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Life of the Church Today

The Diaspora

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The word "diaspora" is used often to describe the non-Patriarchal countries including the United States. Fr. Steven unpacks that word and talks about the controversial Canon 28 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council as it relates to Orthodox jurisdiction.

Dear friends, I can think of no more contentious issue among the hierarchies of the Orthodox world than the so-called Diaspora. Diaspora, of course, is a Greek word that has its origins in the Septuagint, or Greek translation of the Old Testament. This version of the Bible enjoys unofficial, if traditional, status in the Orthodox Church, and gets its name, “Seventy,” from the legend of 70 Jewish scholars who completed the translation around the second…

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Glory to God

Grace and the Psychology of God

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Does God have feelings? Can we influence how he feels? Fr. Stephen looks carefully at the theology of grace and the idea of the psychology of God.

We are human beings. We think; we feel—though I like to think that my dog thinks and feels. The semi-imaginary conversations we have as we take our long, daily walks are fairly entertaining for me, even though I have to supply his side of the dialogue.

But God is not a dog. But we supply his dialog as well and we impute to him thoughts and feelings like our own. For instance, we think God is angry. God is pleased. God is gentle. God is stern.…

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Speaking the Truth

The Samaritan Woman at the Well

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Fr. Thomas looks at the Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Pascha—a miraculous sign that at first glance doesn't seem to involve a miracle.

The gospel reading at the Divine Liturgy of the fifth Sunday of Pascha is the reading about the encounter of Jesus with the woman of Samaria that he meets at the well. It was actually in Sichar, at the well that Jacob gave to his son, Joseph, and Jesus comes there in the middle of the day, the sixth hour—it’s at noon—and he meets the Samaritan woman, and he asks her for water. Then this conversation develops.

This event cannot technically…

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The Arena

Rivers from the Heart for a Parched People: Holy Pentecost

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.] Blessed Pentecost to all of you, brothers and sisters. Thank you.

Our Savior told his disciples not to give their pearls to swine. This is a reference in which our Savior is describing the apostolic teaching, the word of God, the Scriptures that he had imparted to his disciples and that he had commissioned them to impart to the world. He calls that teaching “pearls.”…

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The Arena

Prayer for Retention: Sunday of the Holy Fathers

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: one God. [Amen.]

You might know, brothers and sisters, that in Christian art, in sacred art, the evangelists—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—have images associated with them that are often depicted in the icons of the evangelists. These images are the lion, the eagle, a man, and a calf. They are associated with particular evangelists, so, for instance, Matthew is the lion. Perhaps he’s…

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