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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 5

Episode date: August 20, 2009
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Last week we essentially looked at the historic Christian view of the relationship of the Church to the State in general.  It is clear that both East and West see the state having its own realm of authority ordained by God and does not need the Church to validate or direct its operation in order for it to be an agent of God’s will for humanity.  However, it is also clear that the Church is called to be leaven and there is no prohibition of the Church influencing the State’s decisions in matters moral and ethical. 

So, I believe that a big part of the tension about capital punishment is that we have a muddled…

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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Discipline - Part 4

Episode date: August 22, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. This is Part 4 of my series on Discipline and today I’m going to be looking at Almsgiving.

Almsgiving is the third of the three great ascesis, or disciplines, in the Orthodox Church. Combined with prayer and fasting, almsgiving can be another skill we develop to bring us into greater and greater union with Christ. But, I find it’s one of the hardest disciplines to talk about—I can talk all day about your prayer rule or fasting from chocolate chip cookies, but talking about giving up your hard-earned money in this day and age is just about as taboo as it gets!


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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 6

Episode date: August 27, 2009
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Welcome to part six of the ongoing series on the death penalty.  I appreciate those who have taken the time to respond to the podcasts with good questions, challenges and comments.  A couple of folks who emailed me mentioned Jesus and the woman taken in adultery, and basically cast the anti-death penalty people in the role of Jesus and its supporters as Pharisees or legalists.  This goes back to the muddy thinking I mentioned in previous podcasts regarding the boundaries of the roles of the Church, State and the individual.  I think at the bottom line we’d all agree that it is absurd to believe that the state should…

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Close to Home

Close to Home
Enlightenment

Episode date: August 28, 2009
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“DID YOU HEAR ME?” I yell up the stairs, my voice tight with annoyance. “Wha-a-at?” comes the maddening reply from my kids, whose response time has been slowed down considerably this morning by sleepiness and a general slow-pokiness you’d think by now I’d have grown accustomed to but, judging by my high frustration level, apparently not.

“GET DOWN HERE FOR PRAYERS!” I repeat for the third time. “RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” After a second or two, I can make out the sound of footsteps – footsteps not hurrying: stomp (pause), stomp (pause), stomp (pause), and here they come, all…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 7

Episode date: September 03, 2009
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In this podcast we’re going to deal with what are usually the hot button issues brought up regarding the “effectiveness” of the death penalty. Is it a deterrent to capital crime?  Does it restrain the evildoer?  Does punishment accomplish anything?  In one sense these are secondary issues because as I mentioned last week we do not use utilitarian “effectiveness based on statistics” as a hermeneutic by which we decide “hath God said…”  But they are indeed talking points about the seriousness of taking the lives of human beings even if they have committed capital crimes. …

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