Academy Newsletters


June 2010 Newsletter: Jesus Goes to Jerusalem to Heal a Sick Man

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

We now have available CHAPTER 5 OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN – PART I. Chapter 5 begins with Jesus going up to Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost. While there, we read and gain spiritual insight about the healing of the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda – the House of Grace. For Orthodox, this is a foreshadowing of Baptism in which God's grace in the goodness of salvation is poured out abundantly on the baptized. It reveal its power to cleanse sins, restore the relationship between God and man, and make people alive.

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May 2010 Newsletter: The Flood Ceases

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

This month we continue with our second booklet from the Book of Genesis – Noah to Abraham, including Chapters Chapter 8-20. These detailed notes help bring a better grasp of the verses found in the OSB – Old Testament and New Testament and confirm our need to know the Orthodox Church to grasp Holy Scripture. The format offers explanation and understanding of the verses with the notes based on the Fathers of the Church. New Testament Scriptures are underlined to show harmony with the Old. We hope you find the following snippet relevant to the season of the Last Supper, Pascha and the coming of the One promised by the Lord – the Comforter – the Holy Spirit.

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April 2010 Newsletter: Jesus' Words Prove He Claims To Be Equal With The Father

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

In love of our newly departed Fr. Jack and his eternal remembrance, we offer a teaching from an upcoming Academy booklet on the Gospel of John. This seems appropriate during the Paschal season, as we celebrate our being set free from the fear of death; learning, by faith, to live in the hope of the Resurrection and His promise of the world to come.

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March 2010 Newsletter: Hospitality of Abraham

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

The letter below continues our in-depth study of the BOOK OF GENESIS and is a small snippet of this month booklet: NOAH TO ABRAHAM. These are the more detailed notes edited for the OSB - Old and New Testament. It provides a detailed explanation of the time from the Covenant of Noah to just before the birth of Isaac, the son of Abraham. We start with a few verses followed by a detail discussion. It is perfect for family study. The notes are based on the renowned Fathers of the Church with relevant Scriptures included to help connect the dots. Please don’t miss these.

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February 2010 Newsletter: The Flood and Baptism

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

This month’s booklet concerns the study notes from the Book of Genesis. What follows are the complete and detailed study notes from CHAPTER 7: THE FLOOD. From these detailed notes, came the finalized study notes found in the OSB - Old and New Testament. This booklet provides a more detailed account and explanation of Noah and the Flood. The layout format offers a general summary of the verses being studied. After this, we offer a more detailed explanation and understanding as to their meaning, based on the renowned Fathers of the Church. Included and underlined, are relevant New Testament Scriptures to show how that which is first foreshadowed in the Old, is brought to light in the New Testament, showing the harmonious interconnection.

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January 2010 Newsletter: The Benefits of Baptism

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

We continue our work on the Gospel of John as viewed primarily from the teachings of St. John Chrysostom. Yet, considering the significance of the Season of the Baptism of our Christ, the Son of the living God in Whom His Father was well pleased, we thought it might be helpful to present a few thoughts regarding Baptism from his writings. It gives a small taste of our next project – the Book of Romans. Sadly, there is only space for Verse 18. However, perhaps it will inspire further reading about our own Baptism in the Orthodox Study Bible: Old and New Testaments, while reminding us of His eternal love for all mankind – both Jew and Gentile.

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December 2009 Newsletter: The Incarnation of Christ - The Mystery of Salvation

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE NAME JESUS: We properly unite the word Nativity with the prophecy of Isaiah (OSB- Is. 9:5) and the marvel of Mary giving birth to her son, though she knew no man. We rightly praise her as the mother of our God – the Theotokos. For within her womb, she held the uncontainable divine person Jesus – the Word of the Father, and the “I” of the I Am – the Existing One (Ex 3:14).

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November 2009 Newsletter: An Orthodox Response to Nominalism

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Nominalism is a way of thinking, a view point, that dominates Western thought. But more, it is a paradigm shift from what the Apostles preached, the Bible speaks, and the Church taught. To Orthodoxy, it is a darkening veil forming over the eyes of Christians and non-believers that denies Orthodox universal truths. It prefers to view people as but mere individuals able to be known only by their responses to environmental surroundings, political situations, or social upbringing – things over which they have no control. This thereby gives one the opportunity to excuse himself from poor choices and accountability. Such over emphasis on individual perspectives, experiences, and emotions, can weaken the all-important, on-going, interaction that exists between one’s soul and body – and the individual person – interacting with Jesus, our Christ. Thus Nominalism can be a stumbling block to what the Lord delivered to the Apostles.

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October 2009 Newsletter: Why the OSB – Septuagint Old Testament?

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Because it has been, from the first, the only authoritative text of the Church. It is the only text able to escape questions of motivation or scholastic doubt. It originated with 70 scholars writing 200 plus years before Christ’s incarnation, before Mary became the Mother of God, before Christ was crucified and then rose, and the words of the Prophets fulfilled. Perhaps St. Augustines says it best: “the Jews, being envious of our translation of their Law and Prophets, made alterations in their texts for the purpose of undermining the authority of ours” (De Cititae Dei 15:11).

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September 2009 Newsletter: The Dormition of Mary

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

In August, the last month of the Church year, we honored the Dormition of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. In September, we start the new year by celebrating the great joy of the Birth of the Theotokos, the virgin and first-fruits foreshadowed in the Old Testament by type, the Prophets, and promise. She who would choose to become the God-bearer. She who is to hold in her own womb, the very One who gave her life – the uncontainable Creator of all. Therefore let us rejoice with awe, in the mystery and anticipation surrounding this new life and its hope of fulfillment. Truly, the Theotokos is our window of new Hope; the door and the ladder to our return to eternal Paradise. And it is her son Jesus, and our Christ and Savior, Who leads us as our Good Shepherd, on this straight and narrow path.

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August 2009 Newsletter: Transfiguration and Dormition

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

While on Mount Tabor, Jesus Christ shone forth from Himself, a most radiant white Light; a Light of glory so brilliant His disciples, Peter, James, and John, could not comprehend it. It is here that Moses, the giver of the Law, and Elijah the prophet, speak face to face with the Lord in His glory. Here Jesus shows Himself to be the God, not of the dead, but of the living. It is here the "I AM" manifests Himself to us. Here He reveals to us the true beauty of our human nature, created in His likeness and image, when we freely choose to be in union and communion with Him.

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July 2009 Newsletter: Helping to Prepare the Heart to Receive His Word

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Friends of the Academy have been asking about our courses. Are they for priests and deacons? Do they have to be scholarly to grasp and understand the material? The answer to both is no. Our courses are written with the common man in mind; to bring anyone desiring to be nearer to the Lord, a straightforward way to deepen his love for Jesus Christ and His teachings.

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June 2009 Newsletter: Pentecost - The Great Commission

Dear Friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

After the Lords Ascension, His eleven disciples returned to Jerusalem as instructed. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit indwelt and sealed within these eleven disciples of Christ, His gift. But what was this gift. Perhaps Ezekiel 36:26-28 – Orthodox Study Bible – gives us a clue: "I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I shall take the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh. I shall put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes and you will keep my judgements and do them."

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