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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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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Sin No. 5

Episode date: January 28, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”.

Today I’d like to talk a little about gluttony. It’s the New Year, after all, and generally the time for resolutions and better intentions. I’ve been noticing all of the advertisements in the paper for gym memberships and Weight Watchers and weight loss by hynosis (boy, wouldn’t that be great if that worked!) and it’s got me thinking a lot about a topic that has been on my mind for years.

You might think this a bit of an odd topic for an ecclesiastical tailor whose focus tends to be primarily on beauty and our historical garment…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
The god Called “Earth”

Episode date: February 06, 2009
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Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.

But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.

Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet. At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to “protect the planet”. Incredibly, instead of mourning the loss of a family that…

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