Series finale and I AM BACK!  After being off for the past few weeks, I returned to The Well yesterday to wrap up our series “When Science and God Collide” with a message titled THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE AND FAITH.

Is it possible to study science and still maintain faith?  Or is faith against all things science?  Is it ever possible to have both: a deep love for science and a strong belief in God?

Check out the video above to check out my answers to those questions and discover for yourself what happens when science and God collide.

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Just a couple more weeks left in my summer blogging hiatus, but in the meantime here’s another “classic’ from yesteryear.  This post was written in 2014 and it’s absolutely one of my favorites.  Something inside me told me that many people need to hear this message today.  Hope it encourages you in some way.  And I’ll still be on PERISCOPE today at 12:30 pm EST to answer whatever questions you might have about this post or anything else.

jesus lazarusEvery now and then I read a passage in the Bible that just clicks.  One sentence will speak volumes and resonate on so many levels.  Today was one of those days.

This morning I was reading John 12 – the story of when Jesus went to visit the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus just after raising Lazarus from the dead in chapter 11 (see John 11:38-45).  The part that struck me was this:

“But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.”  John 12:10-11

Lazarus had a great miracle happen to him.  He was raised from the dead by Jesus after being dead for 4 days in the tomb.  That isn’t the kind of thing that happens every day – even while Jesus was alive on the earth.  And now that he was alive, he was a living testimony to the power of Jesus.

The chief priests were trying to tell everyone that Jesus was a bad guy or just a normal guy at best.  Their message was “don’t follow Him.  He is nothing special.  Keep living your life as usual and don’t pay too much attention to what He is saying.”

But when Lazarus walked into the room, their message became much less effective.  Lazarus was a walking billboard – shouting out JESUS IS THE REAL DEAL!  JESUS IS ALL-POWERFUL!  JESUS IS GOD!  You couldn’t escape it as long as Lazarus was alive.

So the chief priests tried to kill him.  They hated his guts because he stood in direct opposition to their message.  Without saying a word, he was a bringing many people to believe in Jesus just by his very existence.

Are you Lazarus too? 

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Where did man come from?  Do we believe that we came from apes?  Do we believe that God created us and everything else in the universe in just 6 days?  Is that really what we believe?

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of mankind and how evolution fits into our Orthodox Christian worldview, then check out Part 3 in our series “When Science and God Collide.”

In this week’s topic, Subdeacon Michael Guirguis opened our eyes to a new way of looking at the “apparent” conflict between creationism and evolution.

Enjoy!

 

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This is a guest post from John Habib – author of “Orthodox Afterlife,” written after he came back to the faith of his youth in young adulthood upon encountering an afterlife story handwritten by an Egyptian Christian monk, which eventually sparked a fifteen year quest to arrive at what the Orthodox Christian understanding of the afterlife really is. You can read more about John on his blog, Orthodox Christian Meets World.  If you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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One afterlife experience by a contemporary Egyptian Christian monk altered my life and allowed me to regain an eternal perspective on living. Formerly, as I busied myself satisfying my sinful desires, I knew God existed, but He was not relevant. Yet, as I heard my mom read to me the monk’s afterlife experience (translating it from Arabic to English), I imagined myself in his place having to face the repercussions of my decisions in life. It was then that my heart and mind flooded with the feeling expressed by the wise Solomon: “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14).

“Vanity.” Suddenly I was enveloped with the immensity of this word. Partying, clubbing, and all sorts of unfruitful works that I had been so actively seeking suddenly deflated to being of no value—complete and utter vanity. When I die, what will I bring with me? What will I present to God? That moment after death when the state of my eternal existence is determined, what will I have done in life that will help me so I may pass on to live in eternal bliss? Everything we do in life will fall into one of two buckets: vain and worthless, or fruitful and worthwhile. Sadly I had been filling the wrong bucket, and I was shaken with fear over what I had done, and what would have happened if I had died so unprepared.

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Part 2 of our latest series, WHEN SCIENCE AND GOD COLLIDE, and this week we’re talking about a subject that’s on many people’s minds: THE ENVIRONMENT.

As sons and daughters of the Creator, what is our role towards the environment?  How should we interact with the world around us?  And does it really even matter?

Special thanks to my good friend Peter Karras for sharing his thoughts on the subject in Part 2 of When Science and God Collide.

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“ASK ME ANYTHING” scope

August 10, 2016 — 1 Comment

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Question and Answer Q&A Sign And 3d Character As Symbol For SupportI’m still taking a break from blogging for the summer, but that means it’s the perfect time for another “ASK ME ANYTHING” scope today at 12:30 pm EST.

So get your questions ready and I’ll do my best to answer them.

You can submit questions LIVE during the broadcast, or by tweeting me (@FrAnthony), or by leaving a comment on this post.  Questions submitted via twitter and the comments section will be given priority, and I’ll get to the live ones as time allows.

See you at 12:30 pm EST today.