woman and Jesus
Jesus beyond the three years
Joni Mitchell
Cover: Clifton’s Cafeteria
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Empath’s Christmas

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #705: Interview with Alina Samuelian of FLY – Freedom Loving Youth, after her recent outreach in Gyumri. Hear this energetic empath give her first-hand account of life and living conditions in areas of the world hit by tragedy. From Syria to Lebanon to Armenia, FLY reaches out to those in need. Here’s their story articulated by a front-line worker. All this, in the context of Jesus and the “Great Banquet”
Christian Giving, Luke 14:12-24
Freedom Loving Youth
Armenian Earthquake 30 years later
2021 Toy Drive
Children’s Memorial
Peacemakers – Gabriel & Katie Jay
Earlier interview in Armenian
Isabel Bayrakdarian
Cover: In Gyumri FLY meets with mother and son

Connecting with FLY
Website
Facebook: Freedom Loving Youth-FLY
Instagram: freedom.loving.youth
YouTube
Venmo account: @fly-freedomlovingyouth
Firewood Fundraiser

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Before Refrigeration

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #699: Adopting the Cross and Jesus from Biblical times and now: clues to the adoption process. The danger of Revelation and the nonsense of non-denominationalism. Gorbachev’s revelation. Halloween, death, and afterlife before and after refrigeration units. Beginning the process of extracting media from SM. And… answering the questions should Uma have been Yvonne?
Loving as your son: St. Joseph’s example
Purgatory Concept from Maccabees
In Step with Christ: Halloween, Masks and Saints
Few Minutes with Der Hayr (1994): Halloween and Fear
Vernacular Verbose Special ed. 
Vitamin String Quartet
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Meeting Joseph Again

Next Step with Fr. Vazken #698: A personal journey to meet the adoptive father of Jesus. Here is an encounter that begins 39 years ago, comes to a meeting and steps toward a sermon of compassion and care. Religion in America: the mixture of politics and religion, the Evangelical Church and Christianity for the rest. Religion as the lubricants and conductor to furthering political agendas, a caution and appeal to reason.
Meet the Press 10/17/21
Colin Powell passing
Joseph & Mary’s son (blog)
Superman III
Cassandra Wilson
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Lenten Vacation

Next Step #668: How I spent my Lenten vacation? Want to give it a try? Guilt and sin: setting a standard for the Christian. Overcoming addictions: drugs and religion. JW’s go for a GQ look for Jesus and vestment/textiles discussed at Tufts, all in this episode of the Next Step.
Lenten Journey 2021
WD168 this week
Hampig Sassounian parole
Palm Sunday at St. Gregory, Pasadena
Hymn for Lazarus Saturday, Vem Radio
Office of 10 Maiden (join by Zoom)
Cover: Armenia 2009 Fr Vazken
Engineered by Ken Nalik
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Miracle Heartbeat

Next Step #652: Content – The miracle heartbeat that outlasted the lease. The aged parents and the children on the front line in Artsakh. How 2020 became the best year ever: Thanksgiving. Miracles that shouldn’t be. Quantity to quality and back again: The cycle of life. Parenting books that weren’t read and weren’t missed. The Jesus gift: Christmas the way he wanted. Luke 14 as simple as it gets.
Toy Drive – for here and there
Children’s Memorial Service
WD168 this week
Thanksgiving Balloon Video
Haig Beylerian
Donate Here
Cover: HO/DD
Engineered by Ken Nalik
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Human Rights: Jesus and today’s response

Next Step #641: Was Jesus concerned with human rights? Armodoxy for the day: Fr. Vazken challenges the listener to move from a future faith to a terrestrial one. A quick look at theologians – traditional and liberal, eastern and western and their missing voice today. The Kingdom of God is within and without you: The supernatural affecting our lives today. 2020, beyond the tragedies: A call to activism from Jesus’ mission.
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Burl Ives
Governors who Govern
Genocide & Human Rights” (1992)
Martin Luther King Jr, “A Testament of Hope” 
Hans Küng, “My Struggle for Freedom
Dalai Lama, “The Art of Happiness
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Glendale “Sundown” Resolution
Luke 4:14-21: Jesus shares his mission
Preface to the Next Step” (2007)
Cover: “The Night Sam was born” Fr. Vazken 2002Engineered by Ken Nalik
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