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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Situation Ethics

Episode date: June 28, 2013
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Situation ethics has become the norm for our times, having replaced the biblical ethics of past generations. In situation ethics as long as no one is hurt one can do as one pleases. Taking drugs, watching pornography, and aborting the unborn child all can come under the flag of situation ethics.

Taking drugs is seen as morally neutral by increasing numbers of Americans. We believe no one is hurt by our drug use, while refusing to see the obvious connection between our drug purchases and the mass-killings in Mexico by drug cartels that are in the business because of the demand for drugs by American users.

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Listening to the Holy Spirit

Episode date: June 29, 2013
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Today, on the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate—we celebrate in our own language, in our own culture, in our own lives. Pentecost is the Greek word for 50; and so we celebrate 50 days after Pascha. In the first century, the Jews of Palestine celebrated the Feast of the Harvest, 50 days after Passover. Their feast marked the gathering of the wheat—a very important crop in an agricultural society, bringing food for the coming year.  The epistle for today, from the Gospel of St John, the last 15 verses of Chapter 7 and Chapter 8, Verse 12, tells us how in the first century Christ Himself celebrated this important Jewish feast.

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Mission of the Saints

Episode date: July 03, 2013
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Some non-Orthodox folk put things in services which they think will be fun. Even some Orthodox make changes, cutting out parts for instance.  It makes services attractive to people they say. Well services are not about human desires for entertainment.  Nor is it about comfort; that would suggest a rather sugary, sentimental view of God. Our tradition is not like that. We centre our worship on God and make it the best we can offer. If we base everything on God, on worshipping Him, then other things follow.  Services must be holy and prayerful.

The same sort of choice applies to our lives outside services. We can have a…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Ss. Peter and Paul: Apostles at Antioch

Episode date: July 04, 2013
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Peter and Paul - Co-founders of the Church at Antioch ...their backgrounds could hardly have been more different. The ways in which they came to know Jesus were certainly in stark contrast. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit the only feelings they would probably have held for each other - even after they ended up on the same side - would have been a mixture of mistrust and suspicion.  However, God brought them together to be of one mind and heart in Christ.

Peter, the Galilean fisherman, portrayed in scripture as a rough diamond, given to outbursts of temper and prey to what today might be described as setting his mouth in…

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Let Us Attend

Let Us Attend
July 28, 2013: Matthew 8:28-9:1, Read for Older Children

Episode date: December 31, 1969
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At that time, when Jesus came to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and…

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