The Power of the Invisible

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We moderns know about invisible realities of which our ancestors had no awareness.  Micro-organism were first observed under a microscope in the late 17th century. Radiation beyond visible light was first detected at the very end of the 18th century. Microbes and radiation, not known till recent times, have a…
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Christian Leadership

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From the earliest days of the Church, congregations have possessed leaders.  The offices of presbyter and deacon were already emerging at the time the New Testament was being written.  Along with Saint Paul himself the Pauline churches were guided by local shepherds. In Acts 20 Paul gives instruction to the…
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Who or What is Absurd?

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The nihilists of the 20th century have asserted that the universe is absurd, that is, meaningless for human beings who seek meaning. It is in our nature. Outside the human community, the universe cannot be classified as either absurd or meaningful.  It simply is. It is human beings’ perceptions that…
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Day to Day Nihilism

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Nihilism is not only rampant among the intellectual class but also among the entire people.  While most individuals do not or cannot give intellectual justification for their nihilism, they nonetheless function as nihilists. Despair reigns in many American homes. Father Seraphim in his book, Nihilism, addresses this everyday meaninglessness and…
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Father Seraphim on Nihilism

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The central spiritual problem of this modern age is nihilism.  In a well-crafted book, entitled Nihilism, Father Seraphim (Eugene Rose), an Eastern Orthodox monk,  describes what it is and what its egregious consequences are.  Nihilism (nihil, meaning nothing), in short, asserts that there is no such thing as absolute truth…
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Articulation of the Faith in Times of Crisis

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Especialy at times of crisis we are to be on our toes to articulate the Christian faith.  Questions of theodicy (explaining suffering and injustice while believing in an omnipotent God) and even challenges to the faith arise both in the Christian community and in the general culture. As foundation for…
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A Prayer in a Time of Pandemic

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Dear heavenly Father, You show compassion to Your wayward children and deliver us from all evil. Help us always to have confidence in Your loving care. In this time of pandemic, help us to think first of those around us, serving them in their needs, and spare us from fear…
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A Troubled Nation

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Our nation is troubled by a pandemic whose effects are magnified by the media.  Prudence is advised to prevent contracting the disease.  But, a partial closure of society requires critical examination.  Have we gone too far? We are troubled by events that we have never before experienced.  But, the trouble…
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Coronavirus Update

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In 1918 the flu spread throughout the world.  500,000,000 individuals contracted the disease; an estimated 20,000,000 to 50,000,000 died of it.  In the time during the Great Mortality (1347 and after) one-third of Europe’s population succumbed to bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic plague.  So far 4 people have died in Pennsylvania…
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