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China’s Peaceful Warrior

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:01:52 +0000

by Matthew Franklin Cooper China is now portrayed in much of the news media as the world’s fastest-growing Christian country, and an increasing amount of attention is being paid to the plight of Christians inside China. Without downplaying either the successes or the struggles of modern Chinese Christians, particularly vis-à-vis the state, much of this … Continue reading China’s Peaceful Warrior



Death has Died, War is Over!

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:59:25 +0000

August 15 we celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos, the falling asleep of Mary. August 15 is also the anniversary of the end of the Arab-Byzantine wars, by a miracle of the Theotokos. For centuries, the Romans faced instability on their eastern front. The longest conflict in history is the series of Roman-Persian wars, which … Continue reading Death has Died, War is Over!



Christmas is the Real Birthday of Each of Us

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:53:06 +0000

  Children who are born on a day close to Christmas may fear or feel that their birthday celebration is lost in this day, but there is a deep way in which it cannot be a loss because Christmas is the real birthday of each of us and to approach Bethlehem is to approach the moment of our own … Continue reading Christmas is the Real Birthday of Each of Us



The Radical Hope of Christmas

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 04:01:02 +0000

Christians are the people of hope. This is especially the case during the season of advent and the following celebration of Christmas. Hope is a peculiar thing in this world; without God the violence and death of the world would be all that most humans would have to look forward to. Yet, we find in … Continue reading The Radical Hope of Christmas



The Saint Who Refused to be Commander-in-Chief

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:52:27 +0000

Today is the feast day of St. Cybi the Tanned. He was born in 483 the son of Salomon, a warrior king in Wales. Cybi left his home while he was still young and traveled to Jerusalem and to Rome to venerate the Holy sites of Christianity. While there he became a priest and then … Continue reading The Saint Who Refused to be Commander-in-Chief



How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Transfiguration

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 17:56:23 +0000

A light appeared from above and everything changed. In the sky there was a great cloud, and the light radiated forth brighter than the sun. There was a thunderous sound, as if the heavens had opened. “This is my son whom I love, listen to him,” said the voice. The disciples fell to the ground. … Continue reading How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Transfiguration



That the World May Believe: Why we should embrace the Holy and Great Council of Crete

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:15:55 +0000

That the World May Believe: Why we should embrace the Holy and Great Council of Crete A personal reflection by Pieter Dykhorst “…that they may all be one…that the world may believe that you have sent me.” —Jesus (Jn 17:20, 21) While we confess in the Creed that the Orthodox Church is one, where must … Continue reading That the World May Believe: Why we should embrace the Holy and Great Council of Crete



Jesus, Superheroes, and the Presidency

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:31:19 +0000

Recently I’ve been reading an alternate universe Avengers comic in which Captain America is elected president of the US. It’s a very powerful fantasy that I find captivating. President Cap is the American to the bone, bleeding red white and blue. He’s the apple pie and baseball, blond hair and blue eyed super-soldier. He is … Continue reading Jesus, Superheroes, and the Presidency



How many thousands of innocent men, women, and children have you killed today?

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:50:40 +0000

July 20, 2016 The collective gasp at new British PM Theresa May articulating clearly her willingness to do the will of the people by murdering multiple thousands in a nuclear strike “if necessary” is a bit of a surprise. The reminder that deterrent threats are a real part of US, British, and NATO defense strategy … Continue reading How many thousands of innocent men, women, and children have you killed today?



The Council After the Council

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:03:01 +0000

By now, everyone has left Crete. Everything has been wrapped up. My skin, for its part in this, is a shade darker and a shade redder. The Council has ended. But the conciliar process has not. One of the phrases that is used in the Council documents is “liturgy after the liturgy.” This phrase is … Continue reading The Council After the Council