Fact, Fiction and Phariseeism

Fact, Fiction and Phariseeism

Can a story be ‘true’ without being factual or historical? Certainly—as we all know, Jesus taught with parables; indeed, He hardly taught anything –without- using parables. We can even find truth –in- all kinds of stories we might not call ‘true’—for instance, in pagan myths, or in contemporary fiction or...

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Fifth Sunday of Matthew

Fifth Sunday of Matthew

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ...

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Geek Orthodox Unite!

Geek Orthodox Unite!

Where can you see a Greek Metropolitan speaking with a former atheist science-fiction writer who converted to Roman Catholicism while an American matushka wearing a Rose (Rosie) Cotton flowered crown and a Canadian matushka fantasy writer stand by and a young man in a flowing cape watches with rapt attention...

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On the Pope, Twitter, and Maximalism

On the Pope, Twitter, and Maximalism

The media lately has been delighted to report on the Pope’s alleged decision to grant time off in purgatory for those who follow him on Twitter.  One headline reads, “Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter”.  From Slate Magazine, the headline reads, “Pope now offering indulgences in...

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Finding Balance in the Contemporary

Finding Balance in the Contemporary

How do we balance preserving the ethnic heritage of our churches with really providing a nurturing Christian community for the broader society and younger generations? Fr. Anthony Messeh of St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Church in Arlington, VA, www.stsachurch.org, is on the show this week to talk about this question. Fr....

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Finding Faith Down Under

Finding Faith Down Under

Andrew Smith tells how he discovered the Orthodox faith down under in Australia. ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is a 501(c)3 and an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America . It is a recognized leader in the Orthodox Media field and has sustained...

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Melting Down, Hollywood Style

Melting Down, Hollywood Style

No one does disasters like Hollywood. (Quick case in point: Giant comet hits the earth in 1998’s Deep Impact, below.) But what happens when the disaster is their own? If this summer’s movie attendance is any indication, they may find out, and sooner than even Steven Spielberg predicted. Simple quiz:...

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Fourth Sunday of Matthew

Fourth Sunday of Matthew

The incarnate Angel, the Cornerstone of the Prophets, the second Forerunner of the Coming of Christ, the glorious Elias (Elijah), who from above, sent down to Elisha the grace to dispel sickness and cleanse lepers, abounds therefore in healing for those who honor him. *Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone, July...

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Ethics and the Other

Ethics and the Other

When I was first in seminary, I had to take an ethics class. The professor of that class seemed to positively enjoy giving us difficult ethics problems to solve. He had been a young man during World War II, and he seemed to take a particular joy in giving us...

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Dionysius Potamitis’ Discovery

Dionysius Potamitis’ Discovery

In the wonderful diversity of this world, someone may have to travel to a new land and learn new languages to see their ancestral Church through new eyes. On Journey to Orthodoxy, Dionysios Potamitis recounts having to leave his native Greece and travel to Denmark to discover the Truth from...

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What’s with Russia?

What’s with Russia?

Of late Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin have been in the news.  Putin recently signed into a law a new decree banning “homosexual propaganda”, effectively outlawing Gay Pride parades and other forms of public endorsement of homosexual lifestyle.  Also banned is the adoption of children by gay parents.  Homosexuality...

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Four Left!

Four Left!

In order to catch up with Christine’s present life a bit faster, I am moving us along to a fairly recent journal entry. She has been through many chemotherapy sessions and some bouts with sickness and other troubles. Now, we meet with her again when she has only four sessions...

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