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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
History of Icons

Episode date: October 11, 2004
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Program Notes - October 10, 2004
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 3

Sayings from the Fathers

  1. A certain priest, an unfortunate man who had no knowledge of divine experience like that of St. Silouan, said to another person, "I wonder why they go to him, he does not read anything." The other replied, "He does not read anything, but he practices everything, unlike those who read a lot but do not do a thing."
    from An Athonite Gerontikon
  2. "If a man only theorises about God, then he is helpless, utterly helpless, when confronted by an evil spirit. An evil spirit laughs at feeble…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 2

Episode date: October 04, 2004
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Program Notes

October 3, 2004
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 2

  • Intro
  1. Sayings of the Fathers: St. Macarius the Great of Egypt - again, on humility. Macarius was a 4th century monk, recluse (he lived alone in the desert after the fashion of St. Anthony) and a wonderworker who emphasized the need to be humble and not judge anyone - even the very worst of sinners.
  2. This is the mark of Christianity--however much a man toils, and however many righteous deeds he performs, to feel that he has done nothing, and in fasting to say,…

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Our Life in Christ

Our Life in Christ
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 1

Episode date: September 27, 2004
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Program Notes - September 26, 2004
Icons in the Orthodox Faith - Part 1

The Orthodox Understanding of Icons

In this discussion we will deal with the definition of icons, the OT and NT reasons for icons, the use of icons in the Christian’s life.

One of the things that strikes people when the walk into an Orthodox Church is the presence of icons, or images, of Christ, Mary, the Saints etc. in the Church. One will notice that there are no statues or 3 dimensional images in the Church. This is because icons are not intended to be "realistic representations" of the persons portrayed, but…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Pilgrims from Paradise
Loving Creation - Part 2

Episode date: January 27, 2009
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God desires, as Saint Paul teaches us in Ephesians 1, to enter into loving unity with all His creation. I pointed out last time that human beings play an essential role in elevating all things to union with their creator, themselves, as well as the animals, the plants, the earth, the waters and all else that exists.

We have this blessing, this privilege, this responsibility, by right of the position God has given us in the created order. Humanity, after all, is the pinnacle of creation. We are, as Psalm 8 tells us, made a little lower than the angels and are divinely crowned with glory and honor. In truth, we are the image of God (Genesis…

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Pilgrims from Paradise

Pilgrims from Paradise
Loving Creation - Part 3

Episode date: February 03, 2009
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Last time, we identified the special relationship that humanity has with creation. It is through us that the rest of nature experiences spiritual completeness, spiritual union, with God. When we understand this we begin to see environmental issues in a different light, a spiritual light, which I believe may make our environmental decisions much simpler.

Essentially, the question is one of how we use nature. Nature sustains us. We employ it to feed us, cloth us, and provide us shelter. We can harness its substance and its energy according to our designs. But to use it as God means for us to use it, we must have the vision of oneness,…

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