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Exposing My Poor Spirit
Years ago, early in my Orthodox journey, I purchased Nicholas Cabasilas’ The Life in Christ. I remember enjoying it and being helped by it, but the details escape me. Recently, upon recommendation by a friend, I decided to pick it back up.
Cabasilas spends the bulk of his work discussing the sacraments and how they allow us to unite with Christ, and toward the end, he talks about how we live in between those sacramental acts. How do we retain and cultivate this life of Christ, this union we experience through the mysteries of the church, as we walk through our families, and jobs, and hobbies, and chores? One answer he gives is contemplation, which for Cabasilas is a mirror of the Jesus Prayer, something slightly more active, whereby we consider and fill our minds with Christ so the image begins to radiate from our hearts toward our lips, our hands, and our feet. ....
- See more at: http://www.soundingblog.com/index.php/orthodoxy-basics/exposing-my-poor-spirit.html#sthash.uBlHxlJw.dpuf Theron Mathis
Everyday Theology or Speculative Theology? Eagle River Institute, I’m disappointed. Your institute has produced consistent edifying lectures for the Orthodox Christian. Yet, you allow someone to present on Evolution as if this is the only sensible position for an Orthodox Christian. It is not! The presentation is upsetting. Maybe you found the arguments edifying for the average Orthodox Christian, but please qualify it. This is a historical aberration and deserves to be contrasted in the light of the historic Christian position. This article stands as a counterpoint to the theistic evolutionary position held by Dr. Gayle Woloschak in her presentation at the Eagle River Institute in August. There are more episodes to come, and depending on their content, I may put together another response. First of all, I am not judging this person’s Christian faith and commitment to Christ and Orthodoxy. I am not judging her piety or personal holiness. I am judging her ideas about theistic evolution …
okay, I've finally succumbed to the blogosphere. My initial intention is not to try to share any wisdom with the world (lacking in the dept.), but to have a place to post lessons and links from my teaching responsibilities at St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox church in Louisville KY. I currently teach Adult Sunday School and help our priest with Catechism duties. I am a convert to Orthodoxy from the Baptist/Evangelical world, and will probably post some things about that journey as well.
As for the title of the blog, it comes from a Patristic metaphor that is used in two ways.
First, it enlightens the inner relationship of the God/Man Jesus Christ. The Church has always upheld that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. One image for explaining this is the sword in the fire. Place a sword in fire and it glows read hot and takes on the properties of fire while still remaining a sword. Hence, Christ is fully man and fully God without compromising the elements of either.
Have you ever taken a seemingly insignificant topic, idea,
or person, and delved into that subject learning all the interactions and facets
connected to it?Several years ago a
friend lent me the book Cod, which did exactly as described above.The author took this ubiquitous fish and
explored it in the history of Western peoples, and lo and behold, not only did
you learn about this fish, but the whole of history began to open with
connections and causes you never grasped in high school Western Civ. Theology works in similar ways.Taking a small tangential subject and
exploring how others have wrestled with one issue opens up the way that person
thinks about God, Christ, Sin, Salvation and the Church.When all research is done and the topic is
laid bare on the table, you end up with much more than you expected. Adam Harwood did this with The Spiritual Condition of Infants: A Biblical-Historical Survey and Systematic Proposal. Harwood is a professor at the Georgia Baptist
college, Truett McC…