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How the Israelite Exodus Foreshadows Baptism

About eighty years after the baptism of Moses, the time had come for all Israel to be delivered from Egypt. God remembered the covenant which He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He listened to the prayers of their descendants. God gave Moses a new revelation of His Name. Then He sent Moses on a mission to lead all the Israelites out of Egypt, so they could be free from slavery and worship God as a community. Acts 7:38 refers to the … MORE ›

Why We Fast Before Nativity

Why We Fast Before Christmas

The time of preparation before Christmas is intended to be a time of purposeful asceticism, almsgiving, and learning to say yes to God while saying no to our own desires. But Christmas, and especially in present day America, has become a time of great anxiety and materialism, despite the fact that most every song one hears, most every retail ad one reads, and most every film that is produced–with “Christmas” as a theme–will try to convince us that it’s a time for warmth, … MORE ›

There is No Perfect Church?

There is No Perfect Church?

“There is no perfect Church.” This is a recurring theme that often gets asserted when a person converts. And this is natural, I think, especially when the perception is that the person converted because of the presupposed intrinsic advantage of the ecclesial communion joined over the one left behind. Therefore, saying “there is no perfect Church” is a kind way for those who stayed to say to those who left: “the grass is not always greener.” But is it correct, … MORE ›

Progress, Death, and Orthodoxy

Progress, Death, and Orthodoxy

By conviction, Orthodox Christians believe the Church is truly the “Body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27), the “fullness of God” (Eph. 1:23), the “pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15), and the hospital of the Great Physician. At the heart of our Gospel is the Paschal refrain: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life. Given our endless chanting of this victory hymn every Spring, how can it be possible that some … MORE ›

How Baby Moses Foreshadows Baptism

How Baby Moses Foreshadows Baptism

Nearly a thousand years had passed since Noah’s flood, and the world had again descended into widespread sin. The Egyptian Pharaoh was cruel to God’s chosen people, and the peoples in the land of Canaan had fallen into such sin that the time of God’s judgment was drawing near.  God remembered the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He proceeded to bring about the salvation of Israel (and the destruction of Egypt and Canaan) through a man named … MORE ›