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Musings from the High Desert

Pentecost 4 - Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils

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So often we think of these Councils as ancient history, but their message is clear. The Fathers were saving the Gospel in order to save the people. They were seeking to proclaim the Incarnation in all its glory. All these Councils are deeply important for your life and mine today. Listen in.

There’s one other text that you’ll hear tomorrow, and it’s just a portion of the text at the same time.

Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end: eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the weekend when we commemorate the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical…

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Praying in the Rain

Disappointment With Church Leaders

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It seems the future of the Church, the future of the next Great and Holy Council (or the continuation of the one that has already begun) depends mostly on us, the people: the moms and dads, the brothers and sisters, the laity in general and the married priests and simple monastics. We’re the one’s whose holiness or lack thereof determines the holiness of tomorrow’s generation of leaders in the Church.

Last week we had our annual diocesan conference in Phoenix, AZ.  Although it was 45 degrees at the beginning of the week without a cloud in sight, by the end of the week it had cooled down to a comfortable 35 with a few showers—not the soaking, misty rain as we know it on Canada’s Pacific Coast, but rather big, heavy drops that fell about 30 centimetres apart and didn’t really wet the ground because the moisture evaporated before the next drop hit that…

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Let Us Attend

July 24, 2016, Matthew 8:28-9:1, Told for Younger Children

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One day, our Lord Jesus Christ came ashore in the country of the Gergesenes. As He passed a by a graveyard, two men came out from between the tombs. These men had demons that made them act mean, and people usually could not pass there. When the men saw Jesus, they said, “What do you want to do with us, Son of God? Are you going to tease or hurt us?” Nearby, a big herd of pigs was feeding on a hill. The demons in the men begged Jesus, “If you make…

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Let Us Attend

July 24, 2016, Matthew 8:28-9:1, Read for Older Children

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At that time, when Jesus came to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And he said…

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Ancient Faith Today

Orthodox Christianity and Politics

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As we enter the election cycle in 2016 what biblical principles or Church canons should be priorities in selecting candidates and supporting party platforms? Should Christian teachings, moral and bio-ethical teaching and Orthodox canons be disregarded in a contemporary secular society? Kevin’s guest is George E. Demacopolous, a Professor of Theology and the Fr. John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies, as well as the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University in New York.

Mr. Kevin Allen: Welcome to Ancient Faith Today. You know, as we enter the presidential election cycle in 2016, there are questions I’m sure we all have as to how we as believing Christians should approach our political decisions and make political choices. For example, what biblical principles or Church canons and to what extent should they be priorities in selecting candidates and supporting party platforms? Or, should Christian teachings—moral…

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