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Today's Scripture: At that time, Jesus entered the temple of God and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer'; but you make it a den of robbers." And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only. And he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?"

The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 21:12-14; 17-20,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the Bible study notes below.

Additional reading for today: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 «

Today's diary - life in Ireland

Every time I've walked up or down Port Road I've looked up the side street next to the An Grianan Theater and wondered what that building is—it must be the most modern-looking one in town—but the hill was so steep I kept walking. But this being the final blog from the Republic at least on this visit, and the larder of "life-in" photos being bare, today I made the climb and had to get close enough to read the sign you see in the window to find out it's the Donegal Arts Center. Rather impressive for a town of some twenty thousand souls in a county in which it is the largest town, by far.

The clouds are moving and gathering in a way that portends possible heavy rain as I make my way to points south and the trees are waving me goodbye.

See you from Romania on August 10, Lord willing. «

Headlines - an Orthodox Christian news aggregator
Links to news, features, research and opinion pieces. See caveats, below.

Reuters: instead of eliminating ISIS, Obama wants to use it for his projects in Iraq

Ben Shapiro: world explodes over dead lion, ignores dissection of human babies

ISIS paper details plan for 'end of the world' fight with US, starting with attack on India

Ryan T. Anderson: Corporate elites are lobbying to crush marriage advocates

Camille Paglia: 'Liberals think they're very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!'

Mia Farrow tweeted home address of the dentist who killed Cecil the African Lion

LGBT activists send message to Pope Francis; so does the New York Times (again)

Satanic cult gives funds for abortion rights in wake of Planned Parenthood outrage

Candace Cameron Bure: what having millions of followers taught me about dialogue

Catholic 'Shadow council' pushed the acceptance of contraception, homosexuality

Christian worldview - the mind of Christ
(This department alternates with Writing stuff)

Once again, St. Paisios, who was glorified officially by the church only at the beginning of this year, is bringing additional truth and new ways of looking at it. The "mindset of secular people" or the secular mindset, is the reason this department exists.

As C.S. Lewis emphasized, in every generation there is a mindset (zeitgeist) that prevails, and everyone partakes in it and is far more influenced by it than people usually realize. That mindset of this post-modern time in history is secularism, secularization, also called secular humanism, which puts itself in opposition to the Christian or biblical worldview that may have been dominant or at least formed the consensus in earlier times. Not only should we need to decide what we want most, we need to ask if the people we want to lead us nationally and locally want the sympathy of the world more than they want a community in communion with God.

The mind of Christ is gained by spending time reading and meditating on His Words and those of His Father, the fathers of the church, and the church's liturgical prayers, and letting them permeate and become our zeitgeist. «

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Today's quotes


He does not show humility who accuses himself (for who will not accept rebukes from himself?), but he who, being rebuked by another, does not decrease his love toward him.

St. John of the Ladder «

The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than among Fascists. The methods may (at first) differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientist in pince-nez, many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst, means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rulers of Germany.

— C. S. Lewis «

Bible study notes: Today's Gospel passages are both the prime examples of righteous anger on Jesus' part, his driving the money-changers out of the temple and cursing the fig tree. The people regarded Him as Prophet enough to allow his cleansing the temple, as prophets always were God's most direct conduits of His Word to His people. In today's epistle passage, the prophetic gift in the church is the main focus, and it implies that prophecy was a widely distributed gift in the original church.

A word with God: Lord make us faithful to proclaim your Word when we receive it, and attentive to hear it as we go about our lives today. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. «

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Every-day important things; A word from God; a word with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview); something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts to sharpen your thinking.

Caveats on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news, features, research and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested (could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «

Unless specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from the social networks. «

Quotations usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «

Videos used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube), and occasionally these are removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «

Comments: Please leave comments on my Facebook or Google+ page. «

§ I have now uploaded over 3,000 photos and videos, mostly from my recent 19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred photos and videos from my summer in Pennsylvania (2012), some photos of the family, and some new ones from Malta on my Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by sets. Click here for the Flicker site.

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Please pray for my mission to Europe. You can read my background overview of this undertaking here. My permanent/postal address is 632 North 20th Street, San Jose, CA 95112; my telephone number is +44 7478 659031.

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between an American lay missionary in Europe, his friends there, his friends in his home parish in Silicon Valley, California, and his friends in his native coalfields of Western Pennsylvania, and any others interested. When time for deeper reflection is lacking, this may consist mainly of reposts of things from online networks that seem to resonate with members of his circles.

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