Friday, December 21, 2012

Hymns on the Nativity of Christ

small Nativity icon


Dear Students and Friends,

Oh, this is lovely. Thanks to Mystagogy for this list: Nineteen Hymns on the Nativity of Christ by St Ephraim the Syrian.

Direct link to hymns here.

How about reading one per day to get ready for our Lord's Holy Birth?

YES!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Podcast: The Conception of the Theotokos/Christmas and Loss

Joachim and Anna with the Theotokos

Dear Students and Friends,

The Nativity season is a perfect time to reflect on the Theotokos, she who was able to say "yes" to God and to be a perfect example for us of obedience and holiness.

On Come Receive the Light, Fr. Anastasios Kousoulas of St. Anna’s Greek Orthodox Church in Flemington, NJ, discusses the Conception of the Theotokos, a feastday that is celebrated every year on December 9th. Plus, His Grace Bishop John of Worcester talks with Fr. Chris about the challenges of celebrating the Nativity when you've experienced a loss - whether it’s a death, divorce, or other major life change.

Listen now.

You can earn 1 credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet (available on the Lessons tab, above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: The Paradise of the Holy Fathers


Dear Students and Friends,

This week's book is a Kindle e-book called The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Volume 1 translated by Wallis Budge.

It contains The Life of St. Anthony by St. Athanasius the Great, The Paradise by Palladius, The Rule of St. Pachomius, and The History of the Monks by St. Jerome. The Paradise of the Fathers is the classic compilation of the lives and teachings of the early monastic saints. It has been said that for a monastic to achieve perfection there are only two books needed: the Bible and the Paradise of the Fathers.

Dr. Ernest A. Wallis Budge, Curator of Assyrian and Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum has for decades been recognized as one of the great translators of ancient manuscripts into the English language. These volumes are translated from a Syriac manuscript he discovered in 1888. He first published his translation in 1904 in a private printing. Later in 1907 he printed a revised and updated version in a public edition which has yet to be rivaled to date. This is a new English special edition.

This book sounds inspiring--as Christians we can learn so much from those who have gone down the Path of Holiness in front of us.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, complete the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

You can get the book for your Kindle here on Amazon.  Don't have a Kindle? Get one here.

The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, Wallis Budge (translator), ASIN B00AMKMPTC, St Shenouda Monastery, 2012.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Read-Along Lessons Updated!

Dear Students and Friends,

Lessons 6, 7 and 8, along with a new definitions document, are now available on the Read-Along tab at the top of this blog.

Remember, you can earn 1 credit for each lesson you complete as you read along with us in the book "Words of Fire."

If you have any questions, please email else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy St Nicholas Day!


Happy and Blessed St Nicholas Day!


For your consideration:

Troparion - Tone 4

In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,
an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;
your humility exalted you;
your poverty enriched you.
Hierarch Father Nicholas,
entreat Christ our God
that our souls may be saved.

Kontakion - Tone 3

You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest,
For you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ
By giving up your soul for your people,
And saving the innocent from death.
Therefore you are blessed as one become wise in the grace of God.

You can earn one credit for reading both links above and answering the following questions:

  1. Who is St Nicholas to you? If he is a new saint to you, how do you think knowing about St Nick will affect your Nativity celebration?
  2. What made St Nicholas holy?

Email your answers to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Everyday Saints & Other Stories

Dear Students and Friends,

Here's a book that we'll all be able to relate to: Everyday Saints and Other Stories.

About the Book

In Communist Russia in 1984, five youths from non-religious backgrounds joined a monastery. This is the story of what they experienced and some of the "everyday saints" they met. The author says, "In this book I want to tell you about this beautiful new world of mine, where we live by laws completely different from those in 'normal' worldly life—a world of light and love, full of wondrous discoveries, hope, happiness, trials and triumphs, where even our defeats acquire profound significance: a world in which, above all, we can always sense powerful manifestations of divine strength and comfort."

Originally published in Russian, Everyday Saints has been translated into ten languages and has sold millions of copies since its publication in late 2011.  In September 2012, Everyday Saints received the Russian “Book of the Year Award”, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Russia.  You can now experience in English the grace-fllled world that has charmed and blessed so many—believers and atheists alike.

Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) is a priest-monk of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate. He is the Abbot of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, the Executive Secretary of the Patriarchal Cultural Council of the Moscow Patriarchate and a member of the Presidential Council on Culture and the Arts for the Russian Federation.

This would be a great personal read and a special Nativity gift for someone, too!

You can earn two credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Everyday Saints and Other Stories by Archimmandrite Tikhon, ISBN 9780984284832, 490 pages, Conciliar Press: 2012.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tonight! Live Broadcast from Ancient Faith Radio!

Tonight!
Orthodoxy LIVE with Fr Evan Armatas
8 Eastern/5 Pacific
Ask your question via phone or e-mail

Go there NOW.

Orthodoxy Live with Fr Evan Armatas offers listeners an opportunity to ask pointed questions about the Orthodox Church. Perfect for seekers, converts and cradle Orthodox alike, this program is your chance to ask the tough questions about the Orthodox faith. Fr Evan is a great communicator and well-versed in all aspects of Orthodox theology. The program streams live, with listener call-ins from around the world.

Go to the broadcast NOW.

Advent Resources and Activities


Dear Students and Friends,

We are now fifteen days into Advent and the preparation for the Nativity. What are you doing to prepare? Here are some resources for you.


You can receive credit for these activities. Please contact else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for more information on this. Happy Advent to all!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Fear and Fear

St Dorotheos of Gaza
Dear Students and Friends,

Did you know there are many kinds of fear? Here are two podcasts that discuss two "fears": fear of the future and fear of God. Have a listen and receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet, and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit!

Podcast on Special Moments in Orthodoxy: NO MORE TWINKIES! That was this week’s top selling “bad news” among business closings and economic downsizing. The coming “Fiscal Cliff” seems to be all-consuming these days and most Americans watch the daily news with fear and anxiety for an unknown economic future. But as Christians we do not need to fear the economic future, cliff or no cliff. So long as we keep our hearts focused upon Jesus Christ, we will safely pass through any trial and enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Listen now.

Join Fr. David Smith this week on Harmony of Thunder. In the Divine Liturgy, when the priest summons the people to Holy Communion, he sings, “With fear of God, and faith, and love, draw ye near.” Does it seem odd to you that the first thing mentioned is fear?  In his sermon “On the Fear of God,” St. Dorotheos of Gaza explores the need of all Christians to fear God. This great desert saint wanted to impart to the monks under his care the supreme importance of understanding what it meant to fear God as a part of the spiritual life. This week's Harmony of Thunder listens in as he preaches his "On the Fear of God" sermon.  Don't miss it!" Listen now.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Feminism and Tradition

Dear Students and Friends,

Here is a book that is likely to stir some discussion and I think it's really worth reading. I am in the midst of reading it, and offer this review, below:

"In this work, Orthodox priest Lawrence Farley presents an Orthodox Christian response to feminism. Beginning with a chapter on why persons with feminist outlook have trouble with Christianity (they have a wrong view of scripture; they often have unteachable attitudes), he then looks at Biblical passages that are often difficult for women to swallow, beginning with the Genesis creation stories and explaining what they mean. Fr Farley explains why "subordination" is so misunderstood and how it doesn't mean that women are not equal to men or "second class citizens." A later chapter on the early Church Fathers shows how tradition has interpreted these Scriptures and how the Fathers were not "woman haters" as many believe. Finally, Fr Farley tackles the difficult topic of why the Orthodox church doesn't ordain women--pointing out that even Jesus Himself did not assign a woman to be one of the Twelve.

"The author's prose is fair, gentle, nonjudgmental and sincere in his love and concern for men, women and relationships. This book helped me understand the issues (I often don’t know how to respond to feminist friends) and especially why there is so much brokenness in male-female relationships. Fr Farley made me realize that things are not right between men and women because we have lost sight of the roles and desires God has for us, and we are unwilling to accept them and be obedient to God. I recommend this book to persons who are curious or struggle with questions and who can read with an open (read=not angry) mindset."

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for books, and email your work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive your credits.

Buy the book at Amazon or SVSPress.

Feminism and Tradition: Quiet Reflections on Ordination and Communion by Father Lawrence Farley, ISBN 978-0881413823, 188 pages, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press: 2012.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Unexpected Joy



Dear Students and Friends,

For this week's offering, I found a new Orthodox novel for you. I don't usually feature novels, but this one sounded intriguing and is so often the case, we can often find great truth in a story.

The name of the novel is Unexpected Joy by Cheryl Tuggle.

"A journey often begins without foreknowledge and leads to places unimagined.  It is the fall of 1999, and poised at the edge of the new millenium stands and introverted girl, one who might have found an earlier century a better fit.  College junior Annie Healey is bright, opinionated and decidedly old-fashioned in all ways but one: religion.  An avowed atheist, Annie thinks religious faith is obsolete.

"As part of an assignment for her Comparative Religion class, Annie attends services at a local Orthodox Church. There she meets Anna, an elderly Russian woman, and is mysteriously compelled to seek her company.  From their very first encounter Annie suspects that there is something extraordinary about Anna and is determined to discover what it is.  Led backward into the history of Anna’s life, and pushed forward by pressing conflicts in her own, Annie is propelled along the path of discovery and transformation, in part by a revealing icon of the Mother of God.  In the process of finding out the moving truth about the old woman, Annie surprisingly discovers the truth about herself."

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com to receive your credits.

Purchase the book at Anaphora Press or Amazon.

Unexpected Joy by Cheryl Tuggle, ISBN 978-0980124132, 158 pages, Anaphora Press: 2011.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Podcast: Telling the Truth

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." -- Jesus
 Dear Students and Friends,

This seems a timely podcast for election day.

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, we’ll hear a CRTL episode from the OCN vault, in which Aristotle Papanikolaou talks with us about truth-telling and how it influences our understanding of ourselves, sin, and God. Aristotle Papanikolaou is Professor of Theology and the co-founding Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. He has written numerous published articles and is the author of Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion and co-editor of Thinking through Faith: New Perspectives from Orthodox Christian Scholars and Orthodox Readings of Augustine.

You can receive one credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet (available from the Lessons tab) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Listen to the podcast now.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Read-Along Lesson 5

Dear Students and Friends,

Lesson 5 for the Read-Along in "Words of Fire" is now available from the Read-Along tab, above. Teacher Lee has also provided a list of helpful word definitions. This document is also available on the Read-Along tab.

May your learning be blessed!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Book Wednesdays (and a Podcast!): Listening to the Heartbeat of God


Dear Students and Friends,

Our new book this week is "Listening to the Heartbeat of God" by Hiermonk Peter Preble. The book is about having a conversation with God, a divine and holy experience that all Christians are called to enjoy. Fr. Peter Preble weaves together the Orthodox monastic traditions of spirituality and prayer. This book is a guide to prayer for each person who desires to pray from the heart.

The contents includes:
  • CHAPTER 1 Listening to the Heartbeat of God
  • CHAPTER 2 Divine Reading
  • CHAPTER 3 How Do I Practice Sacred Reading?
  • CHAPTER 4 What Scripture Passages Do I Read?
  • CHAPTER 5 Liturgical Prayer
  • CHAPTER 6 The Jesus Prayer: Prayer of the Heart
  • CHAPTER 7 Three Types of Prayer
  • CHAPTER 8 Using a Prayer Rope
  • CHAPTER 9 Results of the Jesus Prayer
  • CHAPTER 10 How to Begin
  • CHAPTER 11 Getting to the Heart
  • CHAPTER 12 Plunging Into God
  • CHAPTER 13 Spiritual Fatherhood
  • CHAPTER 14 A Spiritual Father's Role
  • CHAPTER 15 How Spiritual Fatherhood Works

There is lots of spiritual fodder here! You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books, and e-mail it back for credit to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Buy the book at Regina Orthodox Press.

BONUS: listen to a podcast interview of the author at Ancient Faith Radio for an extra credit! Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet and  e-mail it back for credit to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Listening to the Heartbeat of God by Hiermonk Peter Preble, ISBN 9781928653424, 70 pages, Regina Orthodox Press: 2012.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Our Students: A Reflection on St Luke


Dear Students and Friends,

On occasion we share student work that can be enjoyed by all. In this category is the reflection below, written by our student, Staci. She talks about the Troparion and Kontakion of St Luke. Enjoy!

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The Troparion and Kontakion of St. Luke are each short hymns to the Saint and the
contributions he has made in the service of God. I looked up troparion and kontakion to see if there was any direction to be gleaned from that, but they each are basically “short hymns,” although the Kontakion actually is part of a much longer and more complex hymn, evidently.

Each of them start with the phrase, “Let us praise” which tells us that they were written by other people about St. Luke. So we see in the first phrase of each the impact that St. Luke had because people are affected by him, remember him, and most importantly, are able to see the works of God through him. Additionally, in the first line of each there is a reference to his “godly” or “holy” nature, of course allowing us to see why Luke is to be praised, but also praising the works of God acting within this person.

We further see this manifestation of God’s works in Luke in the Troparion, where he is referred to as “recorder of the joyous Gospel of Christ”, “scribe of the Acts of the Apostles”, and a “physician.” As a recorder and scribe, Luke writes down what others have done (either Christ or the Apostles) and then as a physician he heals physical suffering, but in both cases Luke helps others live better lives. Additionally, we see this in the Kontakion as Luke is described as a “true preacher” and an “orator of ineffable mysteries” and “the star of the church.” Again, all of these aspects of why the Church remembers and praises St. Luke have to do with interactions with other people.

So, St. Luke is remembered for being a person who helps bring others closer to God, helping us to know God’s word through the Gospel he wrote and by spreading both physical and spiritual healing.

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Thank you, Staci, for allowing us to share your writing!

Lesson 4 of Read-Along Now Available!

Dear Students and Friends,

Lesson 4 of "Words of Fire," our current Read-Along, is now available! Download it from the Read-Along tab at the top of this blog.

Hope you are reading along with us! If you have questions about this Read-Along, please e-mail else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Read-Along: Words of Fire Lesson 3

Dear Students and Friends,

Lesson 3 of "Words of Fire," our current Read-Along, is now available! Download it from the Read-Along tab at the top of this blog.

Also, as an added bonus, teacher Lee has created a table showing the major events in St Paul's life and how they relate to the Epistles he wrote and his missionary journeys. You can also download this from the Read-Along tab.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Defeating Sin by Fr Huneycutt


Dear Students and Friends,

This week's book is not new, but it is new to this blog. As well as read the book, you can also listen to a podcast interview with the author, Fr Joseph Huneycutt. The book is called "Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever."

Here's a description of the book:

Defeating Sin will help readers to better understand the disease that troubles the human soul. This book will prove an invaluable aid for those engaged in spiritual warfare, helping them make that U-trun from the passions toward the virtues. Christians of all denominational background will benefit from the ancient wisdom of the Church Fathers and the perpetual call to repentance.

Buy the book on Amazon, on Amazon for the Kindle, or from Regina Orthodox Press.

 And here's the podcast description:

On Special Moments in Orthodoxy, we’ll hear a CRTL episode from the OCN vault - Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Joseph Huneycutt about his book "Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever." The Fathers describe this essential effort as the path to godliness what we call "Theosis" in the Orthodox faith. You won't want to miss this powerful message!

Listen to the podcast now.

Fr. Joseph David Huneycutt, best selling author of ONE FLEW OVER THE ONION DOME – American Orthodox Converts, Retreads and Reverts, has led retreats on the Passions, Virtues, and Confession around the country. He is the Associate Pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston TX.

Defeating Sin: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever by Fr Joseph Huneycutt. ISBN 978-1928653318, 210 pages, Regina Orthodox Press: 2007.

Monday, October 15, 2012

St Luke the Evangelist


Dear Students and Friends:

Thursday this week marks the feast day of St Luke the Evangelist, the patron saint of St Luke Church, the host of this website. To celebrate, here are some credit activities all with St Luke as the subject.
  • Read the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament and fill out the New Testament Worksheet (1 credit)
  • Read the Life of the Saint on OCA.org and read this online bio and fill out the General Worksheet (1 credit)
  • Search online for 4 different icons of St Luke, paste them into a Word document, explain their significance in a few sentences for each, and email them back for 1 credit
  • Write a short reflection (2-3 paragraphs) on the Troparion and Kontakion and email it back for 1 credit
  • Read these wiki bios (here and here) and fill out the General Worksheet (1 credit)
 Please email all your homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. God bless you all this week!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Read-Along Lesson 2

Dear Students and Friends,

Lesson 2 in our new Read-Along, Words of Fire, is now up.

Download the lesson here.

Please join us in reading this book and completing the lessons for credit. You can earn 1 credit for each lesson completed. Simply complete the lesson packet and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

New Book Wednesdays: The Scent of Holiness


Dear Students and Friends,

Here's a brand new book from Conciliar Press that will appeal to women and to Mount Athos "fans"-- The Scent of Holiness: Lessons from a Women's Monastery by Constantina Palmer.

Conciliar describes the book thus:

Every monastery exudes the scent of holiness, but women's monasteries have their own special flavor. Join Constantina Palmer as she makes frequent pilgrimages to a women's monastery in Greece and absorbs the nuns' particular approach to their spiritual life. If you're a woman who's read of Mount Athos and longed to partake of its grace-filled atmosphere, this book is for you. Men who wish to understand how women's spirituality differs from their own will find it a fascinating read as well.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the lessons tab, above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com, and your credits will be awarded.

Order the book from Conciliar Press.

The Scent of Holiness by Constantina Parker. ISBN 978-1-936270-42-2, 288 pages, Conciliar Press: 2012.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Podcast: Faith in the Public Sphere


Dear Students and Friends,

With debates and elections much on our minds, this timely podcast on the Orthodox Christian Network might be of interest: Faith in the Public Sphere.

About this podcast: Representative Bill Hinkle from Washington State is back on the program to talk with us about faith in the public sphere, the conflicting messages we receive about the meaning of life, and how he connects his understanding of the purpose of life with his daily routine.

Listen now.

You can earn 1 credit for listening to this podcast. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Your credit will then be awarded.

God bless you all this weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Seven Days on the Roads of France by Vladimir Lossky


Dear Students and Friends,

Often, we can be encouraged in our Christian walk by contemporary saints who have struggled with the issues of the modern world. Here is an interesting biographical book by Vladimir Lossky:

Seven Days on the Roads of France follows Vladimir Lossky's attempt to enlist in the French army after the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. It records his reflections on suffering; the true nature of Christian or Western civilization; the rightness or otherwise of war; the problematic relationship between Church and State; what we mean by a "nation"; and secularization. Such issues are mulled over, not as arid abstractions, by someone who, as he walks across an increasingly war-torn landscape, quite literally has his feet on the ground. A revelation to those who know only Lossky's more scholarly works - here one discovers his rounded personality, his warm humanity, and his love not only of Christian France but of the West in general.

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book and completing the homework. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

You can purchase the book here.

Seven Days on the Roads of France by Vladimir Lossky. ISBN 978-0-88141-418-9. 114 pages. St Vladimir Press: 2012.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Read-Along: Words of Fire Lesson 1

Dear Students and Friends,

Lesson 1 in our new Read-Along, Words of Fire, is now up.

Download the lesson here.

Please join us in reading this book and completing the lessons for credit. You can earn 1 credit for each lesson completed. Simply complete the lesson packet and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Podcast: Lay Piety in the Early Church


Dear Students and Friends,

Here is another podcast on the subject of theosis.

On Come Receive the Light, Nicholas Marinides, a PhD student in theology at Princeton University, shares some thoughts from the early church on lay piety and theosis. Then, we hear from Fr. Sitaras is the Director of St Basil’s Academy, which is a home for children of chronically ill or destitute parents and children from broken homes.  He shares some amazing stories of young lives changed through the efforts of this ministry.

Listen now.

You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast and doing the homework. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast Worksheet (available from the Lessons tab, above) and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Journey to the Kingdom


Dear Students and Friends,

Do you want to know more about our Liturgy and how it relates to heaven? Our new book this week is "Journey to the Kingdom" by Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou and published by Paraclete Press.

Here's what Paraclete has to say about this September offering:

The Orthodox Liturgy is not just an act of worship, but a potentially life-changing journey. Fr Papavassiliou takes you through this journey with clarity and passion, exploring the Liturgy as a reflection of heavenly worship, and an invitation to enter the Kingdom of God. The hymns, prayers, creed and actions of the Liturgy are explained, covering subjects such as Communion, Trinity, baptism, sainthood, Resurrection, and much more. The book includes a map to guide you on your journey and 20 illustrations.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Read the book, complete the General Worksheet for Books (from the Lessons tab, above) and email your work to else10(at)gmail.com. Your credit will then be awarded.

You can buy the book on Paraclete here or on Amazon here.

Journey to the Kingdom by Fr Vassilios Papavassiliou, ISBN 978-1612611648, 164 pages, Paraclete Press: 2012.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Read-Along Begins: "Words of Fire"


Dear Students and Friends,

Our Read-Along resumes Wednesday, September 26, with the book, "Words of Fire: The Early Epistles of St Paul to the Thessalonians and Galatians" by Fr Lawrence Farley.

Publisher Conciliar Press describes the book:

The early epistles of St. Paul come down to us from antiquity like a flame kindled from within his great apostolic heart--a flame of indignation that the people he loved were being led astray from the path of Christ. These are not words of disinterested philosophy nor of cold catechetical teaching. They are words of fire, and they come from one who was himself on fire with the love of God and His people. These early epistles have burned their way down through the centuries, and are given to us now as God's gift through His apostle to burn in our hearts as well. 

About the Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series This commentary series was written for the average layperson. Working from a literal translation of the original Greek, the commentary examines the text section by section, explaining its meaning in everyday language. Written from an 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 (OCA) in Langley, B.C., 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. He has also published A Daily Calendar of Saints.

We call this a "read-along" because we are following the adult Bible study class at St Luke Church, the sponsor of this school. Each week, we'll post the study guide for each chapter as prepared by the class teacher, Lee K. Get the book and read along with us, completing the lesson and submitting it for credit. You can earn 1 credit for each lesson packet completed!

View and download each lesson by clicking on the Read-Along tab at the top of this website. One lesson will be posted each week and also announced on this website.

You can purchase the book from Conciliar Press here or from Amazon here.

Questions about the Read-Along? Please email me at else10(at)gmail(dot)com. May your reading be blessed!



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bible Story Infographic

Dear Students and Friends,

I found this infographic on Facebook this morning and thought it would be apt to post it as so many of our activities are about the Bible. I think its message is crystal-clear and a wonderful focus to remember!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Podcasts on the Bible

The Book of Kells, an illuminated version of the Gospels

Dear Students and Friends,

Here are some excellent short podcasts on the Bible.

On OCN's "Get Wisdom" podcast, Jason Barker discusses why you should study the Bible.

Listen now.

 On "On Special Moments in Orthodoxy," we’ll hear  Fr. Thomas Hopko discuss Scripture: The Sword of the Spirit. Father Hopko is a dynamic and convicting speaker!

Listen now.

You can receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the Podcast worksheet (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website) and send it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Need on-the-go sources for the Scriptures? Check out BibleGateway.com. There you can read the Bible in hundreds of different languages and versions.

And every day, you can read the Orthodox Study Bible version of the church's Scriptures for the Day  here.

May your listening be blessed!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Icons Speak


Dear Students and Friends,

Our new book this week is Icons Speak: Their Message--Introducing the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church published this past April by Conciliar Press and written by Anthony Coniaris.

This sounds like an intriguing and helpful book, both for our own spiritual enjoyment and for learning more about the icons we see seasonally throughout the year. Conciliar Press describes the book thus:

Here is a fascinating study of the Twelve Great Feast Days of Orthodox Christianity through the written and visual Gospels (the Bible and the Icon), emphasizing their meaning for us today. This book is a treasure trove of inspiration that flows to us from the Twelve Great Events in the life of our Lord. Includes 24 icons in full-color. 

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read the book, fill out the General Worksheet for Books (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website) and return it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

If you love icons, this could be a great book for you.

Purchase the book on the Conciliar Press website here.

You can also purchase a Kindle version from Amazon here.

Icons Speak: Their Message--Introducing the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris, 312 pages, Conciliar Press: 2012.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Biblical Basis of Theosis

Dear Students and Friends,

Let's continue our study of theosis with two great podcasts.

Biblical Basis of Theosis: On Come Receive the Light, we’ll be diving into the Holy Scriptures, beginning with a conversation on how the early Fathers of the Church understood them. From there, we’ll look at the scriptural basis for Theosis with Prof. Edith Humphrey, the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Listen here and earn one credit for doing so! Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (available from the homework and lessons tab above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Jesus: On OCN's Get Wisdom, Jason Barker discusses how Jesus is both fully human and fully God.

Listen here and earn one credit for doing so! Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet (available from the homework and lessons tab above) and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Become a Specialist


Dear Students and Friends,

One of the credit activities you can do in the School of the Seventy is to become a specialist in a particular area of church life. If you click on the Book Lists tab (above), you'll go to a page that lists the "Specialist" you can become:

  • Apologist: Someone who defends the Faith
  • Ascetic: Someone who wants to pursue a more monastic style of life, or learn about it
  • Catechist: Someone who wants to learn more about the doctrines of the church
  • Evangelist: Someone who spreads the Faith
  • Liturgist: Someone who wants to participate in the liturgical practices of the church, or learn about them
  • Missionary: Someone who wants to spread the Faith to foreign lands
  • Philanthropist: Someone who wants to learn about alms-giving practices
  • Seeker: Someone who wants to learn about the basics of the Orthodox Faith

To become a Specialist, you must read all the books on the list for that specialty and complete the homework described (usually, fill out the General Worksheet for Books available on the Lessons tab) and submit the homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. When you complete all the work on a Specialist book list, you will receive a special certificate from the School. In addition, each book you read has credits associated with it and counts for your total credits for the school term.

Would you like to become a Specialist? Let me know and I'll help you get started and keep track of your work. Contact me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com if you have questions or need more information.

Blessings,
Your Director

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Confession of St Patrick

An ancient statue of St Patrick, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.
Dear Students and Friends,

You might consider St Patrick to be a Catholic saint, but his life during the years of 390-461 AD puts him squarely in the Orthodox age! So we can also claim him as our own.

His Confession makes wonderful and encouraging reading, for Patrick reveals his own faith and his mission to the Irish. His missionary heart and deep humility beam from every page. What is remarkable is that he came to serve and love the people--the Irish--who had enslaved him during his youth.

Reading the Confession is a must for every Christian.

You can now earn credit for reading St Patrick's Confession. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for books (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website), and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Read the Confession for FREE here.

Amazon also carries a short video on St Patrick's life. I recently watched it and it is a beautiful film. The narrator reads part of the Confession as scenes of Ireland are shown. Several speakers on the film explain Patrick's life and impact on Christianity. If you would like 1 credit for watching this film, you can watch, fill out the worksheet for TV/movies (available from the Lessons tab at the top of this website), and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Watch the film here.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Inner River by Kyriacos Markides

Dear Students and Friends,

I have student Emma to thank for bringing Mr Markides new book to my attention. Titled "Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality," the book is described thus:

In Inner River, Kyriacos Markides—scholar, researcher, author, and pilgrim—takes us on a thrilling quest into the heart of Christian spirituality and mankind’s desire for a transcendent experience of God. From Maine’s rugged shores to a Cypriot monastery to Greece’s remote Mt. Athos and, ultimately, to an Egyptian desert, Markides encounters a diverse cast of characters that allows him to explore the worlds of the natural and the supernatural, of religion and spirit, and of the seen and the unseen.
Inner River will appeal to a wide range of readers, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved in the heart of Orthodox spirituality. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

Some of you may have read his earlier book, "The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality." Markides' books are especially helpful to those new to Orthodoxy, as he writes in plain language and his manner is empathic and engaging.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read the book, fill out the General Worksheet for books (available from the "Lessons" tab at the top of this website) and email it back to else10(gmail)d0t(com).

You can buy Mr Markides book on Amazon. A Kindle version is also available. I've already downloaded mine and can't wait to begin reading this book. Blessings!

 Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality, Kyriacos C. Markides, 978-0307885876, Image: 2012.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Book Wednesdays: Becoming Icons of Christ

Dear Students and Friends,

Each Wednesday, I'll try to introduce a relatively new book to you that you can read for credit. This week's book is "Becoming Icons of Christ" by Mother Raphaela and published by St Vladimir Seminary Press.

The book is described by SVSPress this way:

When we find ourselves in our times of passion, or when we are faced with the passion of others, we have only one way open to us to respond appropriately...we ask Christ to enter our lives, to teach us to pray, and Himself to come, live, and pray within us. This way of entering into the life and Passion of Christ is the only way to His Resurrection?our own personal transfiguration by the life of God. And only as we are thus transfigured will we become icons?Not icons of our righteousness and suffering, nor of our own strength, truth and courage, but icons of the love, the power, and the peace of God.

Mother Raphaela is abbess of Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, New York. 

My church, St Luke Orthodox Church, gave each woman in the congregation a copy of this book on Mother's Day 2012. It became my bedtime reading and I was able to complete a chapter a day. It's a fairly short work and the chapters are short and readable. I was so encouraged and blessed by Mother's calm teachings on suffering, going through everyday life, evangelism, and more. I think it will be a blessing to you all, too.

You can receive 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read the book, fill out the General Worksheet for books, and email your work to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Purchase the book at SVSPress or from Amazon.

Becoming Icons of Christ, Mother Raphaela, ISBN 978-0-88141-391-5, 112 pp, St Vladimir Seminary Press, 2012. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Start the new School Year Right!


Dear Students and Friends,

Our new school year has begun! And will run through June 1, 2013.

Here's a great way to start the year: think about THEOSIS. What is theosis? Orthodoxwiki.com defines it as

Theosis ("deification," "divinization") is the process of a worshiper becoming free of hamartía ("missing the mark"), being united with God, beginning in this life and later consummated in bodily resurrection. For Orthodox Christians, Théōsis (see 2 Pet. 1:4) is salvation. Théōsis assumes that humans from the beginning are made to share in the Life or Nature of the all-Holy Trinity. Therefore, an infant or an adult worshiper is saved from the state of unholiness (hamartía — which is not to be confused with hamártēma “sin”) for participation in the Life (zōé, not simply bíos) of the Trinity — which is everlasting.

To those outside the faith, it may be misinterpreted as meaning that we Orthodox believe we will be gods. The Special Moments in Orthodoxy Podcast talks all about it here.

You can earn one credit for listening to this podcast and filling out the podcast worksheet available from the homework tab. Email your homework to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Listen to the Theosis Podcast now >


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

End of Summer Reading; New Term September 1

August Feastday: Dormition of the Theotokos

Dear Students and Friends,

Greetings!

We are in the last days of August, so it's time to turn in your summer reading homework if you want to receive credit. Please send your homework in to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by September 1. All credits for summer reading will count towards the 2012-2013 school year.

The new term, running September 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013, begins this Saturday! All credits accrued during this time period will count towards the School Prize at the end of the year. The student with the most credits will be awarded the prize. Start studying and reading now!

If you need help getting started, please contact me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Orthodox Arts Journal


A new website has appeared among us that focuses exclusively on the Orthodox liturgical arts and expression. The Orthodox Arts Journal is this new venue.

It describes itself this way:

The Orthodox Arts Journal publishes articles and news for the promotion of traditional Orthodox liturgical arts. The Journal covers visual arts, music, liturgical ceremony and texts, and relevant art history and theory. The Journal presents these topics together to highlight the unified witness of the arts to the beauty of the Kingdom of God and to promulgate an understanding of how the arts work together in the worship of the Church. In the spirit of the revival of traditional Orthodox liturgical arts sparked by Kontoglou and Ouspensky, the Journal will publicize excellence in contemporary liturgical arts, emphasizing fidelity to the Church’s tradition of beauty and craft.

You can subscribe to this site by e-mail and receive notice when new things are added to the site.

This website will be a great source of learning about the iconography, music and arts that are a part of the Faith. Make sure to visit it!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Final Read-Along Lesson, Podcasts, Summer Reading Program, School Winner


Dear Friends,

We complete our Read-Along in The Gospel According to Matthew: A Torah of the Church with lesson 21, "The Death of Judas." Download the lesson from the Read-Along tab at the top of this website. Remember, you can always access any lesson for this book from that tab. If you weren't able to follow along with us during the year, why not read this book and do the lessons as a summer activity? You can earn 1 credit for each lesson completed.

A new Read-Along will begin in the Fall.

And here are some new podcasts for you:

Preparing Hearts and Minds: Fr. David Smith explores St. John Chrysostom's first sermon in his series on St. John's gospel. In this sermon, the greatest preacher of Orthodoxy prepares the hearts and minds of his listeners - those who heard him deliver the sermon and those of us today - to receive the message of St. John the Evangelist, and to open ourselves to the gospel's life-changing message. Listen now.

Abba Macarios: Noted scholar Fr. John McGuckin speaks on Abba Anthony (Saint Anthony the Great). Listen now.

What is Marriage?: There’s so much talk today about what qualifies as a marriage. Today, we’ll talk with Father Brendan Pelphrey about our Orthodox understanding of what makes a marriage, what the purpose of a marriage is, and what makes a marriage successful in the eyes of Christ. But first, let’s talk about creating a successful relationship with our in-laws! Licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Randa Karadsheh Anderson offers some very practical suggestions about family boundaries. Listen now.

You can receive 1 credit for each podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and submit your finished work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Finally, don't forget our Summer Reading Program! Read three books, receive 10 credits. Learn more here. And download the summer reading list here.

And now a drumroll for this year's credit winner: STACI! Congrats! You'll be receiving a beautiful icon for your hard work. 


Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer Reading Program Begins!



Read 3 books, get 10 credits! That's the School of the Seventy Summer Reading Program!

This year's books include:

  • The Jesus We Missed, by Fr Pat Reardon
  • From Darkness to Light: How One Became a Christian in the Early Church, by Anne Field
  • Ultimate Things: An Orthodox Christian Perspective on the End Times, by Dennis Engelmann
  • Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: An Orthodox Christian Experience of God, by Fr Meletios Webber
  • Spread the Word: Reclaiming the Apostolic Tradition of Evangelism, by Fr Michael Keiser

To get your 10 credits, read three books, fill out a general book worksheet for each, and return your completed work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. This program ends September 1.

Download the Summer Reading Plan now. May your reading be blessed!

Note: All work must be completed and turned in by September 1 to qualify for the ten credits. If the work is turned in after September 1, normal credits apply.

Friday, May 25, 2012

School Year Ends on June 1--Please submit your work!

Dear Friends,

Our official school year ends on June 1. If you haven't submitted your completed homework, please do so by 5 pm CST on June 1 to receive credit. The student with the most credits will receive an Orthodox icon as a school prize.

Look forward to hearing from you! Send all credit work to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Next Read-Along Lesson! Podcasts!

Our Lord's Ascension
Dear Friends,

The next Read-Along lesson is ready for you! Lesson 20 covers the plot to kill Jesus.
Download the lesson here or from the Read-Along tab on this website. Remember, you can earn 1 credit for each lesson you complete. Just submit your finished lesson to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

You can also listen to the following podcasts and earn 1 credit for each. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet, and send it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com:

Honoring Our Heavenly Mother: On OCN's Theologically Thinking, Fr. Athanasios Haros from the Transfiguration Church in Florence, SC shares a message entitled “Honoring Our Heavenly Mother.” We each have a common mother in the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. On Mothers’ Day we honor our earthly mothers with flowers, luncheons and honors. When we want to honor our Heavenly Mother, we are called to obedience to Jesus Christ Who calls us to a life of love for each other spreading the message of hope in His Gospel. Listen now.

The Ascension of Christ: On OCN's Special Moments in Orthodoxy, The Ascension of Christ is a mystery much like His Resurrection. They are both however, proof of His divinity. Fr. Frank Marangos talks about the Ascension of Christ into the heavens and what it means to Christianity today. Listen now.

The Spiritual Light: On OCN's Worship in Spirit and Truth, join Dr. Demetrios Katos as he give his message entitled "Come Receive the Light,” The spiritual light that is shed by the resurrection. Listen now.

Finally, if you have completed activities but have not submitted your homework for credit, please do so soon. The school year ends next Friday, June 1, and the student with the most credits will receive an icon as the school prize!

May your learning be blessed!

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Podcasts for Credit!

The Risen Christ

Two recent podcasts on the Orthodox Christian Network present credit opportunities for you!

From Fear and Doubt: During the first days of Pascha, the Apostles were overcome with fear and doubt. But when the Risen Christ appeared to them in the room, He gave them His peace. The peace of God is that inner quietness and stillness that washes away our fear so that faith can rule our hearts. That faith in the Risen Christ leads us to accomplish wonders for the glory of God and His Church. The Apostles “HAD” fear until they allowed Christ’s peace to enter their hearts. Now it’s our turn to welcome and embrace Christ’s peace in our hearts. Now it’s our turn to do wonders and bring multitudes to Him so they can find peace. LISTEN NOW.

Spirituality in Heresies and Sects:  Fr. Vasilios Thermos discusses Spirituality in Heresies and Sects. Fr. Vasilios is a psychotherapist who especially deals with the role of emotion in seducing people into sects and heresies. LISTEN NOW.

Earn one credit for any podcast you listen to. Simply listen, fill out the podcast worksheet from the Homework tab, and email it back to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.


Read-Along: Lesson 19

Icon of the Ten Virgins

Dear Friends,

Our Read-Along in "The Gospel According to Matthew: The Torah of the Church" by Fr Lawrence Farley continues.

Lesson 19 is now posted for you on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage. This lesson covers the parables of the ten virgins and a discussion on the Final Judgment.

You can receive 1 credit for each lesson you complete. Simply complete the lesson and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Miss a lesson? Catch up by seeing all the lessons on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage.

May God bless your learning!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Entry into Jerusalem--Who are you?


By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your passion,
You did confirm the universal Resurrection, O Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
We cry out to You, O Vanquisher of death;
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!

Greetings in the Name of the Lord! Blessed Palm Sunday to you!

In his thoughtful 1985 homily for this day, Metropolitan Anthony Bloom challenges us to think about who WE are in that crowd cheering the Lord on into Jerusalem. Are we disciples, deny-ers, or worse?

Read the homily now.

You can earn one credit for reading and reflecting on this sermon. Simply read, fill out the "Worksheet: Article" that you can find on the Lessons/Homework/Worksheets tab above, and email it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for credit.

Wishing you a solemn, peaceful Holy Week.


Monday, April 2, 2012

The Bible Reading Challenge Continues

St John of Damascus (John Damascene)

Dear Friends,

This week's readings conclude our Lenten Bible Reading Challenge:

4/2/12, Ephesians 4-6, Biblical Living
4/3/12, Phil. 1:18-­2:18, Christ’s Example
4/4/12, Col. 3:1-­17, Putting on the New Self
4/5/12, James 1, Pure Religion
4/6/12, Revelation 21-­22, The New Heaven and Earth

This challenge has been akin to a journey--a journey from the beginning of time to the end, from the beginning of History ("His story") to the end, and in every way echoes our daily lives as we travel from falleness to a new beginning as Christ's children. May this week's readings be a blessing to you.

(If you are a St Luke member and are participating in the challenge, don't forget to turn in your reading challenge with all days initialed.)

Finally, here are some beautiful words about the Bible from a church father:

"The Bible is a scented garden, delightful, beautiful.  It enchants our ears with birdsong in a sweet, divine and spiritual harmony, it touches our heart, comforts us in sorrow, soothes us in a moment of anger, and fills us with eternal joy.  Let us knock at its gate with diligence and with perseverance.  Let us not be discouraged from knocking.  The latch will be opened."
--John Damascene

Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Week of the Lenten Bible Reading Challenge

Breaking bread at Emmaus
Dear Friends,

Another Lenten week has flown by! Here are this week's readings for the Bible Challenge:

3/26/12 Acts 16 The Gospel Spreads to Europe 
3/27/12 Acts 26 Paul’s Defense of the Christian Faith 
3/28/12  Romans 3 Justification by Faith Alone 
3/29/12 Romans 7-8 The Battle With Sin; Life in the Spirit 
3/30/12 1 Corinthians 13 The Way of Love 
3/31/12 1 Corinthians 15 The Power of the Resurrection 
4/1/12 Galatians 5 Freedom in Christ 


Here is a prayer you can use prior to reading the Scripture: 

"Illuminate our hearts, O God who loves mankind, with the pure life of Thy Divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to understand Thy Message of Good Tidings. Implant in us the fear of Thy Blessed Commandments; that, trampling down all carnal desires, we may pursue a godly life, both thinking and performing such things as are well pleasing to Thee. For Thou are the Light of our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Eternal Father and Thine All Holy, Blessed and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."

May your reading be blessed! 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Seminar: Do-able Evangelism


Dear Friends,

Afraid to share your faith? If you are in the Chicago area tomorrow, please join us at St Luke Church for our Lenten seminar on "Doable Evangelism." The seminar will be on how to talk about your faith to others in an easy, non-intimidating way and is led by Randy Siever, pastor and evangelist.

Where? St Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL
Time? 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be served.
Cost? $5
To register, contact Linda Kopulos at lmkopulos (at) yahoo (d0t) com.

You can receive 3 credits for attending this seminar. Simply attend the seminar, fill out the seminar/workshop worksheet and submit it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Learn more about doable evangelism here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This week's Bible Challenge readings


Dear Friends,

We are one week further into Lent, and I hope the Bible Reading Challenge is uplifting to you. Here are this week's readings:

3/19/12, John 15, The Christian Life Defined 
3/20/12,  John 17,  Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer 
3/21/12, Matthew 26-27,  The Arrest & Crucifixion of Jesus 
3/22/12, John 20,  The Resurrection of Jesus 
3/23/12, Luke 24,  The Ascension of Jesus 
3/24/12, Acts 2,  The Coming of the Holy Spirit 
3/25/12,  Acts 9,  The Conversion of Saul

Start your reading with prayer. May your reading be blessed!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge, Week 3


 Dear Students and Friends,

Here are this week's  readings from Scripture. Follow along with us here at St Luke Church as we read the Bible during Lent.

March 12, Luke 1-2, The Birth of Jesus
March 13, John 1:1-18, Who Jesus Is
March 14, Luke 4:14-44, Jesus begins His ministry
March 15, Matthew 5-7, The Core of Jesus' teaching
March 16, John 3, God's love for the world
March 17, John 5, Jesus' Miracles and Authority
March 18, John 11, Jesus' power over death

Now you can also download the entire schedule in pdf format. Simply click on the "40-Day Bible Reading Challenge" link in the upper right hand column of this website, under the "Lent 2012" header. You may want to journal your thoughts on the Scripture readings, too. You may be surprised at what our Lord shows you!

Do you sometimes ask yourself, "How should I read the Bible?" Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of the UK has written an illuminating essay on this subject. Read it here.

May your reading be blessed!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Read-Along Lesson 14

Jesus and the rich young man

Dear Friends,

Our Read-Along in "The Gospel According to Matthew: The Torah of the Church" by Fr Lawrence Farley continues.

Lesson 14 is now posted for you on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage. This lesson covers the parables of the rich young man and the workers in the vineyard. There are also questions about the third time Jesus talks about His death.

You can receive 1 credit for each lesson you complete. Simply complete the lesson and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(dot)com.

Miss a lesson? Catch up by seeing all the lessons on the Read-Along tab at the top of this webpage.

May God bless your learning!

Monday, March 5, 2012

40-Day Bible Reading Challenge

Slavonic Bible

Dear Students and Friends,

Here are this week's batch of readings from Scripture. Follow along with us here at St Luke Church as we read the Bible during Lent.

March 5, 1 Samuel 16-17, David and Goliath
March 6, 1 Kings 3 and 1 Kings 8: 1-9:9, King Solomon's Wisdom and the Temple
March 7, 1Kings 18, The Prophet Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
March 8, 2 Kings 25, The Siezing of Jerusalem and the Exile of Judea
March 9, Daniel 2-3, Daniel in Babylon and the Fiery Furnace
March 10, Ezra 3, Rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem
March 11, Isaiah 9, 53, and 61, Isaiah's Prophecy of the Coming Messiah

Now you can also download the entire schedule in pdf format. Simply click on the "40-Day Bible Reading Challenge" link in the upper right hand column of this website, under the "Lent 2012" header. You may want to journal your thoughts on the Scripture readings, too. You may be surprised at what our Lord shows you!

Pray before reading. Here is another prayer for you:

"Illuminate our hearts, O God who loves mankind, with the pure life of Thy Divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our mind to understand Thy Message of Good Tidings. Implant in us the fear of Thy Blessed Commandments; that, trampling down all carnal desires, we may pursue a godly life, both thinking and performing such things as are well pleasing to Thee. For Thou are the Light of our souls and bodies, Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Eternal Father and Thine All Holy, Blessed and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."

May your reading be blessed!