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    Cooperation as a Model for Faith/Life

    Stoicism. St. Paul was heavily influenced by the Stoics. You can see a great deal of Stoic principles in his Epistles.
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    Fr. Matthew Baker passed away this evening

    Father Matthew was my closest friend. What a terrible call last night to receive with the news. He will be greatly missed. Knowing that his wife and children will be without him, no more late-night theological discussions over a pipe and beer...just unbearable.  :'(
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    The Ascnesion

    The word "up" is really used to denote God's place. In the Incarnation, the Son of God descends "down" into man's place. Conversely, in the Ascension, the Son of Man ascends "up" into God's place. Our flesh/humanity (now God's humanity) is taken up into God's place to make it His own. So, where...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    It is not my place to do this and it would be wrong to do so. Archbishop Nikon is obviously very familiar with the Cathedral and the communicants, so no need for me or others to say anything. His authority in this matter must be respected. The buck stops with him. I don't want to engage in...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    Mor, I have said it many times before, Fr. Robert is a well respected and capable priest, who has a long history in the OCA. He has contributed a lot of good things for the Church. Caution ought to be taken in matters like this and not throw priests to the wolves, especially one of Fr...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    Mor, If Fr. Robert did not write something that was contrary to Orthodox teaching, why did the OCA Synod release a statement re-affirming the Church's stance on homosexual "marriage"? And, they not only released the statement, but they took his article down. This is not politics or a witch...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    If Fr. Robert's article is being blown out of proportion, that it is simply being misunderstood and it is not a threat to the teaching of the Orthodox Church, then two questions: 1) Why did the OCA Synod re-release the official OCA stance on homosexuality and take Fr. Robert's article down from...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    "Veiled references" is the name of the game. For him to come out and explicitly state how he truly feels would be too shocking. Using specific points and firmly addressing these issues would expose him. That is why this article is "veiled" and "ambiguous". The article was intentionally written...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    I hope you are not serious. Fr. Robert is a very good priest and certainly a man of the Church. He has contributed a great deal of good things to the OCA. The OCA Synod ought to be very careful and serious about how they handle this. No one wants to "lynch gays". We ought to take these...
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    Fr. Robert Arida and homosexuality

    Mor, Fr. Robert is laying the ground work (or planting seeds) for the Church's acceptance of committed homosexual relations, where gay couples can approach the Chalice with a clear conscience. It's that simple, although he won't come right out and say that in black and white. Fr. Robert is a...
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    Introduction thread for new and old members

    Hello, I am 38, married with four children. Converted from Roman Catholicism to Orthodoxy in 2001. By day I am an accountant, by night I am a distance-learning seminarian at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
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    What is "Justification"?

    Justification is a status that we have through the work of Jesus Christ. We are "in the right", not by are own works and not as imputed righteousness. We are "in the right" because of the faith of Jesus. Faith/baptism is the Christian "badge", thus we are "in the right" (justification) because...
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    HTM Book of Hours (New)

    Yes to both!
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    HTM Book of Hours (New)

    The Book of Hours arrived today. The paper is slightly different: Mohawk Via Laid, very good quality and beautiful presentation. The typeset is the same as the pocket Psalter: Monotype Plantin. Contains The Midnight Service, The First Hour, The Third Hour, The Sixth Hour, The Service of the...
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    HTM Book of Hours (New)

    No, the psalms for each hour must be included. I meant that the entire psalter is not available in the Book of Hours.
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