Category : Formation

We usually think about chastity in narrowly sexual terms, I often suggest to people that we think of it in a broader, more anthropological sense.

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… some interesting insights for Orthodox Christians interested in political theology and the Church’s witness in the Public Square.

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Written on Oct, 04, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

As I’ve mentioned before, clergy with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) or even just narcissistic personality traits, can have a devasting effect on a parish and the spiritual lives of parishioners and other clergy. Dealing with clergy suffering with NPD is a challenge and few of us are equipped to do so effectively. This is why I’m posting Anna Kucirkova’s essay What You …

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Written on Oct, 02, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…many–even most–Orthodox parishes in America, are suffering from the absence of a wholesome, well-balanced but radical commitment to Christ among both the laity and the clergy.

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Written on Aug, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Fr. Anthony and Fr. Gregory continue their discussion on personalities and the priesthood, focusing primarily on the attributes/predispositions of agreeableness and openness. Along the way, they end up talking about Jung, Flannery O’Connor, and Jordan Peterson. Enjoy the show! http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/goodguys/fr._gregory_jensen_on_personality_types_and_spirituality

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Written on Jun, 12, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…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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Written on Jun, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

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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Written on Jun, 08, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

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

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Written on Jun, 07, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

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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