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    Flame in the Mind (Part 6)

    This week Fr. Gabriel narrates a composite view of the ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel narrates a composite view of the "awe-inspiring rites of initiation" as they may have been experienced around the turn of the 4th and 5th Centuries. Although this narrative is a fabrication, it follows quite closely what we know abou

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    Flame in the Mind (Part 5)

    This week Fr. Gabriel surveys what we can discern of ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel surveys what we can discern of a catechetical process already within the pages of the New Testament, with a brief look backward at the concept emerging in the Old Testament. What we find when we look at the New Testament is really tw

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    Flame in the Mind (Part 4)

    This week Fr. Gabriel discusses the meaning of ritual from ...

    This week Fr. Gabriel discusses the meaning of ritual from a number of angles with insights from Mary Douglas and Ron Grimes, scholars of ritual. He moves from there to discuss the four types of Christian ritual and then launches into a discussion of Ritu

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    Flame in the Mind (Part 3)

    In this segment, Fr. Gabriel discusses church as a community ...

    In this segment, Fr. Gabriel discusses church as a community both wrapped around and enwrapped by the Blessed Holy Trinity. We enter this community through a shared set of symbols, image, and rituals, and these bind us to one another in love. With the dim

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    Flame in the Mind (Part 2)

    Before we move on to consider historical models for catechesis, ...

    Before we move on to consider historical models for catechesis, we have to confront the major difficulty with the entire process. That is this: We are attempting to say the unsayable, think the unthinkable, and express the inexpressible. We are trying to

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    Flame in the Mind - Catechesis for a New Century

    Fr Gabriel returns after a hiatus with a new series. ...

    Fr Gabriel returns after a hiatus with a new series. We Orthodox Christians profess our faith in a context of diminished understandings of all forms of Christianity, when a plethora of religious institutions claim to be "church," and when people have an a

    Mar 4, 2015 Read more
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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 21)

    Israel is very much in the news these days. The ...

    Israel is very much in the news these days. The Gaza Conflict, the never-ending attempt at a peace process, the rise of anti-Semitism and the turn against Israel in recent years are very much upon us. As Christians we have a sense that Israel is our spiri

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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 20)

    In this review, Fr. Gabriel continues with further consideration of ...

    In this review, Fr. Gabriel continues with further consideration of resources for Old Testament study. In an attempt to assist people to understand contemporary research and interpretation of Old Testament texts, this week he looks at two books by Richard

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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 19)

    Fr. Gabriel commends Fr. Eugen Pentiuc's new book from Oxford ...

    Fr. Gabriel commends Fr. Eugen Pentiuc's new book from Oxford University Press, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition. This is an important and unique new resource; nothing exists like it in the world of biblical interpretation. Though many aspe

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    Moving Toward the Center: Part Two

    Fr. Gabriel spends some time musing on three major reasons ...

    Fr. Gabriel spends some time musing on three major reasons why it is so difficult for traditional Christianity to get a hearing in the United States these days, and then moves on to the theme of commitment, which leads into the spiritual journey in a seri

    Jun 5, 2014 Read more
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