Pestilence, Perfidious Persistence, and Penitence

“Past and present, God's will prevails. Hence, understanding is always best and a prudent mind” Beowulf. Godless persons will use even the greatest of tragedies for wicked ends. I think that it is very important to be soberly aware of such goals. I have already indicated this in some of my past posts. I find …

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The Masters of Death Are Now the Ministers of Life?

“If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain by the sword, with the sword he must be slain” (Rev. 13:10). True Christianity calls a person to total faith in God. A Christian must believe wholeheartedly that his life and his bodily death are in God's hands. …

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“Social Distancing,” Desert Fathers, and Church Services

Introduction added on 3/25/20 - I originally penned this blog in response to ideas I encountered on the internet and blog-o-sphere. This piece is a response to the ideas of my peers in that realm. That is the sole intent. I am questioning some of the ideas put forth by my peers. It is a …

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Christians in Times of Epidemic, Then and Now

Addendum, 3/19/20 - Since I penned this article the synod of the OCA issued a statement effectively closing all the churches under their jurisdiction. I penned this reflection before that action was taken. In the article, I have strived to offer a reflection based upon an early Christian account of a time of epidemic. That …

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The Providence of God in a Fallen World

Below is a translation of a short encouraging word from Met. Luke of Zaparozhye. He is a hierarch in the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. His diocese is located in Western Ukraine, the area where the most intense trials and tribulations are occurring (please see "Orthodox situation in Ukraine" in categories for more on this topic). …

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The Church of Smyrna: Times of Persecution

The message to the church of Smyrna is the shortest of the seven letters. “And to the angel of the Church in Smyrna write: “These things says the First and the Last, Who became dead and came to life ...” (Rev. 2:8). Also, see Rev. 1:17-18. Archimandrite Athanasios understands “angel” to refer specifically to the …

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The Church of Ephesus: Praise and Rebuke

“To the angel of the Church in Ephesus write: 'These things says the One Who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One Who walks about in the midst of the seven golden lampstands” (Rev. 2:1). According to the Patristic understanding, the seven stars represent bishops and the lampstands the churches. Christ the …

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The Seven Churches of Revelation: A Message to the Church For All Time.

Introduction. “Write these things which you saw, and the things which are, and the things which are about to take place after these things” (Rev. 1:19). In the opening pages of the most cryptic book of the New Testament, the book of the Apocalypse, or Revelation, Our Lord Jesus, the First and the Last, addresses …

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