Sep 18 2014

David F. Watson: A Sermon on Wisdom

Recently I was invited to preach at worship during our master’s intensive at United. The theme for the week was Wisdom.    Prov 24:1-14 Do not envy the wicked, nor desire to be with them; 2for their minds devise violence, and their lips talk of mischief. 3By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding…

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Sep 18 2014

Mustard Seeds: Red Band Society- First Look (TV Review)

Everyone has two stories: the one they want you to hear and they one they don’t.–Charlie Within the opening vignette of FOX’s premiere of Red Band Society, I’m hooked. I’m talking belly laughs…and a deep perspective on life that makes … Continue reading

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Sep 18 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on readings for September 18

For God alone my soul waits in silence;from God comes my salvation.God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress;I shall never be shaken.(Psalm 62:1-2)Isaiah 28:14-30:11Their corruption, their misdeeds, their showy but insincere worship make them des…

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Sep 18 2014

Allan R. Bevere: The Beheading of Christians: An Orthodox Response

from Father John Parker in Soundings:
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I am an unworthy man, unworthy to be called an Orthodox Christian, not to speak of the priesthood, and I write, admittedly, from the comfort of my Mount Pleasant, SC, home.  There is no Mount nearby, but it is, indeed, a pleasant seaside community on the East Coast of the United States.

As such, I ask myself: how to deal with ruthless, pitiless, pitiful souls who are so darkened that their life is spent taking the life of others– and worse, thinking that they are doing this at the direction of and with the blessing of God himself, with eternal reward?


Perhaps I will be criticized for my suggestion, sitting in my pleasant, mountless town, but we read recently that we must receive the Gospel as a child; and even a child will ask how could murder be returned by murder.  Is violence– individual or large-scale– a possible Orthodox response?

What were the apostolic and post-apostolic, and later saint’s reactions to such vicious, vile, demonic actions?

On the precipice of martyrdom, St Stephen, the Proto-martyr begged God to forgive his killers.  Was there an apostolic uprising following that?

Hieromartyr Eutychius, disciple of St John the Theologian, was beheaded after starvation in prison, an attempt to burn him alive, and cruel beatings with iron rods…which were made to cease by his prayers.  There is no account of retribution.

The saints prayed for their torturers, and relentlessly clung to Christ.  To my knowledge, there are no recorded acts of violence returned for violence. It is the case, however, that with Ss Adrian and Natalia (August 26), one of their captors converted by their stalwart faith.  Was this also not the case with the 40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste?

“Vengeance is mine,” saith the Lord.

We stand proudly with the martyrs, whose blood is the foundation of the Church.  And we beg God to grant us equal strength when we have to face what they did.
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Sep 18 2014

A Potter's View: Stop Domestic Violence!

Tony Stewart, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Jameis Winston and I have a lot in common and it’s not football or NASCAR, and it’s certainly not domestic violence. What we have in common is that they made bad choices and so have I. We all have, but is that an excuse for more bad […]

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Sep 18 2014

This Day With God: Our Savior is the Reason for Every Good Thing

John the Baptist had a definite purpose and that was to prepare the Way for our Savior. To give people the knowledge and guidance needed to understand the reason for the life of Christ. Our Savior is the reason for … Continue reading

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