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Speaking the Truth

Darwin and Christianity - Part 4

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In part 4 of Fr. Tom Hopko's talks on the Darwinian revolution, he looks at what Charles Darwin may have experienced in terms of Christianity in his day.

This is the fourth in our reflections about natural science and Christian theology using Charles Darwin as a kind of example or object lesson in discussing the very particular issue, not only of natural science and Christian theology, but the issue of natural selection, generally speaking the theory of evolution and how that might relate to Christianity. As I mentioned in the earlier presentations, these are just my personal reflections. I’m certainly not an…

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Redeeming the Time

A Little Good Always Wins Over Bad

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Learning from the bad and the good in the gospels. What is the purpose of Great Lent, and how do we go about achieving it? The story of Zacchaeus (this is our story!), along with all the other gospels on the Sundays before Great Lent teaches that we can only give a little bit of good to God, but if we give what we have (with faith, and of course, effort), he will magnify our small effort, and it will always be greater than the bad we do. We must give something. We also take note of the sin of the Pharisees and how it makes a person unable to be saved, not matter whatever good or bad they do. Luke 19:1-10


In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

This is one of five Sundays before Great Lent begins. We’re already in that period of time, preparing for Great Lent. This is sort of an unofficial beginning to the preparation, because we actually start using the Triodion next week, which is the book that we use for all of Great Lent and Holy Week, but Zacchaeus is kind of a beginning, because it’s the gospel that is said before…

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All Saints Homilies

The Myrrh-bearing Women

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There are many flavors in a Christian life, many colors, different views in the life of the Gospel. My brothers and sisters in Christ, I won’t try to name all of them, but obviously what we might call the Petrine color is essential to the Church, because Peter represents the rock on which the Church has been founded. You might call Peter the institutional aspect of the Church. The…

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Praying in the Rain

Advice On Psalmody

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In the middle of Homily 54 of his Ascetical Homilies, St. Isaac gives specific advice on how to do this, how to take delight in psalmody.

He begins by saying that one should disregard both the quantity of verses and the beauty or skill with which one recites them. According to St. Isaac, delight in psalmody has nothing to do with how beautiful the reading sounds nor with the amount of verses one recites.

In the middle of Homily 54 of St. Isaac’s Ascetical Homilies, he begins a set of paragraphs with the question, “Do you wish to take delight in the psalmody of your liturgy and to understand the oracles of the Spirit which you recite?”  In the following three paragraphs, St. Isaac gives specific advice on how to do this, how to take delight in psalmody.

He begins by saying that one should disregard both the quantity of verses and the beauty or skill…

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Redeeming the Time

Gregory Palamas: Purpose of the Baptism of Christ and Struggle in the Christian Life

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Theophany, based on the theology of St Gregory Palamas (Homily 60), and not only his theology, but the theology of the Church. An exposition of the Gospel read on Theophany, Matthew 3:13-17. The baptism of John contrasted with Christian baptism. The difference between the baptism of Christ and all the others John baptized. What did Jesus mean when he said, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness"? Our baptism requires many things from us. It makes us capable of all of these things. An important segue about the weakness of our age and struggle in the Christian life, and that struggle and success are not synonymous, and that we must be kind and never give up, or we will not be saved, no matter what other virtues we may have.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I was going to read you some things from St. Gregory Palamas, but I didn’t really mark it correctly, so I would stumble a bit, but he has an incredible homily about the baptism of Christ and what baptism means for us. If you read it, you’ll find out that everything I’ve been saying to you for 22 years I haven’t been making up, because that theology just permeates our church…

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