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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God Wants You To Be a Martyr

God Wants You To Be a Martyr

In a day when our world is frantically searching wealth and honor, Christians are daily called to choose between worldly priorities and a Godly life. Your willingness to live the faith of Christ through the choices of your life reflects the importance of God in your life, and will be...

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Χρειαζόμαστε ένα θαύμα

Χρειαζόμαστε ένα θαύμα

“Η Εκκλησία μας καλεί σε μια ριζική αναθεώρηση της ζωής μας και των κριτιρίων μας για τη ζωή. Κι αν αισθανόμαστε δουλωμένοι και εγκλωβισμένοι σε μια υλόφρονη νοοτροπία είνα ανάγκη να προσεγγίχουμε ταπεινά τον Ιησού Χριστό και να ζητήσουμε να εκβάλλει απο μέσα μας το δαιμόνιο αυτό του υλικού φρονήματος....

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Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

Ancient Christianity Confronts Death and Halloween

I remember well walking the streets of our cozy steel-mill suburb of Pittsburgh with our two- and four-year-old sons in a wagon, flanked by our neighbors and their children as we went off trick-or-treating. Without leaving even the first block, I thought, “Toto, we aren’t in Kansas anymore!” Whole front...

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Houston, We Have a Problem

From my happy home safely north of the forty-ninth parallel, I regularly receive news from my American brothers and sisters down south, and most of it convinces me that I have no real understanding of Americans. I do know, however, that love of liberty and the freedom to believe, speak,...

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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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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 1

It is interesting to observe the increasing interest in spiritual life among many people around the world. Many people are seeking a personal experience of God. They desire a tangible and dynamic experience of His presence within their daily lives. Furthermore, many today are trying to satisfy this inner need...

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Conversations with Abba Isaac: A Culture of Condemnation

Conversations with Abba Isaac: A Culture of Condemnation

We live in a culture of condemnation. We make ourselves champions of moral, political, and religious issues. We divide ourselves along political lines, and we jump upon every chance to point our finger at those who do not agree with our views. This has become all the more endemic with...

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The Culture of Lying

The Culture of Lying

Does anyone tell the truth any more? People are so brazen with lying these days they call press conferences to tell their lies. The results of lying can be devastating. Political scandals. Financial fraud and loss of millions of dollars. Even our sports heroes lie about affairs and illegal substance...

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Historical Contradictions?  Not So Fast

Historical Contradictions? Not So Fast

The Huffington Post, it seems, can always be relied upon to provide fodder for sceptics looking for a stick with which to beat the Christians. They are, of course, not alone, and poking sharp sticks in our cage seems to be on the verge of becoming a national sport. But...

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