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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Smile Can Go a Long Way

Episode date: April 24, 2012
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About a year ago I was sitting in a Seattle coffee house, laptop open and working on correspondence. Two young college-age men were sitting at a table about two feet away. One of them made a rude remark that was obviously meant for my ear. He suggested to his friend that only a stupid old man would believe in God. I smiled at them and continued to work on my laptop.

Before leaving the café, I purchased two gift cards and asked the young woman to give it to the two young men sitting at the table next to mine, but only after I left.

About two weeks later, I again visited the same café. There they were, the two young men. They…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
A Smile Can Go a Long Way

Episode date: June 01, 2012
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About a year ago I was sitting in a Seattle coffee house, laptop open and working on correspondence. Two young college-age men were sitting at a table about two feet away. One of them made a rude remark that was obviously meant for my ear. He suggested to his friend that only a stupid old man would believe in God. I smiled at them and continued to work on my laptop.

Before leaving the café, I purchased two gift cards and asked the young woman to give it to the two young men sitting at the table next to mine, but only after I left.

About two weeks later, I again visited the same café. There they were, the two young men. They…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Orthodoxy Is All About Community

Episode date: June 07, 2012
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The fierce individualism found in much of what claims to be Christianity is in opposition to the Orthodox understanding of faith. The Church as the Body of Christ is where we are united in Christ, becoming part of community.

The ancient Greek word for Ecclesia literally means to be called into authentic community. It is within the Church that our personal transformation is intimately connected with the interaction we have with others and runs side-by-side with our fellow believers.

Ecclesia in modern usage refers to the Church and her role as a spiritual hospital, a place wherein we receive healing that comes…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Let My Prayer Arise and Incense

Episode date: June 08, 2012
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From Old Testament times believers have burned incense as an offering when worshiping God. The ancient Temple in Jerusalem even had priests whose sole duty was to keep the censer burning 24 hours a day. Ancient pagan kings were often escorted with large fans of peacock feathers and burning incense when entering their palaces. Early Christians took both these symbols for their worship in recognition of Christ as their sovereign King and Lord.

To this day the Orthodox Church uses incense in most of her services, and large circular fans, reminiscent of the peacock fans of ancient times, are held over the Gospel book during the proclamation…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
All Is Transitory

Episode date: June 22, 2012
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I volunteer my services on Vashon Island to the King County Police and Fire Departments. I responded to a house fire on Vashon Island late Monday afternoon. The home was in a remote location, and the firefighters were hard-pressed to get to the house in time to save it. They arrived to find a locked gate with a high fence, delaying even further their arrival. One corner of the house was already fully engulfed.

I’d been working on correspondence in my study when I heard the first siren, and the moment I heard the fire truck I also smelled smoke. Stepping out on the porch, I could see a large plume of smoke southeast of the monastery.…

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