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War and Peace in the teachings of Christ

January 12th, 2011 5 Comments

I’ve often seen people reacting strongly to a certain message delivered from the pulpit. Some identify themselves with the circumstances brought into discussion in the sermon and feel exposed, as if the priest purposely reveals their secret to the entire congregation. Others respond negatively to any message that is delivered in a more compelling and direct way, feeling personally attacked and hurt by the less subtle preacher.

This is not necessarily the fault of the priest nor of the people.  We are the product of a society that lives and breathes political correctness, where all religious are considered equal and the truth is relative. A powerful message is perceived therefore as too strong because is often compared with the… Continue reading

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The Apocalypse: In the Teachings of Ancient Christianity

December 18th, 2008 No Comments

To follow up on our discussion about the end of days here is an interesting book that looks at the book of Revelations from an Orthodox perspective. This verse by verse commentary, a translation of an Russian original by Seraphim Rose, is a  based on the commentary by St. Andrew of Caesarea.

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The Perfect Gift for Christmas

December 5th, 2008 No Comments

Please take a look at these two wonderful books by Niko Chocheli. Mr. Choceli was born in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he graduated with honors from Tbilisi Nikoladze Art College and Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts. Awarded permanent residency status by the U.S. government as Alien of Extraordinary Abilities, Niko has received numerous awards for is artistic achievements. He has illustrated three other children's books for SVS

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Why it is Necessary to Know the Old Testament – Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky

November 19th, 2008 1 Comment

We listen to the hymns and readings in Church, and two series of events are revealed before us: the Old Testament - and the New, as the type and the fulfillment, as the shadow and the truth, as the fall and the rising, as the loss and the gain. In the patristic writings and the hymns in the church services

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Daily Bible readings and the Holy Fathers

November 13th, 2008 No Comments

I recently came across this impressive book that features a collection of daily Bible readings according to the Orthodox Ecclesiastical Calendar. So far nothing exciting, there are many like this. What is unique about this book is that it features commentaries from the Orthodox Fathers. This makes it a unique daily companion for the Orthodox seeker of divine knowledge.

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Seeing Jesus Christ in All the Books of the Bible

November 13th, 2008 No Comments

When you go to the Book of Genesis, look for the Lord Jesus Christ there. The promise is given that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpents head (3:15). Then turn to Exodus and you find that He is the One, and the only One, that...

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’s Bible is it?">Whos Bible is it?

November 11th, 2008 No Comments

Most books about the Bible are principally concerned with how it came to be and what it meant in its historical context. But -- as readers of Jaroslav Pelikan's ''Whose Bible Is It?'' will find -- that is really only the beginning of the Bible's story.

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No Bible in the Orthodox Church

November 10th, 2008 No Comments

“Strictly speaking, there never was a Bible in the Orthodox Church, at least not as we commonly think of the Bible as a single volume book we can hold in our hand. Since the beginning of the Church, from the start of our liturgical tradition, there has never been a single book in an Orthodox church we could point to as the Bible. Instead, the various Books of the Bible...

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