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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Letter from an Orthodox Nun to a Former Calvinist

The Link:
http://orthodoxinfo.com/inquirers/safely-home-to-heaven.aspx







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Saturday, June 13, 2009

On "Not Three Gods" by Saint Gregory




On "Not Three Gods":
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/2905.htm





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Letter 38 of Saint Basil



Letter 38:
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3202038.htm






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On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius




The PDF:
http://www.orthodoxonline.com/incarnation.pdf


Online:
http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/history/ath-inc.htm




Related Links:
Saint Athanasius and the "scope of Faith"






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Friday, June 12, 2009

Anjali

This is from the podcast Frederica Here and Now by Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green

As seen from the website:
"Frederica interviews a convert to Orthodoxy from Hinduism."


Play Audio

You can also hear her most recent podcast by calling: 1-(857)-488-4644




Awsome!


Related links:
Anjali's Journy

Anjali's Journy: part 2

On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius







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The Roots of Pentecost

This is from the podcast Speaking the Truth in Love by Fr. Thomas Hopko


As seen from the website:
"Fr. Thomas looks at the roots of Pentecost-- the coming of the Spirit-- in Old Testament worship."

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I would like to welcome

Isa Almisry to the blog.




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The St. Stephen’s Course in Orthodox Theology

This is from the podcast Ancient Faith Presents by John Maddex

As seen from the website:
"John Maddex talks with Dn. Peter Bolukos, registrar of the St. Stephen's Course in Orthodox Theology. For more information call (201) 569–0095."




You have to be prepared and disciplined when you take this course. It's alot of reading, and I mean alot of reading. I enjoyed the course when I was in it.
I had to drop out due to other issues, but I plan on going back.
It's a great course, and you will learn alot in it.




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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Complete Lexicon of the LXX (Septuagint)

This was done by Peeters Publishers.

As seen by the website:
"Summary:
This complete lexicon supercedes its two earlier editions (1993; 2002).

* The entire Septuagint, including the apocrypha, is covered.
* For the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Judges the so-called Antiochene edition is fully covered in addition to the data as found in the standard edition by Rahlfs.
* Also fully covered are the two versions of Tobit, Esther, and Daniel.
* Based on the critically established Göttingen edition where it is available. If not, Rahlfs's edition is used.
* For close to 60% of a total of 9,550 headwords all the passages occurring in the LXX are either quoted or mentioned.
* A fully fledged lexicon, not a glossary merely listing translation equivalents in English.
* Senses defined.
* Important lexicographical data such as synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, distinction between literal and figurative, combinations with prepositions, noun cases, syntagmatic information such as what kind of direct or indirect objects a given verb takes, what kind of nouns a given adjective is used with, and much more information abundantly presented and illustrated with quotes, mostly translated."


To read the rest please visit their website.


It cost about 95 euros. I don't know what that is in dollors (maybe $150) but I really don't know.





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The North American Patristics Society

The link:
http://moses.creighton.edu/NAPS/

As seen from the website:
"The North American Patristics Society is an organization dedicated to the study of the history and theology of early Christianity. Several times each year the Society publishes a newsletter, "Patristics." The Society also sponsors the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies. Subscriptions to the journal include membership in the Society."






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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayer?

This is from the podcast The Illumined Heart by Kevin Allen


As seen from the website:
"This is one of the most perplexing questions for all Christians. In this episode of The Illumined Heart, host Kevin Allen engages author and theologian Dr. Jerry Sittser, author of the book "When God Doesn't Answer Your Prayer", in an honest conversation about this often ignored question. His answers are not academic or simply formulaic and come from the deep and hard places."


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To Touch the Heart of God: Orthodox Christian prayer life








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The story of Alison Cloonan

Part 1:




Part 2:




Part 3:








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The Journy to Antioch




The podcast retelling of the story:
Play Audio





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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

16nth annual Ancient Christianity & African-American Conference

AncientFaithRadio put the podcasts up.




Here are some of the audios:

Matthew Namee:
"Matthew Namee is the host of the AFR podcast American Orthodox History. Here he speaks on "Fr. Raphael Morgan: the First Black Orthodox Priest in America?"

Play Audio




Father Paisius Altschul:
"Father Paisius Altschul is pastor of St. Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Here he speaks on "The Truth of Joy in Sorrow.""

Play Audio


To hear the rest of the podcasts please visit Ancient Faith Radio.





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From Islam To Orthodox Christianity

This was taken from The Illumined Heart Podcast by Kevin Allen.

As seen from the website:
"Anthony Alai, an ex-Shia Muslim discusses his profound discovery of and conversion to Christ as a teenager, against everything he was taught to believe, in this edition of The Illumined Heart. This is an amazing and inspiring story!"

Part 1:
Play Audio

Part 2:
Play Audio




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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New books I got from the conference

The Orthodox Parish we went to for the conference in Indianapolis had one of the best book stores I saw in a Parish. And these were the books I got.


GRACE and Christology in the Early Church by Donald Fairbairn (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
Amazon.com




From the website it says:

"How did the early Church understand the relation between grace, salvation, and the person of Christ? This study shows that, despite intense theological controversy, there was a very strong consensus in the fifth century about what salvation was and who Christ needed to be in order to save people.
New research - impact on understanding of the christological and Pelagian controversies

Challenges common scholarly assumptions concerning christology in the early church

Unprecedented views on Cassian's christology

Deals with issues at the heart of Christianity

Was there a genuine theological consensus about Christ in the early Church? Donald Fairbairn's persuasive study uses the concept of grace to clarify this question. There were two sharply divergent understandings of grace and christology. One understanding, characteristic of Theodore and Nestorius, saw grace as God's gift of co-operation to Christians and Christ as the uniquely graced man. The other understanding, characteristic of Cyril of Alexandria and John Cassian, saw grace as God the Word's personal descent to the human sphere so as to give himself to humanity. Dealing with, among others, John Chrysostom, John of Antioch, and Leo the Great, Fairbairn suggests that these two understandings were by no means equally represented in the fifth century: Cyril's view was in fact the consensus of the early Church.".




The Epistle to the Hebrews: A commentary by Archbishop Dmitri Royster



The website


Scripture In Tradition: The Bible and Its Interpretation in the Orthodox Church by John Breck





According to The website it says:
"The Eastern Church Fathers stressed that the Bible is not sui generis but was born and shaped in a community of faith. They understood Scripture to be an essential element of Holy Tradition: the apostolic witness passed down and developed into the fundamental teachings of Orthodox Christianity.
This book offers a fresh look at the way Eastern patristic writers used Scripture in elaborating what would become the body of Orthodox doctrine. It begins with a discussion of the aims and methods of biblical interpretation as they were developed among the Greek Fathers. The second section introduces the reader to the ancient literary form known as chiasmus and shows how important a proper "chiastic" reading of the biblical text can be for revealing its "literal" meaning.

The final section takes up several crucial issues concerning the Orthodox doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Raising from a new perspective the divisive question of the filioque, it demonstrates the continuing relevance of the Nicene Creed for expressing the most basic and significant teachings of Orthodoxy: God as Trinity and God incarnate. These doctrines reflect as clearly as any others the way Scripture takes shape in Tradition, while it serves as the ground and measure of Tradition."








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