Monthly Archives: February 2012

When Rome had Forsaken the Orthodox Church

In the earliest centuries of the Church, there was no “Greek East” and “Latin West”, nor was there anyone who could have conceived of a “Byzantine Empire” in opposition to the “Roman Empire”. In the first century, the Apostle Paul’s … Continue reading

Posted in 431 A.D. - Ephesus, 753 A.D. - Hieria, Church History, Filioque, Heresies, Holy Communion | 6 Comments

The Sacrament of Confession

This is the sacrament by which an Orthodox Christian is forgiven of sin, and is formally restored to fellowship within the Church.  It is also known as the “sacrament of repentance”.  Repentance is a “second baptism”.  Repentance involves an understanding … Continue reading

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From John Calvin to Stephen King

Stephen King’s novels are famous for their explicit gore.  Monsters, murders, rapes, and vengeance are all described in picturesque terms, with an alarming level of alacrity. In this sense, the Bible is similar to a Stephen King novel.  A cursory … Continue reading

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The Sacrament of Healing

Jesus graciously provides healing for his people . . . Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. … Continue reading

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What is Theosis?

Theosis is man’s union with God, wherein we participate in the uncreated energies of the Trinity.  We do not become what God is in his essence, but we are invited to participate in his energies. This is the purpose and goal … Continue reading

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An Overview of the Iconoclastic Controversy

The imperial leader of the initial iconoclastic outbreak was the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor, Leo III, who put forth a series of official decrees in opposition to icons.  Officially, it was in the year 726 that “Leo III introduced iconoclasm” (Andrew … Continue reading

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If Justin Bieber was a Shakespeare fan . . .

Yahoo Voices just approved my first article for publication on their website . . . http://voices.yahoo.com/if-justin-bieber-was-shakespeare-fan-10908367.html?cat=47

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