Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Podcasts and Book Sale


Book Sale!
Conciliar Press is having a sale on Bible study books, including:
I have used guides and books from both these authors and can attest to their helpfulness and thoroughness. Fr. Farley's books are great for someone who wants an easy-to-read and overall understanding of Scripture. Fr. Reardon's books are deeper and contain thoughtful commentary on Biblical messages. You can receive credit for using these materials; e-mail me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more info on this.

Podcasts
And here are a few more podcasts for credit. Listen to a podcast and receive one credit when you submit a completed podcast homework form to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

On Come Receive the Light, Dr. Dean Stamatis is back on the show to answer some questions for us about church architecture. Plus, we'll be speaking for the first time with Fr. Gregory Hallam this week, an Antiochian Orthodox priest from Manchester, UK. He's with us to talk about St. John the Baptist in honor of his upcoming feastday on August 29th, and also to tell us about the Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist. Listen now.

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Dr. Philip Mamalakis of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, asks the question "'Orthodox Psychology' or 'Orthodox and Psychology'?" Listen to Part 1. Listen to Part 2.

Prayer of the Week on 1 Cor. 16:20-22


Once again, you can earn one credit by reading the prayer of the week and answering a question. Submit your answer to both Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive the credit!

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have Mercy.
O Lord, Your Apostle directed us to love each other so we can love You. If we do not love You we are cursed and cannot express our mutual love. We pray our kiss of peace be for us a true sign that we love You, for we find You in our neighbor. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Text : 1 Cor. 6:20-22
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Greet one another with a holy kiss. The salutation with my own hand—Paul’s. If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

Bible Question: What do you think St. Paul means when he says those who do not love Christ are to be accursed

Friday, August 20, 2010

More Podcasts and an OPF Conference


Orthodox Peace Fellowship (OPF) Conference

The Annual North American Conference of OPF will take place in Irvine, CA, October 1 through 3, 2010. The unifying theme is “Interfaith Dialogue.” Speakers will come from the Orthodox tradition, as well as Jewish, Muslim, and others. The program will be a mix of talks and discussions, music, comedy, award-winning films and one-on-one conversation. Though differences exist and need to be acknowledged, we can learn from one another and create a more peaceful world in the process. Non-members are welcome — this conference is not to be missed! Download the flyer. Visit the website. The icon of Sts Peter and Paul, above, is a scriptural example of dialog!

You can receive three credits for attending this conference.
Simply attend, complete the Event Worksheet, and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

More Podcasts for Credit

In this week's episode of Theologically Thinking, Fr. William Chiganos speaks about The Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Her Bodily and Spiritual Ascension. Listen now.

This week on Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Dr. Philip Mamalakis of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, continues his series and asks the question "'Orthodox Psychology' or 'Orthodox and Psychology'?" Listen now.

You can receive one credit each for listening to these podcasts. Simply listen, complete the Podcast Worksheet, and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit. May your listening be blessed!

Prayer of the Week on Luke 11:27-28


On the Dormition of the Theotokos

Once again, you can earn one credit by reading the prayer of the week and answering a question. Submit your answer to both Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive the credit!

Prayer:
Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord, today we honor and praised the falling asleep of your mother and our spiritual mother. May she be an example to us of humility and evangelistic zeal. Her body became a living temple from which You shined and brought salvation to all. As she continually prays for us may we learn to be humble and pray for the salvation of all. We pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Text: Luke 11:27-28
And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”
But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Bible Question:
Why do you think this verse was selected by the Orthodox Church to celebrate Mary's passing?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Enrollment is Now Open; Summer Reading Update


Starting today, you can enroll (or re-enroll) for the new year of the School of the 70. The year runs from September 1, 2010 to June 1, 2011. Join us for nine months of learning about the Orthodox faith through reading, podcasts, biblical study, and much more!

Enrollment is FREE and open to all adults, including mature young adults who can handle the material. Your studies will earn you credits eligible for prizes at the end of the year.

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Summer Reading Program Update

The Summer Reading Program is coming to an end! All book reports are by August 31, 5 pm Central time. Remember, you'll receive 10 credits for reading three books (or two credits for each book if you don't read three). If you haven't read a book, it's not too late; check the summer reading list and start one today.

Download the summer reading list »
Download the book report form »

One of the books I read this summer was "The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life" by Jim Forest. This was a game-changing book for me. Jim encourages us to see all of life as a journey to the Kingdom and to see every day as an opportunity to serve others and to grow into Christlikeness. In the book, he discusses our actions along the way (prayer, fasting, almsgiving), spiritual "places" like cathedrals and geographical locales, and different sorts of journeys when one doesn't travel (like his own pilgrimage of illness--I highly recommend this chapter for all those who deal with chronic illness). The book contains many photos that go along with the text. I found this an easy and enchanting read; it was hard to put down!

Thanks to Jim Forest for the Emmaus icon photo at the top of this post!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Prayer of the Week: Revelation 8:4


Once again, you can earn one credit by reading the prayer of the week and answering a question. Submit your answer to both Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive the credit!


Prayer:

O righteous Father Jacob, Adornment of Atka and the Yukon Delta, You offered yourself as a living sacrifice To bring light to a searching people. Offspring of Russian America, Flower of brotherly unity, Healer of sickness and terror of demons: O Holy Father Jacob, Pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. Amen.


Read about the life of St Jacob »


Bible text: Revelation 8:4

And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.


Bible question:

What is the role of incense in heavenly worship?



Many thanks to Father Andrew Harrison of St Luke Orthodox Church in Palos Hills, Illinois, for providing this Bible study!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Prayer of the Week on 1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Once again, you can earn one credit by reading the prayer of the week and answering a question. Submit your answer to both Father Andrew at oandrey(at)stlukeorthodox(d0t)com and myself at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive the credit!

Prayer: Let us pray to the Lord. Lord have Mercy.
O Lord, You are calling us to do works that build up the church within us. Help us to discern works that are gold and silver rather than hay and straw. May the works we do be refined by the trials of life and not be burned up. We pray our faith will become stronger so we can receive salvation and a reward as good and faithful servants. We pray in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bible Text: 1 Cor. 3:12-13
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Question
When St. Paul says "this foundation" what is he referring to?

Many thanks to Father Andrew Harrison of St Luke Orthodox Church in Palos Hills, Illinois, for providing this Bible study!

Fall Classes at the Classical Learning Resource Center

Just in from the CLRC:

Anne Van Fossen, one of the founders of the CLRC and current instructor of Greek and Latin, was interviewed this week by the Orthodox Christian Network on their radio program “Come Receive the Light." To listen to the interview visit http://www.myocn.net/ and scroll down to “Classical Learning." Also listen in to a conversation between Anne Van Fossen and Matthew Gallatin, a co-founder of the Classical Learning Resource Center and author of the popular book Searching for God in a Land of Shallow Wells. Matthew currently offers “God and the Philosophers” and “Critical Thinking” through the CLRC. Their conversation, about Christian education and the CLRC, can be found at http://ancientfaith.com/. Click on “The Classical Learning Resource Center” under “Recent Podcast Episodes."

The Classical Learning Resource Center offers real-time online classes for middle school and high school students and adults throughout the United States and Canada and overseas. We are eagerly anticipating the beginning of classes the week of August 30th.

CLRC offers the following classes for Academic Year 2010-2011:

Latin: Latin I, Latin II, Intermediate Latin Reading Group

Greek (Classical): Greek I, Greek II

Literature: Homer and Greek Mythology

Philosophy: God and the Philosophers

Logic and Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking I

For those who are considering enrollment in the fall semester, we ask that you fill out the online enrollment form by August 15. Visit the CLRC online.