Search the Scriptures Live show

Search the Scriptures Live

Summary: Interesting and Accessible Bible Study for Busy People - In this live program, Presvytera and Dr. Jeannie Constantinou guides us through Holy Scripture with the eyes of the Church Fathers and answers listener questions.

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 Herod, the Magi, a Star | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:39:55

Herod, the Magi, a Star... Are the descriptions of Herod, the Magi, and the Star of Bethlehem historically accurate, symbolic or legendary? Matthew emphasizes the royal and divine nature of Christ, and central to the story is a king who felt threatened by the one who was "born King of the Jews." Why would Herod the Great feel threatened by a little baby? Why was he called "the Great" anyhow? Join us on Search the Scriptures Live this Monday as we continue our study of the birth of the Messiah according to St. Matthew.

 Christ’s Nativity vs Pagan Nativities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:43:32

Pagan myths and the virgin birth. Is it true that pagans had stories about virgin births? Is it possible that the gospel stories were inspired by these mythologies? What about other elements in the Infancy Narratives, such as the Star and Herod's attempts to kill the newly born Christ? Are those historically based or simply imagery to convey messages and meaning about the birth of Jesus Christ?

 The Nativity Account in Matthew | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:33:54

Palace or manger? Royalty or poverty? The Birth of Christ in Matthew 1. As we continue our study of Matthew 1, we begin by responding to the criticisms of Jews and pagans about the genealogy of Christ in Matthew and Luke with answers from the Fathers of the Church. But why is the birth of Christ told differently by Matthew and Luke? What significant lessons do each teach us about the Incarnation of the Lord?

 St. Matthew the Apostle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:27

Meticulous Matthew, the first evangelist has been called. What do we actually know about Matthew from early Church tradition? The first gospel is not written by someone we might expect, someone prominent among the disciples, such as St. Peter. Instead, the first gospel was written by a former tax collector. And yet, he gave us a gospel that is magnificent in its spiritual insight and astonishing in its complexity. It is quite impossible to imagine the Church without the Gospel of Matthew, the gospel that supplies a critical bridge between Judaism and the Church, and explains the relationship between the Old and the New. This week we will continue in our brand new study and also hear the inspiring words of St. John Chrysostom on the importance of reading the Scriptures.

 The Gospel of the Church | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:33:50

The first evangelist, Matthew, composed a masterpiece of literary construction and theological thought. Now our long awaited deep dive into this extremely important gospel begins. The Gospel of Matthew is called "the gospel of the Church." Join us for the start of this brand new series in which we will learn about the meaning and historical background of so many well-known stories and saying of Christ, not to mention those amazing patristic insights.

 Search the Scriptures Live with Dr. David Ford | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:04

This week, Search the Scriptures LIVE! will be coming to you live from St. Tikhon's Orthodox School of Theology with a special guest, Dr. David Ford, professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's. Dr. Ford and Dr. Jeanne will be talking about the early Church, Dr. Ford's area of expertise, which is St. John Chrysostom, and other subject

 Search the Scriptures Live with Fr. Costas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:25

Dr. Jeannie is joined by her husband Fr. Costas Constantinou for this week's show. They'll discuss his study of the Bible, Christian giving, why he loves Christmas, and other subjects.

 Ananias, Sapphira and the Holy Spirit Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:02

We will continue our discussion of the startling story of Ananias and Sapphira from chapter 5 of The Acts of the Apostles to ponder and discuss from a patristic perspective why God allows occurrences that we consider unfair or even unfortunate. Is God unfair? Is God unjust? Does God act capriciously? How should we react to events that we consider inconsistent with justice?

 Ananias, Sapphira and the Holy Spirit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:57

he story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 is one of the most perplexing in the New Testament. Husband and wife each dropped dead after lying to the Holy Spirit. How does Chrysostom explain the apparent harshness of this consequence? What does our uncomfortable reaction to this story say about us?

 The Stone the Builders Rejected | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:26

Peter and John were hauled before the Great Sanhedrin to explain how they were able to heal a man paralyzed from birth. In this dramatic scene, Peter preaches to the chief priests and high priest that the man was healed by faith in Messiah Jesus, whom they had rejected and crucified only weeks before, but who had risen from the dead. Join us as we continue our study of Acts of the Apostles and learn how the first believers preached the gospel to their fellow Jews.

 St. Peter and St. Moses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:44

After he healed a paralyzed man begging at the Temple, St. Peter explained that Moses himself foretold the coming of the Christ, Jesus who had recently been crucified among them. This week on Search the Scriptures LIVE!, we will continue our discussion of how the early Church evangelized the Jews

 Early Church Praxis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:37

"They had all things in common." In Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke describes the lives of the very first Christians, a life of prayer, sacrifice, sanctification with sacramental fellowship, sharing all of their goods and possessions. What was so important about the practices St. Luke describes and what can we learn from the lives of these first believers?

 St. Peter’s Pentecostal Sermon Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:53

Crucial prophecies and Jewish expectations about the long-anticipated Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus. St. Peter explained these prophecies on the day of Pentecost when he delivered the very first sermon on the "birthday of the Church." Join us as we continue our study of Peter's sermon and learn about the character and lifestyle of those who joined the primitive Church in those early days

 St. Peter’s Pentecostal Sermon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:14

When St. Peter arose to address the people of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, he explained that the Resurrection of Christ was the fulfillment of prophecy. This was the first sermon to proclaim the gospel to the masses, delivered on Pentecost, the "birthday of the church." Peter's sermon, and other speeches in Acts of the Apostles, expressed and preserved crucial early Church traditions of how the crucifixion and resurrection were foretold by the prophets. It provides a snapshot of how the apostles evangelized their fellow Jews and provides important lessons for us as well

 St. Peter vs Plato | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:33:52

After receiving the Holy Spirit, the Church is off and running. St. Peter immediately begins preaching to the crowd, astonished by the sight and sound of Galileans speaking various foreign languages. His speech, which is very important for understanding the message and mind of the early Church, inspires St John Chrysostom to contrast the humble fisherman disciple with the famous and renowned philosopher, Plato.

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