Archive for April, 2013

Joint Communique Of The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Of Antioch and all the East And The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East

April 26, 2013

My apologies for being late in posting this.  The following is the Joint Communique from the two Patriarchates whose bishops have been kidnapped.  They have been in our prayers, as have all the Christians in Syria, Iraq, and Egypt… in the entire Middle East. (more…)

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Faith and Reason

April 24, 2013

What sets man apart from the animals is his intellectual faculty (his reason). Reason is defined as man’s ability to know and understand through judgment. Judgment is our aid to making distinctions between things. Making these distinctions helps us define things; we know what a thing is by defining it. (more…)

The confidence that is from God… p1

April 22, 2013

Theological confidence, ie parrhesia {ܦܪܗܣܝܐ}, like when the priest prays “make us worthy, my Lord, by that confidence that is from you, that we may all worthily call on you and pray thus” before the Our Father in the evening service, can be seen by that same prayer to be from the Lord. It implies boldness, confidence, liberty. (more…)

The Case for the Resurrection

April 17, 2013

If the Resurrection of Christ really happened, the whole Christian faith is true; if the Resurrection did not really happen, the whole Christian faith is false. Everything in Christianity is based on that one event.  If Jesus had just lived and died there would be no Christian faith and so, since that event is of vital importance to the life of the Christian, it is definitely worth examining very closely.  In this article we will look very critically at the evidence and reasons why Christians over the years have believed in the Resurrection and given their lives for it. (more…)

Doubt With Courage

April 9, 2013

“We have seen the Lord.” But [St. Thomas the Apostle] said to [the Apostles], “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Doubting is natural to us because of our nature to learn and absorb through time. Until we have fully grasped a subject and have woven it into our intellect we will have questions. This is how we come to understand on a deeper level, by not accepting at face-value, but asking for more to grasp and digest. (more…)

Mar Jacob of Sarug on Resurrection Sunday

April 5, 2013

The following is a liturgical sermon from “The Teaching” by Mar Jacob of Sarug.  I have built the translation on the excerpted translated by Fr. Andrew Younan that is available on Kaldu. (more…)

Into the Desert of Lent

April 3, 2013

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry.  The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.”  — Matthew 3:17-4:3

If you are the Son of God… (more…)