St. Timothy Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
722 Collins Rd., Toccoa, Georgia 30577
Home / Resources / Lectures
The Great Schism in (Some) Context - Fr. Jacob at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Toccoa, GA [10-4-17]
Fr. John Behr at St. Timothy's
Jesus Christ:  Fulfillment of the Creation of Man

Fr. John Behr is the Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and author of The Mystery of Christ:  Life in Death.

Here is the lecture in two parts:
Part One (43 min)

Part Two (50 min)
Orthodox Architecture

How the Divine Liturgy Affected Church Architecture

Archbishop Alexander, Bishop of the Diocese of the South.
From 1989 until 2012 Archbishop Alexander taught Patristics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI
Of his many writings, Mystagogy: A Monastic Reading of Dionysius Aeropagita, is of special interest!

Praying With the Church - Fr. Jacob at Toccoa Falls College, Nov 5, 2015
Dr. Jeff Macdonald - Mission to Albania, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Macdonald's continuing mission at the Orthodox seminary in Durres, Albania

Dr. Jeffrey last spoke to us in 2017. He returned Sunday, August 20th to update us on his missionary work teaching at an Orthodox seminary in a majority Muslim country where the secularized government barely recognizes the value of the Orthodox Christian faith.

The Gurus, the Old Man, & the Elder Paisios
Fr. Michael Oleksa's Lectures in Greenville, SC on The Orthodox Missionary Legacy in North America

at St. John of the Ladder Orthodox Church - Part One

at Furman University - Part Two
Archimandrite Meletios Webber
Seeking the Path to the Kingdom of Heaven:

      1. The Mind & The Heart: An Orthodox Anthropology
          Q&A

      2. Meeting God in the Material World
          Q&A

      3. The Sound of Silence
          Q&A

      4. Finding The Place of the Heart

          Q&A
Bishop Kallistos Ware
Fr. Thomas Hopko
An Orthodox Understanding of Marriage - Fr. John Mack

NOTE:  The original Video version of this series is again available. Speak to Fr. Jacob about borrowing or buying a copy. The MP3 version is right here!

An Important Preface
In this five-part series, Fr. John Mack, author of a book, Preserve Them, O Lord, accurately contrasts an Orthodox understanding of marriage with a Western Christian understanding of marriage as a "contract."

Every priest has had the experience of realizing he is as much preaching to himself as anyone. Curiously, when this happens, it often also happens that the same priest hears from one or two parishioners, "I felt you had singled me out and were preaching to me." As I say, curious. As it turns out, John Mack was preaching to himself, then as a priest, as much as to anyone.

A few years after this series of dramatic and effective, but disturbingly triumphalistic presentations, Fr. John left the Orthodox Church to become an Eastern Rite Roman Catholic Christian priest. He explained that, "Our decision... was not made in haste but only after a long and intense internal (and familial) debate. We had to struggle with our own deeply sectarian (us versus them) perspective that we brought with us into Orthodoxy from our Protestant roots. (Let me repeat with emphasis:  this sectarian attitude was brought by us into Orthodoxy; I do not believe that it is "natural" to Orthodoxy.) We finally realized that the only way we could put our own sectarianism to death was to enter into communion with the Apostolic Church of the West while continuing our spiritual journey within the Eastern/Orthodox spiritual and sacramental traditions. - Fr. John Mack" 1/6/07  http://www.byzcath.org/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/218855/2

Within the next two years, Fr. John left the priesthood altogether, and he and his wife were divorced; and this is a very great spiritual tragedy. Let no one dare cast stones. Spiritual triumphalism has no place in marriage; or really, in Orthodoxy itself.

This is probably one of the few [perhaps only] places these exceptional presentations can still be heard. They are an embarassment to some. I offer them as an acurate, if at times over-wrought, explanation of the difference between an Orthodox and a Western vision of marriage. I also offer them with a caution. Orthodox Christian marriage ought to be entered into in a spirit at least as serious as that into which monasticism is entered. It is a spiritual calling. It is far more than egal marriage.

An Important Preface [an audio of the above paragraph]

Part I -  Whatever Happened to Marriage?

Part II - Marriage as Mystery

Part III - Marriage as Icon

Part IV - Marriage as Martyrdom

Part V -  The Nature of the Marital Cross


Lewis At Home In Oxford
Lewis at Home in Oxford

This wonderful lecture was recorded by my good friend Jefferey Macdonald, at Texas State University, where Walter Hooper, a North Carolina born gentleman who served C.S. Lewis as his secretary during the last few years of Lewis' life, gave this presentation. This is well-worth listening to!