Monthly Archives: January 2010

WHAT’S IN A (CHURCH) NAME? AMERICAN ORTHODOXY


The naming of Orthodox parishes, and their Patrons, in the U.S.A. is much more varied than those of Catholic parishes. Much of the difference is due to varied immigration patterns. Theotokos, however, is emphasized much more in Orthodox theology and spirituality … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A (CHURCH) NAME?


We can tell a great deal about the ethos, culture, spirituality, and emphasis of a denomination by the names chosen for its congregations and parishes. In a series of posts, we will explore the Catholic, Orthodox,Lutheran, Methodist, and Baptist preferences … Continue reading

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OH FOOLISH PARENT, WHO HATH BEWITCHED YOU?


from OrthodoxHistory.org    with permission . . If you are a regular reader of this website(OrthodoxHistory.org), you already know about Fr. Ingram Nathaniel Irvine. Briefly, for those unfamiliar with him: Irvine was a longtime Episcopal priest who was defrocked by … Continue reading

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HONOR ALL CREATION


One of my constant interests has been the wonders of God’s creation.  The varied vistas and panoramas, the tiny exquisite constructions and life forms, and the amazing life forms of our American  landscape, as well as those I have visited … Continue reading

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HUMAN NATURE DOES NOT CHANGE MUCH….


Sometimes we think that today we live in the worst of times. Especially when we reflect on politics, religion, or love (family, etc.) Lest you feel overwhelmed, or discomforted, read this newspaper article from 105 years ago. The subject of … Continue reading

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MAPS, CHARTS, AND CHRISTIAN DEMOGRAPHICS


One of my early year joys was examining charts and graphs.  Among the subjects I explored were christian denominations and membership distribution.  (I was a somewhat odd kid) It is surprising that some of the most recent information is almost … Continue reading

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MOUNTAIN MISSIONARY


Just to give a different perspective on missionary life, here are two views of places in the Andes Mountains which are even more difficult to reach than the African sites at which Fr. Francis taught. What one must do to … Continue reading

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