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 as I have described a little in my talk this morning. 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 […]

Become a Saint

Become a Saint

Unto the church of God …, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, … who … call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. I Corinthians 1:2 Those who have been made holy in Christ Jesus, are now called to be holy. Do we imagine that we ourselves are […]

What is the Church for?

What is the Church for?

What is the Church for? It surely matters that we should know. When a business loses track of its core purpose it can easily start to invest time and money in peripheral things, all the while alienating those customers it should be supporting and encouraging to spend more. I worked for such a company. We […]

Can the Oriental Orthodox receive the Eastern Orthodox Councils?

Can the Oriental Orthodox receive the Eastern Orthodox Councils?

At the beginning of the 21st century it seems that the relationship between the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities is as close as it has been for centuries. There certainly remain those within the Eastern Orthodox community who perhaps view the Oriental Orthodox community through a prism of lack of knowledge and misrepresentation, some of […]

That They May Be One – Reflections on Christian Unity

That They May Be One – Reflections on Christian Unity

Though Christ prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, ‘that they may be one’[i], it surely must seem to any student of Christianity that His prayer has failed. Any impartial observer writing a history of modern Christianity might legitimately describe it as being inherently divided and divisive. In fact research has suggested that there are over […]

The intermediate state of the soul

The intermediate state of the soul

Introduction It might seem that the Orthodox Church must have entirely closed all discussion of the intermediate state of the soul after death. Surely the patristic and liturgical texts are so filled with settled opinion that there is no scope for confusion or controversy? Nevertheless, from time to time, there are variant teachings which become […]

Canadian Ministry Visit Report

Canadian Ministry Visit Report

It’s been a month since I flew home from Canada. I think it’s a good time for me to reflect on the month I spent in service at St Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I served there with Abouna Athanasius Iskander and with the blessing of H.G. Bishop Angaelos, H.G. Bishop Mina […]

The Lost Sheep of Orthodoxy

The Lost Sheep of Orthodoxy

I started reading a book today by an Eastern Orthodox bishop in the USA. He noted that more people who identified themselves as Orthodox never attended Church and did not associate themselves with any parish than those who did attend, however infrequently. Of course there are many who no longer even identify themselves as Orthodox, […]

When Prayer doesn’t work

When Prayer doesn’t work

Most of us have some sense that we need to pray for things, and for the people who are dear to us, so that God will do good for us and for them. Most of us have also experienced the distress that comes when it seems that our prayers are not answered, or even that […]

Homily for First Sunday of Lent

Homily for First Sunday of Lent

Matthew 6:19-30 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. Matt 6:19 This morning I would like us to consider the passage we have just heard from the Gospel of St Matthew. It seems to me that it is a passage which […]

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