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Question: Ancient Faith Radio is...
God's chosen vehicle for spreading the Gospel to America - 2 (2.3%)
A source of inspiration throughout my day - 18 (20.5%)
A good and useful ministry - 38 (43.2%)
Something I find/found helpful as an inquirer into Orthodoxy - 7 (8%)
What's Ancient Faith Radio? - 4 (4.5%)
Something that appeals most to ex-Evangeical Orthoconvert subculture - 13 (14.8%)
Annoying - 1 (1.1%)
Ecumenist Anti-Christ Pan-Heretical Mouth of Sauron - 5 (5.7%)
Total Voters: 88

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« Reply #45 on: April 17, 2010, 10:09:25 AM »

It always struck me as a World Orthodox attempt to mimic the success of EWTN.
Hey there. Right now I'm reading The Struggle Against Ecumenism. Your jurisdiction would be so proud.
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So far it's hideously tedious.
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« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2010, 03:15:28 PM »

The others (especially Kh. Matthewes-Green) are generally boring and not intellecutally stimulating.

You don't find Fr. Frederica intellectually stimulating?

No, she's a hack.  Her writing (both substantively and stylistically) is shallow.  Her insights are frequently misguided and whenever she claims to know anything about the Greek langauge, she is most often dead wrong.  Why she is considered to be the "spokeswoman" for converts to Orthodoxy is beyond me.


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.





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Great American hero??  Really? 

I have to agree with scamandrius here, Kh. Matthewes-Green should not be deemed a spokesperson for converts to Orthodoxy.  This is at least my opinion, and I've been bothered that her name appears in "The Word" a lot because most of what she has written isn't representational of converts or their experiences. 
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« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2010, 08:57:10 PM »


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.

Just because she has fans and because she has posted here does not grant her immunization from criticism, harsh it may be, from myself or anyone else on this board.  I have no idea of what kind of woman she is; I've not met her.  But, when it comes to the faith and her attempts to write/speak on it, I find her work to be not worth the time.  My opinion. If you like her, fine.
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« Reply #48 on: April 17, 2010, 09:16:14 PM »

The others (especially Kh. Matthewes-Green) are generally boring and not intellecutally stimulating.

You don't find Fr. Frederica intellectually stimulating?

No, she's a hack.  Her writing (both substantively and stylistically) is shallow.  Her insights are frequently misguided and whenever she claims to know anything about the Greek langauge, she is most often dead wrong.  Why she is considered to be the "spokeswoman" for converts to Orthodoxy is beyond me.


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.


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Great American hero??  Really?  

I have to agree with scamandrius here, Kh. Matthewes-Green should not be deemed a spokesperson for converts to Orthodoxy.  This is at least my opinion, and I've been bothered that her name appears in "The Word" a lot because most of what she has written isn't representational of converts or their experiences.  

Yes, Really! And it is impossible to write about the experience of every convert. We all come from different back grounds, and so, the onlything she can really do is talk about her own experiences and the experiences of those with a similar background......at the end of the day, that is all one can really do.

My background isn't gonna cover everybody, nor will yours! And so, at the end of the day, the onlything we can really do is be ourselves, and those who can relate or connect with our experiences will, and those who can't won't.

It is what it is.......and that's all we can do at the end of the day. There is no one size fits all universal cookie cutter experience for all converts. Such a thing doesn't exist. We are all unique like fingerprints.




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« Reply #49 on: April 17, 2010, 10:51:36 PM »

The others (especially Kh. Matthewes-Green) are generally boring and not intellecutally stimulating.

You don't find Fr. Frederica intellectually stimulating?

No, she's a hack.  Her writing (both substantively and stylistically) is shallow.  Her insights are frequently misguided and whenever she claims to know anything about the Greek langauge, she is most often dead wrong.  Why she is considered to be the "spokeswoman" for converts to Orthodoxy is beyond me.


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.





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A great American hero? She has fans?

Is she a celebrity or a Khouria?

I'm sorry, but just because she is an author, speaker, and has fans does not make her immune to criticism. While I personally do not care for her books, I know many out there who have benefited from them. However I would never say that she is immune to criticism or that people should refrain from expressing their opinion about her.

Should they be respectful while doing so? Of course, but we should always be respectful towards that which has been created in God's image and likeness.
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« Reply #50 on: April 18, 2010, 12:27:57 PM »

The others (especially Kh. Matthewes-Green) are generally boring and not intellecutally stimulating.

You don't find Fr. Frederica intellectually stimulating?

No, she's a hack.  Her writing (both substantively and stylistically) is shallow.  Her insights are frequently misguided and whenever she claims to know anything about the Greek langauge, she is most often dead wrong.  Why she is considered to be the "spokeswoman" for converts to Orthodoxy is beyond me.


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.


InLove   Jnorm

Great American hero??  Really? 

I have to agree with scamandrius here, Kh. Matthewes-Green should not be deemed a spokesperson for converts to Orthodoxy.  This is at least my opinion, and I've been bothered that her name appears in "The Word" a lot because most of what she has written isn't representational of converts or their experiences. 

Yes, Really! And it is impossible to write about the experience of every convert. We all come from different back grounds, and so, the onlything she can really do is talk about her own experiences and the experiences of those with a similar background......at the end of the day, that is all one can really do.

My background isn't gonna cover everybody, nor will yours! And so, at the end of the day, the onlything we can really do is be ourselves, and those who can relate or connect with our experiences will, and those who can't won't.

It is what it is.......and that's all we can do at the end of the day. There is no one size fits all universal cookie cutter experience for all converts. Such a thing doesn't exist. We are all unique like fingerprints.




Inlove Jnorm 

Very...interesting response.  As you said no convert has the same experience as another, which is why it irritates me to no end that a lukewarm (at best) writer pretends to speak for all converts.  The first article I ever read from her was "Why converts to Orthodoxy are obnoxious"!!  Maybe people saw her as obnoxious, but this wasn't my experience and most converts I know are not obnoxious or ignorant.

 Her personal character is not important to me.  If I do meet her, I'm sure I'll repeat what I've said here if it comes up in conversation. 
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« Reply #51 on: April 19, 2010, 03:07:14 AM »

The others (especially Kh. Matthewes-Green) are generally boring and not intellecutally stimulating.

You don't find Fr. Frederica intellectually stimulating?

No, she's a hack.  Her writing (both substantively and stylistically) is shallow.  Her insights are frequently misguided and whenever she claims to know anything about the Greek langauge, she is most often dead wrong.  Why she is considered to be the "spokeswoman" for converts to Orthodoxy is beyond me.


Please be careful with your words! She posts online and I think she posted here once......I could be wrong about that, but she has friends and family and alot of fans....like myself....so please watch what you say about one of the greatest American heroes and Orthodox women of our day! I am more than willing to defend her honor! So please, watch what you say about her.


InLove   Jnorm

Great American hero??  Really? 

I have to agree with scamandrius here, Kh. Matthewes-Green should not be deemed a spokesperson for converts to Orthodoxy.  This is at least my opinion, and I've been bothered that her name appears in "The Word" a lot because most of what she has written isn't representational of converts or their experiences. 

Yes, Really! And it is impossible to write about the experience of every convert. We all come from different back grounds, and so, the onlything she can really do is talk about her own experiences and the experiences of those with a similar background......at the end of the day, that is all one can really do.

My background isn't gonna cover everybody, nor will yours! And so, at the end of the day, the onlything we can really do is be ourselves, and those who can relate or connect with our experiences will, and those who can't won't.

It is what it is.......and that's all we can do at the end of the day. There is no one size fits all universal cookie cutter experience for all converts. Such a thing doesn't exist. We are all unique like fingerprints.


Inlove Jnorm 

Very...interesting response.  As you said no convert has the same experience as another, which is why it irritates me to no end that a lukewarm (at best) writer pretends to speak for all converts.  The first article I ever read from her was "Why converts to Orthodoxy are obnoxious"!!  Maybe people saw her as obnoxious, but this wasn't my experience and most converts I know are not obnoxious or ignorant.

 Her personal character is not important to me.  If I do meet her, I'm sure I'll repeat what I've said here if it comes up in conversation. 

Understood.....just try to be nice to her when you tell her
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« Reply #52 on: April 23, 2010, 09:07:03 AM »


Sad

Yesterday, I had to do a lot of documentation at work.  I started at 8 a.m. and didn't stop until 6:30 p.m. with a 12 minute break for lunch.
If not for AFR, I wouldn't have made it!

I put on my little earphones and the day flew by!  I got in the "zone"...and with all the prayers and lovely music...everything had gone smoothly.

So, here I am this morning.....put in my ear-buds....login,...roll up my sleeves....get all comfy.

....and there's NO AFR!  What?  What happened?

I am sooooo bummed.



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« Reply #53 on: April 23, 2010, 09:15:21 AM »


Sad

Yesterday, I had to do a lot of documentation at work.  I started at 8 a.m. and didn't stop until 6:30 p.m. with a 12 minute break for lunch.
If not for AFR, I wouldn't have made it!

I put on my little earphones and the day flew by!  I got in the "zone"...and with all the prayers and lovely music...everything had gone smoothly.

So, here I am this morning.....put in my ear-buds....login,...roll up my sleeves....get all comfy.

....and there's NO AFR!  What?  What happened?

I am sooooo bummed.





I know. Really! I don't know what happened. Sad


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« Reply #54 on: April 24, 2010, 11:09:55 AM »

I want to make a confession: I listen to AFR podcasts sometimes to fall asleep. I'm not saying this to imply that AFR is boring or something like that. I just have always liked to fall asleep to low-volume human voices. Music I can't fall asleep to (not sure why). But talk radio especially if its soothing NPR-type voices helps me fall asleep. Also voices with certain kinds of accents. Recently I've been listening to an old special on there with a Coptic neurosurgeon, "Christianity and the Brain." Works every time.

Does anyone else listen to the radio to fall asleep, or am I just weird?
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« Reply #55 on: June 08, 2010, 03:46:48 PM »

I really love Ancient Faith Radio.  I think that Eastern liturgical music is comething that were rather deprived of here in southern Colorado.  and I really love the talks that are given, especially The Path
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« Reply #56 on: June 08, 2010, 04:01:07 PM »


I often listen to AFR at work.  I have it playing quietly in the background.

As was mentioned, some of the musical pieces grate on the nerves, rather than sooth, however, for the most part I find it very nice.
Honestly, I don't mind if it's not in English.  I like hearing the various languages.  It reminds me that Orthodoxy is global and how lucky are we to have so many of us worshiping the Lord!

I think its a plus that we, Orthodox, have such an avenue of ministry.  It's truly a blessing!  You can't make everyone happy all the time...so, just do the best you can, with what you have!  I think the Web is better for having AFR available through it.

Geared towards Protestants or not...it's better to listen to AFR than some crazy, trashy, secular tunes!



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« Reply #57 on: June 08, 2010, 04:04:36 PM »

I want to make a confession: I listen to AFR podcasts sometimes to fall asleep. I'm not saying this to imply that AFR is boring or something like that. I just have always liked to fall asleep to low-volume human voices. Music I can't fall asleep to (not sure why). But talk radio especially if its soothing NPR-type voices helps me fall asleep. Also voices with certain kinds of accents. Recently I've been listening to an old special on there with a Coptic neurosurgeon, "Christianity and the Brain." Works every time.

Does anyone else listen to the radio to fall asleep, or am I just weird?
I can go one better...I use an old humming electric fan to drown out background noise and lull me to sleep during the summer time.

I listen to a Barack Obama speech...so boring and droll.  I'm out like a light!   Grin
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« Reply #58 on: June 08, 2010, 04:07:00 PM »

I want to make a confession: I listen to AFR podcasts sometimes to fall asleep. I'm not saying this to imply that AFR is boring or something like that. I just have always liked to fall asleep to low-volume human voices. Music I can't fall asleep to (not sure why). But talk radio especially if its soothing NPR-type voices helps me fall asleep. Also voices with certain kinds of accents. Recently I've been listening to an old special on there with a Coptic neurosurgeon, "Christianity and the Brain." Works every time.

Does anyone else listen to the radio to fall asleep, or am I just weird?
I can go one better...I use an old humming electric fan to drown out background noise and lull me to sleep during the summer time.

I listen to a Barack Obama speech...so boring and droll.  I'm out like a light!   Grin

they made us (in the 8th grade) sit in the auditorium and listen to it.  I dosed off for a good 45 minutes! Cheesy
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« Reply #59 on: June 08, 2010, 05:22:28 PM »

Just curious what people think...

I don't fit any of the poll options. I don't really think much of it in the manner you're wondering about. I just listen to it for the chant.
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« Reply #60 on: June 20, 2010, 10:02:46 AM »

I rarely stray beyond Fr Hopko and A Word from the Holy Fathers, but have found both very, very useful.  Hopko takes up about half of my iPod now.

I agree with the observation that much of the rest of it "feels" a bit cheezy - too Evangelical and sentimental in spirit; I've sometimes hesitated to recommend to enquirers an otherwise interesting piece for that reason.
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