More honorable than the cherubim
Oct17

More honorable than the cherubim

Is the Theotokos seriously “more honorable than the cherubim and more glorious than the seraphim”?

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May a woman commune during her monthly period?

To the modern mind, this may seem an outrageous question, an invasion of privacy, or even an example of spiritual abuse. Yet the question arises in generation after generation — and usually it is raised not by men by by women wanting to offer and sanctify every act of the body and soul to Christ.  Opinions differ on this question even today. But, pastorally, I am guided by a letter which Saint Gregory the Dialogist, Pope of Rome...

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Is culture war a distraction?
Dec16

Is culture war a distraction?

Really? In your mind this is the big issue the church today faces? Not corruption, greed, lack of empathy, hypocrisy, bigotry?

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Why only four Gospels?
Dec06

Why only four Gospels?

From today’s inbox: Why do we only accept the four canonical Gospels? Why are Luke and John special, but Gospels attributed to Thomas or Barnabas don’t make the cut? How credible is the Gospels’ authorship anyway? Remember that the four Gospels were the latest New Testament texts to be written. Thirty to sixty years had elapsed between Christ’s resurrection and the writing of the fourth Gospel. Now I praise you,...

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Does the Orthodox Church believe in assurance of salvation?
May27

Does the Orthodox Church believe in assurance of salvation?

It’s important to note that righteousness (justification), holiness (sanctification), and wholeness (healing) are not discrete gifts we receive. God does not bestow these packets of blessing on us as things we either have or don’t have…

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Do infants go to hell if they die before baptism?
Dec05

Do infants go to hell if they die before baptism?

She had had five miscarriages. Her biggest difficulty with the issue, she explained, was that her children were condemned to hell because they were never baptized.

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