Guns in Churches, some pragmatic concerns

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When I reflect on the idea of people having permits to carry concealed weapons in church, the following thoughts come to mind. While people may be well trained in using a fire arm, the question remains as to what if someone enters a church and begins to fire openly on parishioners, thereby prompting one who has a firearm to use … Read More

Crivella Reflection

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by Deacon Basil Crivella A 3rd-year Seminarian in St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. He belongs to the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest. Deacon Basil prepared this sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, the Sunday of St. John Climacus. He and his wife Rose of the parents of four children two of which … Read More

Understanding Self-Esteem

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by Philip Mamalakis, Ph.D. Holy Cross Greek orthodox School of Theology Self-esteem is usually defined as our sense of our own value or worth – how we feel about ourselves. Does a person, understand and see himself as good and capable, and is he secure in his value, or does a person feel, or believe, that he is bad, incapable, … Read More

Gun Shootings in Synagogues and Churches

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In the last several months there have been a series of attacks in synagogues and churches (the most recent a few days ago in San Diego). People have entered these places of worship using guns to kill congregants. On Western Easter, there were a series of bombings in Catholic Churches of Sri Lanka (and other targets) that killed over 300 … Read More


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Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘He who believes will not be in haste.’ (Isaiah 28:16) Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the … Read More

We start a second year

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It was around this time one year ago that the Midwest Family Website made its online debut. I think much has gone the way I had hoped it would. It takes time to develop a website, and there is more work that remains to be done. There are two things I would like to see happen in the coming year. … Read More

Not My Will, But Thy Will Be Done

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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even death on … Read More

Obedience and Trust

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Matthew 5:34-37   But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let … Read More