The confidence that is from God… p2

May 3, 2013 by

In the previous posting on this subject, we quickly discussed confidence as seen in the prayer before the “Our Father”.  We now make a small detour to explain the concept of boldness in speech.

The term “parrhesia” during the time of the Greek philosophers referred to a confidence that implied 1) there was a truth or subject matter that needed to be authenticated, and 2) an subordinate/lesser relationship of the parrhesiastes {those who spoke with parrhesia} to the person(S) being addressed, implying a potential risk to the parrhesiastes for speaking boldly. It was an addressed that needed to be made in an effort to affect the listener and change their hearts/beliefs. It was often direct, tactless, and deemed necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

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 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Faith and Reason

April 24, 2013 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

The confidence that is from God… p1

April 22, 2013 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

The Case for the Resurrection

April 17, 2013 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Doubt With Courage

April 9, 2013 by

“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. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar Jacob of Sarug on Resurrection Sunday

April 5, 2013 by

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Into the Desert of Lent

April 3, 2013 by

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… Read the rest of this entry »

The Lamb of the Everlasting Covenant

March 29, 2013 by

“Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” (Luke 22:7). In a high impacted section of  the gospel, that recounts our Lord’s last supper, this sentence  seems ordinarily simple in passing. The words, however, “on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” offer a greater introduction than a reference to a date on the Jewish liturgical calendar. Read the rest of this entry »

Cryroom Choirs

March 3, 2013 by

“And she gave birth to her first-born and wrapped him in swaddling clothes.” The much awaited Christ had to be swaddled, clothed and laid to bed. This was the culmination of thousands of years of prophecy and theology perfectly intermingled with earthly life. Mary was a perfect example for all parents: while participating in God’s fulfillment she was fully aware of her earthly duties as a mother. To participate in heavenly worship, yet be mindful of earthly parental duties, is an exercise of meditation on the spiritual life of our most blessed Mother. Read the rest of this entry »