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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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Western Hat

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The Mystical Theology of the Western Hat

It used to be the norm in western culture for men to wear hats, and there was a common and recognized etiquette regarding the wearing of the western hat. One did not wear it, for example, when in someone’s home, or in a house of worship. One would remove one’s hat when the dead were carried out in one’s presence. One would also remove one’s hat in the presence of one’s sovereign (or, in…

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A Presence Not Theirs

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A presence that was not theirs.

The year is 1868; the place, Damascus. A self-taught mystic calling himself Abd el Matar left his wife, family, and home to found a group of disciples in Damascus, the Shazlis, basing it on a Sufi brotherhood established in the Middle Ages. About 40 or so people gathered about him to pray and seek God. In the words of Isabel Burton, wife of Sir Richard Francis Burton, the consul of Damascus at the time, these Syrian peasants…

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Of Gay Sex and Leaven

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What does the Orthodox Church think about gay sex? The official answer is not hard to find.

Of Gay Sex and Leaven

What does the Orthodox Church think about gay sex? The official answer is not hard to find. The Orthodox Church has always condemned gay sex as sinful and as something, therefore, not allowed to Christians. The case of gay sex is not much different from that of fornication, that is, illicit straight sex. Fornication has also been condemned as sinful and is not allowed to Christians. If a Christian man is a fornicator, that is, one who…

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