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Review by John G. Panagiotou of The Unnecessary Pastor – Part II

Book Reviews - 23 February 2017

Of the several ministry-related issues which are raised in the book, I think that two have particular relevance to me in my ministry experience in light of the Pastoral Epistles and the Letter to the Ephesians. The first issue that I see as relevant to my ministry is the need for ministry to be r...

Thanksgiving and Dismissal

Liturgy - 23 February 2017

The last part of the Divine Liturgy consists of the thanksgiving for Holy Communion and the Dismissal. The priest takes the chalice and paten to the Preparation Table, folds the red cloth and places the Gospel on it, while saying prayers of thanksgiving, in which the congregation take part. There a...

Exploring the Artist

Culture - 23 February 2017

The Place of the Artist  The place and prominence of the artist in society has shifted radically in the last millennium. Very little is known about the artists prior to the end of the Middle Ages. The architects, artists, and craftsmen were not identified. They did not sign their works. Artistic ac...

They sell themselves short

Words of Life - 22 February 2017

People need to taste the sweetness of Grace in their soul, so as to understand how unfair they’re being to themselves if they don’t try to find it....

“The Pearl of Great Price”: Integrating Ecological Concerns into the Christian Life. A Symbiotic Outlook

Ecological crisys - 22 February 2017

That Christians should open their eyes to ecological problems, and recognize their responsibility for the preservation of their natural environment, is the insight underlying this conference at the St. Michael’s institute. And I want to thank Father Alexander for having invited me to participate, fo...

And he will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead [1]

Wisdom & Word - 22 February 2017

1. In accordance with the faith of our Church, we teach you and tell you that Christ will appear to us twice, not only once, and that His second coming will be incomparably more brilliant and glorious than the first. Because in the first, Christ’s patience was manifested in all its depth, whereas in...

Then they’re sacrificed

Words of Life - 21 February 2017

I never saw any correction through anger, always simply through love. Then the person being chastised is also sacrificed....

The mystery of the divine ‘Being’ is the ineffable mystery of love

Wisdom & Word - 21 February 2017

The truth is that the Son is the revelation of the Father and is testimony to the fact that, without a profound investigation of the mystery of sonship, it is impossible to delve into the sacred mystery of real paternity. Fatherhood and sonship are linked with bonds in this life and the next. It i...

What is eternal life and the kingdom of heaven?

Ethics - 21 February 2017

Meatfare Sunday Today’s Gospel gives an anthropomorphic description of the fundamental dogma of our faith regarding Christ’s Second Coming on earth and the Judgement. The throne on which Christ will sit depicts the majesty of the judgement, its impartiality, and the separation of people. In fact, e...

The God of the New Testament in the Old Testament (part 2)

New Testament - Theology - 21 February 2017

"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad”. Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am". (John 8:56-58) The Orthodox understanding of the Old Tes...

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