Written on Mar, 07, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

From Bleeding Heart Libertarians, some interesting thoughts (not all of which I necessarily agree with, see #16) on free speech. It’s important to note, these thoughts pertain to public, not private, colleges and universities. Here’s a sample: Some people say we can’t “platform” ideas that could be used for evil. I look forward to seeing those same people demand we …

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As Orthodox Christians, worship isn’t afterthought for us. Much less is it optional. It is rather an expression of what we believe and who we are as Orthodox Christians.

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Written on Mar, 05, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Just as Philip does with Nathanael, we need to invite each other to enter a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by being willing to talk with each other about our own spiritual lives, our own struggles, and successes, as Orthodox Christian followers of Jesus Christ.

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Written on Mar, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Though I’m interested in how trust in religious institutions like churches have suffered, this is simply part of a larger erosion of cultural trust in all institutions. Religious communities,  though,  are as a good an illustration of this as anything else.  … historian Martin Marty describes a “seismic shift” in religion. “From the birth of the republic until around 1965, as …

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Written on Mar, 03, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Great Lent Epistle in the year of our Lord 2017 PERMANENT CONFERENCE OF UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX BISHOPS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF UKRAINE Beloved in the Lord, Reverend Clergy! Dear Brothers and Sisters! By the Grace of God, very recently we joyfully celebrated the Great Feast of the Incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who “ for us men and …

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Written on Mar, 01, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Demographically, morally and spiritually, Orthodox Christians in America have taken a beating. That other Christian and non-Christian traditions are in similar situations is, at best, cold comfort. The condition of Orthodoxy in America raises a practical question. What is the Church to do? How are we to respond to the corrosive effects of the religious free market? And, since we’re asking hard questions, can we really lay the blame on the marketplace of ideas or might it be as well that Orthodox Christians have failed to use the freedoms America has afforded the Church?

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Written on Feb, 28, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

…we picture Jesus in such a way that He becomes a living reproach to humanity rather than an easily recognized expression. By thus elevating Him, we unprofitably abase ourselves and create a distance between us and Him that defeats the purpose of the Incarnation. Michael Casey, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Interactive Christology, p. 4

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Written on Feb, 27, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

We have as Orthodox Christians a rich tradition of personal and liturgical prayer. Often though that tradition is unknown to the majority of adults and so most young people.

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Written on Feb, 26, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Whether the harm is great or small, my sin has harmed you, it has exploited your weakness and impeded your reconciliation with the Father, with our Father. Because my sin harms you, the first step in casting “off the works of darkness,” and putting “on the armor of light,” is simply to acknowledge my failure to love you.

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Written on Feb, 23, 2017 by in | 1 Comment.

Given the range of options available to people, it isn’t surprising that, like other Christian communities, the Orthodox Church has in recent years suffered significant, numerical losses.

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