Author : Fr Gregory Jensen

Together with my wife Mary, I entered the Orthodox Church on the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August) in 1991. On the feast of st Nicholas (6 December 1996) I was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan MAXIMOS at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Pittsburgh, PA.

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What sacrifice did God ask of me yesterday, that was so great, so onerous, that I would prefer that you not be in my life today?

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In Masterpiece Justice Kennedy wrote: “It hardly requires restating that government has no role in deciding or even suggesting whether the religious ground for” the baker’s “conscience-based objection is legitimate or illegitimate.” Religious minorities should appreciate that Justice Kennedy took the time to restate it nonetheless. Governmental entities have a nasty habit of refusing to protect religious practices that are, …

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…just as Michael Brown served as an avatar for many minority communities who were tired of being ignored, Trump is an avatar for many rural and exurban whites who feel the same way. Thus, rejection of, or even criticism of, Trump for any specific issue (e.g., Trump’s false implication that Philadelphia Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem and disrespected …

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Reflecting on the vitriol of contemporary American politics, David French writes that Increasingly, however, we can’t handle “normal” without escalation, and the reason lies outside politics. We live in a time of normal political stakes and abnormal cultural change. We’re running a large-scale, uncontrolled cultural experiment on the minds and hearts of Americans, combining fracturing families, declining religiosity, economic transformation, and …

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…is it really true that sexual orientation or gender identity is absolutely central to a person’s identity while a person’s religion is merely a superficial addon?

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If sin is ubiquitous, divine grace is promiscuous.

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Rev. Dr. Vaseilios Thermos, a psychiatrist, professor, and priest of the Church of Greece, has a provocative post at Public Orthodoxy (Fundamentalism: Theology in the Service of Psychosis – Public Orthodox). Here’s a preview: Paradoxically, although religious fundamentalism is a fanatical opponent of the discipline of psychology, it actually is a form of psychologism. It assesses through habit, not through …

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No, the laity doesn’t owe obedience to the priest.

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Steven Pittz, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs who specializes in political theory and international relations, writes at Law and Liberty that …even if we accept the purported goal of recognition (leaving aside the question of whether recognition, as described here, is truly the goal of most identity groups) and if we are conscientious …

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For many, the Gospel is less about picking up the cross and following Jesus and more a coping mechanism. Yes, I can use the Gospel to protect myself from the bumps and bruises (and worse) of life. Doing so, however, means that I prefer the things of God more than God Himself.

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