Tag : lay spiritual formation

Written on Dec, 11, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

What does matter is that you commit to not lying, to not doing what you know to be morally wrong.

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Written on Dec, 10, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Together with baptism, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the starting point of our life in Christ.

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Written on Dec, 06, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

It’s better to think of your priest not as a spiritual father along the monastic lines but as a coach.

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Written on Dec, 05, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

… in the hands of an inexperienced or ill-prepared priest, obedience is a recipe for great and lasting harm for the layperson, the parish and the priest himself.

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

…we corrupt families and parishes, when we make monastic life the model for our life in Christ.

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Written on Dec, 03, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Orthodox Christians tend to overemphasize the therapeutic nature of salvation at the expense of our own moral and legal tradition. 

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Written on Nov, 19, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

Here’s the video of my talk earlier this month in Grand Rapids. It was sponsored by the Alliance of Orthodox Christians, a non-profit Orthodox lay ministry devoted to lay spiritual formation and catechesis.

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Written on Nov, 16, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

…too many Orthodox Christians have bought into the idea God’s love for them means God wants them to be happy and successful on their terms rather than His. We usually don’t say this explicitly.

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Written on Nov, 15, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While culture is important, even under the best of conditions it is always only nominally Christian. The reason for this is that culture–all cultures–is always a mix of different traditions.

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Written on Nov, 14, 2018 by in | Leave a comment

While religious education and apologetics are both important, we need to be careful that we don’t confuse saying things which are true with “speaking the truth in love.”

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