Aug
21

Am I Called?

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The Gospel reading for Matins this Sunday answers the question "Am I Called?" When you have understood this, you know what to do next. So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Read more…

Aug
16

10 Reasons Bivocational Ministry Matters

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By Chuck Lawless “I didn’t come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job,” my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost 15 years ago), we weren’t talking much about bivocational ministries. Now, that conversation has shifted. Pastors are beginning to embrace as their primary calling the role of bivocational minister. Some Read more…

Dec
08

Married Life and Asceticism

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by Deacon Pavel Serzhantov It all began with our forefathers, Adam and Eve. They received a commandment in paradise not to taste of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (cf. 2:17). The commandment not to “taste of this or that” is quite well known to any Orthodox Christian. This is the commandment to fast—the most ancient, beginning factor of family life. Sts. Peter and Febronia. A painting by: Alexander Prostev As we know, Read more…

Nov
27

One of the Ways Priests are Healed

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by Fr. Michael Butler On 15 November, the first day of the Nativity Fast, I concelebrated a service of Holy Unction. Every year several of the clergy in Cleveland get together for this service, which is particularly loved by Romanians, so we usually serve it at one of the local Romanian churches. There were about a 125 people there that evening, mostly Romanian to be sure, but people from several other Orthodox parishes, as well. Read more…

Nov
22

Signs in a Congregation That a Leader Has Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Having experienced leaders like this in parishes like this, and grown them anyway, I believe this describes too many Orthodox parishes in North America today. Read and learn. Let the pastor beware. Taking steps to solve these pernicious and destructive issues has gotten me bounced from more than one parish. Go in with both eyes open. Article by John of the Cross, Published at Hubpages (9 October 2013) Member Beware When searching Read more…

Nov
18

Orthodox Chaplain Runs Marathon In Cassock

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File this under: Priests: Only Men Need Apply "I wanted to show that the Church always lived with its people and was present at all events: from public events to sports. That's why I took part in this marathon. I could see that the people liked it: whenever I was running, I was applauded more energetically than other participants. Some people asked for prayers. And I was praying while running!" Father Athanasios, 43, was probably the Read more…

Oct
16

On The Mystery Of Ordination

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by St. Nikolai Velimirovich "And when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them" - Acts of the Apostles 6:6 By laying their hands on the chosen faithful, the apostles consecrated bishops, priests and deacons. It is apparent from this that the Christian Faith is not only a teaching, but also a power. It is not only necessary to know but also to have power. It is not only necessary to be chosen by men but you should be Read more…