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Word and Table is a weekly podcast about liturgy, sacrament, and the great tradition of Christian worship and why it is vital in our world today.

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    Anglicanism: an Introduction

    After 37 episodes, Father Stephen and Alex finally get around to talking about Anglicanism. How is it different from Roman Catholicism? How is it different from other Protestant traditions? And what about that mad king who wanted a divorce?

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    The Trinity

    Father Stephen and Alex do their level best to explain the Trinity and find a suitable metaphor that isn't heretical. They also explain why the Trinity isn't an optional doctrine for Christians and what it shows us about God.

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    Confirmation

    What is the rite of Confirmation and why has there been such a struggle to define it? Why is there a gap between baptism and Confirmation? What's actually happening in the prayer for confirmation?

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    The Gospel of John

    Father Stephen and Alex talk about the final gospel: its surprising historical veracity, how it fits in with the Synoptic Gospels and why it has a special place in the church year.

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    Ignatius of Antioch

    Fr. Stephen and Alex dive into another Church Father, the famous martyr Ignatius of Antioch, and how his letters give us a valuable window into the world of the earliest churches.

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    The Gospel of Matthew

    Father Stephen breaks down the Gospel of Matthew, its themes, its Jewish audience, and what it has to say about Jesus's identity.

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    The Gospel of Luke

    We take on the third gospel and its indispensable contributions to the story of Christ: the birth narrative, its Greek context, and the elevated place of women. We also discuss the merits of reading the Bible in sequence.

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    Vestments

    We break down the pieces of priestly dress and where they come from as well as the age-old question of why the bishop wears such a funny hat.

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    The Daily Offices

    In which we explore the Daily Office: its roots and the meaning behind its practice. It's a tale that involves sleepy monks, how the liturgy can be like a garage full of odds and ends, and the difference between the Office and personal devotions.

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    Saint Athanasius

    Father Stephen talks about the life of Saint Athanasius and how he articulated and defended doctrines that the Church holds today.

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    The Church part 2

    Alex and Stephen revisit the subject of the Church and go deeper into the meaning of some of the words used to describe it: one, holy, catholic, apostolic, and the bride of Christ.

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    Church Fathers

    Who were the Church Fathers? Why were they important to the church and why are they important to us today? What is a "Doctor of the Church?"

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    Easter

    Father Stephen and Alex are back to talk about Easter and the hope of the resurrection. He is risen!

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    The Benedict Option with Rod Dreher

    Bestselling Christian author Rod Dreher joins the program to discuss his book The Benedict Option and what modern American Christians can learn from monks and how they live and order their lives.

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    Midseason Break

    Father Stephen is on sabbatical until after Easter. In the interim, we've got some exciting new content to share with you.

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    Infant Baptism

    Why does the Anglican Church baptize infants? We explain what infant baptism means, and doesn't mean in light of scripture and tradition.

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    The Gospel of Mark

    Father Stephen explains how to read the Gospel of Mark, including the history, structure, and themes of the book. We also talk over why the Cross is so challenging for people of all backgrounds to accept.

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    The Saints

    Why do we reverence the saints? What is a healthy understanding of how the saints fit into our worship?

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    Salvation

    Fr. Stephen explains the Anglican view of salvation and how we can know that we are saved by knowing Jesus.

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    Church Councils

    Father Stephen defines what a church council is meant to do and goes over some of the major issues the great ecumenical church councils dealt with in the first few centuries of the church's life.

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    Scripture & Apocrypha

    Fr. Stephen takes a question from a listener asking about how Anglicans interpret scripture and what's the deal with all those extra-Biblical books?

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    Epiphany

    The season of Epiphany isn't the most popular one on the church calendar, but it has a lot to say about how the Lord manifests his glory in the world.

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    Incense

    Why the smells? What does incense symbolize? And what's the name of that thing it swings around in? All this and more on this week's Word & Table.

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    Bowing

    When you see people bowing in a liturgical service, what does that actually mean? What exactly are they bowing to? What's the difference between bowing in a Christian service and the idolatry warned against in the Bible?

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    Confession

    What is confession? What is the difference between a general confession and the sacramental rite of confession? Does the church even have the right to pronounce forgiveness of sins? Father Stephen addresses all this and more on this week's episode.

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    Christmas

    Father Stephen explains how the Church has traditionally cqelebrated Christmas and its place meaning in the context of the church calendar. Plus Alex and Stephen talk about their family Christmas traditions and their picks for best Christmas album ever.

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    Holy Water

    Father Stephen explains what holy water is used for and what it reminds us of.

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    Sacramentals

    Where did the sign of the cross come from? What are these little "extra" things we see Anglicans, Catholics, and Orthodox believers doing at prayer? Fr. Stephen defines these "sacramentals," their place in worship and how to understand them.

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    Advent

    Father Stephen describes the meaning of the Advent season, how we can anticipate the Lord's coming, and the nature of Christian hope.

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    The Liturgical Calendar - Part 2

    This week we close our conversation on the Liturgical Calendar, focusing especially on the Sanctoral Calendar and where the practice of commemorating specific saints came from.

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    The Liturgical Calendar - Part 1

    Father Stephen tells the surprising story of the liturgical calendar and how it became central to Christian worship.

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    Parishes, Dioceses, and Provinces

    This week, Father Stephen outlines the organization of the church and how the regional delineations of church government grew out of the offices of Bishops and the cities they ministered in.

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    Priests, Deacons, and Bishops

    Part 1 of a conversation on Church polity. Father Stephen explains where the offices of the church, Bishops, Priests, and Deacons came from and what their functions are.

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    Introducing the Book of Common Prayer

    Father Stephen introduces the Anglican Church's signature book, the Book of Common Prayer, and goes over what it is, what it's for, what's in it, and how to use it.

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    Scripture and Creed

    What is scripture? How do we read it? Why do Anglicans say creeds and what are they for? Alex and Father Stephen talk about these things and more.

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    What is the Church?

    This week Father Stephen and Alex discuss the Church and how it's more than just a gathering place for Christians.

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    What is a Sacrament?

    Father Stephen explains what a sacrament is and how it affirms salvation in Jesus Christ.

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    Matter Matters

    In the first episode of Word and Table, Alex and Father Stephen talk about why there's so much stuff going on in liturgical church services and how to worship together instead of side by side.

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    Introduction

    A brief introduction on what Word & Table is all about and why you should listen.

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