October 26, 2014

Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (via OCN.Net). The following is an excerpt from the Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia, delivered July 7, 2014 Our Lord, through His first miracle in Canaan, Galilee, blessed the holy sacrament of marriage, in which two persons of different sexes come together to unite into one body: … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah at the Institute of Religion and Democracy: Secularism and Depersonalization [AUDIO]

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Source: Juicy Ecumenicism Metropolitan Jonah recently spoke at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He served as the head of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) from November 2008 until July 2012. He spoke about “Secularism and Depersonalization” and its impact on society and the church. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Fr. Josiah Trenham: Protecting Religious Freedom [AUDIO]

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Source: The Voice of Russia - American Edition | Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR)– Some might argue that the founding of the Americas and the keystones of the United States were largely based on three principles: fair taxation, freedom of religion, and property rights. Now, two of those seemingly are under attack in Kansas. This all centers on a bill that purports to defend the rights of business … [Read more...]

Information, Creativity, and Surprise

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My review of Gilder's book published by the Acton Institute follows these preliminary comments. I believe that the book Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World is indeed revolutionary. Author George Gilder is first an economist so this book, which he sees as the culmination of his life's work (Gilder also wrote Wealth and Poverty), is … [Read more...]

Thank You to Everyone Who Contributed

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Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for the support you showed to a priest in need. He has asked me to convey his gratitude as well. The situation was nothing short of a crisis and your generosity has helped him leap over a canyon. He works hard, very hard in fact, but unjust treatment, a poor economy, and a very unexpected event for which he could not prepare all came together at the wrong … [Read more...]

Helping a Priest in Need

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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...]

Have Icon, Will Travel

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The Ministry of an Orthodox Army Chaplain in Southwest Asia Post-9/11 by Alexander F. C. Webster This article appeared in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. At 11:20 p.m. on April 3, 2010, a loud explosion broke the night silence around the main chapel on Bagram Air Field (BAF) in Afghanistan. I was putting on my vestments in preparation for the … [Read more...]

Leite: The Revolutionary Mentality is the Confusion of our Time

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- By Fabio L. Leite The ideas of the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho provide important tools not only to analyze, but to criticize and resist the destructive current cultural currents of our time. Many of these currents spring from the ideologies that oppressed our brothers and sisters in Europe. Olavo de Carvalho currently lives in Virgina. THE THREE INVERSIONS Three … [Read more...]

Estocin: Four Orthodox Christian Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr.

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Download Four Orthodox Christian Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr. (pdf). By: Andrew F. Estocin Our Church has never hesitated to fight, when it felt it must, for the rights of mankind….there are times when we must risk everything, including life itself, for those basic American ideals of freedom, justice, and equality, without which this land cannot survive. Our hope and prayer, … [Read more...]

How the Faith was Lost in the Church of England

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Source: Virtue Online | Alan Marsh When the Church becomes a fixed part of the local landscape, it ceases to preach repentance and conversion, and instead "reaches out" with social programs Mainstream churches, Catholic, Anglican and most of the Protestants have allowed themselves to become too closely identified with the surrounding society - even if not formally "Established" they are … [Read more...]

Pat. Bartholomew: Christmas Enyclical Affirms Unborn Life and Traditional Marriage

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In what can only be termed as a remarkable shift in tone and emphasis, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew soundly defends the sanctity of unborn life in his recent Christmas Encyclical. His Holiness writes: The Lord assumed and sanctified all of human nature. The pre-eternal God condescended to become for us an embryo and be borne inside the womb of the Theotokos. In so doing, He both … [Read more...]

Socrates in the City: Eric Metaxas interviews Dr. Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design [VIDEO]

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Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, at the Union League Club in New York City on September 12, 2013. It's things like this that make me wish I lived in New York. Many thanks to Socrates in the City for making this available on video. To skip intro start at … [Read more...]