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Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt The polar vortex is a large upper-level zone of cold air that hovers over the northern artic region of the globe during the winter season. When the polar vortex is pushed further south, this frigid air pocket can occasionally reach portions of the United States. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, “such a vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures for several days at a time.” The recent polar vortex of 2019 has created…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Merry Christmas Click Bells to View Video Bells are used to tell time, sound an alarm, call to worship, toll the passing of loved ones, commemorate historical events, and express joy. By recalling God’s Gift of the Incarnation of His Son, Christmas bells also encourage philanthropic generosity. Bells are only mentioned once in Holy Scripture. Attached to Aaron’s vestments and “heard when he went into the Holy Place before the Lord” (Exodus 28:33-35), the sound of the High Priest’s bells indicated the condition of Israel’s relationship with God. While the sound…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” ~ I Corinthians 4:2 Looking through binoculars while on expedition to a hard-to-reach location in the Alps, a group of botanists discovered a rare flower growing out of the side of a deep ravine. To successfully reach the exotic blossom, however, someone would have to carefully descend into the gorge. Noticing a local youngster standing nearby, the botanists asked if he would allow himself to be lowered with a rope along the side of the dangerous canyon. Excited,…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, many Jews read the inscription on his cross. It was written in Hebrew, Roman, and Greek.” John 19:20 Schools of theological education rest at the crossroads of society. Like the raised “bema” of the ancient Greek philosophers and the “platform step” of the Jewish synagogue (Neh. 8:4), the educational pulpit of the nation’s institutions of theological higher learning were originally established to engage the intersection of church, culture, and commerce. To continue to effectively do so, however, contemporary theological schools and…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.” – Thornton Wilder The Matchmaker is a four-act comedy written by playwright Thornton Wilder in 1955. Due to its success on Broadway, the high-society satire was adapted in 1964 as the highly acclaimed musical, Hello, Dolly! The Matchmaker’s fundamental comic storyline centers on a wealthy widower, Horace Vandergelder, who enlists the services of marriage-broker, Dolly Gallagher Levi, to find a new wife. Amusing pandemonium ensues when Dolly, herself a widow, decides she wants the tight-fisted millionaire for herself. Like…

Year Ending:  Looking Ahead ….Why not make a year-end, tax deductible donation to Orthodox Christian Laity? Click here.  Checks welcome. A highlight of the Orthodox Christian Laity 30th Anniversary Meeting was the presentation of a gift from the estate of Emilie Koulogeorge. Why not consider leaving a legacy donation in your will to OCL?  Such a  gift will insure that a permanent independent  advocate exists to maintain the role of the laity in the life of the Church. Source: Oinos Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting (Part 2 of “Creating a Legacy”) by Frank Marangos, D.Min., ED.D. “Put your house in order, because you are going to die.” 2 Kings 20:1; Isaiah 38:1 Benjamin Franklin once said, “death takes no bribes.”  In other words, when faced with imminent demise, all the money in the world is unable to buy the victim one more hour. That is . . . unless your name is Hezekiah, who apart from being one of the Old Testament kings mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, is best known for requesting that God heal his incurable disease…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, Ed.D. “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice?  She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet.  She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, and at the entrance of the doors.” Proverbs 8:1-3 On July 4th, millions of Americans commemorated the Platinum Anniversary (70-year) of the nation’s cause célèbre of UFO sightings. According to select eyewitnesses, on the evening of July 4th, 1947, dismembered alien bodies and fragments of a lightweight metallic spacecraft were discovered on…

Source: OINOSConsulting.com Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “Happy is that house which is visited by some royal personage. But more happy is the soul that is visited by the Queen of the world, the most holy Mary, who cannot but fill with mercies and graces those blessed souls whom she deigns to visit with her favors.” ~ Saint Alphonsus de’ Liguori In 626, while the Byzantine Emperor Heracleios was on a military expedition, a barbaric horde laid siege upon his territory’s defenseless capital. In desperation, the outnumbered citizens of Constantinople turned to…

Source: OINOSConsulting.com Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  –  Mark Twain While visiting a small coastal village, an American banker complemented a local Mexican fisherman on his successful catch. “How long did it take you?” asked the banker, ogling several large yellow-fin tunas lying in the man’s small boat. “Just a few hours,” answered the young fisherman. “I always stop when I have enough to support my family’s needs.” “But what do you do…

Source: OINOSConsulting.com Read Part 1 here by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear My voice, and follow Me.” John 10:11, 27 A man in Australia was arrested and charged with stealing a sheep. At his arraignment, the accused emphatically claimed that the animal was one of his own that had been missing for many days. Not knowing how to decide the matter, the judge instructed the bailiff to bring the sheep into the courtroom. The magistrate then ordered the plaintiff to “go outside and call the animal.” Although the voice of the alleged owner could…

Source: OINOS Consulting / Frankly Speaking by Dr Frank Marangos “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”  John 17:17 Words mean things. At least they did prior to the advent of the current “post-truth” era wherein sophisticated tactics of deception have become a fashionable way of life. The degree to which political, business, and, yes, even contemporary religious leaders have manipulated words to shape public opinion and influence constituents is, indeed, alarming.  But what exactly is “post-truth,” and how can leaders avoid the hazards of its persuasive lure? “Post-truth” was selected by Oxford University Press (OUP) as the…