Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

I was recently asked to reflect on the question, “Why do people leave the church?”, a question which was inspired by an article in the Christian Post. This particular question, and this particular approach, seem to require an entrance into the Culture Wars category, into which I am not particularly...

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Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our church brings to mind for us the Cross of Christ. Christ was crucified upon the cross so that those who believe in Him may have...

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Pre-Nicene Creeds

Pre-Nicene Creeds

The confession of faith which we Orthodox chant or sing every Sunday at our Divine Liturgy has a long and complicated history, and examining its history plunges us back into the earliest days of the Church’s life. It is a glorious plunge. Discipleship to Jesus and inclusion in His Church...

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“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

“Faith Seeking Understanding” (Part I): Patristic and Early Christian Touchstones

Christianity entered the Greco-Roman world as a religion of the incarnate Logos – word or reason – of God. With such a message and with the growth of conversions from the educated Hellenized culture, Christian theologians were compelled early on to reflect upon the “ways of knowing” – that is,...

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Η πίστη των φίλων μας

Η πίστη των φίλων μας

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης τονίζει την πίστη, το ενδιαφέρον των φίλων του παραλυτικού στην Καπερναούμ, οι οποίοι μετέφεραν τον φίλο τους στον Ιησού για να θεραπευτεί. Την θεραπεία αυτή την οφείλει ο παραλυτικός στην αγάπη των φίλων του. Το παράδειγμά τους οφείλουμε ως Εκκλησία να το ακολουθήσουμε κι εμείς. __________________________________________ Posted...

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The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

The Church as One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

We saw previously that the Creed confesses the Church as an object of faith to show how, despite all its historical liturgical diversity (especially in the pre-Nicene period), the true Church was one, and the salvation one experienced there was not affected by where one lived. We look now at the...

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Το ζήτημα της ολιγοπιστίας

Το ζήτημα της ολιγοπιστίας

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης με την βοήθεια μια ομιλίας του Νικηφόρου Θεοτόκη, αναλύει το ζήτημα της ολιγοπιστίας και το αντιδιαστέλλει με εκείνο της πίστης και της απιστίας, για να καταδειχθεί οτι αυτή, η ολιγοπιστία, είναι η πιο επικίνδυνη κατάσταση στη ζωή του χριστιανού. __________________________________________ Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network.  You...

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Beauty is the Convincing Power of Truth

Beauty is the Convincing Power of Truth

There are many angles a person could take when speaking about Truth, especially about Orthodoxy as the Truth. Elaborate lectures on the history of the Christian Church might be a place to start. But today I want to speak about something more basic than that. I want to speak about...

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Truth Telling

Truth Telling

Truth telling can be life-changing, dangerous, liberating. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that we will know the truth, and “the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32). Listen in as Aristotle Papanikolaou talks with us about truth telling and how it influences our understanding of ourselves, sin,...

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What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

What do you know about the Nicene Creed?

Fr. Thomas Hopko joins us to talk about the Creed we Orthodox recite every Sunday in church. Although most of us have memorized it, there is always more to learn about its origins and its meaning, both in church history and in our life of faith. For example, did you...

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