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One question I get quite regularly is: which Bible translation should I use?
First, let me CONGRATULATE YOU! You’ve decided to read the Bible and become more familiar with it. That in and of itself is good news!
I do, however, understand your frustration. Just recently I needed a new Bible, and I found myself standing at the local bookstore looking at shelves of Bibles. They must have had 20 different translations!
As I write this post the rain is tapping at my windows.
It’s not like a few weeks ago when the heavens opened up, and rain poured forth from the sky. This is a gentle sprinkling of rain.
My wife doesn’t like days like today, because she doesn’t like the dark skies; but other people do enjoy wet days like this.
I think they enjoy the smell of the world after it rains. It’s so fresh – it’s the smell of new life.
Thinking about all of this, I couldn’t help but be reminded of rain and water in the Bible.
One of the most beautiful, and exhausting, times of the Church year is Holy Week.
During this time we remember the days that lead to Christ’s resurrection. Though we remember the triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the Last Supper, the most significant thing we remember is the crucifixion of our Lord.
As Orthodox Christians we don’t want to miss a thing.
When I was an undergraduate, I was blessed to be able to spend two summers doing archaeological excavations in Greece.
Each weekend we were allowed to leave our site and travel the country. We bused and taxed to Pylos, Mystra, Nafplion, Monemvasia, Bassae, Epidaurus, Kalamata, Mycenae, and, of course, Ancient Olympia.
One of the things that really struck me was the massive size of these ancient pagan temples. They were HUGE!
One of my favorite days, as a kid, was my birthday. I think every kid on the planet thinks their birthday is one of the best days of the year.
The presents, of course!
Though the presents were given freely, and out of love, I knew I had an obligation in return: the thank you card.
My mother didn’t let a birthday pass without me thanking everyone. In fact, my grandmother once remarked how impressed she was that my sister and I never failed to write our thank yous.
Though the Divine Liturgy of the Orthodox Church has layers of meaning, one meaning is: thanksgiving!
In fact, “thanksgiving” is what the word “Eucharist” means. When we celebrate the Eucharist, we are, in fact, like a child writing a thank you card to God! Continue reading
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I think when some of you look at the “About” page, you expect to see curriculum vitae sort of stuff. So, I’m going put some of that here. If, however, you don’t want to see that, and you’d rather read my “story,” go ahead and skip to the next heading. Continue reading