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Uncovering a Religious Resentment

The bi-annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) just came to a close. This is the big meeting where this particular church gathers representatives from across the country and world to make decisions for their organization in terms of polity, theology, ethics, and so forth. It was an often heated and arduous week of … Continue reading

Overcoming Egoism: On the Sunday of the Paralytic Man

Alexander Schmemann’s words speak powerfully and succinctly to perhaps the greatest problem we as human beings face. Unknown to us…we no longer feel suffocated by this world so totally drunk on all-consuming ego. We have become accustomed to blood, hatred, violence and, at best, indifference. So much of what the Church Fathers teach is about … Continue reading

Fasting Isn’t Necessary Anymore…Right?

Consider this statement from St. John Chrysostom: It is necessary most of all for one who is fasting to curb anger, to accustom himself to meekness and condescension, to have a contrite heart, to repulse impure thoughts and desires, to examine his conscience, to put his mind to the test and to verify what good … Continue reading

Death Hath No Sting

I used to think that sin was something that so wrecked my spiritual condition that I was born damned to hell. It was like life was this balance beam and on either side was a wall of razor blades. Just like in the original Tales from the Crypt there was a hungry dog waiting for … Continue reading