Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Is Orthodoxy Ethnically Exclusive?

Periodically, I am asked the question as to how I could be part of the Orthodox Church. After all, are not the Orthodox somewhat exclusive? You are not Russian; you are not Greek; you are not Middle Eastern; how could you ever be accepted by the Orthodox? I suppose that...

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I Acknowledge One Baptism

I Acknowledge One Baptism

Another part of the third main section of the present Creed focusing upon the Holy Spirit and His work in the holy Church concerns holy baptism. The phrase runs, “I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.” Here we note in passing a change of verb, with the accompanying...

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A Holy Nation

A Holy Nation

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received...

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Church and Nationality

Church and Nationality

On the Sunday following the Sunday of all Saint, the national Orthodox Churches around the world celebrate their local saints. Greece celebrates its saints, Romania its own, even Mont Athos has its own celebration. The question I am asking myself, is what saints should we celebrate in our Greek Orthodox...

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The White Student Union and the Kingdom of God

The White Student Union and the Kingdom of God

A young man who is a student at Towson University is concerned about the level of crime afflicting his campus and the seeming inability of the police to stem the tide. So, he is arranging for a series of unarmed student foot patrols around the university to increase student safety....

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It Takes a Pan-Orthodox Village

It Takes a Pan-Orthodox Village

I grew up with the notion that it could take just one parish to keep me in the faith. I was raised in a humble Greek Orthodox Church in Southern California. My weeks were like clockwork in the church. Sundays were for worship, Mondays for Greek dance, and Fridays for...

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Speaking the Language of Canaan

Speaking the Language of Canaan

Hidden away in the middle of the Book of Isaiah is an astounding prophecy. Many people miss it, because it is part of a long section of oracles about the various nations of that day, and not knowing the geography of the ancient near east very well, they tend to...

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