Guest post by my dear friend Kerolos Ibrahim, a.k.a “Key”
The interpretation of Jesus’ phrase, “Do not cling on to me…” has been so often misconstrued and deprived of it’s profound meaning that I thought a true explaining is not only warranted but quite overdue by now.
I’ll be honest. When I found out I was scheduled to speak to my Sunday school class about the the first four chapters in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, I was less than thrilled, as I didn’t know if I could find a relevant, practical message that could have an impact on those listening. Four chapters, 60 minutes. How?
I just finished giving the lesson and I must say, as I went along the journey of preparing for it, I was delighted to find deep, core Orthodox Christian messages that I was able to share, and that may be easily missed. And this was just the first four chapters! Continue reading
Did you know that the 14th Coptic Pope did not believe it was written by St. John the Evangelist? The Eastern Orthodox Church doesn’t include it anywhere in its lectionaries. A 9th century Patriarch of Constantinople rejected the book altogether. Martin Luther called it “neither apostolic nor prophetic,” and it was the only New Testament book on which John Calvin did not write a commentary. So why is it part of the Bible and accepted by pretty much all Christians today? Before someone shakes your faith in trusting the Bible canon we have at present, here is what you should know. Continue reading
As I was preparing to speak to the Adult Sunday school group at my church on the subject of obedience as it can be found in the Book of Joshua, I feared this would be a difficult task. When I think of the Book of Joshua, I think of the Israelites going into Canaan and taking over the place and all its inhabitants, and then dividing their new promised land (present day Israel) among all the tribes. That’s what this book is about in a nutshell, so where will I find stuff about obedience? In the few chapters (5–7) assigned to me to speak about, I was surprised to find at least 5 ways we can extrapolate practical lessons on obedience. Continue reading