362. 1) From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus in five images, 2)  Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the World, 3) Nativity Poems by Saint Ephrem the Syrian and by G K Chesterton

1.  Santa Claus! And now you know why Santa Claus is dressed in red. 2. Six Surprising Ways Jesus Changed the world by John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, California My notes:   This article was written during the 2012 Presidential campaign. I left it unaltered, except for two explanatory footnotes. We hear much […]

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359. 1) A little more about Ukraine. 2) Everything Imaginable and more about Saint Nicholas

Wednesday November 30: My email tells me that this week’s Post has just been published. I do believe I must have pushed the “publish” key two days early. Uh…whoops. However, this Post is almost ready to go. All I need to do is correct a few typos. This will give you more time to real all […]

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224. Saint Nicholas does something completely “off the wall”

  Well, actually it was entirely on the wall! More on this later. Saint Nicholas  This Sunday December 6 is the feast of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia. Why December 6? Because that is the day he died, his “birthday” into Heaven. This seems the right time to finish the story of how Saint […]

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222. My First Trip to Greece – Part Two: How I fell in love with Orthodoxy. Saint Nicholas makes his first move.

Image compliments of St Isaac’s Skete: skete.com A week on the Island of Paros The Conference ended and with my wife’s leave, bless her heart again, I had something I had long wanted: time to bum around on a Greek island. I felt prepared. I had learned enough Greek to get by. “Yes” in Greek […]

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124. How Saint Nicholas Founded Saint Nicholas Church, Cedarburg

Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! What? Saint Nicholas in May? I explained this last year, but in case you’re new here: May 9 is a lesser feast of Saint Nicholas. Actually Nicholas is an ever-present, ever-relevant saint to us Orthodox, not confined to December 6 – or to December 25. By the way, […]

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