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Staying Christian in a Culture of Growing Hate

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Dn. Michael Hyatt is the chair of the Ancient Faith Ministries board and a Deacon at St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN. Most people know him as one of the top leadership mentors in the country and the Founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, an online leadership development company dedicated to helping high achievers win at work and succeed at life. In this commentary (which is actually a sermon given at St. Ignatius), Dn. Michael assesses the impact of social media on people in general and Christians in particular.

Be looking for the return of his Ancient Faith Radio podcast At the Intersection of East and West in September!

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

My name is Deacon Michael Hyatt. I’ve served as a deacon here at St. Ignatius now for 31 years, and there’s something that’s been bothering me for the past few years that I want to share with you this morning. It’s what I want to refer to as our growing culture of hate. I’m not talking this morning about the kinds of unacceptable behavior that exist…

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Speaking the Truth

The Temptation of Jesus

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As we begin the Lenten fast, Fr.Tom reflects on the 40 days Christ spent in the desert being tempted by Satan. Learn how some churches actually promise things that Christ rejected in the desert.

In the synoptic gospels, that is, the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, it is recorded that immediately following Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River, the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness 40 days, tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts and the angels ministered to him. That I just read from St. Mark’s gospel. That’s all it says in Mark. It says that Jesus was baptized by John in…

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No Other Foundation

Born Again

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“He must be born again.” Christ’s counsel to Nicodemus that he must be born again with its assertion that one must be born again to enter the kingdom of God is arguably the favorite verse of Protestant Evangelicals. It’s certainly from the bedrock of Evangelical preaching and the goal of such preachers as Billy Graham. The phrase left this subculture of Evangelicalism and entered the conceptual landscape and the vocabulary of mainstream American…

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The Morning Offering

Our Guardian Angel

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Our guardian angel

According to St. John Climacus, in his Ladder of Divine Ascent, when we feel sweetness or compunction at some word of our prayer, we should dwell on it, for then our guardian angel is praying with us. This angel, who is always with us, becomes distressed and indignant when, without being constrained by some necessity, we deprive ourselves of the ministration of the holy mysteries and of reception of holy Communion. The hour the priest…

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Praying in the Rain

Response To A Question on Buddhist Meditation

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A reader wrote to Fr. Michael Gillis that he had begun to discover himself through Buddhist meditation despite 25 years of Orthodox Christian practice. The reader asked for Fr. Michael's perspective.

A reader wrote that he had begun to discover himself through Buddhist meditation despite 25 years of Orthodox Christian practice.  He asked for my perspective.  This is what I wrote him.

Dear E,

I don’t know enough about Buddhism or specifically about Buddhist meditation to make any sort of intelligent comment.  Neither do I know you personally nor your experience as an Orthodox Christian nor your actual practice of meditation. …

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