Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

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Baptizing Unenthusiastic Children

A number of people have viewed a video on Youtube lately showing the last minute or so of a family drama in church. It concerned an Orthodox family gathered…

Jul 06, 2014
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Orthodox Worship and the Old Testament

Recently I read in a blog a spirited defense of Orthodox worship, which the author promoted as more Biblical than the worship of contemporary praise services…

Jul 01, 2014
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The Dark Ages: Who Turned Out the Lights?

Among the literature of those who make it their main business to vilify the Christians, perhaps no concept has served a more useful purpose than the idea…

Jun 28, 2014
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Demographics of a Revolution

The world is currently undergoing a very quiet but revolutionary change. Nations which since their inception have been Christian nations will soon become…

Jun 27, 2014
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“Congratulations, You’ve Given Birth to a Baby Girl…Maybe”

A recent article about a presentation made in my neighbouring province of Alberta made me wonder if I didn’t live in the Twilight Zone rather than Canada….

Jun 25, 2014
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Christians and Guns

Consider the following scenario: a man breaks into the house of another man, a Christian. The Christian whose house is broken into is afraid, and gets…

Jun 23, 2014
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“Ethiopia Will Quickly Stretch Out Her Hands to God”

There is a good chance that the verse cited in the above title, a verse from Psalm 68, is a favourite Biblical verse with members of the Ethiopian Orthodox…

Jun 19, 2014
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Of Angels and Demons

We Orthodox confess that we are amphibians—that is, that we are part animal, part angelic, that we simultaneously inhabit both the visible and the invisible…

Jun 19, 2014
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Why Marriage?

As the element of Christianity in popular culture continues to erode, one of the many things which separates that popular and secular culture from the…

Jun 10, 2014
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The Filioque Clause

One of the things which has historically been a point of polemic and conflict between the Orthodox East and the Roman Catholic West is the use of the Filioque…

Jun 09, 2014
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The Long Shadows of Byzantium

Every time I stand at the altar in our little church of St. Herman’s in Langley, B.C., I stand in the long shadows of Byzantium.  That is, I find myself…

Jun 08, 2014
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Meditation on Modern Christian Art

One sunny afternoon, I was among a group of clergy invited to view a series of art pieces in St. David’s Anglican Church in Vancouver, a series of…

Jun 05, 2014
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