Saturday, February 19, 2011

Upcoming Orthodox Events

St Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev.
 Once a quarter or so, I receive a list of upcoming Orthodox events throughout the U.S. I will begin making these available by providing the list in PDF format. If you would like to receive credit for attending one of these events, please e-mail me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to discuss.

Download Upcoming Orthodox Events (through July 31, 2011) now.

Hear Kallistos Ware Speak

Met. KALLISTOS
Metropolitan KALLISTOS Ware will be speaking at North Park Theological Seminary on February 22 and 23 at 7 pm. North Park is located in Chicago, IL and the talks will take place in Anderson Chapel, 5159 N Spaulding Ave.

On Feb. 22, the Metropolitan will speak on "Word and Silence in the Philokalia" and on the next night, "Evangelicals and Orthodox Christians." Learn more about these events here.

Kallistos Ware (born Timothy Ware on 11 September 1934) is an English bishop within the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate and one of the best known contemporary Eastern Orthodox academic authors. From 1982 to his retirement in 2001 he held the position of Bishop of Diokleia. In 2007 he was made a metropolitan bishop. From 1966 to 2001, Ware was Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford. He has authored numerous books and articles pertaining to the Orthodox Christian faith. Some of his most famous titles include The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.

Don't miss this sterling opportunity to hear a contemporary Christian Father! You can also receive 3 credits for each of the Metropolitan's lectures that you attend. Simply fill out an Event worksheet for each lecture and e-mail them to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You can also receive credit for reading any of his books. E-mail me to discuss.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Conciliar Press' Scripture Resources


Conciliar Press is an Orthodox publisher. Recently, I received an e-mail that described their publishing efforts and I thought I would share it here, not as an endorsement (although I do recommend their books) but as a resource for you when you are searching for Orthodox books. Enjoy!

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Bible Study Resources from Conciliar

“Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And while you read, you are praying and talking to Him.“—St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
The study of Scripture is central to the life of every Christian. Therefore, part of our mission at Conciliar Media Ministries is to promote the study and understanding of Holy Scripture among Orthodox Christians and others who seek to understand the Word of God according to the mind of the Church.
To this end, we are the primary distributors of The Orthodox Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson. This Bible contains the only contemporary translation by Orthodox scholars of the Old Testament Septuagint text, the Greek text that has been used by the Orthodox Church from the beginning. It also includes extensive study notes incorporating a patristic perspective along with application of the Scriptures to the lives of contemporary Christians. A variety of helpful articles, charts, and indexes round out the volume.
The Orthodox Study Bible is currently available in four versions: hardcover, black bonded leather, red genuine leather, and the original hardcover New Testament and Psalms. Both the red genuine leather and the hardcover New Testament and Psalms are available in limited quantities and will not be reprinted once they have sold out. Don't miss the last opportunity to own these fine editions. You can order them online here.
In addition to the Bible itself, CMM offers three series of books on the Scriptures, two for adults and one for children: Fr. Lawrence Farley's Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series, including our newest book on the Gospel of Luke, discussed below; Fr. Patrick Reardon's Orthodox Christian Reflections Series; and the Old Testament Stories for Children Series by Mother Melania and Bonnie Gillis. Apart from these series stand Fr. Patrick Reardon's perennially popular volumes, Christ in the Psalms and Christ in His Saints.
Ancient Faith Radio offers a number of podcasts that focus on Bible study as well: Coffee Cup Commentaries, by Fr. Lawrence Farley; Search the Scriptures, by Pres. Jeannie Constantinou; The Names of Jesus, by Fr. Thomas Hopko; Teach Me Thy Statutes, by Fr. James Early; Let My Prayer Arise, by Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth; Let Us Attend (Sunday Scripture readings); and The Path (daily Scripture readings).
It is our hope that you will find these resources helpful as you pursue greater knowledge of God through His Word.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What is Western Rite Orthodoxy?

Interior of St Andrew AOC, Oklahoma City, OK, a Western Rite Church.

Find out by listening to a podcast about it on OCN's Special Moments in Orthodoxy.

What is Western Rite Orthodoxy and where did it come from? To learn more please join Fr. Chris and Emmy for this episode of Special Moments in Orthodoxy as they welcome Archpriest Fr. Paul Schneirla, Vicar-General of the Western Rite in the Antiochian Archdiocese and Fr. Michael Keiser, author of "The Children of the Promise: Introduction to Western Rite Orthodoxy" to the program, as they will discuss the differences and similarities between Western Rite Orthodoxy and Eastern Orthodoxy.

Listen now.

You can receive one credit for listening to this podcast and filling out the podcast worksheet (under the Lessons/Homework tab). E-mail your worksheet to else10(at)gmail(dot)com!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Read-Along: Universal Truth, Chapters 4 and 5

The Prophet Haggai
Lesson 2 of Universal Truth is now available! Lesson 2 covers Chapters 4 and 5 in the book. Our teacher Lee has provided a great lesson with commentary to understand the context of the Epistle of St James.

Download the lesson now.

Remember, you can receive 1 credit for each chapter in our Read-Along by completing the lesson and e-mailing it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Read-Along: Lesson 1 of "Universal Truth"

James, the Lord's brother

Our new Read-Along begins this week in the book, Universal Truth: The Catholic Epistles of James, Peter, Jude and John, by Orthodox author Father Lawrence Farley.  Lesson 1 covers chapters 1 through 3.

Fr Farley's book study/commentaries are easy to read and understand. He takes you through each chapter and verse, explaining the meaning from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, and illuminating the history and cultural aspects of the Scriptures. I personally have read several of his other commentaries and enjoyed them very much.

If you have a hard time reading and/or interpreting the Bible, or simply want to learn more about the Scriptures, this Read-Along is for you!

To participate, purchase a copy of the book (Amazon or Conciliar Press), read the chapters, and complete the lesson. You can receive 1 credit for each lesson completed and returned to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Download Lesson 1 now or view it from the Read-Along tab on this site.