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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Saving Faith

Episode date: July 13, 2014
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The centurion in today’s gospel, A Roman citizen and a Gentile, was praised by Christ as having most excellent faith.  Our Lord said: “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”  So, this Roman soldier knew what faith was all about.  But let us start with some ideas about what faith is NOT.  Then we can go on to discover what faith IS according to the centurion’s testimony.  This is necessary because so many people misunderstand faith today and we need to be clear about what we as Orthodox know to be true about faith, or as we might say “saving faith.”

Firstly,…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Our Life In Christ

Episode date: July 15, 2014
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This Sunday we remember the 630 Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council held in Chalcedon, a suburb of Constantinople, in the middle of the fifth century in 451. This council was held to seek a reconciliation between the Byzantine, Syrian, Roman and Egyptian understandings of Christ—to draw the different national and theological perspectives on Orthodoxy into a single whole—an issue that still concerns us today, as Father Gregory pointed out a few weeks ago. The key statement of faith from the council said, and I quote, the “Lord Jesus Christ …    is perfect in Godhead . . . perfect in manhood . . . truly God and truly…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering
Christian Burial

Episode date: July 24, 2014
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Cremation Versus the Orthodox Practice of Burial

The first time I ever attended a funeral service where cremation of the body of the deceased had taken place was in Portland, Oregon, many years ago. An Episcopal priest friend had died and had requested his body be cremated. Walking into the church and seeing a small box sitting before the altar was a shock for me. Cremation was always something only non-believers practiced, Christians having always viewed cremation as something of pagan roots. I clearly remember feeling cheated out of that last goodbye, unable as I was to view my friend for one last time.

In ancient times pagans…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
After The Fire

Episode date: July 29, 2014
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Today is the feast of the Prophet Elijah (or Elias in Greek) and we have much to learn from him.  One story in particular stands out.  The Prophet Elijah was on the run. Israel had committed national apostasy. Almost the whole country and especially its leaders had rejected the Lord of hosts and embraced paganism. No one who held to the true faith was safe. The prophets of the Lord were a special target because they commanded the respect of the people. Elijah must have truly thought that he was the only faithful servant of God left; and although he probably wasn’t, it felt like that. So he fled into the desert and was immediately…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Episode date: August 10, 2014
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Very soon we shall celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ, on 6th August in fact, this Wednesday. We know the gospel account. St Peter, St James and St John, those amongst the 12 to whom Jesus often revealed more of Himself, climbed Mount with the Lord and were perplexed and fearful when He appeared transfigured before them. In some ways this is like the ascent of the Prophet Moses on Sinai when he encountered the glory of the Lord. Unlike Moses, however, the three disciples did not have to hide and shield their faces as this glory passed by. Peter James and John with unveiled face came to behold the glory…

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