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  • 02/20/15--02:00: How Will We Be Judged?
  • As you can imagine, I get involved in many conversations relating to religion, life, and death.  More often than not the conversation turns to how we will be judged in the end.  The final Sunday of preparation before the start of Great Lent focuses on this topic of the last judgment.  Not to scare us […]

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    In the Orthodox Church, the first day of Great Lent falls on a Monday and is called Clean Monday.  This is the day that the fast begins in earnest, and the journey towards Pascha has begun.  On Sunday night, we serve the Forgiveness Vespers and at the conclusion of the service we ask each other […]

    The post Why I Do Not Give Up Social Media for Lent appeared first on Fr. Peter Michael Preble.

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  • 02/27/15--02:00: The Necessity of Forgiveness
  • The last of the preparatory Sundays in the Orthodox Church is the Sunday of Forgiveness.  This is the Sunday that we call to mind the expulsion of our first parents from paradise and the Icon of this day depicts Adam and Eve sitting outside of the closed doors of paradise weeping for what they have […]

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  • 03/23/15--07:37: 10 Tips for Stress Control
  • As people, we are under more and more stress each and every day and that stress is not good for us.  Stress can, and will, affect us physically and spiritually as well as emotionally so knowing how to deal with stress is the key to health. Here are ten tips for dealing with stress in […]

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  • 04/01/15--04:49: Fear of Flying
  • I have an intense almost paralyzing fear of flying.  I have not always had this fear, and I am not sure when I developed it but sometimes, like now, just thinking about flying turns my hands moist and I start to shiver. I understand that fear, like all of the emotions and passions, are irrational, […]

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  • 04/11/15--04:24: The Humanity of Jesus
  •   I am not a big fan of biblical movies.  Now I will admit I do like the 10 Commandments, but the recent, so-called, biblical movies have been more movie than the bible.  However, I recently had the opportunity to watch Jesus Christ Superstar, and I find it somewhat interesting.  The movie was made in […]

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  • 05/01/15--02:00: It Is Well
  • I have the very high honor of serving as chaplain for a local fire department as well as for the military, and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my ministry.  Serving those who serve carries a huge weight of responsibility because these folks do not let people into their lives easily.  For […]

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  • 05/15/15--02:00: Just Hold My Hand
  • Dementia is a horrible disease that robs the person of their memory and their life.  Dementia is not a specific disease, but it describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and an inability of a person to perform daily tasks.  Alzheimer ’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of […]

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    Recently, the Pew Research Forum released a study concerning the religious landscape in America.  The results are sobering for those of us in church work and require much thought and consultation moving forward.  I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone but the numbers of Christians, or rather people who consider themselves […]

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  • 05/29/15--02:00: Ministry of Presence
  • Much of what we do as clergy can get lost in the sameness of life.  The humdrum of life marches every forward moving us along with it.  Sometimes we go from meeting to meeting, Sunday to Sunday just going through the motions and then there is an event that changes it all. If you have […]

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  • 07/10/15--02:00: Pastors and Social Media
  • I am always on the hunt for tools for my pastoral tool bag and I recently stumbled upon one that is just amazing.  The Pro Church Tools Podcast “brings together the brightest minds in church to share their best tips, tricks, lessons, & research from the trenches of ministry.”  In each episode the host interviews […]

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  • 07/22/15--07:00: You are a Royal Priesthood
  • In the daily Bible study work that I am presently engaged in, (sign up here) the focus is on the First Letter of St. Peter.  At the present time we are working our way through the second chapter and the focus is on the calling of all Christians to the priesthood.  For some this is […]

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    For a few days this week I am attending the National Church Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Progressive Renewal.  The first observation I will make is that church people still have faith and hope in and for the future!  It is so refreshing to attend a conference that is upbeat and hopeful. So […]

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  • 08/31/15--06:08: Faith Without Works is Dead
  • “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Martin Luther was not a fan of the Letter of St. James mostly for the reason that it sort of took the wind out of the […]

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    When churches were being built in America they were often built in communities by people who live in those communities.  What happens when the church no longer reflects the community? Ron Edmondson asks this question in a recent article on the website Ministry Matters.  In the article he lays out three options, and he stresses […]

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  • 09/11/15--02:00: Eldership in the Church
  • To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them-not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; […]

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    Church World Service (CWS), Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and other faith communities are urging the U.S. government to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing the total U.S. resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world. The CWS and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are […]

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  • 11/09/15--02:00: The Wrong Kind of Religion
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  • 11/12/15--09:31: Song of the Day ~ Greater
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  • 11/23/15--02:00: The Fear of Fear

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