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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #225 on: January 13, 2016, 08:09:18 PM »
At the time 3rd member from Brazil. Interesting.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #226 on: January 13, 2016, 08:19:48 PM »
You mean joining recently? :D
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #227 on: January 13, 2016, 08:23:24 PM »
You mean joining recently? :D

Active. But one joined a few weeks ago, maybe a bit more IIRC.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #228 on: January 14, 2016, 01:30:01 AM »
Greetings to all.
I've been an orthodox christian for some time now. Residing in Brasília - Brazil. 26, lawyer.
I often go to a greek parish here.
I'm joining this forum in hopes of learning more about our faith and developing myself spiritually. One of the downsides of living in my country is that this is no orthodox country and orthodoxy is fairly new here. So we don't have a lot of resources.
I hope to learn from you guys.

Cheers.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #229 on: January 14, 2016, 08:51:24 AM »
Been to this page already, hecma :) TY anyways.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #230 on: January 22, 2016, 02:30:04 PM »
Hello Everyone,

As I have joined the forum I believe an introduction is in order.
I go by the moniker Simple Brother and I am 48 years old. My spiritual journey (for lack of a better word) has covered a wide piece of land. I became a Christian at the age of 16 after a tumultuous childhood. I spent a number of years in the Assemblies of God. In my mid 20's I had an argument with God that ended with me walking away from Him.

I spent the next eight years as a practicing pagan. I followed the usual eclectic New Age gamut (Celtic and Native American shamanism, Wicca, Goetic Thaumaturgy, as well as Chaos Magick). One Friday morning the Lord figuratively slapped my head and told me to straighten up. That was 14 years ago.

I have since been involved in two churches. One was a bapticostal non denominational church and the other a Four Square church where I serve on the board. I was ordained several years ago and my wife and I are also running a small Bible study ministry among unchurched geeks.

I have noted a particular lack of spiritual depth and knowledge of church history among "low church" congregations (Not that I'm anything special).What I do find disturbing is the lack of desire to explore the issue.  It also seems that many of the "high church" denominations are falling into downright heresy(ordaining practicing homosexuals and such).

 I know that no denomination or congregation is perfect. Yet, I can't help but feel that the Ancient church practices are the correct ones. Hence, the last year or so I've been actively studying the Orthodox church and incorporating what I can into my life.

Why don't I convert? Two reasons actually, The first is it would be very disruptive to my marriage. My wife is very happy where we are and as she is my first earthly priority her happiness is more important than mine. The second is I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle. I have trouble enough keeping up with my prayer rule short and simple though it be.

So there we are. I also enjoy reading, the occasional video game and movie. I do a little art as the mood strikes me.

Cheers

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #231 on: January 22, 2016, 02:32:12 PM »
Welcome, simplebrother!  :)
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #232 on: January 22, 2016, 02:38:59 PM »
Thank You,  :)

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #233 on: January 22, 2016, 02:54:04 PM »
Welcome!

...I do not know if I am disciplined enough to live an "Orthodox" lifestyle.

None of us are.  Just look around. 
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #234 on: January 22, 2016, 04:05:33 PM »
Thank you Mor.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #235 on: January 22, 2016, 11:12:02 PM »

Welcome to the Forum!!!

Buckle up and enjoy the ride!!!  :D
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #236 on: January 22, 2016, 11:33:22 PM »
28, seminarian, blacksmith, fish-belly-white red-beareded Metis from Northern Ontario, Canada

I don't know if I posted on here before. So yeah.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #237 on: January 22, 2016, 11:40:26 PM »
Wow. Welcome.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #238 on: January 23, 2016, 12:26:56 AM »
Hm... I suppose I should make a post here!

I generally lurk, on occasion, and very rarely post.

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

I am trying to figure out my post-undergrad life, but as a bottom line, I know that I am in the Church that God wants me to be in. God willing I will enter into law school this coming fall, I am working on applications, and potentially a Master's program as well.

That's about all and more than I would prefer to share but I figured it was worth making somewhat of an introduction. Particularly considering my rare postings, who knows when I shall see you all again!

God bless!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #239 on: January 23, 2016, 12:36:12 AM »
Welcome!

I'm 23. I am from a RC background who became a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church the beginning of last year. Glory to God, I am a little over 1 year old!

Awesome.  :)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #240 on: January 23, 2016, 08:40:28 AM »
Welcome to the Forum!!!!

It's great getting to know the new folks!
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #241 on: January 26, 2016, 03:30:26 PM »
Hello all,

I want to introduce myself. I'm a 30 year old who had the bright idea to go back to school a couple of years ago (law). I'm married with 1 child. I grew up Southern Baptist and was one of those kids that was pretty much there every time the doors were open. Late in my teenage years I began to drift away from my faith while at the same time becoming disillusioned with the church I was going to. I have basically spent the last decade waffling back and forth between the atheist/agnostic realm even though my wife and I were members of an Episcopalian church (we rarely even went).

For whatever reason, I woke up a few months ago with a desire to go to church and to re-discover Christianity. I wish I could tell you what brought it on, but it just kind of hit me one morning. Anyway, the mainstream Protestant world I grew up in doesn't hold much appeal to me, so I was kind of unsure what church to go to. My father-in-law is Orthodox so he lent me some of his books and I went to a Divine Liturgy and loved it. I am still working out what it is that I believe, but Orthodoxy appeals to me on many levels. I've made going to Divine Liturgy part of my normal routine now and the priest has been very gracious in answering my questions and just being there to talk in general.

I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #242 on: January 26, 2016, 03:33:13 PM »
I found this site while just doing some general research. I've been lurking and soaking up as much info as I can. I've really enjoyed it so far. I look forward to fruitful discussions with all of you.

Grant this, O Lord.   ;)
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #243 on: January 27, 2016, 01:16:02 AM »
Welcome to the new folks.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #244 on: April 21, 2016, 04:31:09 PM »
Hello everyone

I'm Peter and I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm very interested in what different Christian groups believe and in particular how different groups practice their faith in liturgy and devotions. I'm a Catholic who was once Anglican, but I know very little about Orthodoxy, so I'm here to discover a little about Orthodoxy to help me understand better how different people worship God. I really am almost completely ignorant about Orthodox customs and terminology, so forgive me if I use the wrong terms for things.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #245 on: April 21, 2016, 10:42:09 PM »
Welcome Petros!  :)
The term planet earth is an innovation which has arisen in recent centuries with the error of heliocentrism.

If one wants to confess a pure doctrine of Orthodoxy, they should be careful not to refer to the earth as a planet, unlike the current Pope as well as Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew, who regularly speak in error when they refer to our planet earth.

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #246 on: April 21, 2016, 11:42:04 PM »
Good to see you here, Petros.
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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #247 on: June 08, 2016, 03:46:17 AM »
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #248 on: June 08, 2016, 03:47:38 AM »
Nice to meet you, Petros!

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Re: Introduction thread for new and old members
« Reply #249 on: June 08, 2016, 03:50:17 AM »
Hello, I'm 40 y.o., Greek.
I'm a deacon in one of the EP's monasteries in Turkey. I serve as librarian here. But now I'm interested how the christian dialog goes in the Internet...

As luck would have it, nowadays no one can be isolated from the world. A lot of atrocious things are happening there. Even now, while I'm writing, victims of the Istanbul terror attack and relatives of those who were killed by the car bomb are suffering. That's why I ask you to pray for the peace in Turkey and everywhere!

Welcome, Father Deacon!
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