A lesson from the Vatican

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“Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, ‘All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.’ At this, Jesus said to him, ‘Get away, Satan! It is written: [Read More...]

Gov. Romney’s Liberty University Speech

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney offered the 2012 commencement speech at Liberty University, an evangelical university founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell. Although media focus remains and public discussion continues on same-gender marriage*, there is a larger issue that remains overlooked. Why government is caught in the middle of the marriage [Read More...]

Keeping Two Liturgical Calendars for Pascha (Easter)

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Eastern and Western liturgical calendars differ regarding the celebration of moveable feasts such as Pascha (Easter).  Sunday, April 8th, Easter is celebrated by most Christian denominations.  The Eastern Orthodox Church will celebrate Pascha on April 15th.  It still uses the Julian calendar whereas the civil and liturgical schedule in the West is the Gregorian calendar.  [Read More...]

No More Battles – Let's Try Conversation

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan observed that America is in a “religion battle.”  The Catholic leader is concerned that there is an “unwarranted, unprecedented, radical intrusion” by government into religion.  His Eminence added that secular culture is the source of creating “new rights every day.”  Instead of encouraging another “battle” to fuel the divisive culture wars, what’s [Read More...]

Kirk Cameron on Homosexuality

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Actor and Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron stirred a hornet’s nest when he honestly answered a direct question about homosexuality during an interview.  According to Cameron homosexuality is “unnatural … I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Although I disagree with Cameron’s theology and interpretation of scripture, [Read More...]

Separation of Church and State Should Not Be Absolute

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GOP Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum recently made the sweeping claim that “I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.”  He added that John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion “makes me throw up.”  Kennedy had called for an absolute separation in September 1960. Prominent [Read More...]

Great Lent – Walking with Fools for Christ

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The Eastern Orthodox Church does not celebrate Ash Wednesday.  Preparation for Pascha (Easter) formally begins on “Clean” Monday, February 27th.  It marks the start of Great Lent or the Great Fast in the Orthodox calendar.  During every Great Lent there is hope that the days leading up to Pascha are restorative and transformative.  This year [Read More...]

Elvis has left the building!

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The bus left.  The train departed.  The horses fled the barn.  Elvis has left the building!  Increasingly, more of the faithful are ignoring religious leaders due to false humility, being out of touch, or just getting it wrong too many times and not having the security to admit it. As I’ve observed many times in [Read More...]

Eastern Orthodox Power Politics

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Orthodox theologian and philosopher Fr. Alexander Men said that the use and pursuit of power is one of the most corrupting forces in humankind.  Its misuse and manipulation is seen at the workplace, in relationships, within families, and unfortunately among high ranking church officials of all denominations. Those with the experience of seeing secular political [Read More...]

Closed for Christmas

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Almost 10% of churches surveyed nationally will close this Sunday because of Christmas.  Although some denominations have a different understanding of the Sabbath than the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, it’s still worth exploring the overall impact it could have on faith.  Specifically, what message does it send?  What is the perception?  Does it suggest [Read More...]

Obama's War on Religion

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Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is airing a new campaign ad pledging to stop President Barack Obama’s war on religion.  The Governor’s ad laments that gays can serve openly in the military (to die for their country by the way), but kids can’t pray in schools or celebrate Christmas. The Governor makes [Read More...]


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