Faith Encouraged Live



with host Fr. Barnabas Powell - Faith Encouraged Live features interviews with prominent Orthodox individuals on contemporary topics. It also includes reflections and commentary by host Fr. Barnabas Powell, as well as readings from Scripture and the Church Fathers.


  • Truth Matters, Life Matters More

    Truth Matters, Life Matters More

    07/02/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    Fr. Barnabas returns to his program with an interview with Hank Hanegraaff, the president and Chairman of the Christian Research Institute and the author of Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life.

  • Led By His Love

    Led By His Love

    24/12/2018 Duración: 01h31min

    On his last live show, Fr. Barnabas welcomes the brother and the son of Fr. Gordon Walker of blessed memory. Fr. Gordon was one of the founding leaders of the former Evangelical Orthodox Church. Led By His Love is Fr. Gordon's memoir, compiled and edited after his repose by his brother Phillip Walker, Phillip and Fr. Gordon's son Tom are the guests on the show.

  • Making Room for Everyone This Christmas

    Making Room for Everyone This Christmas

    10/12/2018 Duración: 01h28min

    How should our parish communities live out the fullness of our Orthodox Faith by including and making a space for those who need a space in our worship that acknowledges their worth and our need to be a spiritual home for everyone? Fr. Barnabas talks with Summer Kinard, an author, a singer, and the mother of five autistic children. Then be sure to listen for a very special announcement from Fr. Barnabas in the second half of the show.

  • The Evil Eye: I See You

    The Evil Eye: I See You

    26/11/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    Fr. Barnabas talks with Jonathan Pageau about the Evil Eye tradition in some Orthodox traditions. This was a pre-recorded program. You can find Jonathan's artwork and essays at the following two websites: and

  • Authentic Christianity and Preparing for Advent

    Authentic Christianity and Preparing for Advent

    12/11/2018 Duración: 01h27min

    Our guests are Leah Libresco and Elissa Bjeletich. Leah is on the first segment discussing building authentic Christian community and her recent book Building the Benedict Option, and Elissa will be talking about preparing for the Nativity fast.

  • How to Be a Sinner

    How to Be a Sinner

    29/10/2018 Duración: 01h33min

    Fr. Barnabas interviews interview Dr. Peter Bouteneff about his new book How to Be a Sinner.

  • Pediatric Euthanasia

    Pediatric Euthanasia

    15/10/2018 Duración: 01h32min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell welcomes back Wesley J. Smith, a lawyer and award winning author as well as a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

  • Make His Praises Glorious

    Make His Praises Glorious

    24/09/2018 Duración: 01h32min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell welcomes the Founder and Executive Director of the Ages Initiatives, home of the Digital Chant Stand. Providing Orthodox churches with the texts and music needed to maintain the fullest possible liturgical life. Fr. Seraphim Dedes and Richard Barrett introduce us to this widely used resource particularly in GOA parishes. You can also hear Richard and his co-host Amy Hogg on their brand new AFR podcast A Sacrifice of Praise.

  • Geopolitics, Foreign Policy, and the Orthodox Church

    Geopolitics, Foreign Policy, and the Orthodox Church

    10/09/2018 Duración: 01h34min

    Father Barnabas Powell interviews John Sitilides, the Washington D.C.-based geopolitical strategist and professional corporate speaker, in a far-reaching conversation to explore and assess the complexities facing the Orthodox Church and its internal administrative challenges in addressing in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the hierarchical tensions between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Moscow Patriarchate, Turkey's repression of Orthodox and other religious minorities, the Syria civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian divide, radical Islamism in the Balkans, the plight of Egypt’s Coptic community, and the stunning rise of Orthodox Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.

  • Ministry and Transitions - Frederica and Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green

    Ministry and Transitions - Frederica and Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green

    27/08/2018 Duración: 01h36min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell interviews Frederica and Fr. Gregory Mathewes-Green after they recently transitioned from full time parish ministry to "retirement." Of course, they remain as active as ever in continued outreach.

  • Tribute to Kevin Allen

    Tribute to Kevin Allen

    13/08/2018 Duración: 01h21min

    Kevin Allen was the host of two popular podcasts on AFR - The Illumined Heart and Ancient Faith Today. The latter was the first live call-in show on AFR starting in April of 2012. Kevin reposed in the Lord on August 7, 2018 after a 27 month battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Fr. Barnabas Powell welcomes special guests John Maddex, Steve Christoforou, Bruce Heying, and Abbot Tryphon as well as listeners to share comments and memories of Kevin and honor his legacy. May his memory be eternal. (Memory Eternal at the end of the program was sung by the St. Athanasius Orthodox Church Choir)

  • Are We Doing Ministry Wrong?

    Are We Doing Ministry Wrong?

    09/07/2018 Duración: 01h38min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell is joined by Steven Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez to evaluate the state of ministry for both young people and adults in our Orthodox Churches. Several resources were mentioned. We Are Orthodoxy podcast Y2AM Effective Christian Ministry

  • Orthodox Witness in a Digital World

    Orthodox Witness in a Digital World

    25/06/2018 Duración: 01h29min

    While in Crete for the Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care conference, Fr. Barnabas Powell sat down with the other American speakers - Fr. Tom Soroka, Dr. Nicole Roccas, Fr. John Parker, Fr. John Peck, Richard Barrett, and Hank Hanegraaff to reflect on the conference and what they took away from it.

  • You’re Converting To What?!

    You’re Converting To What?!

    11/06/2018 Duración: 01h47min

    Fr. Stephen Freeman joins Fr. Barnabas Powell to talk about what happens when you tell your family, friends, and colleagues you are embracing the Orthodox Church.

  • The Poor Are Given to Us for Our Salvation

    The Poor Are Given to Us for Our Salvation

    28/05/2018 Duración: 01h33min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell welcomes the Executive Director of FOCUS North America Seraphim Danckaert to talk about the theology of caring for the poor and how it relates to our salvation.

  • Open Mic Night

    Open Mic Night

    14/05/2018 Duración: 01h29min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell went solo on this episode and opened up the phones for any comments or questions. Nine calls later the 90 minute show came to a conclusion. Lot's of interesting topics discussed!

  • Time and Despondency - Dr. Nicole Roccas

    Time and Despondency - Dr. Nicole Roccas

    23/04/2018 Duración: 01h34min

    Dr. Roccas is the author of Time and Despondency and talks about the meaning of despondency and how it is impacting the Church.

  • The Abbot and the Preacher Talk Great Lent

    The Abbot and the Preacher Talk Great Lent

    26/03/2018 Duración: 01h34min

    Fr. Barnabas Powell welcomes Abbot Tryphon to the show and they take several listener calls about hesychasm, lent, and monasticism.

  • St. Ignatius of Antioch

    St. Ignatius of Antioch

    12/03/2018 Duración: 01h35min

    Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is the author of Bearing God: The Life and Works of St. Ignatius of Antioch He and Fr. Barnabas Powell discuss this Saint from the very early years of the Christian Church.

  • Truly Human

    Truly Human

    26/02/2018 Duración: 01h13min

    Fr. Barnabas interviews Kevin Scherer, author of the Ancient Faith Publishing book Truly Human: Recovering Your Humanity in a Broken World.

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