Understanding Same-Sex Attraction [VIDEO]

Gay INC

The video below makes the claim that human sexuality is more fluid than many believe. It's a controversial point since it challenges the thesis that homosexual desire is a fixed component of individual identity, what in theological terms represents a profound shift in anthropology, and in sociological terms is known as 'gay self-identified.' It is important to remember that at any one term … [Read more...]

The Conflict Between ‘Charismatic’ and ‘Academic’ Theology Not New in Orthodox Christianity

The Holy John Chrysostom interpreting the epistles of the Apostle Paul

By John G. Panagiotou In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes to his spiritual son Timothy about the “deposit of faith” (in Greek, paradosis) which has been handed down from Christ to His Apostles, to their disciples and to their successors.1 What is this “deposit” in its essence? The Apostle tells us this is the “Good News” or “Gospel” … [Read more...]

The Coming of Medical Martyrdom

Christ Healing the Paralytic

Source: First Things By Wesley J. Smith Doctors don’t take the Hippocratic Oath anymore, and haven’t for several decades. The oath’s ethical proscriptions against participating in abortion and assisted suicide cut against the contemporary moral grain, leading medical schools to dumb it down or dispose of it altogether in order to comport with modern sensibilities. Still, … [Read more...]

Wesley J. Smith: Hospice, Defend Yourself!

Hospice cares for the dying

I was waiting for this. A couple of years ago I passed a hospice facility in Naples and it occurred to me that the only thing that keeps it a place where people in the stage of dying preserve their intrinsic human dignity is the attitude of their care-givers. The commitment and qualifications of the hospice workers to the dignity of their patients is what makes the hospice a place of light and … [Read more...]

Pdn. Patrick Mitchell: Gay Christians? The Grave Danger Coming Out Poses to Christian Churches

Gay Christian

Deacon Patrick Mitchell writes in the most recent issue of Touchstone Magazine that the "coming out" as "gay and Christian" creates an intractable problem for churches. "Gay and Christian" advocates argue are no longer mutually exclusive terms. This is a complex issue but it boils down to this: Is same-sex attraction a breakage of sorts within the human person, or is it a a fixed state of … [Read more...]

Take the Survey from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

Alexei D. Krindatch, the Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has launched a national study called "Exploring Orthodox Generosity: Giving in US Orthodox Parishes." He has asked me to bring it to your attention. Both Orthodox clergy and laity are invited to take part in this unique project. The study is being conducted as an … [Read more...]

Assembly Delegation to Participate in March for Life

March for Life

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will send a delegation to the annual March for Life, Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. The date marks the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Metropolitan Methodios will lead the delegation. He will be joined by Metropolitan Tikhon, … [Read more...]

A Scar is Not a Wound

Prayer

When we suffer wounds, especially traumatic wounds (fired from a job, a divorce, loss of a loved one, abuse, etc.) God can bring healing. Healing takes time and often the most healing comes through others who have suffered the same kind of wounding. Wounding changes us however. It leaves scars. But scars are not wounds. Scars are what remain when the wounds heal. Don't pick at the … [Read more...]

Can You Help a Priest in Need?

The Good Samaritan by Van Gogh (Detail)

It's unfortunate but true: Sometimes priests are treated unfairly and the results can be financially catastrophic. A friend of mine, a solid priest with a great track record and no hint of scandal, untoward behavior or anything else that warrants the kind of treatment he is receiving, is undergoing some grave difficulty at the moment. I want to raise $1,000 to help him through his current … [Read more...]

Arrested Development: The Destruction Of Masculinity In A Pornified Culture

Joachim and Anna

In my experience the following paragraph from the essay below describes the social world of young men that is accurate and true. I see it as a social crisis of the first order. Pornography imposes personal and social costs we are only beginning to comprehend. I see this time and again when I deal with young men trying to learn how to become men. Underlying these costs is the broader argument … [Read more...]

St. Basil the Great and Christian Philanthropy

St. Basil the Great

By John G. Panagiotou Many things are said and written about the great Cappodocian Father of the 4th century St. Basil the Great of Caesarea. In Basil the Great, we find the consummate theologian, liturgical scholar, ascetic and evangelist of the Faith. Too often, however, one more aspect of Basil is left overlooked and that is Basil as the first great Christian philanthropist. It is with this … [Read more...]

An Exchange on Homosexuality and Culture

monomakhos-tile

In a comment on the Monomakhos blog, I offered this prediction: The romance with homosexualism can only last for so long -- five years tops and we are in year one. In another two years public doubts will start to surface. In year four those doubts will start shaping into a consensus. In year five the waters of this tsunami will start to recede. Why do I say this? Because nothing in the … [Read more...]

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