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Sunday of Orthodoxy Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/03/sunday-of-orthodoxy/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Orthodoxy , Incarnation Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces the history and theology behind the Sunday of Orthodoxy, sometimes called the Triumph of Orthodoxy, celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church. Why Is Theophany Important? Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2011/01/why-is-theophany-importan/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Theophany , Epiphany Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces the feast of Theophany (also called Epiphany) in the Orthodox Church, suggesting that it is even more important than Nativity because is the fulfillment of the Nativity. Christian or Crusader? Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2011/04/christian-or-crusader/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Language , Witness Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis examines Jesus' use of some very harsh language when he speaks to the religious leaders of his day, noting that there are times when Christians must speak and act forcefully. Corporate Sin: Azariah’s Prayer Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/12/corporate-sin-azariahs-prayer/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Prayer , Sin Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis uses Azariah's prayer (in the Septuagint version of Daniel) to show how sin and repentance are both personal and corporate in the Orthodox Church. Bagging Experiences Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/11/bagging-experiences/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: EXPERIENCE , Goodness Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis uses the Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 to suggest that "what we do does not define who we are, it manifests who we are." The Sunday of the Last Judgement Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/02/sunday-of-last-judgemen/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Judgment , Eschatology , Lent Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces the Sunday of the Last Judgement in the Orthodox Church, emphasizing that eschatological realities are also realities that we begin to experience and participate in even while we are in this life. The Triodion Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2013/03/the-triodion/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Hymn , Lent Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces the Lenten Triodion in the Orthodox Church. The Lenten Triodion is the name of the book of hymns sung during Great Lent and the three weeks of pre-lent in the Orthodox Church. Susanna Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/12/susanna/ Article by Michael Gillis Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis examines the story of Susanna in the Septuagint version of Daniel, seeing her as a victim, "the kind of victim Christ is, who Himself did not respond to His accusers." The Publican And The Pharisee Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/02/publican-and-pharisee/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Pharisees , Liturgy Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces and explains the Sunday in the Orthodox Church where the parable of our Lord concerning the publican and the pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) is commemorated. The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/02/canon-of-st-andrew-of-crete/ Article by Michael Gillis Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces the theologically rich Canon (hymn) of St. Andrew of Crete, recited during the first week of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church. Happy Weakness Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2011/12/happy-weakness/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Weakness Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis uses the example of King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:15 to contrast weakness and strength. Reading the Parable of the Good Samaritan Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/05/reading-parable-of-good-samaritan/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: Weakness Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis follows the hymns of the Orthodox Church in moving beyond a moral reading of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) to one that identifies with the weakness of the wounded man. Full Text Hymns on Michael Gillis Peace I give you, peace I leave you (Gilligan)PD
Retelling the Beatitudes Poetry by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/08/reflection-not-quite-poem-on-beatitudes/ Poetry by Michael Gillis Topics: Beatitudes Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis offers a reflective retelling of the beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12). Sequoia Blackberries Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/06/sequoia-blackberries/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: Sin Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis examines sin by likening it to Sequoia Blackberry bushes, an evasive spices with with sweet berries. Lesser Commandments Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/02/lesser-commandments/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Commandments , Love your neighbor , Love to God Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis uses Matthew 22:40 to consider the need for "lesser commandments" in the Christian life and Church that hang on the greatest commandment of love. Bearing Fruit in Good Works Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/12/bearing-fruit-in-good-works/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: Good works , Suffering Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis offers commentary on Paul's teaching about good works in Colossians 1:10-11. The Prodigal Son Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2012/02/prodigal-son/ Article by Michael Gillis Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis shares the pre-Lenten focus on the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) in the Orthodox Church, who becomes a paradigm of repentance and approach toward God. Returning To Paradise Article by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2013/03/returning-to-paradise/ Article by Michael Gillis Topics: Forgiveness , Adam Source: Ancient Faith Blog Michael Gillis introduces Forgiveness Sunday in the Orthodox Church, which commemorates the expulsion of Adam from Paradise. Gentleness Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2010/10/gentleness/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: Gentleness , Peace Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this commentary from the Orthodox tradition, Michael Gillis uses Philippians 4:4-9 to link gentleness with the experience of peace. The Harsh Parables of Luke Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/prayingintherain/2011/11/harsh-parables-of-luke/ Sermon Preparation or Illustration by Michael Gillis Topics: Parables , Luke , Luke , Daily Living Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this commentary on Luke 12:16-21 from the Orthodox tradition, Fr. Michael Gillis shows how Luke wants us to know that whatever we do in this world will certainly influence what happens in the next.