A Little History Lesson

A Little History Lesson

Not long ago​,​the question about whether or not Orthodox Churches could accept homosexuality as a valid lifestyle came to the fore.  The year was 1983.  A denomination by the name of the “Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches” applied for membership in the association of mainline Protestant churches, the National Council of...

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Fifty Shades of Normal?

Fifty Shades of Normal?

Predicting future trends is a risky business for anyone who doesn’t possess a good crystal ball.  Nonetheless, on the basis of past experience and history, we may confidently declare that trends and changes which one generation grudgingly allow the next will enthusiastically embrace, especially if these changes involve a downward moral...

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The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Our experience of living in North America today is very different than was the experience of living in Byzantium in the fifth century, or in Holy Russia in the nineteenth century—or even in post-Soviet Russia now in the twenty-first century. Every culture is different, and these differences profoundly impact on...

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Traditionalism vs. Tradition

Traditionalism vs. Tradition

The late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan once observed: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” In Orthodox Christianity, to which the former Lutheran scholar Pelikan...

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Living In an Auto-correcting World

Living In an Auto-correcting World

Of late my computer has been helping me out with my bad spelling rather a lot. In particular, whenever I try to write to someone about the Orthodox Christian Network under the handy acronym “OCN”, it auto-corrects for me, and types “con.” “‘OCN’? ‘OCN’? Surely you meant ‘con’?” Given that...

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Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

Ecumenical Patriarch: Cohabitation of Same-Sex Couples Contrary to Gospel

The following is an excerpt from the Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia, delivered July 7, 2014. Our Lord, through His first miracle in Canaan, Galilee, blessed the holy sacrament of marriage, in which two persons of different sexes come together...

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

“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. Twelve years ago, a baby girl was born in Alberta by the name of Wren Kaufman. Soon after her birth, the customary birth...

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Are Christians a Persecuted Minority in the West?

Are Christians a Persecuted Minority in the West?

Everyone loves a victim, and is happy to claim victim status. It bestows a kind of righteous aura, as well as a Get Out of Jail Free card when caught behaving badly. Perhaps for this reason many places cultivate a culture of victimhood. As the North American culture war rages...

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Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Not so long ago, voices were raised and lawyers were sharpening their swords in America’s latest battle in the ongoing culture war. The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was threatened with a fine and up to a year’s incarceration for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding....

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A Church Obsessed?

A Church Obsessed?

The love affair between the media and Pope Francis continues.  There is much to admire about the new Pope, such as his humble decision to take public transit, to answer his own phone calls, and to avoid some of the more gorgeous trappings of the papacy.  He is doing his...

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