The Theology of Gender – 3. The Fall

The Theology of Gender – 3. The Fall

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The story of the fall is clear. Eve was deceived by the serpent and first transgressed God’s commandment by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she went on and gave to the man who also ate. The punishment is an unavoidable consequence of the act...

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The Theology of Gender – 2. Eve The Helper

The Theology of Gender – 2. Eve The Helper

Sofia Matzarioti-Kostara   The word “helper” itself presupposes an action for which Adam needs help. The only work that the text refers to is to protect and cultivate Paradise. The first interpreters of the sacred text understood that labor in Paradise was not handy work, but spiritual effort, meaning a...

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Our Nature and Original Sin

Our Nature and Original Sin

    Why would God put a tree in the center of a garden and then tell Adam and Even not to touch it?  Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Dr. Justin Jackson, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College, and  the main teacher and organizer of the St Macrina...

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Watch Be the Bee – Episode 83 – Made for Goodness

Watch Be the Bee – Episode 83 – Made for Goodness

Inspired by the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network is proud to feature outstanding programs of “young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service” .   Watch Be the Bee Episode #83 – Made for Goodness Even though God made us...

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Knowing How to Forgive

Knowing How to Forgive

You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18   Good morning Prayer Team! In many ways, we’ve forgotten how to forgive one another. When we’ve done something wrong,...

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The Illness

The Illness

Since Adam and Eve, all human beings have suffered from the illness I call “ego.” We tend to see every option in our path using the pronoun, “I.” Whether it is when to attend Church, how to spend our money, what to eat, even how to interpret the Holy Scriptures,...

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Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

Throwback Thursday: Whose Sin Is It, Anyway?

What’s the difference between being born into sin and carrying the guilt of Adam and Eve?  Listen as Fr. Chris and Fr. Steven discuss this deep and often misunderstood theology of original sin, as we take you back to July 16, 2011.  Fr. Steven Ritter is Pastor of St. James...

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Sensual Judgment and Curiosity

Sensual Judgment and Curiosity

Try to be free of curiosity, for it can defile stillness as nothing else can. –St. John Climacus In this episode, Veronica Hughes enriches our Lenten journey with an exploration of the concept of “Sensual Judgement and Curiosity.” She shares passages from Saint Nikolaj Velimirovich and Saint Theophan the Recluse...

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