Orcs
Oct26

Orcs

I’ve been thinking today about the Orcs. Tolkien says they were degraded, degenerated beings originally of elvish stock. He doesn’t describe them as having tusks, fangs, horns as in the films… Their disfigurement is not racial, it’s in their culture and character. They delight in crudeness and violence; they mock goodness and defile purity and beauty wherever they encounter it. In other words the Orcs are much like the amoral,...

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Prayers in time of depression
Sep13

Prayers in time of depression

Orthodox Prayers for Deliverance from Depression, and Various Psychological Afflictions by Fr. Sabbas the Athonite Long Prayer O Greatly-merciful Master, Lord Jesus Christ, the Physician of our souls and bodies, come and heal me, Your worthless servant. I have distanced myself from You, I have wounded Your Goodness and Love. I have sinned against Heaven and before You. I have worked all iniquity. I am utterly bed-bound, barren of...

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Reading with the saints
Sep11

Reading with the saints

I’ve just noticed the beginning of Proverbs 30, where it seems Agur son of Jakeh has been reading Job 38-42. I like when I can see how the authors of later scriptures meditated on the same scriptures we read today. In Jeremiah 17:5-8, we hear Jeremiah’s words after a lifetime of reading or singing Psalm 1. The writer of Psalm 87 (KJV Ps 88) takes up language from Jonah chapter 2 – or else they are both singing an even more...

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Pictures of God’s Future, Our Salvation
Aug26

Pictures of God’s Future, Our Salvation

by Dr. Mark Love, Rochester College God has established a day in the future when all of humanity will gather around one table, will constitute one family all recognizing God as Father. Because of Jesus and through the power of the Spirit, we experience that future today. Not fully, but in ways that are undeniably connected to that future hope. And we live together a way of life that is only explainable by our belief that that day is...

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Peter versus Paul?
Jul02

Peter versus Paul?

This being the season of the Apostles, I’m seeing a number of Internet posts trying to suggest a conflict between “Petrine” and “Pauline” Christianity…

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Kontakion for Pentecost
Jun18

Kontakion for Pentecost

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, he parted the nations. When he divided out the tongues of fire, he called all to unity; and with one voice we glorify the All-Holy Spirit.

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