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On the Virtue of Goodness

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 01:33:47 +0000

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

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 00:26:23 +0000

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’

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:33:06 +0000

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)

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 20:33:45 +0000

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

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:59:38 +0000

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

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:26:53 +0000

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

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 01:09:53 +0000

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

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:13:11 +0000

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

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:08:31 +0000

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

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:31:59 +0000

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

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:13:25 +0000

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

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 23:51:16 +0000

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

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:35:59 +0000

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

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 02:21:10 +0000

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

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:22:23 +0000

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

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 22:18:44 +0000

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

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:33:09 +0000

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

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:38:20 +0000

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

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:50:32 +0000

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’

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 19:35:31 +0000

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

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:05:21 +0000

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

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:33:11 +0000

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

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:51:28 +0000

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

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:33:24 +0000

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

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:51:20 +0000

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



Moral Lives, Repentance, and Confession Before Holy Communion

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:33:19 +0000

by Fr. Paul Gassios – Many times you have to say to your kids “no, you can’t do that” even if it means your child getting angry at you; they might even say they hate you when you need to enforce an admonition with some type of consequence when they defy it. In a similar ... Read more



Scriptures and Christian Saints: Homosexuality is an Abomination

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:33:27 +0000

The teaching is clear and unchanging. Scriptures, Christian Saints, and Church Fathers warned the faithful that homosexuality is an unrighteous act, a mortal sin, an abomination. There is no lukewarm, duplicitous, ambiguous, or confused language in their preaching. Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” ... Read more



Fr. Michael Courey: Orthodox Church Must be More Inclusive, Welcome Same-Sex Couples

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:38:04 +0000

On March 12, 2016, as a featured speaker at the Christian Family Life and the Challenges of Faithfulness symposium organized and sponsored by Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in California, Fr. Michael Courey called on the Orthodox Church to be more inclusive and welcome same-sex couples into her sacramental life. While admonishing ... Read more



The Comforting Doctrine of Hell

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:17:32 +0000

by Leon J. Podles – Modern Christians don’t deny Death, although they don’t like to think about it, and if they believe in an afterlife, they look forward to a pleasant Heaven. However, the other certainty, Judgment, and the other possibility, Hell, have vanished from the minds of Christians. Surely God is non-judgmental, as non-judgmentalism ... Read more



We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 01:07:53 +0000

by David Mathis – It’s a beautiful thing when a single sentence reorients a soul for good. When one proposition proves potent enough to be life-changing for the better. Especially when it’s a short one. For me, it was the spring of 2000 — perhaps you have your own story about being rocked by this ... Read more