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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

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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

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    Moving Toward the Center

    Fr. Gabriel undertakes musings in this Paschal season about the ...

    Fr. Gabriel undertakes musings in this Paschal season about the basics and center of the faith. These will be exploratory, and certainly not definitive, notes on the search for a genuine and deep spirituality that is Christian, Orthodox, and open to the p

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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 18)

    Turning again toward contemporary Biblical studies, Fr. Gabriel swiftly surveys ...

    Turning again toward contemporary Biblical studies, Fr. Gabriel swiftly surveys recent research into Jesus and Paul and then turns to one representative volume in current Pauline studies—The First Paul by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. Their names

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    Books That Touch Your Heart and Mind (Part 17)

    After considering the issue of pride, Fr. Gabriel turns back ...

    After considering the issue of pride, Fr. Gabriel turns back to books—particularly to books that relate to the issue of sin and grace. So this week we look at the twofold work by Archimandrite Sophrony on the life and teaching of St. Silouan the Athonite,

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    Pensees on Pride

    Fr. Gabriel turns aside from the concentration on books to ...

    Fr. Gabriel turns aside from the concentration on books to deal with a heartfelt matter—how pride works to break up community and harm people, especially within the Church. At the heart of what the monastic founder John Cassian called the "deadly sins" fo

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