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David Bissias
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Where Credit is Due...
One of my previous blogs was highly critical of an article by Dr. Valerie Karras ( see here ).  While I stand by my observations in that blog, in all fairness I do believe in giving credit where credit is due, and therefore I would note two things. First, i...

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On Cremation and Suicide: A Comment
In a recent issue of the Orthodox Observer , Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver commented on two controversial issues, that of cremation and suicide. I don't know exactly what prompted the thoughts of His Eminence, but from the reaction online by various laypers...

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Much Ado about Diaspora
As we approach the date of the planned Great and Holy Council of Orthodox Churches, it is significant that the first item on the agenda concerns the so-called "Orthodox Diaspora," a phrase that still upsets some people as somehow demeaning or disrespectful ...

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San Bernadino: Mindless Platitudes and Prayer
Our prayers go out to the survivors and families of the victims of the terrorist attack at a facility reportedly serving persons with developmental disabilities in San Bernadino, CA.  And prayers ARE an appropriate response, despite the glib and pathetic fr...
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