In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we hear Jesus quote the ancient scripture from the prophesies of Isaiah and from that moment on, He began to preach this message: “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand,” (4:12-17). Those particular words have stirred up some anxiety and fear in the hearts of people… Continue reading My Bible, My Friend!
Have you ever felt frustrated — I mean really frustrated? Have you ever let a difficult or undesirable circumstance ruin your mood and sour your attitude toward the day? I imagine everyone of us has felt some degree of frustration this past week over something. I wouldn’t be telling you anything new if I said… Continue reading Frustration!
Much of what I do in my ministry remains private. People tell me stories of pain and hurt that I will take to my grave. Many share personal shortcomings, seek relief from guilt, and ask for direction, trusting that I will never repeat what they tell me. Sometimes the stories humble me. Other times they… Continue reading Who Is Zaccheus Today?
“The burden against Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt; the idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst” [Isaiah 19:1]. This prophesy was fulfilled when the Holy Family entered Egypt. With this entrance, Egypt’s idols collapsed forever. … Continue reading Copts In The Bible!
“‘Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young you girded yourself, and walked wherever you wished: but when you are old, you will stretch our your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.’ And this He said, signifying by what death he would glorify God” (John… Continue reading Peters Portrait!
The Roman Catholic Church believes in Filoque. So what is Filoque, Put simply it’s the belief that the Holy Spirit proceeded from both the “Father” and the “Son”. In orthodoxy however we hold firmly to the true faith that was handed to us by the fathers and that which is in accordance with the scriptures.… Continue reading Filoque
Why did the Lord appear to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection? Why did He say to her ” Do not cling to Me,” (John 20:17) While He allowed Saint Thomas to touch Him? (John 20:27). He, also, allowed the rest of the apostles to touch him. (Luke 24:39) Did He prevent her from touching Him… Continue reading Do not cling to Me!
Holy Week begins on the Saturday of Lazarus, It begins with a resurrection (Lazarus) and it ends with a resurrection (Christ). Thus, Holy Week is placed between two brilliant shafts of light which illuminate the darkness of the Cross with meaning and ultimate joy. Before this, Jesus had raised at least two others from the… Continue reading Lazarus Saturday
In what is possibly the most amazing story of the New Testament, The Samaritan woman’s encounter with our Saviour has mesmerised so many generations because of its magnifenct beauty, its gentless as well as its great promise! The living water is given to all, but not many receive it! CLICK HERE for the article on… Continue reading The LIVING WATER
Who is Nathanael? What did Jesus mean when he said to Nathanael that he saw him under the Fig Tree? Why did Nathanael proclaim the Messiah had arrived when he heard this? The article below presents a simple taste of the beauty of Orthodox Tradition on who this individual was. CLICK HERE for the article God… Continue reading I Saw You Under The Fig Tree – Nathanael
Christians generally see the Old Testament as an antiquity that requires no attention, however this could not be further from the truth. The Old Testament is the key to the New Testatament Late last year the Coptic Church in Sydney ran a Mastermind Competition about the Book of Numbers authored by Moses the Prophet. Here is… Continue reading THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
Its the biggest question that man asks, it is the hope that Christians live for. It is the Second Coming, the Heavenly Jerusalem. But what is heaven, when will it come, how will it look like, what will we do…… The book of Revelations by St John the Beloved, provides humanity with insightful imagery of… Continue reading BOOK OF REVELATION
Recently our parish Father, asked me to write a reply to one of our protestant brothers in regards to the following issues. 1. Concerning Priesthood 2. Concerning the Orthodox understanding of Sacraments 3. The true understanding of what really happens during communion and what is meant by remembrance or the Anamnesis. Below is the article… Continue reading Priesthood, Sacraments and the Anamnesis
Not to long ago, we had a servants meeting at church and the happenings of 1 Samuel 28 came to light. Great discussion and debate raged, however we all left not knowing what really happened in the account given about Samuel being called from Hades by the medium of Endor. Was it really Samuel or… Continue reading Samuel & The Witch at Endor
I recently received an email from a friend, who asked me to comment on the Book of Judith, this is my reply to him……. My friend, While studying the book of Judith we must keep in mind three things; Its history The people it represents The events it documents in mind. Without a thorough understanding… Continue reading The Book of Judith