Firsthand Reflection

I have just returned from a two and a half week trip to Ukraine. Although the trip entailed personal factors, one of my goals was to acquire a firsthand experience of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, specifically regarding the Church. To this end, I was blessed to have the opportunity to speak with some of …

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Aspirations of Global Dominion

Those who read my blog know that a theme that I revisit on a frequent base is that of the events transpiring in Ukraine. These events have many long years of development. Although there are many aspects to the events there, I have focused mainly on the implications with regard to Orthodox Christianity. The Orthodox …

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Moral Heresy

In true Christianity, Orthodoxy, right faith and living go hand in hand. For instance, a person cannot confess that Jesus Christ is not God and be an Orthodox Christian, in confessing something contrary to the revelation of God in His Church such a one is setting himself at odds with that revelation. Of course, one …

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Sweet Kisses of Betrayal

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 'What will you give me if I deliver Him up to you?' And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.” Matthew 26:14-15. Whatever the means by which Judas came to the point where his heart was ripe to …

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You’re a Fundamentalist!

One of my favorite responses of those who are attempting to deconstruct the Orthodox Faith from within (lovingly called “liberal” or “progressive” Orthodox) when they are confronted with indisputable Scriptural and Patristic realities that clearly refute their secular “opinions” is – “your a fundamentalist!” Or, “That's a fundamentalist stance/argument!” Clearly, there is nothing more horrible …

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Considering Fr. Schmemann

“Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 3. Fr. Alexander Schmemann is an inevitable figure of influence in 20th century Orthodoxy, most of all in America. His well-known name has arisen once again, this time in connection to an article in The Wheel (a periodical) entitled “Alexander Schmemann's …

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The Religious Phenomenon of LGBTQ-ism

Every person has a worldview - principles, beliefs, and a school of thought by which one encounters and experiences the surrounding world and its events. Most of the time, at least in “Western” societies, this worldview is self-chosen. A worldview forms and encompasses the process by which a person relates to general questions of life, …

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