Thursday, October 28, 2010

Lesson 2 of "Formation of the Early Church" Now Available

 You can now download a PDF of Lesson 2 for the book, "Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church, AD 33-200." Lesson 2 covers Chapter 4 and 5. For more information about this book and study, read this post.

Simply purchase the book (available from SVSPress or Amazon), download and complete the lessons (also available from the Lessons/Homework tab of this website), and then e-mail your work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You will receive 1 credit for each CHAPTER completed (some homeworks will cover more than one chapter).

(The icon at left shows Peter and Paul holding the Church between them. Very appropriate for this book!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Read Along With Us! Book Study: Formation and Struggles - The Birth of the Church

In the St Luke Church adult education class, we are studying the book, "Formation and Struggles: The Birth of the Church, AD 33-200," under the leadership of teacher Lee Kopulos. Even if you don't attend St Luke, or cannot come to the weekly Wednesday night class, you can study along with us. We covered Chapter 2 this week.

Simply purchase the book (available from SVSPress or Amazon), download and complete the lessons (from the Lessons and Homework tab of this website), and then e-mail your work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You will receive 1 credit for each CHAPTER completed (some homeworks will cover more than one chapter).

Questions? E-mail Else at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Ancient church history is AMAZING! Don't miss this valuable book and study.

Homily on St Luke and more


The LOGISMOI blog has a wonderful homily on St Luke here. Writer Aaron Taylor wrote this especially for St Luke's feast day. The homily is a combination of facts and history about Luke, as well as commentary on two passages: 2 Timothy 4:5-14 and St Luke 10:1-7.

Taylor especially explains and expounds on the passage from St Luke 10, which just also happens to be the sending out of the Seventy! Tradition holds that St Luke was one of these. And of course the Seventy are relevant because of our School.

Don't miss this thoughtful and educational homily. You can receive 1 credit for reading it and answering the following questions below. Send your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Homily Study Questions
  1. Explain why Luke is called "a Renaissance man."
  2. Read St Luke 10:1-7. What parts of the "sending out" would be difficult for you? How can we apply Jesus' commands for going out and witnessing (as stated in the passage) in today's modern world?
  3. Why would Luke be considered "Paul's best friend"?
More Credit Activities
  • Read the Gospel of Luke. Fill out the Scripture worksheet found under the "Lessons and Homework" tab and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for 1 credit.
  • Read the Book of Acts. Fill out the Scripture worksheet found under the "Lessons and Homework" tab and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for 1 credit.
  • Read a novelization of St Luke's life and write a book review of it in your own words. One recommended novel is Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell. Submit your review to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for 2 credits.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Website Updates!

It's always good to do a little housecleaning, even on websites. Our website is now organized into pages so it's easier for you to find things without scrolling too much.

The tabs under the title of this site will take you to individual pages that list all the content we used to have in the right and left columns. By clicking on each tab, here's what you'll find:
  • "Home" will always take you to the front page of this website.
  • "Book Lists" will take you to a page where you can find books you can read for credits.
  • "Credit Activities" will take you to a page where you can find other things you can do for school credits. The podcasts are listed on this page, for example.
  • "Online Books/eBooks" will take you to a page where you can find Orthodox books to read online or download to your own computer. You'll also find a list of eBooks for the Amazon Kindle.
  • "By Students" will take you to a page where we highlight student essays and book reviews that have been especially meaningful.
  • "Bookstores" takes you to a list of online stores where you can purchase Orthodox books.
  • "Links" take you to a page listing other Orthodox weblinks of relevancy to the School, as well as a growing list of contemporary Orthodox authors.
We hope this organization will be helpful. However, if you don't find what you need, please send an e-mail to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com and the School Director will assist you.