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Tradewinds March 2015 Web Final

March 2015

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Part of a Series of Articles Introducing Orthodox Christianity The tragedy of Western Christianity’s estrangement from the vine, painful at any season, I feel most acutely at this season of Great Lent. “What is Great Lent?” many Western Christians ask; “Why fast? What is the value of an ascetic tradition?” That such questions should ever be posed, is a reflection of the vast distance the Western confessions have drifted from the undefiled Church. As an Orthodox Christian, I struggle to meet such queries with anything beyond a pained silence. Where does one begin, to impart some inkling of the unutterable magnitude of Adam’s catastrophe? Or some intimation of the inexpressible depth of the ancient Church’s ascetic ethos, by which this catastrophe is addressed? In speaking with Western Christians, most of whose denominations are barely five hundred years old (usually much less), and whose religious culture has so departed from its roots that things ancient seem unrecognizably foreign, where does one seek common ground from which to open the conversation? Perhaps, a good place to start is with an assessment of the secular Western cultural landscape. Such a survey, of course, is likely to lead a lover of souls toward the temptation to despair. But it does provide a grounding in the day-to-day experience of most Westerners. Obviously, since Adam and Eve, our species has been plagued with proclivities toward darkness; and these our libertine secular culture would fatten with rich fare. Yet, undeniably, imprescriptibly, we were first imbued with an affinity toward Light. It is of the point of balance between darkness and Light, of the teetering inclination of the center of gravity within the deep heart of man, of which the acetic path treats. Truly, we incline in two directions—such is our legacy as fallen beings in a fallen world; and we stand upon the razor’s edge. Which proclivities will we culture? And, in the end, which way will the weight of our desires carry us?...into Christ?...or into darkness? Thus we define the field of combat; thus Orthodoxy Christianity comprehends the necessity of the ascetic struggle. In the next edition: Fasting in the Orthodox Tradition All chapters copyright © 2014 by author N. M., c/o St. George’s Church Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins GREAT LENT, ASCTICISM, AND THE FAST Inquiries to St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, NC. Telephone 482-2006 The AT reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ......call Ken and learn how. Phone # : 252-331-5814 Turn of the Century Built in China Closet Located inside Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co. 418 N. Hughes Blvd Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-331-5814 8 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Question of the Month Do’s and Dont’s of carrying a concealed handgun Part 2 from last month 6. If a permit is lost or destroyed, you must notify the sheriff who issued the permit and you may receive a duplicate permit by submitting a notarized statement to that effect, along with the required fee. Do not carry a handgun without it. 7. Even with a permit, you may not carry a concealed handgun in the following areas: a. Any law enforcement or correctional facility; b. Any space occupied by State or federal employees; c. Any premises where the carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a statement by the controller of the premises; d. Public educational property, however a permittee may secure a handgun in a locked vehicle; e. Areas of assemblies or demonstrations; f. State occupied property; g. Any State or federal courthouse; h. Any area prohibited by federal law; or i. Any local government building if the local government has adopted an ordinance and posted signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons. 8. If you are in a vehicle and stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should put both hands on the steering wheel, announce you are in possession of a concealed handgun and state where you have it concealed, and that you are in possession of a permit. Do not remove your hands from the wheel until instructed to do so by the officer. Was the FCC out of line with their net neutrality regulations. Email your thoughts to br549@modernmedianow.com and we will publish the most interesting ones in our next issue! Last Month’s Question: Do minimum wage hikes help or hurt? Minimum wage is not meant to support a family. It is intended to provide a wage for people entering the workforce. Every time the wage is increased the cost of living rises to meet the wage, so it really does not help anyone. Bill in Camden New 20’ Skiff Mahogany Hull Teak Deck 2 Stroke 80 Hp Yamaha Ask for Ron Hazelton $15,800 252-336-5528 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds March 2015 9