Friday, January 28, 2011

Podcast on the Lord's Prayer

It’s a prayer we learn from early childhood and recite often, but how much do we know about it or reflect on its meaning? On Orthodox Christian Network's Come Receive the Light, Fr. John McGuckin looks at the Lord’s prayer in its original language, Aramaic, and offers new insight into the prayer Christ wrote. Plus, we’ll hear from an Orthodox priest who grew up in the Pentecostal world about his calling to Orthodoxy and the priesthood. Listen now.

You can receive one credit for listening to this podcast. After listening, fill out the Podcast Worksheet (available under the Lessons/Homework tab) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Read Along: Universal Truth

Our next Read Along will be in the book, Universal Truth: The Catholic Epistles of  James, Peter, Jude, and John by Orthodox writer Father Lawrence Farley.

This session will begin February 9 and the lessons will be posted online on the Read Along tab.

About the Book
The catholic, or general, epistles of the "other apostles"-James, Peter, Jude and John-are sometimes overshadowed by the stirring theology of the great Apostle to the Gentiles, St. Paul. But these seven epistles are quiet gems of instruction, encouragement and exhortation for all believers. Written at various times and locations and to differing audiences, the general epistles nevertheless share some common themes: endurance under persecution, living out the Faith in a hostile society, discerning heresy by its fruits-namely, immorality and lack of love-and resisting it, holding fast to the apostolic faith. As Fr. Lawrence Farley deftly shows in this commentary, all these are timely themes from which believers today can richly profit.Working from a literal translation of the original Greek, this commentary examines the text section by section, explaining its meaning in everyday language. Written from an Eastern Orthodox and patristic perspective, it maintains a balance between the devotional and the exegetical, feeding both the heart and the mind.


About the Author 

Archpriest Lawrence Farley currently pastors St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Mission in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Toronto and his M.Div. from Wycliffe College, Toronto. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Orthodoxy in 1985 and studied for two years at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. 

You can purchase the book online at Conciliar Press or Amazon. As always, you can receive one credit for each chapter read if you turn in the lesson accompanying it. E-mail lessons to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

The Biologos Foundation

For those of you interested in the "debate" between science and religion, I commend to you The Biologos Foundation:

The foundation is a forum for the discussion of science and faith, and its founder is Dr Francis Collins, the co-discoverer of DNA and the author of the book, "The Language of God."

Here you will find the voices of many Christians who are exploring the questions of faith and science. It might be interesting for us to read these different perspectives.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Final Chapter of Formation & Struggles: On Gnosticism

We are at the last chapter of our Read Along book, Formation & Struggles. Chapter 11 is especially interesting as it deals with gnosticism (still so prevalent today!) and the first great church "theologian," Irenaeus, who didn't rely on philosophy at all in his defence of Christianity; instead, he was a total "faith" guy. I think you will find the discussion in this chapter fascinating!

You can download the lesson for this chapter from the Lessons/Homework tab or from the Read Along tab. And as always, you can submit your homework for credit by e-mailing it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Updated Lesson 7 for Formation and Struggles

Lesson 7 for Formation and Struggles has been updated. You can download it now from the Lessons/Homework tab or from the Read Along tab.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Formation and Struggles: Chapter 10, Early Christian Apologists

Ancient Ephesus, where Justin Martyr taught about Christianity.
Our Read Along now has its own webpage, accessible from the Read Along tab at the top of this page. Here you will find a list of all the lessons and posts pertaining to this study. Check back on this page if you need to catch up or to get the latest pdf lesson.

This week we will study Chapter 10 of our Read Along book, Formation and Struggles. Chapter 10 deals with the early Christian apologists such as Justin Martyr and others.

The pdf lesson for this chapter can now be found under the Read Along page tab at the top of this site or on the Lessons and Homework page.

A previous post, Ancient Christian Texts, offers online reading of some of the ancient texts mentioned in Formation and Struggles, and can help you as you study and understand this material.

To receive credit for Chapter 10, read the chapter, complete the pdf lesson, and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

May your reading be blessed!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"How Christmas Works" and "Mission" podcasts for credit

Christmas is over--or is it? On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, Fr. Christopher shares a message entitled "How Christmas works." Listen now.

And how about a New Year's Resolution? On Theologically Thinking, Fr. Athanasios C. Haros, Pastor of Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina challenges us with his message entitled "Everyone Has a Mission in Life; What’s Yours?" Listen now.

You can receive a credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen to the podcast, fill out the podcast worksheet (under the Lessons/Homework tab) and send it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Be blessed!

Happy Feast of the Seventy!

Today we celebrate the Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles. The Synaxis of the Seventy Apostles was established by the Orthodox Church to indicate the equal honor of each of the Seventy. They were sent two by two by the Lord Jesus Christ to go before Him into the cities He would visit (Luke 10:1). The Church in particular venerates and praises the Seventy Apostles because they taught us to honor the Trinity One in Essence and Undivided.

Besides the celebration of the Synaxis of the Holy Disciples, the Church celebrates the memory of each of them during the course of the year:
St James the Brother of the Lord (October 23); Mark the Evangelist (April 25); Luke the Evangelist (October 18); Cleopas (October 30), brother of St Joseph the Betrothed, and Simeon his son (April 27); Barnabas (June 11); Joses, or Joseph, named Barsabas or Justus (October 30); Thaddeus (August 21); Ananias (October 1); Protomartyr Stephen the Archdeacon (December 27); Philip the Deacon (October 11); Prochorus the Deacon (28 July); Nicanor the Deacon (July 28 and December 28); Timon the Deacon (July 28 and December 30); Parmenas the Deacon (July 28); Timothy (January 22); Titus (August 25); Philemon (November 22 and February 19); Onesimus (February 15); Epaphras and Archippus (November 22 and February 19); Silas, Silvanus, Crescens or Criscus (July 30); Crispus and Epaenetos (July 30); Andronicus (May 17 and July 30); Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Narcissus, Apelles (October 31); Aristobulus (October 31 and March 16); Herodion or Rodion (April 8 and November 10); Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon (April 8); Hermas (November 5, November 30 and May 31); Patrobas (November 5); Hermes (April 8); Linus, Gaius, Philologus (November 5); Lucius (September 10); Jason (April 28); Sosipater (April 28 and November 10); Olympas or Olympanus (November 10 ); Tertius (October 30 and November 10); Erastos (November 30), Quartus (November 10); Euodius (September 7); Onesiphorus (September 7 and December 8); Clement (November 25); Sosthenes (December 8); Apollos (March 30 and December 8); Tychicus, Epaphroditus (December 8); Carpus (May 26); Quadratus (September 21); Mark (September 27), called John, Zeno (September 27); Aristarchus (April 15 and September 27); Pudens and Trophimus (April 15); Mark nephew of Barnabas, Artemas (October 30); Aquila (July 14); Fortunatus (June 15) and Achaicus (January 4).
With the Descent of the Holy Spirit the Seventy Apostles preached in various lands. Some accompanied the Twelve Apostles, like the holy Evangelists Mark and Luke, or St Paul’s companion Timothy, or Prochorus,the disciple of the holy Evangelist John the Theologian, and others. Many of them were thrown into prison for Christ, and many received the crown of martyrdom.

There are two more Apostles of the Seventy: St Cephas, to whom the Lord appeared after the Resurrection (1 Cor. 15:5-6), and Simeon, called Niger (Acts 13:1). They also were glorified by apostolic preaching.

Troparion of the Seventy Apostles Tone 3
With the use of divine faith you caught the nations,/ O Seventy Apostles of the Lord;/ and you lead them into the knowledge of God/ as those who had received the grace of the Spirit./ O inspired initiates,/ intercede with Christ our God/ that He grant us His great mercy.

Kontakion of the Seventy Apostles Tone 2
Let us praise the choirs of Christ’s Seventy Disciples, O faithful,/ and celebrate their festival./ They have taught us to worship the Undivided Trinity;/ for they are divine lamps of the Faith.