The Superiority of Being Over Doing

The Superiority of Being Over Doing

One of my favorite passages in all of Scripture is Psalm 46 (45 LXX):10, which reads: “Be still, and know that I am God.” This brief but powerful assertion, applicable to virtually any age in history, speaks to the uneasiness and distress every person or group experiences throughout life. Specifically,...

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Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Heaven and Hell in the Scriptures

Recently, Anglican bishop and theologian N.T. Wright was interviewed on the Evangelical Protestant show “100 Huntley Street”, speaking about heaven and hell. As might be expected from someone of Wright’s stature, he was articulate, fascinating, and Biblical. He prefaced his brief remarks by saying that one day he was sitting...

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The Touch of God

The Touch of God

Many people think they don’t need to walk into a Church to encounter God, but you can only touch God in His Church. God could have called down from Heaven and forgiven all sins and welcomed humanity back into Paradise, but He chose instead to take on flesh and touch...

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The Meaning of Pain in Our Lives

The Meaning of Pain in Our Lives

By Abbot George Kapsanis of Gregoriou Apart from the suffering that it causes, physical, mental or spiritual pain– which entered man’s life by divine sufferance – also has positive effects for man’s earthly life and development. It is easy to philosophise or theologise about pain but it is difficult to have...

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Η μεγάλη ψαριά

Η μεγάλη ψαριά

“Ο Θεός δεν ανταμείβει ποτέ τους κόπους των ανθρώπων τόσο πολύ, όσο ανταμείβει μια υπάκουη καρδιά…Ο πράος Κύριος στέκεται δίπλα στο πλοίο του καθενός μας και μας καλεί. Εκείνος, ο παντογνώστης Δημιουργός, ζητάει από τον καθένα μας να τον αφήσουμε να μπει στο πλοίο και να ταξιδέψουμε μαζί Του μακριά...

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In Success – Thanking God

In Success – Thanking God

The earthly mind is confined to itself. When it accomplishes something, it takes full credit for the accomplishment, and self-centeredly assumes that what is accomplished is the result only of the efforts, talents and abilities that it enjoys. The reverent mind transcends itself, and understands that whatever accomplishments we achieve...

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Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

Wisdom and the Constancy of Light: Sermon on Psalm 103 (Vespers)

As we give blessing to God for the end of one day and the beginning of another, the words of Psalm 103 in our Vespers service bid us turn our thoughts to the Lord’s work in creating the world. 1. How magnified are thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast...

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O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

O Paradox of Paradoxes! A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Cross

Perhaps I am preaching to the choir when I say that the older I become, the more I come to see that our world is full of paradoxes. Contradictions of all sorts abound in our lives — between individuals and their behavior, among ideologies and political systems, and so forth....

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What Does It Mean to Love God?

What Does It Mean to Love God?

Yes, indeed, what does it mean to love God? We understand to love to mean many things. It is, in truth, as the poet says, “a many splendored thing.” The question is very real for Christians because the leader of our Faith, Jesus Christ, commanded us to love God. He...

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Persecution and Thanksgiving

Persecution and Thanksgiving

The Orthodox writer Rod Dreher has popularized the Law of Merited Impossibility, as applied to Christians: “It’s absurd to say Christians are persecuted, and boy do they deserve it.” But then there is this from Britain’s Independent today: According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular group with...

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