August 20, 2014

Dylan Pahman: Self-Discipline Today or Hardship Tomorrow

Dylan Pahman

Source: Acton Institute | Dylan Pahman In the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a collection of wise stories and sayings from the first Christian monks, the following is attributed to one Abba Zeno: “Never lay a foundation on which you might sometime build yourself a cell.” This saying has at least two possible applications: 1) Do not start something you do not intend to see through. 2) Do not put off for tomorrow the asceticism you can do today. Unfortunately, both of these lessons are lost on our federal government when it comes to financial responsibility, and it is our children who will pay for the sins of their fathers. Starting October with a government shutdown over the congressional budget and the real possibility that we may hit the limit of our debt ceiling, our federal financial situation is not very reassuring. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned that “under a wide range of possible assumptions about some key factors that influence federal spending and … [Read more...]

Bill Hinkle on Citizenship [AUDIO]


Bill Hinkle was a member of the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 13th district. As the government shutdown continues to drag on, 16-year-elected political veteran Bill Hinkle offers his thoughts on what's wrong with the political scene in America during this week’s episode of Our Life in Christ and in America. What's more, he asks, what's wrong with us as a nation? As much as we'd like to push all the blame onto our elected officials, aren't we the ones who elected them? Hear his reflections on not just the problem, but how we can find solutions Listen here: … [Read more...]

The War on Humans


A trailer for the upcoming documentary from the Discovery Institute: Keep up with the news and release dates at and Sign up to be notified when the film is released. … [Read more...]

Christian Persecution on Ancient Faith Today — Sunday, October 13 at 8pm Eastern | 5pm Pacific


Host Kevin Allen talks with Faith McDonnell and Ralph H. Sidway about the rising tide of Christian intolerance and genocide—the intentional killing of people for their Christian faith—and why global Christophobia is rarely covered by Western media or addressed by the United Nations. Faith McDonnell is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs at the Institute for Religion and Democracy and the author of the book Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children. Her blog is titled "Juicy Ecumenism." Ralph H. Sidway is the author of Facing Islam and the blog of the same name. … [Read more...]

Turning the World Upside Down: Five Ideas for Orthodox Christian College Students


By Andrew F. Estocin Each September a Sunday is set aside for Orthodox Parishes across the country to focus on the lives of college students. As students settle on campus for another academic year, it is certain that they will encounter a world full of questions about the very meaning of life and how best to live it. They will be challenged by ideas both ancient and new. Campus life will confront them with issues from what it means to be human to how to understand sex and marriage. Today’s college students are tomorrow’s parish council members, Sunday School teachers and youth group leaders. More importantly, they are tomorrow’s parents and how they understand their faith and the Church will shape Orthodox Christianity in America for years to come. Keeping college students connected to the Church has been the focus of campus ministry for decades. However, the question must be asked: What kind of Church are we keeping college students connected to? Is it an … [Read more...]

Politics, Ideas, and the West


An excerpt from an essay published on By Samuel Gregg Yet as the French theologian Jean Daniélou S.J. once observed, there is no true civilization that is not also religious. In the case of Western civilization, that means Judaism and Christianity. The question of religious truth is something with which we must allow every person to wrestle in the depths of their conscience. But if conservatism involves upholding the heritage of the West against those who would tear it down (whether from without and within), then conservatives should follow the lead of European intellectuals such as Rémi Brague and Joseph Ratzinger and invest far more energy in elucidating Christianity’s pivotal role in the West’s development—including the often complicated ways in which it responded to, and continues to interact, with the movements associated with the various Enlightenments. Such an enterprise goes beyond demonstrating Christianity’s contribution to … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Statement Opposing Military Action Against Syria


I've had my disagreements with the Orthodox Peace Fellowship (OPF) in the past mostly over their stand that pacifism is a viable option in addressing conflicts between people and nations. Pacifism is a coherent and honorable moral position but only for the individual. It cannot be imposed involuntarily and succeeds only when the larger promise of protection by non-pacifists exists. Nevertheless, with the continuing threat of military action by America in Syria (which today seems to be abating largely through the diplomatic sophistication of the Russians) which is clearly wrong-headed policy by any measure and especially threatens the Christians of the region, the OPF statement deserves support. Orthodox Christian Statement Opposing Military Action Against Syria Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, oh God! Psalm 51:14 Dear members and friends of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and all Orthodox Christians: On August 21, 2013, a robust chemical weapons attack took … [Read more...]

Pat. Bartholomew: No to Homosexual Marriage

Pat. Bartholomew

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed in unequivocal terms that the Orthodox Church cannot sanction same-sex marriage. This is bound to make some of the Orthodox Progressives squirm because there is no room for doubt, no artificial distinction between Church and society where the moral teaching applies to the former but not the latter, where there is a different ontology implied for those within the Church and those outside of her. This statement was delivered at a homily in Estonia but also posted on the Patriarchal website so it carries the imprimatur of the Patriarchal office. Note Pat. Bartholomew's reliance on the book of Romans where the Apostle Paul describes Roman culture at the time. Again, this is significant because the Patriarch's reference to St. Paul's admonition shows the teaching applies not only to the Church, but to society as well. The erroneous idea that the Orthodox Church has nothing to say to the larger culture about homosexual marriage has been … [Read more...]

An Open Letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Philip to President Obama

Metropolitan Phillip

Metropolitan Philip is the leader of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. September 6, 2013 President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC Dear Mr. President: We write to you with a heavy heart having heard the recent news of the attack on the ancient Christian city of Maaloula, Syria by the rebel forces. This city houses one of the oldest and most important monasteries, the Monastery of St. Thekla, which is considered a holy place by both Christians and Muslims. This attack by the rebel forces, who are supported by the U.S. government, is an unspeakable act of terror, and speaks volumes to the viciousness of those rebel forces who seek to overthrow the Syrian government. Apparently there is nothing that is sacred to these people, and it is very disturbing that these same people are being supported by our government. Mr. President, we appeal to your humanity, and compassion for people to halt consideration of any … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christians Respond to LGBT Protest With Joint Prayer of Clergy and Laity


The Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the Russian Church Abroad View pictures of the protest. Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Clergymen and laity of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia responded to an LGBT protest with joint prayers. On Sunday, August 25, 2013, a protest was held before St Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, by local LGBT members against legislation passed in Russia last June banning the propagandizing of homosexuality to children. The day before, blogs on the internet called for supporters of the LGBT community to gather at San Francisco’s Patriarchal cathedral during Divine Liturgy with anti-Orthodox and anti-Russian placards. With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Justinian of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, clergymen Protopriest Georgy Roshchin, Representative of the International Russian People’s Council to the United … [Read more...]

How the West is Helping to Destroy Christianity in Syria


Source: Alfred the Great Society | Robin Phillips Syrian Christianity goes back to the earliest days of the Christian faith, with language, traditions and practices that have remained largely unchanged since the time of Christ. Despite popular misconceptions, the nation of Syria is not an Islamic state. The Christian population living in Syria has enjoyed a measure of stability under the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. This tenuous stability is now being undermined by Islamic rebels who, supported by Western powers, are attempting to overthrow the government and destroy the native Christian population. Christianity in Syria Not long after Christ’s ascension, the church at Jerusalem was scattered following Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 11:19). Many Christians fled to Antioch in modern day Turkey, where Barnabas was later sent to check on the church (Acts 11:22-27). Barnabas found that the gospel had taken deep root in Antioch, as evidenced by the fact that it was here … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion Believes that Western Countries Tend to Dictatorship


Secularization disguised as democratization released a colossal energy of subordination to power in the European states. Met. Hilarion below affirms a thesis I developed in the essay "Homosexual Marriage at the Dusk of Liberty" where I argue that the legal codification of homosexual "marriage" effectively establishes the State as both the source and judge of human morality. This breathtaking arrogation of moral authority can only lead to the extinction of liberty. Progressive ideologies have at their core a totalitarian impulse (see Malcolm Muggeridge "The Great Liberal Death Wish"). When Progressive ideas meld with the power of the State, those who hold views contrary to the Progressive social vision will be seen as enemies of the State. When that happens Christianity will become criminalized. Met. Hilarion makes the same point from the European side: "Free will of citizens is a preconditioned, not absolute characteristic of a democratic state. For example, two … [Read more...]