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  1. How to Revive a "Dead" Church

    Here’s something I hear from time to time: “I’d like to join the Orthodox Church, but I visited a local church and it just felt dead.”

    When I hear this it’s about Orthodox churches, but that needn’t be the case. It could be any church or denomination; it might sound good on paper, but the local church on Sunday morning feels empty and drained.

    It’s tempting to say, “That shouldn’t make any difference. Focus on your own prayer life.” But, actually, I know what these people mean. Sometimes,

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  2. Why It's Hard to Accept God's Forgiveness
    My daughter-in-law, Khouria Jocelyn Mathewes, has a good column today on repentance, as we head into Great Lent. She makes a point about accepting forgiveness for past sins (not the ones that continue in the present, but completed deeds in the past.) She reminds us that we must accept forgiveness and move on, and not keep revisiting them and “beating yourself up.”

    I think that, when
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  3. We Call Ourselves "Pro-Life"

    Here is why abortion is the most important justice issue of our time.

    1. It is wrong to discriminate, and worse to persecute, still worse to imprison, even worse to torture, and worst of all to kill.

    Abortion kills.

    2. It is wrong to kill violent adults, if they can be stopped any other way. It is worse to kill non-violent adults. It is even worse to kill children.

    Abortion kills children.

    3. In 2011, there were 908 child fatalities from car accidents. There weere 1620 child fatalities from abuse and neglect. And there were

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  4. The Unborn Person

    In the Roe v Wade decision, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote that, if the fetus is a person, the right to abortion collapses. (Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 [1973] Section IX.)

    How can we tell whether it is a person or not?

    Here’s what science shows. From the beginning, the unborn is:

    1. Alive. It is living and growing, always increasing in size and complexity.

    2. Human. Its body is composed entirely of human cells.

    3. Individual. It has unique DNA. If a cell from the mother, the father, and the unborn child were examined

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  5. Old Age and Illness

    [January 24, 2017]

    I was just writing to a friend who’s had a hard diagnosis:
    When I was young I noticed how all older people have something physical to complain about, sometimes something very serious. Each one had a body part that was failing faster than the rest. A part that had been set, like a clock, to be the first to give way. And we don’t know what they are, when we’re younger. We carry them around unknowing, while the clock steadily circles around to the time they
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