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Preview: Blog Blog – Shining the Light of Wisdom and Truth

“Not only for every idle word must man give an account, but for every idle silence.” ~ St. Ambrose

Updated: 2018-03-20T01:10:06Z


Sloth (Idleness) a Very Dangerous Vice, Mother of Many Other Vices


by St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea – “O Lord and Master of my life! The spirit of idleness give me not!” Why does St. Ephraim the Syrian begin his prayer with a request about idleness [sloth], as if there are no worse faults? In observing idleness [sloth] from the ordinary, everyday point of view we ... Read more

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian – An Orthodox Explanation


by St. Luke, Archbishop of Crimea – O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and ... Read more

Healed Lesbian: Cruel for Church Leaders to Go Soft on Same-Sex Relationships


by Pete Baklinski – “The Church needs to lovingly say to this person: This is not who you are. Acting on same-sex inclinations is never going to bring you to a place where you can have a right relationship with God. In fact, if you go this way, you are heading down a destructive path.” ... Read more

The Cult of Niceness


by Bruce Frohnen – More than twenty-five years ago, in The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom pointed out that college students in the United States had become very “nice.” Students in general did not want to offend anyone and there was a constant concern to protect one another’s feelings. Bloom meant this as ... Read more

Christians Must Witness Their Faith, Speak Up, and Resist Evil


by St. Paisios the Athonite – If Christians don’t begin to witness their faith, to resist evil, then the destroyers will become even more insolent. But today’s Christians are no warriors. If the Church keeps silent, to avoid conflict with the government, if the metropolitans are silent, if the monks hold their peace, then who ... Read more

On the Virtue of Goodness


by Fr. Lawrence Farley – In his list of virtues which comprise the fruit of Spirit working in one’s life, St. Paul lists that of “goodness” (Greek agathosune, αγαθοσυνη) about midway in the list (Galatians 5:22f). One scarcely speaks of goodness as one of the virtues anymore. In our culture describing something as “good” is ... Read more

Political Correctness, Progressivism, and Present Day Bolsheviks


Excerpts from multiple posts by Fr. Johannes Jacobse in the comments section of “It’s a Brand New Age” blog post. Some edits made to transform multiple individual comments by Fr. Jacobse into a cohesive stand-alone article. Special care was taken to preserve the original meaning of the author. Political correctness is the cultic aspect of ... Read more

Man Saved from Homosexuality: There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Gay Christian’


by Matt Moore – The grace of God is so much stronger than any sin that may have a hold on you. I am living, walking proof of that. He will pour His mercy and grace on those who truly surrender to Him, and repent of their sins. It is extremely difficult for me to ... Read more

On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life: 170 Texts (Philokalia, Vol 1)


by St. Anthony the Great – 1. Men are often called intelligent wrongly. Intelligent men are not those who are erudite in the sayings and books of the wise men of old, but those who have an intelligent soul and can discriminate between good and evil. They avoid what is sinful and harms the soul; ... Read more

Mystery and History Collide on Christmas


by Regis Martin – When we consider the Christmas Miracle, it is worth recalling the fact that Joseph does not at once repudiate his betrothed, despite his discovery that she is pregnant with another’s child. It is an astonishing development. How painfully bewildering it must have been for him, however, to try and account for ... Read more

Thou Shall Not Judge – The Misunderstood 11th Commandment


by Robert Meyer – The idea that we can never judge about anything is patently absurd. To say that we can never judge is to wander aimlessly. The Scriptures tell us that we should reprove each other, speaking the truth in love. What our society lacks is righteous judgment. What we have an abundance of ... Read more

The Goal of Classical Education is Truth


by Tom Jay – A truly classical and Christian education must link the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty to the One Who is truth, goodness, and beauty. “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.” Aristotle wrote this in the fourth century B.C. in a text called On the Heavens. ... Read more

Ashley Purpura: Orthodox Church Needs Women Priests and Bishops


Ms. Ashley Purpura, Ph.D. recently published her outrageous “Beyond the Binary: Hymnographic Constructions of Orthodox Gender” article on “Public Orthodoxy.” Relying on secular LGBT language and concepts, she ridiculously asserted that the “Orthodox understandings of gender span a spectrum of diverse views” and maintained that singing certain liturgical hymns are evidence of “gender-bending” Church traditions! ... Read more

Public Orthodoxy: Promoting Cultural Marxism and LGBT Blasphemy


by Fr. John Whiteford – One could make a career of responding to all of the nonsense that “Public Orthodoxy” [run by George Demacopoulos] spews on a regular basis. Recently, Ashley Purpura has made the unlikely argument that the services of the Church somehow promote gender fluidity, in her [dare I presume her binary gender?] ... Read more

Let There Be Light: God, Not Random Forces, Created Our Universe


by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon – The opening chapter of Genesis has long been a favorite of Christians, and ancient commentators discovered in its lines profound levels of meaning. In more recent times, on the other hand, some readers of Genesis, distracted by apologetic concerns alien to the deeper interests of the Sacred Text, have ... Read more

How to Evangelize Without Saying a Word


by Jared M. Silvey – The Christian message is made more credible and powerful when integrated within the flow of our everyday actions. It is one thing to say something; it is another thing to do it. St. Francis of Assisi is said to have once instructed his followers to “preach the Gospel at all ... Read more

There is No Love in a Lie


by Lisa Moeller – There is no love in a lie. And the lie of homosexuality is that it comes from a place of love. When in all actuality it comes from a place of brokenness. Love. I am compelled to address this topic because I have been approached so many times lately by those ... Read more

Unhinged Hatred: Frank Schaeffer Curses Donald Trump and His Family


Infamous progressive leftist Frank Schaeffer, who describes himself as “an atheist who believes in God” has reached a new low in his descent towards insanity and spiritual darkness. In a video posted on facebook on September 5, 2017, Frank snarls: “G-d damn you Donald Trump” and proceeds to curse President Trump. Calling for a “day ... Read more

Nashville Statement Affirms Traditional Christian Principles on Marriage and Sexuality


Here’s a worthy, true, and clear statement that all Orthodox Churches and hierarchs in America should support. A coalition of conservative evangelical leaders across America issued a public declaration titled the Nashville Statement that affirms universal and traditional Christian principles on marriage and human sexuality. It is a response to an increasingly post-Christian, Western culture ... Read more

Theistic Evolution Incompatible with the Bible and Christian Theology


by Hank Hanegraaff – Creation versus Evolution. As the debate rages, there remain those who contend that they can subscribe to modern evolutionary theory and, at the same time, believe in God’s Good News as revealed in the Bible. Is this belief in Theistic Evolution truly rational? What Is Theistic Evolution? Proponents of theistic evolution ... Read more

Spiritual Blindness: Inability to Discern Good from Evil, Truth from Lies


by Patriarch Kirill of Russia – What is spiritual blindness? It is people’s inability to see into the essence of what is happening around them. It is the inability to see good and evil, to discern truth from lies. The spiritually blind person is like a vessel in the ocean without a navigator. If the ... Read more

The Abnormal Cannot Dictate What’s Normal


by Fr. Ioannes Apiarius – Those who are darkened by spiritual corruption or sexual depravity cannot be trusted to lecture others about what’s normal or demand that the normal embrace abnormality. Those who are confused about their own sexuality or reject traditional Christian moral principles are incapable of giving advice on normal human relationships or ... Read more

Fr. Thomas Hopko: Homosexual Advocates Should be Denied Communion in the Orthodox Church


by Fr. Thomas Hopko – For this reason, those who publicly affirm and promote homosexual behavior (like those who publicly advocate abortion) cannot be sacramental communicants in the Orthodox Church. When Church leaders rightly remove persons from sacramental communion, they must understand their action as therapeutic and not punitive. From Chapter 23 – Same-Sex Attraction ... Read more

Why Atheists Don’t Really Exist


by Joe Bissonnette – In the deeper rumblings of their very selves, where nature speaks through instinct and God speaks through conscience, there are eternal truths that can be avoided for a time but not ultimately denied. The truth is that there are no such things as atheists. Confirmation bias is the tendency to ascribe ... Read more

Devil’s Philosophy in Lawless and Wicked Age: ‘Do as You Please’


by Michael W. Chapman – Our children are growing up in a “lawless and wicked age,” infused with the “philosophy of the Devil, who says, ‘Do as you please.’ World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that our children are growing up in a “lawless ... Read more

How to Overcome Despondency


by Bishop Arsenius (Zhadanovsky) – One must not delay in warring against despondency, for the next step after despondency is despair – which leads to perdition. Despondency from Physical Ilnesses Despondency springs from various sources, primarily from our physical illnesses. In this case, despondency is suppressed by spiritual inspiration, spiritual interests. The spirit is willing, ... Read more

Gay Iconoclasm: Holding the Line Against the Radical LGBT Agenda


by Fr. Josiah Trenham – So here is the essence of the conflict, my friends. It is the LGBT versus the JCIB: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. Gay propaganda throws such classical wisdom to the wind without a thought nor a reference, as though it never existed, as though these religious traditions do not possess ... Read more

Classical Christian Education and Public Witness


by Stephen Turley – If Christians are to remain faithful to the biblical Gospel, we must once again affirm the public witness of the church, particularly in the field of education. For such an affirmation not only awakens the soul to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, but in embodying the Truth, it exposes ... Read more

Christian Martyr is the Opposite of Muslim Suicide Terrorist


by G.K. Chesterton – A Christian martyr is the opposite of a Muslim suicide terrorist. They are at the opposite ends of heaven and hell. One man flung away his life; he was so good that his dry bones could heal cities in pestilence. Another man flung away life; he was so bad that his ... Read more

Nanny State Insanity: Abortion and Marijuana are Safe, Pregnancy and Soda are Dangerous


by George Neumayr – For the Nanny State Left, abortion is safe and pregnancy is risky. Fertility is treated as a disease requiring “preventive” drugs and pregnancy is seen as a disability. Under the nanny state, what qualifies as a risk is often perplexing. Its champions usually see risks everywhere, from climate change to oversized ... Read more