August 21, 2014

Burning the Koran

Fr. Peter: Well I for one would like to send a message to the radical Christians that we are not interested in you! You are what is wrong in this world and your kind are giving the rest of us right believing Christians a bad name. Maybe you should go your local Army Recruiting station and enlist in the military and go and fight for this nation rather than put her military in jeopardy. Fr. Peter-Michael Preble writes on his blog: This past Sunday, while I was preaching on the love of Christ as found in the Gospel of St. Matthew, another Christian preacher was preaching hate at his Church in Florida. Pastor Terry Jones feels that one way to mark the anniversary of September 11th is to burn the Quran. He feels that this will send a message to radical Islam that we are not interested in you. Well I for one would like to send a message to the radical Christians that we are not interested in you! You are what is wrong in this world and your kind are giving the rest of us right … [Read more...]

Fr. Preble: Duties to the State from a Romanian Orthodox Church Perspective

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble has this article published recently on Ethics Daily. Fr. Peter blogs at Shepherd of Souls, and Fr. Peter-Michael Preble. He hosts the Shepherd of Souls podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. I have a Scripture reading system in which I read first from the Gospels and then from the Epistles. I read this as well as a selection of Psalms every day. One day I came across a section of St. Paul's letter to the Romans (13:1-7), and it caused me to pause and really think about it. What are our duties to the state? According to Paul, we have the following obligations: 1. Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities 2. Whoever resists authority resists the ordinance of God 3. Those who resist will bring judgment upon themselves 4. Do what is good and you will have praise 5. You must be subject 6. Pay taxes 7. Render therefore to all their due … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter Preble interviews Fr. Jay Finelli, the iPadre

Fr. Peter Preble, host of the Ancient Faith Radio program Shepherd of Souls, webmaster of the Fr. Peter-Michael Preble website, occasional contributer to the AOI Observer and all around good guy has good discussion this week with a Roman Catholic priest on the role of the Church in politics and culture, in particular the obligation the Church to speak out on moral issues. Fr. Peter's guest is in the diocese where the Roman Catholic Bishop Tobin has been in a public conversation with Representative Patrick Kennedy about Kennedy's stand on abortion. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse about the Ecumenical Patriarchate


Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, host of the Shepherd of Souls radio program on Ancient Faith radio, Pastor of St. Michael's Orthodox Christian Church, and occasional contributor to the AOI blog, recently interviewed Fr. Hans Jacobse on the subject of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Listen to the interview: Fr. Peter blogs at the Fr. Peter-Michael Preble blog. … [Read more...]

More reflections on the OCL conference

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble offers more thoughts on the recent OCL conference. Fr. Peter writes: The first point, and I said this in my sermon yesterday, is that I believe the American Orthodox Church is on the cusp of greatness. I think we are standing in the door way of a new something (I can't seem to find the right word) -- generation maybe, era perhaps, explosion...not really sure. I say this because we have some great young leaders emerging in the church. People like Metropolitan Jonah, Fr. Justin Matthews of FOCUS North America and others are injecting new excitement and energy into the American Church. We are at the threshold of becoming a truly American Church and not just a small immigrant community. I am reminded of the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Boston. The signs used to read "Irish Need Not Apply" Then the church came into her own. The Roman Church under the leadership of visionaries like Richard Cushing of Boston. Cardinal Cushing had a vision for … [Read more...]

There’s a lot of buzz in the Catholic blogosphere…

...that Catholic-Orthodox unity is imminent (well, maybe not imminet but no more than a quick bike ride away). That's news to me, and also to Fr. Peter-Michael Preble who writes about it on his blog: Catholic-Orthodox Unity? Some background, more. … [Read more...]