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Church History Tuesday: Development of Theology

After Constantine legalized Christianity and there was a large influx of people into the Christian religion; there was the need for official theology and a development of the theology already in place.  Emperor Constantine tried to facilitate this development of … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Obedience

Obedience is an important spiritual virtue; many Christians have expressed this throughout Christian history.  One of my favorite stories about obedience comes from the writings of the desert father (and mothers). Story Time(!): There was once a desert monk, who was … Continue reading

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Bible Study Wednesday: The Letter to the Ephesians

Today’s New Testament Lesson in the Book of Common Prayer comes from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians in the second chapter verses one to ten. Background:  First off this letter may or may not have been addressed to the … Continue reading

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Mark’s Question: “Who is Jesus?”

I have been reading Mark lately.  I have noticed a trend in the book of Mark.  It starts in Mark 1 and goes through Mark 15.  So from the start of Jesus’ ministry to his death, Mark is asking a … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 10

This is the conclusion to the paper, nuff said.  It would seem safe to say from all the evidence provided above that martyrdom could be considered a sacrament of the Church.  This paper has tried to show through the use … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 9

In this section of the paper, I discuss the idea that there is a liturgy of martyrdom.  It focuses on the idea that the martyrs copy Jesus’ passion and death, in their own death.  Much of the scholarship comes from … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 7

In this section, I focus on the spiritual warfare the martyrs face up to and at their death.  Much of the scholarship is taken from Paul Middleton and St. Clement of Alexandria.  The martyrs faced not only the governmental authorities, … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament, Part 4

In this section of the paper, the idea that martyrdom gives the martyr divine life which is sealed with grace is explored.  Examples are taken from the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp and recent scholarship.   The next topic to be explored is … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 1

In the next few days/posts I will be sharing a paper that I will be reading at the North American Patristics Society on May 25, 2012.  It is asking the question can martyrdom be considered a sacrament.  I have to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Burning Bush by Sergius Bulgakov

The Burning Bush: On the Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God.  By Sergius Bulgakov.  Translated by Thomas Allan Smith.  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.  xxiv + 191 pp. $28.00 (paper).  Can be purchased here. The work … Continue reading

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