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Creative Blessings

Father Niko Bekris and Chris Kotsakis

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Father Niko Bekris and Chris Kotsakis

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A Greek Orthodox priest and an artist walk into their home studios and connect across 3,000 miles to share their musings on comics, pop culture, and their Orthodox faith.

Latest Episodes

Creative Blessings - Episode 15

Fr. Niko and Chris welcome a special guest in this episode, Archimandrite Father Christodoulos Papadeas from Denver, Colorado, where he administers an urban hermitage called the Brotherhood of Saint George. A graduate of Holy Cross Seminary, Father Papadeas reflects on his spiritual journey from his youth to the present time.

53 minAUG 20
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Creative Blessings - Episode 15

Creative Blessings - Episode 14

Fr. Niko and Chris talk about their great affinity for the Marvel Comics Character Dr. Strange.They delve into the version of the character in the comics as well as the new movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Father focuses on the characters' ability to make mystical shields for use against evil forces, and he explores the notion of good versus evil.

30 minJUN 25
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Creative Blessings - Episode 14

Creative Blessings - Episode 13

In 1977, Star Wars took the world by storm, and Chris, who was seven at the time, found his first love. He talks to Father Niko about his love of the original blockbuster trilogy as The Empire Strikes Back celebrates its 40th anniversary. Father explains that as a child, he “didn’t get” the movie, but as the years went on, it became his favorite. Father Niko talks about the challenge of his days at the seminary, which he calls “Orthodox Boot Camp.” He relates his seminary challenges to Luke’s training at Dagobah. The exercises -both spiritual and mental – that Luke experienced can be metaphors for the Christian journey. The notion of free will and the temptation of the Dark side is an essential part of the Jedi religion. It can be viewed as a reflection of a Christian’s journey during Lent, a time to focus our energies and mental faculties.

33 minJUN 3
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Creative Blessings - Episode 13

Creative Blessings - Episode 12

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris geek out a bit over the recent crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths on the CW Superhero TV shows, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

33 minMAR 1
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Creative Blessings - Episode 12

Creative Blessings - Episode 11

Father Niko and Chris discuss the holiday and what Christmas spirit means. Father expands on the subject utilizing his favorite Superman comic story, Peace on Earth, to explain gifts of the Spirit. Both Father and Chris expand on the notion of “The Spirit of Giving.”

33 minJAN 21
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Creative Blessings - Episode 11

Creative Blessings - Episode 10

Father Niko discusses at the 2019 Doxacon, his personal experience with the Man of Steel through childhood, seminary, and even today, as well as the history of Superman — his Judeo-Christian roots, allegories, and creators’ personal lives, and more.

65 min2019 DEC 25
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Creative Blessings - Episode 10

Creative Blessings - Episode 9

Father Niko and Chris discuss their trip to Doxacon 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. Father was the Keynote speaker on Friday night of Doxacon. In this episode, he expands on his lecture about Superman and the allegory of the Messiah and the correlations to orthodoxy.

38 min2019 DEC 11
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Creative Blessings - Episode 9

Creative Blessings - Episode 8

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris discuss the latest film installment in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Avengers Endgame. They talk about heroism and self-sacrifice for the greater good. Father conveys how we, as Orthodox Christians, should contemplate this notion.

43 min2019 JUN 29
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Creative Blessings - Episode 8

Creative Blessings - Episode 7

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris interview their first guest, Daniel Silver the organizer and co-founder of Doxacon.

54 min2018 OCT 26
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Creative Blessings - Episode 7

Creative Blessings - Episode 6

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris discuss how Jesus ministered to the outcasts of society. The reading of “Follow Me” and you will be “Fishers of Men” taking people as they are “baptizing" them and then following as they are is explored.

43 min2018 SEP 29
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Creative Blessings - Episode 6

Latest Episodes

Creative Blessings - Episode 15

Fr. Niko and Chris welcome a special guest in this episode, Archimandrite Father Christodoulos Papadeas from Denver, Colorado, where he administers an urban hermitage called the Brotherhood of Saint George. A graduate of Holy Cross Seminary, Father Papadeas reflects on his spiritual journey from his youth to the present time.

53 minAUG 20
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 15

Creative Blessings - Episode 14

Fr. Niko and Chris talk about their great affinity for the Marvel Comics Character Dr. Strange.They delve into the version of the character in the comics as well as the new movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Father focuses on the characters' ability to make mystical shields for use against evil forces, and he explores the notion of good versus evil.

30 minJUN 25
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 14

Creative Blessings - Episode 13

In 1977, Star Wars took the world by storm, and Chris, who was seven at the time, found his first love. He talks to Father Niko about his love of the original blockbuster trilogy as The Empire Strikes Back celebrates its 40th anniversary. Father explains that as a child, he “didn’t get” the movie, but as the years went on, it became his favorite. Father Niko talks about the challenge of his days at the seminary, which he calls “Orthodox Boot Camp.” He relates his seminary challenges to Luke’s training at Dagobah. The exercises -both spiritual and mental – that Luke experienced can be metaphors for the Christian journey. The notion of free will and the temptation of the Dark side is an essential part of the Jedi religion. It can be viewed as a reflection of a Christian’s journey during Lent, a time to focus our energies and mental faculties.

33 minJUN 3
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 13

Creative Blessings - Episode 12

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris geek out a bit over the recent crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths on the CW Superhero TV shows, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

33 minMAR 1
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 12

Creative Blessings - Episode 11

Father Niko and Chris discuss the holiday and what Christmas spirit means. Father expands on the subject utilizing his favorite Superman comic story, Peace on Earth, to explain gifts of the Spirit. Both Father and Chris expand on the notion of “The Spirit of Giving.”

33 minJAN 21
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 11

Creative Blessings - Episode 10

Father Niko discusses at the 2019 Doxacon, his personal experience with the Man of Steel through childhood, seminary, and even today, as well as the history of Superman — his Judeo-Christian roots, allegories, and creators’ personal lives, and more.

65 min2019 DEC 25
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 10

Creative Blessings - Episode 9

Father Niko and Chris discuss their trip to Doxacon 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. Father was the Keynote speaker on Friday night of Doxacon. In this episode, he expands on his lecture about Superman and the allegory of the Messiah and the correlations to orthodoxy.

38 min2019 DEC 11
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 9

Creative Blessings - Episode 8

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris discuss the latest film installment in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) Avengers Endgame. They talk about heroism and self-sacrifice for the greater good. Father conveys how we, as Orthodox Christians, should contemplate this notion.

43 min2019 JUN 29
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 8

Creative Blessings - Episode 7

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris interview their first guest, Daniel Silver the organizer and co-founder of Doxacon.

54 min2018 OCT 26
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 7

Creative Blessings - Episode 6

In this episode, Father Niko and Chris discuss how Jesus ministered to the outcasts of society. The reading of “Follow Me” and you will be “Fishers of Men” taking people as they are “baptizing" them and then following as they are is explored.

43 min2018 SEP 29
Comments
Creative Blessings - Episode 6
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