A Feast of Joyful Sorrow

Today (Aug 29) on the Orthodox church calendar is the Feast of the Beheading of John the Forerunner. It's an odd feast in that it's the only feast in the Orthodox Church that I know of that is commemorated by a strict fast rather than a feast. John the Forerunner is an important figure in …

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A Podcast on Why Christians Might Like Secularism

I want to commend a recent podcast by Fr Stephen Ritter, an Orthodox musician and priest from Georgia and make a few comments about it (because he certainly sparked my imagination!). In this podcast he is speaking of the heresy (his word, not mine – that's a technical word and I'm curious what heresy he's …

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On Allowing Virtue to Minister to our Faith

I have always been fascinated by 2 Peter. Well, "always" being as far back as when we translated portions of it, along with 1 Peter, in Advanced Greek in Bible College. The first chapter has that wonderfully scandalous (from a Protestant perspective) verse about actually participating in God. When translating it became painfully obvious that …

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