Friday, September 17, 2010

On Living Simply

We who are disciples of Christ claim that our purpose on earth is to lay up treasures in heaven. But our actions often contradict our words. Many Christians build for themselves fine houses, lay out splendid gardens, construct bathhouses, and buy fields. It is small wonder, then, that many non-believers refuse to believe what we say.

St. John Chrysostom

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Last Supper and Passover

Ever wonder why the Gospel of John has the Last Supper occur before the Feast of Passover while the other gospels have it occur on the Feast?

John 13:

Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

And supper being ended [...]

Matthew 26:
Now on the first day of the Feast of the Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 

Presbytera Jeannie explains it in Part 6 of her lessons on Exodus. Here is the excerpt.

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Beginning to Pray

Just finished listening to a series of podcasts covering Metropolitan Anthony's "Beginning to Pray". The first chapter is called "The Absence of God". Listen to this audio excerpt of the first in the series if you've ever felt that you were praying to a wall and wondered why God didn't seem to be responding.

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I recommend Deacon Michael Hyatt's "At the Intersection of East and West" podcasts. I would probably also recommend the book, except that I haven't picked it up yet! Will try to bring exact change to the church bookstore next week. :)