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Orthodoxy through another perspective
07-04-2010, 01:14 PM
Post: #19
 
Yes, dear Rick, it is the health of the body which is most important, and there the BOC is indeed blessed. I walked away from the Great Pascha service feeling the real joy of the Risen Lord, and the blessing of the fellowship of which I had just been fortunate to have been a part. The hour and a half journey home passed more speedily than ever, and that was not because of my speed Big Grin

America is different, because Christianity there plays a more important role in public, and perhaps private, life. I remember when I lived in Fulton Mo. 18 years ago being amazed to drive down the high street on a Sunday morning and see that all sixteen Churches on it had full car parks; this in a town of 10,000 souls - and some of them had a second service and were just as full. Our Mr. Blair did not dare mention religion in case people thought he was a 'nutter'; your politicians would be 'nutters' if they failed to mention it.

In a way it is the very pluralism of American religious life which provides Orthodoxy with its recruits. Americans are used to changing their religious affliliations as their spiritual lives develop; the British, when they are religious, tend to be rather as they are with their banks - unwilling to change unless almsot forced to.

Fr. Peter's evangelical background makes him more comfortable (in the best sense) with the idea of evangelising than those of us from the C of E are. We are here, of course, for enquirers, and we do what we can - and perhaps that's all any of us can?

In Christ,

John

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
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The Church of the Imagination - Rick Henry - 01-04-2010, 08:11 PM
[] - John Charmley - 01-04-2010, 09:21 PM
[] - Fr Gregory - 02-04-2010, 02:52 AM
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[] - Rick Henry - 03-04-2010, 11:50 PM
[] - John Charmley - 04-04-2010, 09:12 AM
[] - Rick Henry - 05-04-2010, 03:46 PM
[] - John Charmley - 05-04-2010, 06:16 PM
[] - Fr Gregory - 06-04-2010, 05:32 AM
[] - John Charmley - 06-04-2010, 09:07 AM
[] - Simon - 06-04-2010, 12:48 PM
[] - John Charmley - 06-04-2010, 01:18 PM
On Playing Our Part - Rick Henry - 06-04-2010, 04:03 PM
[] - John Charmley - 06-04-2010, 04:31 PM
[] - Rick Henry - 06-04-2010, 05:09 PM
[] - John Charmley - 07-04-2010 01:14 PM
[] - Simon - 07-04-2010, 01:27 PM
[] - admin - 07-04-2010, 01:41 PM
[] - John Charmley - 07-04-2010, 02:12 PM
[] - Antony-Paul - 07-04-2010, 08:15 PM
[] - John Charmley - 07-04-2010, 10:06 PM
[] - admin - 08-04-2010, 09:01 AM
[] - John Charmley - 08-04-2010, 11:06 AM
[] - Rick Henry - 08-04-2010, 01:20 PM
[] - Rick Henry - 08-04-2010, 01:38 PM
[] - admin - 08-04-2010, 04:24 PM
[] - Rick Henry - 09-04-2010, 11:35 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 09-04-2010, 04:34 PM
St. James? service - James-Antony - 09-04-2010, 09:04 PM
[] - admin - 10-04-2010, 12:26 PM
[] - Simon - 10-04-2010, 04:46 PM
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