Salvo Magazine Society, Sex, and Science Evangelical Environmental Network Reflections on Biblical and Christian Philosophy The Barna Group - Barna Update Codex Sinaiticus - Home Encyclopedia Coptica: The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church Of Egypt Encyclopedia Coptica is Courtesy of The word Copt is derived from the Greek word Aigyptos, which was, in turn, derived from "Hikaptah", one of the names for Memphis, the first capital of Ancient Egypt. The modern use of the term "Coptic" describes Egyptian Christians, as well as the last stage of the ancient Egyptian language script. Also, it describes the distinctive art and architecture that developed as an early expression of the new faith. The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of Saint Mark who brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century, a dozen of years after the Lord's ascension. Although fully integrated into the body of the modern Egyptian nation, the Copts have survived as a strong religious entity who pride themselves on their contribution to the Christian world. The contributions of the Coptic Church to Christendom are many. Last Updated: January 2006 References: Translations:
The Dynamic Horologion And Psalter Welcome to the Dynamic Horologion & Psalter This site provides dynamic access to an Orthodox Horologion and Psalter. The Psalter is a Septuagint translation called "The Psalter According to the Seventy" by The Holy Transfiguration Monastery. The horologion prayers come from "The Great Horologion" also published by The Holy Transfiguration Monastery. Both are used with their kind permission. Finally, the translations of troparia and kontakia come from the complete Menaion translations, published by The St. Features: You can view the current fixed worship service from the Horlogion for the day and time, including it's variable Psalter readings, and dismissal hymns as read by a Reader or Layperson (aka a Reader's service).You can view the current variable Psalter Kathisma readings for the day and time.You can manually view a given fixed Hourly Service from the Horlogion for the day.You can manually view the Troparion and Kontakion for the day.You can view a single kathisma or Psalm. Notes
Orthodoxy through Patristic and Monastic Study CopticChurch.Net - Coptic Orthodox Church Network Tasbeha.org : Coptic Hymns, Praises, and Divine Liturgies The Catholic Thing - Catholic CommentaryThe Catholic Thing | Catholic Commentary Clarion: Journal of Spirituality and Justice Red Pill or Blue Pill? How much choice does any individual human actually have? We speak of "free will"—but how much of a choice to accept God's grace does anyone have, given the brainwashing and propaganda to which they are subjected? How much of a choice to accept God's grace does a young boy in a radicalized Muslim school have? How much of a choice to accept God's grace does someone have who is ensnared by some ultra fundamentalist church, where performance-based religion rules? Being in Christ is a divine invitation to an eternal relationship, open to everyone. But how much of a choice do we really have? 1) I believe God provides an open invitation to all mankind—and that in some way, somehow, God will, in his perfect wisdom and love, eventually draw people to himself. 2) God's grace draws us to Christ (see John 6:44 and 6:65). When God "draws" us he graciously overcomes the spiritual inertia that holds us captive.
House Church Theology: Doctrine of Election The New Testament has fourteen references to "election" or "God's elect." Obviously, those passages refer to those who have found salvation in Christ. But thinkers like John Calvin were not at all content with such a simple explanation. Committed to the strong church-state system that had been in place for over 1000 years, and knowing that some (if not most) of their fellow countrymen were unregenerate, they faced a theological dilemma: The entire Constantinian concept of church-state identity would have to be discarded, or They would have to invent a new doctrine to patch over the problem. Calvinism Passages like Rom. 8:30 caused Calvin to define the invisible church by focusing on "predestination." About seventy years after the last edition of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion had been published, this understanding of election started to unravel. The debate no doubt penetrated all levels of society. All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players.
Preface to 'Jesus' - a Blending of the Gospels Jesus Christ is undoubtedly the single most influential figure in the history of Western civilization. His influence touches the daily life of every individual. Yet, most know little about him. More often than not, what they do know has been altered by myth and colored by misconception. The story of his birth is familiar through numberless recounting at Christmas time, as are the details of his death through annual Easter celebrations, but his life and his teachings are little known and less understood. The Jesus portrayed in the four accounts in the gospels is unlike the commonly held conceptions of him, and anyone expecting to read in these pages of the "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" will be caught by surprise. There are other obstacles. It was for precisely these reasons that this book, Jesus, was prepared. It should be understood that what is presented here is not nor does it purport to be another translation of the gospels: it is a synthesis of the gospels rendered in a paraphrase.