Word and Table is a bi-weekly podcast about liturgy, sacrament, and the great tradition of Christian worship and why it is vital in our world today.
O Come O Come Emmanuel has some of the most beautiful lyrics of all church music, and it turns out that they run deeper than your average carol. Father Stephen explains the history of the O Antiphons and how celebrating Christmas is incomprehensible without Easter.
How does the Church interpret scripture together? What are the guiding principles that help us understand the message and meaning of the Bible?
There is a short letter wedged into most collections of the Apostolic Fathers. We don't know who wrote it and it certainly wasn't from the generation after the Apostles, so what's it doing there and why is it worth reading?
We've talked about Priests, Deacons, and Bishops, but what about everybody else? Are we all just supposed to "pay, pray, and obey?" Hardly. Lay-ministry is where all the action is. Father Stephen breaks down the duties of all the People of God and why ordinary members living holy lives is essential to the Church's mission.
On the much discussed doctrine of predestination: how God always initiates our salvation, how he desires that all be saved, (though some are not) and how that all works together for the good and comfort of those called according to his purpose.
How do Anglicans view Christians of other traditions and how can we all come together as mere Christians?
Continuing our series on Christ in the Old Testament: where do we find Jesus in the Book of Genesis?
Did Jesus have all knowledge in the universe as a human being? What did Jesus already know as divine and what did he have to learn as a human being?
All about the Eastern tradition of icons, why the Church distinguished between images and idols, and how to read the puzzling style of Eastern icons.
Fr. Stephen addresses some of the odd details in the gospel stories and why they're put there.