Ascension Thursday: Salvador Dali and Karl Barth

All churches should mark this important, yet so neglected, moment in the history of our salvation.

Theology Forum

As an intern at Anchor Community Church (United Brethren), I have the opportunity to plan an Ascension Thursday service. This is something new for this community and, quite honestly, for me. Several things make this a tricky service to plan. Some of them are practical: the church never gathers on Thursday evenings. Others are theological: many of the congregants aren’t sure why the ascension matters. I have a few ideas to draw folks to the service and a few others to help them leave praising God for presiding as the Church’s heavenly priest.

One way that I hope to do this is to encourage the church to see the bizarreness of the ascension. This, I hope, will not leave them confused, but help them to experience the wild reality that Christ’s ascension, similar to the incarnation, unites creatureliness within the divine mystery. To do this, we will reflect together on Salvador Dali’s The Ascension of Christ 

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Between Rigorism and Relativism: The Givenness of Tradition

A generous irenic Orthodox view of Tradition, at a time when militant Orthodox sectarianism and fundamentalism is plaguing this great ecclesial tradition.

Public Orthodoxy

by Marcus Plested

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Tradition is the central problematic of modern Orthodox theology. We are a Church that takes tradition seriously. Where disagreements arise these tend to revolve around questions of fidelity to tradition. What does it mean to be faithful to the tradition of the Church? Just how free may we be with relation to the tradition of the Church?  I suggest that there are two main errors to avoid when tackling this controverted question – rigorism and relativism. Tradition, I argue, should be embraced in its totality and not selectively discarded or selectively defended.

Tradition is as much a verb as a noun, denoting the process of transmission (or handing over) as much as that which is handed over. Tradition is the mode in which the whole experience of the Church is handed over in lived history. It is the living continuum of faith comprising scripture, the achievements of…

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Întâlniri cu cititorii „Jurnalului scoțian” la Cluj, București și Iași | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Source: Întâlniri cu cititorii „Jurnalului scoțian” la Cluj, București și Iași | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Lansarea cartii Pr Ioan-Florin Florescu:

La Iași, marți 30 mai, la Librarium Palas, de la ora 18, împreună cu scriitorii Florin Lăzărescu și Lucian Dan Teodorovici.

Lord, Save Us From a Prooftext Faith

On prooftexting, one of the curses of evangelicalism.

Musings on Science and Theology

Scripture is not a collection of proof-texts, propositions and commandments, to be pulled out on demand to answer our questions and guide our behavior. Scripture is the story of God’s mission in the world. The Gospel writers understood this and conveyed the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in this context. Richard Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, examines the various ways in which the Evangelists used to Old Testament to frame their message. This is an outstanding book – well worth the time and effort to read and ponder. The gospel is not some timeless and placeless abstraction. In the fullness of time God sent his son into the world. At a chosen time, in a chosen place, and for his purpose.

As Christians we can, and should, read the Old Testament through the filtering lens of Jesus the Christ. But this isn’t a…

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Credinta in Dumnezeu in UE

(Sursa, AICI)

Dintre toate tarile Uniunii Europene, Romania are cel mai mare procent (conform acestei surse, 92%) de oameni care cred in Dumnezeu. In acelasi timp, Romania este, de departe, si din toate punctele de vedere – de la imoralitatea economica, alcoolism, promiscuitate sexuala majora, si violenta domestica, pina la domnia minciunii si a disimularii – ca sa citez doar citeva exemple, cea mai corupta tara din UE.

Asta ma face sa ma intreb in ce fel de Dumnezeu cred romanii si ce fel de credinta au ei, de vreme ce presupusa lor relatie cu divinitatea nu se traduce in nicio masura semnificativa in deciziile pe care le iau si in valorile (daca le putem numi astfel) pe care le traiesc in mod practic. Si mai grav mi se pare faptul ca liderii bisericilor majore nu par sa fie nicidecum deranjati de aceasta socanta disonanta.

It Is the Centenary, but No One Is Celebrating!

I am late in reblogging, but this is a worth reading text, I would suggest.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Elias Ghazal

One hundred years ago, on November 2nd, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Lord Balfour, issued a letter on behalf of his government that favors the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Perceived as a fair resolution to Jewish persecution in Europe, the letter, known as the Balfour Declaration, ignored the impact of such a decision on the welfare and rights of the indigenous population of Palestine. Plus, it broke British promises of independence previously made to Arab leaders. The declaration paved the way for the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by Jewish armed groups and the establishment of the State of Israel – what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe calls the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Three weeks later, on November 23, 1917, the Soviet Bolsheviks exposed a secret agreement between Britain, France and the ousted Russian…

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The Power of Sexual Purity: An Orthodox Response to the Sexual Revolution of Our Time

Public Orthodoxy

by David C. Ford and Mary Ford

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In this modern day and age, when sexual promiscuity – i.e., any sexual relations outside marriage – abounds all around us, why would anyone choose to live in sexual purity? How could refraining from all sexual relations outside of marriage ever be more fulfilling, more satisfying, than having sexual adventures before getting married, and perhaps even after marriage through having affairs?

The Orthodox Church’s answer would begin, we think, with affirming what our Saints through all the centuries have always known from their own life-experience, as shaped by the life of the Church – that virtue, including sexual purity, has power, contributing greatly to the deep inner peace, profound joy, true love, and ineffable satisfaction that come from finding our “true selves” through living in the way our Creator intends for us to live. As St. John Chrysostom writes near the…

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Healing – a Neglected Aspect of Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue? | Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative

Source: Healing – a Neglected Aspect of Orthodox-Evangelical Dialogue? | Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative

Tim Grass invites us to explore the need of healing in Orthodox-Evangelical relations, following people moving from one ecclesial community to the other. Certainly something worth exploring, as there are so many sectarian pathologies associated with these.

From our Vantage Point: The Signs of the Times Unfolding in the Middle East Today

Wissam Al-Salibi, from IMES, on the dispensationalist ‘prophecy industry’ and the way it misreads the signs of time in the Middle East.
PLease read. This may save you from the conspiracy condition called ‘furor eschatologicum’.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Wissam al-Saliby

Earlier this year, I was flipping through the radio channels as I was driving from Houston to Dallas. I fell upon a talk show where, to my surprise, I heard the interviewee mentioning “Hezbollah and Iran.” I focused my attention on the conversation to better understand how our region’s politics are perceived in Texas. However, within a few minutes, Jimmy DeYoung moved from recent political developments in the Middle East to Biblical prophecy to forecasting that Arab nations will unite and attack Israel – a claim that I have heard so many times in the US, but that sounds incredulous, almost impossible, to a Lebanese who is seeing an ever increasing Arab dis-unity. The radio show and the connected website are called Prophecy Today. It concluded with a prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, a peace that is interpreted in light of the preceding political and theological…

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An Open Letter to Rev. Franklin Graham from a “Small Church” Pastor

I really love this common sense witty public letter. Fully deserved by the embarrassingly pathetic Rev. Frank Graham.

Trinity's Portico

Dear Frank

Can I call you Frank? This is just pastor to pastor. Feel free to call me Peter. Anyway, I have to say I was flattered when I learned that your Decision America Tour took a detour off the beaten path to call upon us “small community churches.” We are nothing if not small. We seat 30-40 on a good Sunday. And we are a century old fixture of our small community. Most often we are overlooked and overshadowed by mega-churches and politically influential religious voices like your own. We don’t hold a candle to an auditorium filled with the music of a one hundred voice choir led by professional musicians. We probably will never be recognized in any nationally syndicated media. After all, we don’t do anything really “newsworthy.” We just preach the good news of Jesus Christ; love one another the best we can (which sometimes isn’t…

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Melania Medeleanu – Cum sa-ti gasesti vocea. Calatorie de la soaptă la strigat

Un discurs fabulos de consistent. Multumim, Melania Medeleanu.

Scot McKnight – The Gospel of the Gospel Coalition

The Gospel Coalition is an association of pastors and theologians around fidelity to the gospel and a commitment to make that gospel known and to support pastors and churches in gospel-shaped ministries. So, when the two major architects of TGC edit a book (The Gospel as Center) that expounds its principal statements on principal ideas, the one on gospel is to be seen as a center piece of the whole.

In general, TGC is known for its “confessional” (though not in the sense of the Reformed confessions specifically, or the Lutheran confessions specifically) and “evangelical” approach and therefore its gospel is nothing other than a robust commitment to a reformed soteriology. The “confession” is then the alliance of these Christian leaders around TGC’s “confession,” and this book contains chapter length discussions of TGC’s principal statements. (After the jump I have clipped their “Gospel” statement.)

If the movement is about the gospel, then “What is the gospel?” statement by Bryan Chapell expresses the heart of TGC. This chp weaves into it a marvelous story of the gospeling of his brother, David, and how that gospel restored the marriage of his parents.

First, Chapell defines gospel somewhat as follows (and I have added the numbers): “the message that God has (1) fulfilled his promise (2) to send a Savior (3) to rescue broken people, (4) restore creation’s glory, and (5) rule over all with compassion and justice. So he argues “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim 1:15) is a good summary of the gospel.Read More »

Conferinta “500 ani de la afisarea tezelor lui Luther: Reforma in Transilvania” susținuta de prof. dr. Konrad Gündisch

„500 ani de la afișarea tezelor lui Luther: Reforma în Transilvania”, conferința prof. Konrad Gündisch (München), joi, 18 mai 2017, ora 18:30, Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza“ din Iași, Sala III 10, etaj 2 (Corp A).Read More »

The Promise Behind “The Promise”

An Armenian in the US reflects on a new movie about the Armenian Genocide in 1915, a large scale atrocity still denied shamelessly by the Turkish government.

Public Orthodoxy

by Christopher H. Zakian

The Promise

In 2015 the victims of the Armenian Genocide—long referred to as martyrs—were formally acknowledged as Christian saints, as the world marked the passage of a century since their suffering. Authorities of the Armenian Church proceeded with the canonization ceremony despite some indeterminacy about the precise number of saints being identified, on the assumption that clarity would arise over time.

Nevertheless, with the Armenian Church having identified Christian martyrdom as the deepest meaning of the Armenian Genocide, it’s worth considering how, and to what extent, this theme arises in a new film set during the Genocide, The Promise. While the centuries-old Christian faith of the Armenians resonates throughout the film and is portrayed respectfully, an explicit depiction of martyrdom did not seem present to me at first. On consideration, however, sacrificial death is depicted in an interesting way, faithful to an enduring motif in Armenian Christian…

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ANSELM GRUN Frumuseţea O nouă spiritualitate a bucuriei de a trăi

Source: ANSELM GRUN Frumuseţea O nouă spiritualitate a bucuriei de a trăi

Un autor mistic catolic, Anselm Grun, vrednic de atentie (citeva dintre cartile lui sunt deja disponibile in limba romana – vezi Editura Galaxia Gutenberg, si altele) si o carte pe o tema rareori abordata teologic, mai ales in Vest.

Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

Source: Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

This is an evangelical document thamt needs careful attention in the current wworld situation, and the relatine disentrest of churchees in world economics.

The Pope Dancing to Hasidic Music

The encounter took place during a 45-minute papal audience on Monday (May 8) with a delegation led by Polish Rabbi Edgar Gluck, who was accompanied by his son Zvi, who lives in New York, and other rabbis.

(Source, HERE.)

For God’s Sake, Hands Off!

A strong Orthodox word, fully deserved, by the temporary occupant of the White House.

Public Orthodoxy

by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

Trump Bible

In fourth-century Constantinople, an archbishop named Gregory contemplated why God was so silent before the immorality and corruption in politics. Why, he wondered, did God resemble a sleeping lion? But of course a sleeping lion can be awakened and antagonized. We have waited and watched as presidential executive orders and congressional actions, such as those below, provide photo-ops and reason for elation in some quarters, while cause for concern in others.

1) The administration has taken action in purported support of coal miners. It should be considered admirable to stand in solidarity with the hardest, health-risking jobs of blue-collar supporters of the president. But can one honestly say that human compassion is the true motivation when weighed against the loss of clean water and air for millions of people resulting from deregulation that allows mining runoff in streams and coal plants to emit more carbons?

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Bricolaj existențial (HD)

Un text superb, care incearca sa clarifice o serie de confuzii majore pe care le au crestinii de toate culorile de la arta, fie ea crestina (ce o fi ciind aceasta, habar n-am) sau altfel. AS mai adauga la cele de mai sus un singur lucru.
Rlul artistului este foarte asemanator cu acela al profetului. Nici acesta nu face teologie, ci da nastere unor experiente existentiale, in speranta ca aacesteail vor scoate pe privitor din rutina religioasa care ii omoara sufletul. Tocmai de aceea, marii teologi sunt si profeti, adica un fel de artisti ai teologiei. Altfel, ramin doar niste contabili ai indeilor teologice – mai buni (contabili, vreau sa spun), precum Erickson, sau absolut penibili, precum Grudem, Dumezeu sa-l ierte (si la fel pe cel care l-a publicat in romaneste, pentru un pret, desigur).

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Una din cele mai nepotrivite așteptări pe care un om le poate avea de la o operă de artă este aceea de a reproduce, prin mijloacele-i specifice, lumea așa cum este ea. Esența artei a fost dintotdeauna rearanjarea lumii, reconstrucția ei, provocarea orizonturilor realului, bricolajul de fapte, de idei și simboluri, de imagini și de simțăminte. Arta nu ne arată lumea. Cine vrea să vadă cum este lumea n-are decât să-și ia în spinare un rucsac și merinde pentru un drum lung și să o ia la pas prin lume, să cerceteze cu atenție, să documenteze și să cunoască ce e de cunoscut. Prin artă omul nu vede lumea, ci posibilitatea ca aceasta să ni se arate altfel, privită adesea din perspective imposibile în planul realului sau prin lentile cu totul diferite de cele cu care ne obișnuit. Nimic nu se crează prin artă, ci doar se reașează în moduri…

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Pope Francis in Egypt: Why Ecumenism is Necessary

Necessary, indeed, when understood correctly. Not like a sort of dogmatic and institutional compromise based on the lower common denominator, as promoted by theological liberalism.

Public Orthodoxy

by Massimo Faggioli

Two Popes Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt (April 28-29, 2017) has been one of the most important and difficult for this pontificate, given the international political situation and the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt and of all Christians between Africa and the Middle East. It is not easy to look at this trip through one single interpretive lens, and therefore it requires the attempt to read it in the context of the pontificate.

A first level was the trip of Francis as expression of the modern magisterium of the pope of the Catholic Church on the relationship between religion as defensor of human rights and political rights in an age of evident crisis of faith not only in God, but also in our fellow human beings – the crisis of democracy. Interestingly, in his speech to the strongman of Egypt, general Al Sisi, and to…

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Biblical Peace begins at Home: Challenging Common Notions of Peace in the Global Church

Martin Accad on religion and peace, after the Pope’s visit in Egypt.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

In his significant visit to Cairo, Egypt, last week, Pope Francis delicately tackled a whole series of sensitive issues in the gracious way that has become his trademark. Many conservatives, both Christian and Muslim, were nervous about his visit. Christian conservatives feared that he would lean over too far in his search for Muslim dialogue partners. Muslim conservatives (with Muslim Brotherhood affiliation – some have claimed), put out the trending hashtag #بابا_الإرهاب (baba al 2erhab – “the Pope of terrorism”) on the eve of his visit. But Pope Francis was rather unequivocal in his message of peace, seemingly addressing militant Islamism with his assertion that “Religiosity means nothing unless it is inspired by deep faith and charity.” But no doubt his message also addressed rising anti-Muslim political populism around the world, when he affirmed that “True faith is one that makes us more charitable…

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Childbirth is a Blessing, Not an Occasion of Impurity

A retrograde matter that aaffects not only Orthodoxy, but also other church traditions.

Public Orthodoxy

by Carrie Frederick Frost

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Multiple petitions are offered for the fruitfulness of a couple’s union during an Orthodox marriage service, so many that a college friend characterized my wedding as a fertility rite. One such example: “That He will grant unto them the enjoyment of the blessing of children…let us pray to the Lord.”

Based on the sentiment that children are a blessing to be enjoyed that is expressed in the marriage service, one might assume that the Orthodox prayers said after the birth of a child are full of thanksgiving and rejoicing; the nuptial prayers have, after all, been answered. Instead, these qualities are noticeably lacking from the post-childbirth prayers that are part of the Orthodox Euchologion, the compendium of services: the First Day prayers (said soon after childbirth) and the Churching (for when the mother and child come to church the first time after childbirth).

What stands…

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Conferința științifică „Reforma și limbajul credinței” – Prelegere Conf. Univ. Dr. Emil Bartoș, Impactul Sfintei Scripturi asupra reformatorilor | Istorie Evanghelica

Source: Conferința științifică „Reforma și limbajul credinței” – Prelegere Conf. Univ. Dr. Emil Bartoș, Impactul Sfintei Scripturi asupra reformatorilor | Istorie Evanghelica

Religions and Peace

Something worth reading.

Public Orthodoxy

by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

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With the Permission of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we print an Address of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference.

Your Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies,

Distinguished participants,

Dear friends,

It is an honor to be invited to address this Conference on Global Peace organized by Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders. We wholeheartedly congratulate His Eminence Mr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, for having the courage and vision to organize this crucial initiative in the promotion of peace by religions.

During the last two decades, humanity has experienced continuous terrorist attacks, which are the cause of death and hurt of thousands of people, and which are becoming the greatest threat and source of fear for contemporary societies. Since then, religions have been often suspected or openly accused for inspiring terrorism and violence. Our everyday life…

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Pope Francis – Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone

Note: This is a fabulous TED talk, done recently by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Here is the transcript of this amazing talk:

0:11 [His Holiness Pope Francis Filmed in Vatican City First shown at TED2017]

0:15 Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – “The Future You” – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to open a dialogue today, to look at the future through a “you.” “The Future You:” the future is made of yous, it is made of encounters, because life flows through our relations with others. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions.

1:27 As I meet, or lend an ear to those who are sick, to the migrants who face terrible hardships in search of a brighter future, to prison inmates who carry a hell of pain inside their hearts, and to those, many of them young, who cannot find a job, I often find myself wondering: “Why them and not me?” I, myself, was born in a family of migrants; my father, my grandparents, like many other Italians, left for Argentina and met the fate of those who are left with nothing. I could have very well ended up among today’s “discarded” people. And that’s why I always ask myself, deep in my heart: “Why them and not me?”

2:35 First and foremost, I would love it if this meeting could help to remind us that we all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent “I,” separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together, including everyone. We don’t think about it often, but everything is connected, and we need to restore our connections to a healthy state. Even the harsh judgment I hold in my heart against my brother or my sister, the open wound that was never cured, the offense that was never forgiven, the rancor that is only going to hurt me, are all instances of a fight that I carry within me, a flare deep in my heart that needs to be extinguished before it goes up in flames, leaving only ashes behind. Read More »

Ortodoxie si protestantism

Clipul de mai sus cuprinde prima parte a prelegerii mele de joi 27 aprilie, la Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu din Arad, cu ocazia conferintei internationale dedicate Reformei.

Multumesc lui Alin Cristea pentru inregistrare.

The Holy and Great Council: Separating Fact from Fiction

A necessary response to Orthodox fanatics who sacrifice the truth for the sake of their schismatic sectarianism.

Public Orthodoxy

by Evagelos Sotiropoulos

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As someone who traveled to Crete for the Holy and Great Council, who attended both Synodal Divine Liturgies (for Pentecost and the Sunday of All Saints) and who spoke with and heard from dozens of bishops, I am disturbed by the “malicious words” (cf. 3 John) that some are spewing against it. Having had the remarkable opportunity to see the deep faithfulness and reverence bishops have for holy Orthodoxy, I was motivated to write a few observations, responses, and questions, calling into serious question the credibility of the Council’s detractors.

  • Those who condemn the number of participants fail to acknowledge that aside from the First, Fourth, and Seventh Ecumenical Councils (which each had significantly more bishops), the average participation of the other four Ecumenical Councils only slightly exceeds the number of bishops at the Orthodox Academy of Crete last year. Quoting Georges Florovsky: “The sacred dignity of…

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Cînd îți trece glonțul pe la ureche…

Alex scrie despre blestematiile guvernului criminal al PSD/ALDE. Bravos, natiune de votanti cu ochii inchisi si fara creier. Ne meritam soarta.

Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co

Să fiu sincer, nu mi-a trecut un glonț pe la ureche. Vedeam trasoarele cum vin, mă aplecam instinctiv, dar nici măcar nu cădeau prin preajmă. Era decembrie 89.

Dar rămîne expresia. Înseamnă că ai fost aproape de moarte. Sau că cineva sau ceva a ratat ținta. Glonțul a șuierat pe la ureche, dar s-a dus mai departe. Și totuși un glonț mare mi-a șuierat pe la ureche. Am aflat azi.

În noiembrie 2016 am terminat tratamentul de întreținere cu Mabthera/Retuximab. Un medicament scump, de import. L-am încasat de opt ori în chimioterapie, la interval de vreo 3 săptămîni, timp în care mă mai echilibram. Devenisem un zombi autohton, mi căzuse aproape tot părul. Îmi pierdusem cheful de viață. Mîncarea nu mai avea gust. Mirosurile deveniseră ciudate. Auzul prea sensibil. Eram nervos și în același timp apatic. La o tentativă de a prinde tramvaiul am renunțat după două zeci de metri…

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Doru Costache – Christianity at the Crossroads


Fr. Doru Costache

Note: This short text, on the perseccution of Christians in general, and the maartyrdom of the Coptic Church in particular comes from one of my favourite Orthodox theologians, the Romanian Fr. Doru Costache, who serves now in Australia. In the context of the present hysteria, especially in the US, on how they, poor good Christians (who brough foolish Trump to power), are persecuted by the secular world, which does not understad how precious they are, I believe the common sense gospel words in this text have to be heard more largely than on the academic website where they were published. Of course, I do this with the kind permission of Fr. Costache, to whom goes my gratitude.

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14 April 2017 © AIOCS Doru Costache

No, you do not have to expect me to say that the current circumstances are new and that these days Christians must take some unprecedented action or to abolish their past. Neither should you expect me to say something like Christianity being in need of a radical reform today more than yesterday. My interest is in pointing out the need to retrieve something that we seem to have lost in history: our capacity to discern the times and assess our circumstances in a genuinely traditional manner. But let me be more specific.

Just recently, on Palm Sunday, our sisters and brothers of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have been once again the object of hate attacks on the part of their non-Christian neighbours. And the day before more Christians have been put to death in Syria. And the day before that more Christians have been put to death elsewhere. And days before that a Catholic priest was slaughtered during the celebration of the eucharist in France. And I hear of cases of Christians harassed by their non-Christian neighbours in some parts of Sydney. All this because they, indeed we, are Christian.Read More »

Rachel Elizabeth Asproth – Things Christian Women Hear about Women


Rachel Elizabeth Asproth

April 19, 2017

Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the strange, sexist, abusive, and toxic things Christian women are told on a regular basis. We’ve been leaning into the conversation and doing our best to keep a record of the profound and heartbreaking stories women and male allies are sharing. We’ve collected some of the most powerful tweets so far in a list, and we’re inviting our audience to follow the ongoing conversation happening on Twitter under #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear.

If you have a relevant story or experience, please join the conversation yourself or share in the comments below.

1. “You can teach the women and children, you just can’t teach the men.” –Charlie Grantham

2. “You are an amazing leader! You’d make an excellent pastor’s wife someday!” –Sarah Bessey

3. “Women are too emotional to be leaders and pastors. It would never work.” –Jesse HarpRead More »