The Icon of Marriage

The Icon of Marriage

I went to an Orthodox wedding yesterday to celebrate the sacramental marital union of my friend Nathan and his wife Rebecca. Contrary to many Western style weddings, the primary focus of an Orthodox wedding is not on the bride, but on Christ. The bride is not amplified over the groom, but rather the two are …

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Why America Will Never Work

Why America Will Never Work

The more I meditate on the spiritual landscape of the United States, the more I am convinced that its political framework is wired to fail repeatedly; a pendulum that will never stop swinging. It is set up to provoke continuous civil wars with no real lasting solutions, because everyone gets to have a say, no matter how stupid …

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Song of Solomon, Images, and Graphic Nudity in Modern Film

Song of Solomon, Images, and Graphic Nudity in Modern Film

Movies and TV shows with explicit sex scenes have consistently been controversial among Christian circles. A series may have great writing, but also an excessive amount of graphic sex, violence, and often times a mixture of both. The question for me is simple: Do the ends justify the means? In counting the cost, does filling my eyes (and subsequently, my mind) …

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From Man to Ox

From Man to Ox

In the narrative of the fourth chapter of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar says that he built the great house of Babylon by the might of his own power, and for the honor of his own majesty.[1] The text says that when such words were still in Nebuchadnezzar’s mouth, a voice from heaven said the kingdom has departed …

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Venturing into the Quagmire of Human Sexuality

Venturing into the Quagmire of Human Sexuality

Dr. Edith Humphrey wrote a chapter in a forthcoming book about C.S. Lewis and his perspective on the nature of human sexuality. The book is titled Further Up and Further In: Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis on Scripture and Theology, and it is to be published by St. Vladimir’s Press. I think Edith has a lot of good …

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How Jesus Was Tempted In ‘Every Way’ Like Us

How Jesus Was Tempted In ‘Every Way’ Like Us

Scripture says Jesus was tempted in all points as us, yet without sin (Heb 4:15). This can’t mean that Jesus was tempted by every little thing that tempts us, because some temptations require mental disability (bestiality), other temptations may, when gathered together, be contradictory to experience at the same time (a homosexual man desiring more wives), …

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Edom: An Unintentionally Validating Jewish Polemic

Edom: An Unintentionally Validating Jewish Polemic

There has been some confusion regarding the prophetic phrase in Genesis 25:23 which says how “the elder shall serve the younger,” especially since such a concept would have been so foreign to ancient Near Eastern custom (though the providence of God transcends custom).[1] Some might say the reason this was stated was simply because Esau …

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On The Existence of Aliens

On The Existence of Aliens

Ever since the rise of modern technology and the age of space exploration, there has been a growing desire to find life on other planets. Whether we mention TV shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, X-Files, Firefly, or Fringe, the idea that there could be life on other planets completely permeates the genre …

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