When we close down free trade, or allow others to close it down for us, we lose not only the material advantages that it brings to us as individual consumers, as producers, and as a nation. We lose the moral advantages that it brings us as well.

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Written on Jan, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

​Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently he starts knocking the house about …

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But the Gospel is more than this. Being an Orthodox Christian is, or should be, life transforming. If we don’t present it this way, we make the Church boring! For many young people being a Christian doesn’t mean being transformed, or really much at all beyond being nice. But there are lots of nice people in the world who aren’t Christian. If being nice or being a good person is the goal, how is Christianity different from other religions? Or from being an atheist?

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As the bishop is for the members of his diocese, so the Christian must be for the world. The bishop leads a band of prophets, of witnesses to the Resurrection of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason, it is not enough for us merely to affirm the Creed. It is not enough for us to learn theology or sing the hymns of the Church. No, it is not enough for us to be anything less than witnesses to the Resurrection!

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… Iakovos was also a champion of civil and human rights who showed his support to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not only with his words, but also with his actions. He was one of the first powerful people to embrace the ideas of Dr. King and march hand in hand with him in 1965 in Selma, Ala.

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Fr. Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute was on with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto for coverage of the Prayer Service the day after President Trump’s inauguration. I thought Fr Sirico offered a sound and sober reflection on the day’s event. In Christ, +Fr Gregory

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The opportunity cost of enchanting one’s fellow economists is alienating noneconomists.  There is no such thing as a free argument. Deirdre N. McCloskey (1985/1998), The Rhetoric of Economics, p. 83.

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Whether we like it or not, and as a priest I must confess I both do and don’t like it, historically choosing one’s faith is the American norm. And today, much like America at it’s founding more and more Americans are unchurched. More Americans and especially those under 30, are choosing to be “unaffiliated,” to have no institutional religious identity.

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Youth ministry is concerned with helping young men and women commitment themselves to Jesus Christ as His disciples and witnesses. To do this we need to first make sure they know Jesus Christ and the Gospel. Young people, like everyone else, must know that out of His great love for us, God became Man, dwelt among us, suffered, died and …

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What follows isn’t a “how-to” manual or a program for Orthodox evangelism or church building. There are enough of those available on the market already. My concern here is to trace out the areas for the fruitful, dare I say, profitable, engagement of the free market by Orthodox Christians. As I argue below, while America has been a source of …

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