September 3, 2014

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to Birth — Visualized

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Tell me this is not a miracle, and I'll respond that your vision is truncated. From the filmmaker: The mathematical complexity of how these things are done [the rapid development of the child in the womb] are beyond human comprehension, and even though I am a mathematician I look at this with a marvel; how did these instruction sets not make mistakes as they build what is us? It's a … [Read more...]

Benjamin Peck: Speak My Name

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I am always encouraged whenever I read or hear young people who are serious about Christ. Below is a sermon written by Benjamin Peck, a freshman at Holy Cross College that he gave at the Festival of Young Preachers conference sponsored by the Academy of Preachers in January, 2012. (Learn more about the festival here.) Ben is 21 years old but you can see by his sermon he thinks deeply and … [Read more...]

WND: Bonhoeffer in Harlem

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When I attended seminary over 20 years ago, one of my favorite activities was the inter-seminary dialogues. Once a month about seven or eight of us would drive down to Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan to meet up with Jewish rabbinical students and seminarians from Union Theological Seminary (Protestant) and St. Joseph's (Catholic). You'd think the gathering would spark some lively and … [Read more...]

A Hymn to the Lesser Good

The Thankful Poor by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Source: Holy Trinity Cathedral By Archbishop John (Shahovskoy) of San Francisco Many people believe that to live according to the faith and to fulfill the will of God is very difficult. Actually — it's very easy. One needs only attend to details, to trifles, and try to avoid evil in the slightest and most trivial things. This is the simplest and surest way to enter the world of the spirit … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Do Not Resent, Do Not React, Keep Inner Stillness

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Wisdom from the experience of a true pastor. The piece is a bit long but once you start you will want to complete because it covers matters of the heart that all serious Christians struggle with. When I was in seminary I had the great blessing of becoming the spiritual son of a Greek bishop, Bishop Kallistos of Xelon. He ended his life as the bishop of Denver of the Greek Archdiocese. … [Read more...]

Osama is Dead. Now What Should I Feel?

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Source: OrthodoxyToday.org Last night, like most of the world, I was captivated by the announcement that the President of the United States would be making a statement at 10:30 p.m. As I Tweeted this information, I added the line that this could not be good. Presidents do not often come on at 10:30 on a Sunday night to announce good news. So, like the rest of the world, I waited and watched the … [Read more...]

Humility, Prudence, and Earth Day

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Source: Acton Institute | John Couretas At a World Council of Churches conference last year on the French-Swiss border, much was made of the “likelihood of mass population displacement” driven by climate change and the mass migration of people fleeing zones inundated by rising seas. While the WCC acknowledged that “there are no solid estimates” about the likely numbers … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion: Life is given for us to exercise in virtue

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Homily on the Sunday of St. John Climacus, author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church This book was written in the 7th century for the monks on Mount Sinai, but it is still relevant today. It presents the entire spiritual life of a Christian as a ladder of ascent to God. There are thirty stairs in it, … [Read more...]

What to Believe? – The soul-searching personal journeys of Bart Ehrman & James Berends [VIDEO]

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Source: Orthodox Christian Fellowship Press release of the talk yesterday evening (February 17, 2011) and archived below. CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 4, 2011 -- The New York Times best-selling author Bart Ehrman and Eastern Orthodox priest James Berends will give a free public presentation at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, at the FedEx Global Education Center on the University of … [Read more...]

Fr. Hopko: 10 Essential Conditions for Coming to Know God’s Truth and Finding Life

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By Fr. Thomas Hopko   1. The belief that the truth of things can be known, and the desire to know the truth and to do it, wherever it leads, is most essential. Indeed it is everything. When people have this desire and seek truth in order to do it, and are ready to do it whatever it takes to find it, know it and do it, God promises that they will find, and understand and live. In a sense, … [Read more...]

Fr. Gregory Jenson: Stewardship and the Human Vocation to Work

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Acton Institute | Fr. Gregory Jenson Paying the bills and contributing to the collection basket are laudable. But Christian stewardship is significantly more than these; like prayer, fasting, and the sacraments, it is an essential part of our Christian life. More than what we say, the way we use our time, talent and treasure, reveals what we value, how we understand ourselves as men and women of … [Read more...]

Why Women Were Never Priests

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Source: Preachers Institute | Alice C. Linsley From Preachers Institute: A convert to Orthodoxy from the Episcopal Church, Ms. Linsley renounced her priestly office in March 2004. She left the Episcopal ministry on the Sunday that Gene Robinson was consecrated and has not entered an Episcopal church since. After years of studying the question of women priests she is persuaded that this … [Read more...]