141. Guns in Church, Part Two – Protecting Orthodox People, Contributing to Society

I know that most gun violence in America takes place at home. However, here we’re talking about church. Trying to Protect our People in Church I just read in a conservative on-line magazine that it’s absurd to worry about gun violence one way or another, since chances of any of us getting shot up are so […]

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140. Guns in Church, Part One – 2009, Now, Statistics, Back in the Old Days

In summer 2009, when I was still pastor of Saint Nicholas, Cedarburg, I posted this notice at the three entrances to the church. Firearms are not permitted at Saint Nicholas Church. The Church is a sanctuary of peace. Here’s what brought this on: All churches and businesses in town had just received a letter from the […]

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139. Why do we honor the Mother of God? Because the Bible says so! – Part Two

Last week we saw how often the Virgin Mary is mentioned in the New Testament. Nobody except her Son comes close. Then… well, go back and read it for yourself. We stopped in the middle this section. What the Bible teaches about Mary 5 Does the New Testament tell us that Mary is the Mother of Christians, […]

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138. Why do we honor the Mother of God? Because the Bible says so! – Part One

The Virgin Mary…? Those of you who were raised Orthodox or Roman Catholic cannot imagine how hard it was for most of us former Protestants to accept the Mother of God. I know, because when we try to describe it, you just look at us with puzzled looks on your faces! For most Protestants Mary […]

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137. The Transfiguration – The Other Great Forgotten Feast

The Holy Transfiguration, August 6, is one of the Great Feasts of the Church –  but I’ll bet if you asked Americans “What is the Transfiguration?”, ninety nine out of a hundred would say “Eh?” Or maybe some might think it was the latest super-hero movie. This is our second forgotten Feast. The first is […]

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