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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Three Trees

Episode date: March 26, 2014
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One of our hymns used before Christmas says this:-
“Make ready, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened for all. Prepare, O Ephratha, for the tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the Virgin; for her womb appeared as a spiritual paradise in which is planted the divine Plant, whereof eating we shall live and not die as Adam. Christ shall be born, raising the image that fell of old.”
It may seem strange that half way to Easter, in the middle of Great Lent, I am quoting from a Christmas hymn and yet this is not so strange at all.  Christ is to be found in all of human history and indeed before the advent of humanity. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Flower Pot Theology

Episode date: March 28, 2014
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The origin of the public house or pub in England, what our American friends call a bar, is to be found in the front room of a larger townhouse which, in the Middle Ages, was given over to hospitality of travellers, providing both ale and food. In those days many people were illiterate and it was necessary for the public house to display its identity on the street. In times when Christianity could be overt and on display in the public square, unlike the circumstances of secularism which afflict us today, the public house sign often had a Christian theme. Common amongst these were depictions of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to our…

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Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds
OCF Tribute To Metropolitan Philip

Episode date: March 31, 2014
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Orthodox Christian Fellowship — its Board of Directors, staff, and thousands of college students past and present — honors the passing of one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our generation.  A theologian, scholar, and administrator, His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP has left an imprint on thousands of Orthodox youth in North America.  OCF is eternally grateful for his unwavering commitment to young people and his unceasing efforts for Orthodox unity.

While born and educated in Lebanon, Metropolitan PHILIP attended seminary and public-university here in the United States.  In Detroit, he earned his degree…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Time To Study

Episode date: April 02, 2014
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Throughout the world today, in the midst of the contemporary emphasis upon being entertained, to seek the presence of God is an unusual goal. If we truly wish to study, the first thing many of us have to do is to turn off the television, stop surfing the web excessively, and stop spending so much time on Facebook, WhatsApp and many other forms of social media. Otherwise, sufficient time will simply not be available to study. For example, with respect to television alone the average daily time per person spent watching TV in 2012 was 4 hours and 53 minutes per day in the United States, 4 hours and 15 minutes in Italy, 4 hours and six minutes…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Three Ladders

Episode date: April 03, 2014
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Just like last week when I spoke of “Three Trees” so this week I ask you to consider “Three Ladders.”  The first “Ladder” is a spiritual text written by St. John of Sinai, now taking his name from his own work, in translation: “Climacus.”  He was the abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery by Mount Sinai in the 7th Century, a ministry he began at the ripe young age of 75.  It was addressed to another John at his request, an abbot of a Monastery at Raithu on the shores of the Red Sea. The Ladder was written as an instructional work for monks but it has a wider application for any Christian. …

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