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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Zeal of Faith

Episode date: April 17, 2015
Transcript published: April 21, 2015

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Christ is Risen!

“What would Jesus do?” I remember that phrase that was popular a few years ago. I confess to being a bit amused by this fad of “easy religion.” One of the main reasons was that the life of Jesus is not easily categorized as the comfortable Jesus we moderns many times prefer. You know the Jesus I"m talking about, don’t you: the meek Jesus that pats everybody on the head and tells them that they"re OK “just the way you are,” or the Jesus of modern therapy that gets us in touch with our feelings… You know that Jesus that has all the little children come around and sit on His lap,…

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Be The Bee

Be The Bee
Salvation in Christ

Episode date: April 10, 2015
Transcript published: April 20, 2015

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Salvation can be summarized in three words: Christ is Risen!

The most important thing to realize about Salvation is that it happens in Christ. Ever year, during Holy Week, on Great Friday, we observe the crucifixion of Christ. He died, just like everybody eventually dies. His body and soul were separated from each other. His body ended up in the tomb, and his soul ended up in Hades. Hades is the literal dead-end, that awaited every human being from Adam and Eve, down to Christ.

Everyone, rich and poor, holy and not-so-holy, ended up trapped in this terrible state. It was a consequence of the Fall. By separating themselves from…

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Faith and Philosophy

Faith and Philosophy
God and Science

Episode date: November 06, 2007
Transcript published: April 15, 2015

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Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedience, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Hello, and welcome once again to Faith and Philosophy. Today’s topic is God and science. I want to return to a theme that I addressed early on in the year in a series of talks concerning Orthodoxy and modern culture. Since the relationship between faith and science is a subject of perennial conflict in this country, I thought it a good idea to get a better…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Church as a Community

Episode date: April 06, 2015
Transcript published: April 09, 2015

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Last week, Fr. Deacon Pawel shared at our weekly clergy meeting the story of a Church that was celebrating its 105th anniversary. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy the priest announced that this was the last liturgy in that Church, the parish would be closed due to lack of membership. Over 100 years ago the founders of the Church walked through the doors of the Church he said, but later he reminded them, “you closed those doors behind you with other people locked out.”

Now they faced the reality that the Church had just a few members left. It is part of human nature to simply take care of one’s own, to talk to…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Lessons from a Space

Episode date: March 18, 2015
Transcript published: April 09, 2015

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Usually parables of community are about a person or a persons but today I’d like to speak not about a person as such but about a place and what this space means. For those of you who’ve never been here a little lesson on the geography of St John the Compassionate mission.

To start at the bottom of St Johns entering by a set of steps at the side of the building you will find yourself at the basement. The basement includes a laundry area essential for the daily work of the mission and the bakery which is actually a separate building next door to 155 Broadview Ave. The basement area also includes the office where all the administration…

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