It is Time for the Lord to Act

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by Gabe Martini Some of the most profound words of the Divine Liturgy are rarely heard. Standing at the south corner of the altar, the deacon quietly utters to the presiding priest: “It is time for the Lord to act.” This phrase sets the tone for everything in our worship. We are not performing some sort of magical act that assuages the deity in our favor, but are rather joining in with ... More...

Is the Veneration of the Cross Idolatry?

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by Fr. John Whiteford Another grand slam from the Bible - from Fr. John's "Stump the Priest" column Question: How would you answer a Protestant who considered our veneration of the Cross (bowing down before it and kissing it) to be idolatry? First we should consider whether or not bowing down before something or kissing it entails the worship of adoration that is due to God alone. If we ... More...

The Real Hell: A Lesson In Ontology

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by Fr. Stephen Freeman Originally entitled "The Real Hell – Is There Such a Thing?" Because sometimes the people of God need a basic lesson in the nature of existence… On one of the roads leading into my small city a billboard has recently appeared. It is part of a larger campaign by a nationally known evangelist who is to have a revival in Knoxville. The sign is simple. In very large bright ... More...

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

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by Fr. Stephen Freeman For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Cor. 15:3-4) No statement is more central to the Christian faith than St. Paul’s rehearsal of the Apostolic Tradition – for his words “delivered…received…” are ... More...

The Good Turkish Judge

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A title reminiscent of 'The Good Samaritan.' This was too good not pass along. Enjoy. from the Life of the Elder Ieronymos of Aegina (+1966) Shortly before World War I, a Turk visited Fr. Ieronymos’ humble hermitage. The Turk told the elder that his master, a judge, had sent him to invite the elder to his house. The elder became a little worried. He was not accustomed to receiving invitations ... More...