Jesus was Born that He Might Die

Jesus was Born that He Might Die

In many European cultures, and in America too, singing and listening to carols is a well-loved Christmas tradition. And many Orthodox communities in the West have admirably incorporated some of the best of these carols into their Nativity celebrations. Often, though, for Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, our knowledge of this...

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Mary Magdalene as Mrs. Jesus

Mary Magdalene as Mrs. Jesus

You can tell it’s almost Christmas by observing any one of three things: 1. lots of cars in the mall parking lots; 2. inane secular Christmas songs blaring from the mall loud-speakers, and 3. even more inane articles on Jesus in the media. Foremost in this year’s inevitable crop of...

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The Gospel of Matthew, Part 37

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 37

Matthew 16:16-20 Jesus is Christ the Son of God “But who do you say that I am?” Peter was the first man on earth, whom it was revealed to him by the Father, to proclaim Christ as The Son of the Living God. The revelation of the Messiah and His...

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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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Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

Did Jesus Ever Really Exist?

I used to be of the opinion that for really far-out whacky stuff, you couldn’t beat Jerry Springer. You all know Jerry Springer—he was the showman who began a talk show in 1991 which within a few years became something of a voyeuristic freak-show, featuring topics like “Teenage Girls who...

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Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Explaining the Trinity to Muslims

Recently, the following question was received by OCN: Hi, Thanks for a great page and I’m very happy to see my Orthodox brothers and sisters from around the world. I have a question maybe you could help me to answer. I have a friend (a Muslim convert) who is questioning...

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The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

The Mother of God and the Mother of “Gods”

As we continue our jubilant πανήγυρις during these days following this great feast of the Church, alternately called the “Summer Pascha”, we recall not only the Virgin Mary’s finiteness as a mortal human being who entered into the glory of her risen Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also...

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Η τραγική εικόνα του ανθρώπου

Η τραγική εικόνα του ανθρώπου

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης παίρνοντας αφορμή από την θεραπεία του δαιμονισμένου νεαρού της ευαγγελικής περικοπής της Κυριακής, περιγράφει τον σημερινό άνθρωπο που υποφέρει απο τα ίδια συμπτώματα. Η τραγικές ομοιότητες είναι συγλονιστικές. Νηστεία, προσευχή και ταπείνωση είναι τα συστατικά που χρειάζονται για να μας οδηγήσουν στον Κύριο ώστε να πραγματοποιηθεί και...

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Ακούω και βλέπω

Ακούω και βλέπω

Ο Δημήτρης Καραβασίλης εστιάζει το ενδιαφέρον της σημερινής εκπομπής στην θεραπεία του τυφλού και δαιμονισμένου ανθρώπου για να αναδείξει το ενδιαφέρον του Κυρίου προς την ανθρωπότητα η οποία πρέπει να διώξει το “δαιμόνιο” που την εμποδίζει να ακούσει με την καρδιά της για την Βασιλεία του Θεού, να την αγαπήσει...

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The Full Divinity of Jesus

The Full Divinity of Jesus

As mentioned in a previous article on the history of the Nicene Creed, a controversy erupted in the church of the fourth century through the teachings of Arius. Though granting that Jesus existed before His birth at Bethlehem as the Word of the Father, Arius denied that this Word was...

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