Who Is My Neighbour: the Rise of a Snitch Culture

The current Covid pandemic is leaving many people scrambling, doing their best to navigate through (the now proverbial) uncharted waters. Government workers are trying to devise policies to combat the pandemic while inflicting as little harm on the economy as possible, and frontline health care workers are stressed and overworked. (And no, I am not going to discuss these wider aspects of the pandemic in the comments section.) None of what follows…

The Beatitudes – “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake”

We conclude our series on the Beatitudes with an examination of our Lord’s words, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” This Beatitude overflows into the next one: “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven”. We note…

The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the peace-makers”

We continue with our series on the Beatitudes. Today we examine our Lord’s words, “Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” In our modern culture dominated by the United Nations, the idea of a peace-maker inevitably conjures up pictures of a third party diplomat trying to reconcile warring groups. But that is not what the picture that would have been imagined by our Lord’s original hearers…

The Works of the Law

Many of our converts at St. Herman’s church in Langley come from the Evangelical churches, and some begin their journey to Orthodoxy by asking if we accept the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Naughty person that I am, I sometimes reply, “Oh, do you mean how do we believe that one may enter into life? By keeping the commandments”, and then when their jaw drops, by adding that I am simply…

The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the clean of heart”

We continue with our series on the Beatitudes. Today we examine our Lord’s words, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God”. We note immediately that the usual rendering of this Beatitude begins, “Blessed are the pure of heart”. The word usually rendered “pure” in this version is the Greek katharos. The word katharos has a slightly different feel and nuance than the Greek word for “pure” (agnos). The…

The Beatitudes – “Blessed are the merciful”

We continue with our series on the Beatitudes. Today we examine our Lord’s words, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. Long familiarity with our Lord’s words and Christian teaching generally have desensitized us to how revolutionary this teaching originally was. Even today one need only take a few steps outside of what’s left of Christendom to discover this. Take for example the experience of Christine Mallouhi, a Christian woman…