JESUS, (English), The Devil Tempts Jesus

When Jesus began His work, He was about 30 years old. He returned from the Jordan river full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the desert, where He was tempted by the devil for 40 days. In all this time, He ate nothing. The devil said to Him; If you…

JESUS, (English), Jesus’ Transfiguration

Then Jesus took John and James and Peter with Him and went up the hill to pray. And while He was praying, His face changed its appearance and His clothes became shining white. Suddenly two men were talking with Him. They were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in heavenly glory. You will fulfill God’s purpose….

Jesus of Testimony

Richard Bauckham: Since 19th Century, people have talked about a difference between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. The idea roughly is that the Christ of faith is the Jesus that Christians believe in; the Jesus that we find in the Gospels in the New Testament. The Jesus of history is supposed…

JESUS, (English), The Birth of Jesus

I am writing to you, dear Theophilus; an orderly account of the things that have taken place among us, so that you may know the absolute truth about everything. In the days when Caesar Augustus was emperor of Rome and when Herod the great was king of Judea, God sent the angel Gabriel to visit…

Vessel of Grace: The Life of Saint Paisios the Athonite

Amidst the arid heat and craggy rocks of the wilderness, a 38 year old monk sits alone on the edge of a deep ravine when suddenly the devil speaks: “Jump Paisios. I promise you won’t get hurt at all.” The monk remains silent. The tempter does not suddenly the monk grabs a stone and throws…

Miracle? Pope ‘cures’ French nun of Parkinson’s disease

A French nun who was ‘miraculously’ cured of Parkinson’s disease by Pope John Paul II has spoken out about her experience. Marie Simon-Pierre suffered from the disease for four years before she made a sudden recovery one night. The 49-year-old says her illness inexplicably disappeared two months after she and her fellows nuns had prayed…