The Orthodox Missionary Crisis in America

At least 98% of the citizens Canada and America are unaware of the benefits and spiritual treasures available in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church. Clearly, we are not following the Great Commission effectively, nor are we following in the footsteps of great Orthodox missionary saints, including those who served on this continent.

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“Whosoever shall follow Me…”

A way to understand carrying the Cross is ‘maturity.’  When we are young, existence throws many burdens on our shoulders: our minds, our bodies, our families, our societies, etc.  The world is mystifying and hard, yet as we get older we look back at the ‘stress’ of youth and laugh.  Why?  It is because we see the pettiness of youthful worries, and realize that there were much bigger causes for concern that we were blissfully unaware of.

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Hellenistic Moral Flexibility or Byzantine Intrigue?

Like many in the Church, I was dismayed to receive news of the latest gaffe from the “Ecumenical Patriarchate,” this time in the form of titular Archbishop Elpidophoros’ widely-publicized Baptism of children of an unrepentant American  ‘gay couple’ carried out by deceiving a brother Greek hierarch.  Given the Archbishop’s recent ambiguous remarks about abortion in the US and some of his chosen political associations, I cannot say that this is all that surprising.

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How Big Foundation Money Is Subverting Traditional Christianity

How Big Foundation Money Is Subverting Traditional Christianity –
There is a struggle within Christianity right now between those who want to retain its traditional moral and social teachings and those who seek to modernize and conform Christianity to the modern liberal democratic social order of the west. We saw this in Protestant churches immediately after the Reformation with some of the more radical reformers fleeing Europe to settle in America. Once here, they were preaching social gospel and egalitarianism by the mid-nineteenth century. We saw it again in the Roman Catholic church in the mid-twentieth century, beginning mostly with Vatican II. In both Protestant and Catholic churches, traditionalists have been mostly drowned out by modernists. Many Protestant churches now accept female ministers, LGBT clergy, and even gay marriage and abortion in some cases. Pope Francis embodies all the modern liberalization within the Roman Catholic church. From his banning of traditional Latin Mass to leading interfaith prayers at pagan temples and advocating for socialist policies, Francis has all but completed the modern liberalization of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Divine Person of Christ Resurrects and Validates All

The Paschal season is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ, the central mystery of the Orthodox faith. According to the Apostle Paul the resurrection of all men necessarily follows from the resurrection of Christ and vice versa, and if the resurrection is not true then our faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:12-17). As the Person of Christ is the core content of the faith (Mtt 16:13-19) then the importance of the resurrection as described by St Paul must be integral to our understanding and experience of the Person of Christ, and therefore a false Christology will lead to a false or deficient view of the resurrection. Indeed, as Christ is the ultimate meaning and criterion of value for all existence, so the resurrection must have transformative significance for all things, all creatures and all human striving.

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The Dangerous Self-delusion Of Being A Good Person

In the Gospels of St. John and St. Luke there is an account of a woman that approached Jesus as he was eating at a Pharisee’s table. St. John identifies her as Mary, the woman who had been possessed by seven demons. The same Mary that had been exercised by Christ. This woman approached Christ unashamed. She approaches Christ because there she recognizes her hope. She knows that she can only find salvation in Christ.

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Facing Hard Questions about Salvation

Much has been written in recent years about the question of universal salvation. Several authors have shown in detail that universalism is not and can never be the teaching of Orthodoxy, since it is incompatible with both Scripture and the great majority of our patristic and liturgical tradition.

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Matthew 16:18-19 and the Papacy vs Apostolic Succession

Matthew 16:18-19 and the Papacy vs Apostolic Succession

The supremacy of the papacy and its universal immediate jurisdiction are here grounded in Matthew 16, however this passage of Scripture makes no mention of jurisdictions or of primacy. What these verses are referring to is the divine power of Christ’s priesthood on which the Church is founded and keeps the Church in existence and indefectible. That the power in question which Christ is granting to St Peter is the power of the priesthood is defended by Roman Catholic scholars and apologists, as Christ is explicitly referencing the High Priesthood of Hilkiah in Isaiah 22.((Michael Patrick Barber, “Jesus as the Davidic Temple Builder and Peter’s Priestly Role in Matthew 16:16-19” Journal of Biblical Literature, 2013, Vol. 132, No. 4 (2013), 944-953.)) That Matthew 16 refers to the priestly power is also the only way to understand Vatican 1-2’s claims regarding the relation of the papacy to the episcopacy:

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THE JOURNEY THROUGH PANDEMIA

The Journey Through Pandemia

It has been almost two years since the appearance of COVID-19 changed life as we know it. This far in, we seem to have more questions than answers. To help us on our journey through the strange “new normal” of Pandemia, we convened a panel of experts from the medical, Orthodox religious, and legal disciplines to help guide us. There is a great deal of hope on all fronts but a lot of work remains to be done.

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