Overcoming the Desire of the Flesh

Overcoming the Desire of the Flesh

St John Cassian teaches about sinful desires Our second struggle is against the demon of unchastity and the desire of the flesh, a desire which begins to trouble us from the time of our youth. This harsh struggle has to be fought in both the soul and the body, and not simply in the soul, […]

Some more about being angry

Some more about being angry

In the last post on anger, I asked readers to… Write down what was happening when you started to feel anger. Write down what you were thinking or what memories were in your mind. Write down any words that were in your mind at the time. Try to write down… I was feeling anger because […]

More about being angry

More about being angry

We have thought that anger often has a cause in us not having what we want, or expected, or losing something that we had. It can be trivial, it can be something intangible. But very often it is the desire to have something or control something which plants the seeds of anger within us. Our […]

Why am I angry?

Why am I angry?

The great spiritual fathers of the Church have insight into every aspect of human psychology and spirituality. At the beginning of the life of the Church they were able to describe, categorise, and provide from their own experience a very detailed understanding of what goes on inside of us. These are a few thoughts about […]

Quietness and Prayer

Quietness and Prayer

It is in silence that the first signs of the life of prayer reveal themselves. The Spirit of God does not force Himself upon us. He is gentle as a dove. When the Lord told Moses that He would appear to him we read that He was not in the wind, nor in the earthquake, […]

Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit

Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit

I would like to speak briefly about Orthodoxy and the Holy Spirit. I grew up in an evangelical community and during the late 70s and early 80s, in my late teens and early adulthood, the effects of the charismatic renewal reached even into our Brethren community. Some left us and joined explicitly Pentecostal groups in […]

If God is love… why Hell?

If God is love… why Hell?

If God is Love, why Hell, “Purgatory”, Judgement, Eternal Punishment, Darkness and the Lake of Fire? I want to speak very much more briefly on a second topic, which is how we reconcile the idea of a God of love with the punishment of those judged unworthy, however this is understood, which is described in […]

I am the Door of the Sheep

I am the Door of the Sheep

7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go […]

Eutyches and the Oriental Orthodox tradition

Eutyches and the Oriental Orthodox tradition

Eutyches and the Oriental Orthodox tradition The Oriental Orthodox communion has been regularly and routinely accused of following the teaching of Eutyches, the controversial archimandrite of Constantinople. Historical sources, such as the Catholic Encyclopaedia, conflate the teaching of Eutyches with monophysitism, and then insist that all those who speak of one nature may be indifferently […]

Protestant Influence on the Coptic Orthodox Church – 2

Protestant Influence on the Coptic Orthodox Church – 2

I recently discovered an interesting book, Sinai and Golgotha: A journey in the East, which was published in 1849. I enjoy finding the different accounts of Egypt written by visitors at this period. It was one among many written by travellers in the 19th century. The author was Frederick Adolph Strauss, a clergyman in the […]

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